Animal Control

Animal Control enforces state laws and county ordinances involving domestic animals. They also handle complaints which can include abandoned animals, animal cruelty, and neglect, animal bites, spay and neuter violations, and animals running at large. Urgent animal complaints can be reported calling 911, non-urgent complaints can be reported to the center’s non-emergency number 434-263-7047.

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Monday through Friday:  10am to 1pm
Saturday: by appointment only
Closed on Sundays and Holidays

Adopting a Pet

The fee for adopting a pet from the Nelson County Animal Shelter is $70.00 for dogs and $65 for cats.  This includes spay/neuter, first de-worming and first set of shots including first rabies shot.

Call 434-263-7047 for Adoption Information or stop by during business hours.

Check out our Facebook page to check for lost animals and photos of animals up for adoption.

The Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County

Located at 29 Stagebridge Road in Lovingston, the Almost Home Pet Adoption Center strives to improve animal welfare by providing care and adoption of “unwanted” companion animals through: our “no-kill” adoption center, foster care networks, satellite adoption venues, and Kitten & Puppy Rescue/Transport Programs; by funding veterinary services and education programs; and, by controlling over-population through low-cost Spay-Neuter-Vaccinate and Feral Cat Trap/Neuter/Release programs. 434-263-7722

Contact Us
Physical Address
996 Morse Lane
Arrington, VA 22922
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 336
Lovingston, VA 22949
Kevin Wright
fax: 434-263-6116
Transfer Station & Animal Shelter Directions


From Lovingston, go south on U.S. 29 for approximately 8 miles. Turn east (left) on Morse Lane (VSH 748). Go 1 mile to end of road.