King George Animal Control (KGAC) is operated by five full-time personnel. The purpose of the county Shelter is to impound or harbor seized, stray, homeless, abandoned or unwanted animals. The shelter is operated under the guidelines of the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services at the direction of the State Veterinarian, pursuant to 3.2-6500 code of Virginia. The Animal Control Officers also have responsibility for controlling the spread of rabies within the county.
Shelter policy requires all found animals to be reported asap. Many times we can quickly reunite a lost animal with its owner by checking our lost and found log. The best way to ensure your pet is returned is to have them micro chipped. Micro chipping is a safe, permanent way to protect your pet and is relatively inexpensive.
If you find an injured animal, call the shelter or the sheriff's office immediately. An officer can be dispatched 24 hours a day for emergencies.
KGAC began operating at its new location in July 2010. On average, the Animal Control Officers handle 600 complaints per year. The shelter handles an average of 750 dogs, cats and livestock per year. The officers investigate and handle livestock complaints, in addition to dogs and cats. They also respond to wildlife emergencies. They do not handle wildlife nuisance calls or removal of dead wildlife.
The number of animals coming in has continued to increase as the economy continues to falter. The loss of homes and jobs has caused many to surrender their family pets. Many animals have not be spayed or neutered and this causes many homeless animals to end up at the shelter.
It is against the law to abandon an animal. Pets cannot survive on their own. Many animals are turning up loose or abandoned in remote areas. If you need to give up your pet, call King George Animal Control.
Tours & Outreach
KGAC invites the public to come visit. School group tours can be arranged in advance. Many local school children have done fundraising and food collections for the animals at the shelter.
Sally and Sadie Spade would love to come and do a program for your group, just contact the Animal Shelter for information, call 540-775-2120.