Sussex County Animal Shelter
14493 Robinson Rd,
Stony Creek,
VA, 23882

Phone: 804-898-5371
E-mail: lstalnaker@sussexcountyva.gov

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 1pm-4pm. Outside these hours including weekends phone 804-898-5371 for an appointment.
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays but you can phone to make an appointment for these days.

The pet in the photo (top right) is looking for a home. Click on the picture for more information about it.

Lost and Found Pets are featured on our Facebook Page

SPECIAL OFFER: November 1 through December 31, adoptions will be $10.00 for a dog and $5.00 for a cat. Phone 804-898-5371 for an appointment to meet the dogs and cats we have.

Who we are
Sussex County Animal Shelter is a small rural facility in the south east of Virginia. Although we have a limited budget, the staff love and care for all animal residents and are willing to do what it takes to save all of them. Fosters, adoptions and rescues are welcome. For more information see the Sussex County Animal Control website.

We have many dogs, cats and kittens looking for foster homes and fur-ever homes. Our renovations are taking a bit longer than planned so we need assistance with housing our animals.
  • If you are a rescue willing to help pull one or more of our animals, please private message us or call our shelter.
  • If you are looking to foster until our renovations are complete, give us a call.
  • If you are another shelter that is willing to help hold until our renovations are done we will take them back as soon as everything is completed.
  • We are still carrying out adoptions during this time, so if any of our sweet dogs, cats or kittens catch your attention give us a call.
  • Our number is (804) 898 - 5371, please leave a message if we are unable to answer the phone. Any help would be greatly appreciated at this time, and we look forward to hearing from you all.

Volunteers Wanted
We are trying to build our volunteer program. The shelter dogs can always use volunteers to bath, to walk and to communicate with them. If you are interested in helping the animals, please contact us.

Foster Homes Wanted
We could use your help! Our shelter will be renovated at the end of September which we are extremely excited about. However, this means we will have some dogs displaced and would like help housing them until the renovations are completed. Would you be willing to help? If so please contact shelter staff and become an approved foster home. If you become a foster fail that is fine by us as well!
  • Every time a shelter animal is able to go into a foster home, space is created for another animal in need.
  • You will be providing invaluable insight into how the animal does in the home making it easier to find the pet a new home, E.g. how they do with children, other dogs, and cats.
  • You will get to see the animal in their true form. Pets behave differently in a kennel enviroment - fostering a pet can teach them how to live in a home. From basic house manners like not going to the bathroom inside the home to other basic commands, you will also learn more about the pet, like their personality and quirks.
  • For more information phone 804-898-5371 .

Lost your dog?
Stray dogs without identication are kept for 5 days before being put up for adoption. Dogs with identication are kept for 10 days before being put up for adoption. Contact the shelter to check whether your pet is there. Some of the stray dogs are featured on the Sussex County Animal Services Facebook Page but not all are put here so contact the shelter if you have lost your dog.

Find the right dog for you
When looking for that new family member please remember to really think about the things you and your family want and need in a pet that fits the family lifestyle. Get to know your breeds! Some breeds require more space, exercise and circumstances than others. Even if you are going to adopt a mixed breed, look into what it's primary breed needs in a home, environment and exercise. Your new family member needs to be wanted by everyone in the family and included in your daily lives to be truly happy. Click here for more information on how to find the right dog.

Please Donate to Help the Dogs
We need towels, blankets, hard and soft dog food, basic cleaning supplies and dog beds. We also have an Amazon Wishlist. See our Donation Page for other items we can use. You can also donate to our Spay/Neuter Fund. For more information about how you can donate, see our Donation Page. On behalf of the dogs thank you.

No Squeeky Toys Please
Toys that make a noise when you squeeze them can encourage some dogs to be aggressive towards young children because they squeek too. The device that makes the noise is usually small and can be harmful if swallowed. Some toys of this type contain a small battery which is poisonous if the dog eats it. The best toys are tuggers, tennis balls and hard chew toys that cannot be ripped apart.

Changes to Dog Tethering Law
From July 1, 2020, there are changes to dog tethering laws across the state of Virginia.

The legislation expanded the definition of 'adequate shelter' for family dogs. It is illegal to leave tethered dogs outside when temperatures are below 32°F or above 85°F or when the weather service issues warnings for hurricanes, tornadoes and other severe weather.

The legislation also increases the minimum length of a tether from 10 feet to 15 feet.

Additionally, dogs must be provided adequate shelter during hot weather that is properly shaded and does not readily conduct heat. During cold weather, the shelter must have a windbreak at its entrance and provide bedding material (such as straw, cedar shavings, or similar) that is sufficient to protect the animal from cold and promote the retention of body heat.

Adequate Shelter Virgina Code 3.2-6500
Click here for more information

Keep your dog in the family

Visiting Sussex County Animal Shelter
Please phone us on 804-898-5371 to check that the dog you want to visit is still available.
Location Map of Stony Creek, VA

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