Spotsylvania Animal Shelter
450 Tv Drive,
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Phone: (540) 507-7459
Facebook page:

If you have lost or found a dog please check the Facebook page and contact the shelter at (540) 507-7459, or by email

Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday: Viewing/Adoption 12pm-4pm, Lobby 8am-4:30pm
Closed Sunday, Monday and Holidays

Our Adoption fee for dogs is $85 and for cats is $55, other companion animals: $20. Dog/cat adoption fee includes some vaccines and spay/neuter surgery. Virginia law requires that a sterilization agreement be signed. This agreement states that you will have the adopted animal sterilized within 30 days of leaving the shelter or by 6 months of age. If you do not live in a surrounding county, the dog or cat will have to be sterilized before it leaves our facility.


  • All dogs are spayed/neutered before leaving the shelter unless too young to do so.

  • Dogs can be adopted out of state with the proper identification required (see below), unless they have not been spayed/neutered, in which case they are restricted to residents of Spotsylvania and adjacent counties (Stafford, Caroline, Hanover, Louisa, Orange, Culpeper County).

  • To adopt a dog you must be 18 years of age or older.

  • You must provide a picture ID with a current address at the time of the adoption.

  • Each pet is required to be vaccinated for rabies within seven days of adoption, if it is four months of age or older. Rabies vaccination is required for each pet, upon turning four months of age.

  • Every new owner of a pet adopted from Spotsylvania County Animal Shelter shall have the pet sterilized within thirty days of the pet turning six months of age, or within thirty days if the pet is over six months of age.

  • Out of state adoptions must be spayed or neutered before leaving Virginia.

  • Return of the proper paperwork (sterilization and rabies certificates) is required within seven days of sterilization.

  • State law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies.

  • If you rent your home or land, you must have written permission with a telephone number to contact your landlord before the adoption takes place.

  • Adopters must agree to comply with all state and local ordinances/laws governing animals.

  • Animals are placed as household pets, not as guard dogs and mousers.

  • NO animals adopted to persons having a history of losing, giving away, selling, turning in animals to shelter/s, or having animals injured or killed by moving vehicles/accidents.

In households where there are small children under six (6) years, application for adoption of puppies and kittens less than five (5) months of age shall be judged by the following guidelines:

  1. Age of Child.

  2. Compatibility between the child and the animal, which will be evaluated by the Animal Shelter Assistants before adoption.

  3. The child's previous experience with other animals.

This website is operated and maintained by The Dog Rescues Network as a service to the community. We have no connection with Spotsylvania County Animal Shelter. No payment has been received or is required. If you see an error please e-mail: