Animal Care and Services
Animal Shelter

To contact the Animal Shelter if the phone lines are not working please contact Officer Stalnaker at (804) 898-5371 or Acting Chief Moseley at (434) 637-0410

  Adoption Applications for Sussex County Animal Shelter


  • Download the application by selecting the button below and saving it to your device;

  • Completely fill out & sign application;

  • E-mail completed application to: 

  • You will hear back within 7 days.

Application Approval

For approved applications an adoption contract will be completed, spay or neuter scheduled and paid for by adopter, pick up date arranged, microchip implanted, adoption fee paid, and then you take your new canine friend home.

Application Downloads

Select the button to download the Sussex Animal Shelter Animal Adoption Application (PDF).

  Animal Adoption Application

Select the button to download the Sussex Animal Shelter Avian Adoption Application (PDF).

  Avian Adoption Application


  Sussex County Animal Shelter COVID-19 Policies

As the county re-opens to the public on May 18th, 2020 the Animal Shelter will be operating as follows for adoptions, rescues and surrenders:

  1. All transactions will be conducted between the hours 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. outside only by appointments Monday through Friday.

  2. Adoptions:

    1. Adoption application must be submitted for approval/dis-approval by e-mail to:

      1. Upon approval – a Meet and Greet with all family members including other pets will be set. During the Meet and Greet, face mask will be worn, Hand Sanitizer used prior to touching any animal. Once the Meet and Greet is completed, hand sanitizer is required again.

      2. All canines and felines will be spayed/neutered and receive their rabies vaccination prior to leaving the shelter for adoption.

      3. Adoption fee for canines $100.00 and felines $60.00

      4. Shelter accepts cash (exact amount) and checks from County residents – cash only from out of County residents.

  3. Rescues/Transportation/Fosters

    1. Animal/paperwork brought outside to you.

  4. County residents surrendering pets/strays into shelter in person

    1. If possible please call 804-898-5371 prior to bringing pet/strays to shelter so staff know to expect you.

The above is to protect the canines and felines from possible contact with the virus.

CDC states: it appears that the virus can spread from people to animals in some situations.