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Who can adopt an animal?
Chesapeake residents or citizens from adjacent cities. Persons who live out of state or who are residents of any city not adjacent to Chesapeake may only adopt animals that are already spayed or neutered or are capable of being spayed or neutered before they leave.
Adopters must be 18 or older with a valid ID.
Who CAN'T adopt an animal?
Persons convicted of cruelty, abuse or other serious animal ordinance violations may not adopt. Chesapeake Animal Services Unit reserves the right to refuse adoptions that are not in the best interest of the animal or community.
What is the adoption process?
You can view Pets Currently Available for Adoption before you visit the shelter at 2100 S. Military Highway.
Visit the shelter during visitation and adoption hours:
Chesapeake Animal Services is experiencing staff shortages. Current adoption hours are:
- Monday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Tuesday: Noon to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday: Closed
- Thursday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m.
Please be patient with our staff as we do our best to find homes for all of the shelter animals.
Complete an adoption application if you are interested in adopting.
Adopters must have an approved application, and all lawfully required rabies vaccinations and City licenses on any pets they currently own before adopting a new pet. Renters are encouraged to discuss their intention to adopt a pet with their landlord prior to adoption.
You can download an adoption application now:
Present a valid identification showing your current residence.
Sign an adoption contract promising to keep the animal only as a pet and to abide by the laws for the control and protection of animals. All dogs and cats must be spayed or neutered before a transfer of custody to an
How much does it cost to adopt?
For companion animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, small reptiles, livestock, etc. fees will be set administratively and depend on the type of animal. Please ask the shelter office staff about the particular animal you want.
For dogs, the adoption fee is no more than $105.00 and includes spay/neuter surgery, heartworm test, DHPP and Rabies vaccinations, and microchip implantation.
For cats, the adoption fee is no more than $75.00 and includes spay/neuter surgery, FIV/FeLv test, FVRCP and Rabies vaccinations, and microchip implantation.
Adoption fees for senior animals, dogs with heartworm disease, and animals who have extra medical needs are discounted.
All adopted dogs and cats must be spayed or neutered prior to release unless there is a medical reason why surgery cannot be done at that time.
If you prefer to use your own veterinarian for the procedures, please discuss arrangements with the CAS office staff at the time of adoption.
CAS is committed to reducing pet overpopulation. Eight million American dogs and cats are destroyed each year simply because they are surplus. Our shelter handles approximately 4,000 animals each year. Nearly 1,200 of them are euthanized because their owners do not claim them or no one adopts them. Spaying and neutering are the law for dogs and cats adopted from shelters.