Animal Services Unit

Animal Control Officers

Animal Control Officers









The Animal Service Unit is tasked with enforcing the City Ordinances and Laws of Commonwealth of Virginia as they pertain to domestic animals and the public’s health, safety and welfare. The Animal Services Unit strives toward the reduction and prevention of animal related problems in the community through reasonable and responsible application of education, warning, citations and the holding of

domestic animals.


The Animal Shelter is located at 507 Station Street Hopewell VA, 23860. The building is approximately 200 yards behind the downtown fire department.Animal Shelter 001

Hours of Operation

  • Sunday – Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: Owner Turn-ins – 7:00 a.m – 8:00 a.m. (rest of the day closed)
  • Friday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Animal Control Officer(s) are on duty 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

I cannot keep my animal; can I turn them into you?

Yes. Residents of the city of Hopewell can turn in their animals on Thursday mornings between the hours of 7 – 8 a.m. Owners of any animal being turned in are asked to provide vet records of the animal(s).

Owners are also asked to bring a current identification showing proof of residence in the City of Hopewell.

When do I get my dog or cat rabies a shot?

Dogs and cats at the age of 4 months old are required to be vaccinated against rabies. A rabies shot can be given by any licensed veterinarian.

How long does the rabies shot last?

An animal first rabies shot is good for 1 year. After the animal has received a 2nd year shot, it will be valid for 3 years.

Do I have to get a city tag for my animal?

Yes. Cats and dogs are required to be registered with the City of Hopewell at the age of 4 months old.

Where do I get my city tag?

This service is available at the City Treasurer’s Officer at 300 N. Main Street, Hopewell VA, 23860. You will have to provide a copy of your rabies certificate to the treasurer.

How much does a city tag cost?

The cost is $1 for animal(s) that are fixed and $5 for animal(s) that are not fixed.

Is there a leash law for dogs in the City of Hopewell?

Yes. If a dog is running loose off of its property and/or not under immediate control of the owner, then it is consider being at large.

My neighbor’s dog barks all night long, what can I do about it?

The first thing to do is talk with the neighbor who owns the dog. They may not be aware that their dogs are barking during certain hours, or that it is a disturbance. If the barking does not cease, animal services can visit the owner and advise them of the City’s Ordinances against noise disturbances and legal actions that will be taken if it does not cease. It is helpful if you have made a log of the time of day when the dogs are especially noisy. We asked that if you are having a problem with a neighbor’s dog still after speaking to them to please contact an Animal Control Officer at 804-541-2204.

Who do I contact if I believe an animal is being treated cruelly?

If the animal is not in a life threatening situation, please contact Animal Control at 804-541-2204.

How many animals can I have in the City of Hopewell?

You may have 3 dogs 4 months and older and/or 4 cats 4 months and older.

Can you purchase a kennel license in the City of Hopewell?