Halifax County Animal Control ensures the safety of County residents and personal property through enforcement of the Animal Control Ordinance and public education regarding responsible pet ownership.
Animal Control Officers investigate animal bites, citizen complaints, destructive animals, predation of livestock, and cruelty or neglect of animals. Animal Control Officers also have the authority to investigate and enforce dog licenses, rabies vaccinations, and other animal issues that may affect public health.
Halifax County maintains a newly constructed, modern animal shelter where abandoned and impounded animals are maintained in a humane, caring environment. Animal Control encourages the adoption of healthy animals from this facility.
Animal Control-related Emergencies Outside Normal Operating Hours
Animal bites or attacks on people, stray animals injured by things such as motor vehicle strike or firearm incidents, or livestock obstructing public roadways are examples of situations where Animal Control responds outside of normal operating hours. In those circumstances, citizens can call the emergency number, 434-476-3334, to reach an Animal Control Officer.
- What forms of payment are accepted by Halifax County Animal Control?
Halifax County Animal Control (HCAC) only accepts checks or money orders. No cards or cash are accepted.
- What animals are required to have tags?
A dog tag is required for all individual dogs within the County. Dog tags can be purchased at the Treasurer's Office for $10. Dog tags must be renewed each year. Cats are not required to have a tag.
- What should I do if I have a missing pet or animal?
If you are missing a pet/animal, please notify Halifax County Animal Control at 434-572-4292. If Halifax County Animal Control is in possession of your pet/animal, you will be asked to come to the facility during business hours to reclaim it. You will need to show proof of ownership (unless the animal is chipped) and proof of rabies vaccine. The fee to reclaim a pet is $20, plus $10 per day for boarding.
- How can I adopt an animal?
If you wish to adopt an animal from Halifax County Animal Control, you can visit the shelter during normal operating hours. Adopters must sign an adoption contract. The adoption fee is $40 for dogs and $20 for cats. Adopted animals are required to be spayed or neutered within 30 days of adoption.
- Are non-monetary donations are accepted at the animal shelter?
Non-monetary donations are accepted and appreciated. The shelter accepts newspapers, towels, washcloths, animal food of any sort, and hard toys. No stuffed toys, please.
- How can I volunteer time at the animal shelter?
Halifax County Animal Control has a volunteer program for individuals 18 years of age and older. If you wish to participate, please call the shelter for more information. HCAC will accept Community Service workers from the state and county probation offices.
- What is the LATR team?
The LATR is the Large Animal Technical Rescue Team. This is a specialized team of certified individuals who respond when a farm animal becomes trapped in a physical situation from which they cannot walk or climb out of on their own.