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

Phone: 434-246-2167
E-mail: mspiers@sussexcountyva.gov

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 9am-3pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Sussex County Animal Shelter is a small rural facility in the south 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.

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



As the county re-opens to the public on May 18th, 2020 the Animal Shelter will be operating as follows for adoptions, rescues and surrenders:

All transactions will be conducted between the hours 9 am - 3 pm outside only by appointment only Monday through Friday.


  1. If you are interested in a pet, e-mail us at mspiers@sussexcountyva.gov or call 434-246-2167 for an Adoption Application form. Before you can meet the pet, a completed Adoption Application form must be submitted for approval.
  2. Upon approval, an appointment will be arranged for a Meet and Greet with all family members including other pets. During the Meet and Greet, face masks will be worn, and Hand Sanitizer used prior to touching any animal. Once the Meet and Greet is completed, hand sanitizer is required again.
  3. All canines and felines will be spayed/neutered and receive their rabies vaccination prior to leaving the shelter for adoption.
  4. Adoption fee for canines is $100.00 and felines is $60.00
  5. Shelter accepts cash (exact amount) and checks from County residents - cash only from out of County residents.


The animal and paperwork will be brought outside to you.

County residents surrendering pets or strays into shelter in person:

If possible please call 434-246-2167 prior to bringing pets or strays to shelter so that staff know to expect you.

Lost your dog?
Stray dogs without identication are kept for 7 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.

Please Donate to Help the Dogs
We need towels, blankets, hard and soft dog food, basic cleaning supplies and dog beds or you may mail a donation to Sussex County Animal Shelter, 14493 Robinson Rd, Stony Creek, VA 23882. 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.

Keep your dog in the family

Visiting Sussex County Animal Shelter
Please phone us on 434-246-2167 to check that the dog you want to visit is still available. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the shelter is only open by appointment between 9am and 3pm Monday-Friday. You will need to call the shelter and speak to someone in order to make an appointment.
Location Map of Stony Creek, VA.

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