Regional Animal Shelter     Animal Shelter

The Regional Animal Shelter (RAS) is a municipal facility that provides for the care and welfare of displaced animals from King William and King & Queen Counties. The RAS assists citizens of our community with a wide range of services such as redemption of animals to their owners; pet adoption to permanent suitable homes for animals with sound health and temperament; tracking of lost and found animals; pet licensing; and information about spay/neuter, proper pet care and treatment, training, and community animal laws.
Disaster Preparedness for Animals Brochure (in .pdf format)


National Dog Bite Prevention Week May 17th thru the 23rd

National Dog Bite Prevention Week 
May 17th thru the 23rd

This May 18th through 24th, the Regional Animal Shelter will recognize National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and focus on providing information to our community about how to avoid being bitten by a dog. Letter carriers with dogs attached to their ankles have been the subjects of jokes and cartoons for years. However, there is nothing funny about dog bite injuries to the more than 800,000 victims who are bitten each year, most of whom are children.

The Regional Animal Shelter agrees that in most cases, dog bites are not caused by “bad dogs” but by irresponsible dog owners. Dogs who have not been properly socialized to other persons, who are not supervised or safely confined, who are not sterilized, or who receive little attention and handling are those who often bite humans. Although particular breeds of dogs are often accused of being most likely to bite, other characteristics are better predictors of canine biting behavior. Dogs that have not been spayed or neutered are three times more likely to bite. For this reason, the Regional Animal Shelter suggests the first step you take to prevent your dog from biting is to have him/her spayed or neutered. Proper socialization, supervision, humane training, and safe confinement are also important components of responsible pet ownership and bite prevention.

Most dog bite incidents can be prevented through public education and responsible pet ownership. National Dog Bite Prevention Week is an opportunity for animal care and control agencies, humane societies, post offices, public service agencies, veterinarians, dog trainers, educators, physicians, and many others to work together to address this significant and largely preventable public health problem.

Regional Animal Shelter will recognize National Dog Bite Prevention Week by posting a brochure on our web page, published by the American Veterinary Medical Association about Dog Bite Prevention.

It is also important that we teach everyone in our community, especially children, how to avoid being bitten by dogs. For more information about dog bite prevention education, contact the Regional Animal Shelter at 804-769-4983.

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Address & Hours

20201 King William Road
King William, VA 23086
(804) 769-4983
Fax (804)769-4993

Lobby Hours:
Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday evenings until 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Kennel Hours:
Monday through Friday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday evenings until 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


We are grateful for donations made to support our animal care programs, Medical Care for animals at the Shelter; Adoption Promotion; Spay/Neuter Assistance; and Enrichment for animals at the Shelter.

Donations may be mailed to:

Regional Animal Shelter
P.O. Box 215
King William, VA 23086

Or may be made online by following this link

Lost & Found Pets

The Regional Animal Shelter (RAS) maintains a lost and found log of all pets reported to our facility. All stray animals brought to the shelter are checked with this log, and all lost and found reports are cross-checked in hopes of returning pets to their owners. If you have lost or found a pet, please make a report to the RAS.

Tips to help find a Lost Pet!


Pet Adoption

We appreciate your consideration of adopting a homeless pet. Pet ownership is a serious responsibility, and a lifelong commitment.  The unique thing about our shelter is that we provide information about the obligations involved in owning a pet before you adopt.  Some people wonder why we just don’t hand out cats and dogs to whoever will take them, not knowing or caring where they are going.  Past experiences have shown that if we did that, these animals are easily discarded, and would come back to this or another shelter and potentially, along with a litter that was not planned. We have an obligation to the animal to ensure his new family is prepared to accept him, and we have an obligation to potential adopters to help them find the right pet for their circumstances and lifestyle. However you obtain your new pet it is still going to require your time, cost, and responsibility.
Pet Adoption

Applying. After selecting a pet to adopt, you will fill out an adoption questionnaire-application, which gives us important information about you, where you live, and the environment in which the pet will live. Applications are processed in the order in which they are received.

Consulting. We recommend you choose your pet carefully. Please review the important considerations listed below. After processing your application, which could take one to five days depending on the animals status, we will help you prepare for the responsibilities of pet ownership.

Visiting the veterinarian. Within seven (7) days from adopting your new pet, the law requires it go to the veterinarian for a physical examination and rabies vaccination if applicable.  The exam is free and will help establish a relationship with your veterinarian to ensure your new pet is healthy.  If the veterinarian recommends any shots or treatments, he or she will discuss them and the cost before proceeding.  State law requires all dogs and cats 4 months and older to be vaccinated against rabies.  Animals that are not currently up to date on their rabies shot must be vaccinated by the veterinarian.  Adopters will chose from a list of participating veterinarians who offer some low-cost services for adopted pets such as rabies vaccination and spay or neuter surgery.  If you elect to pay the cost, the veterinarian can perform diagnostic tests for canine heartworm infection and tick borne viruses, or for feline Leukemia and HIV.  If the pet is being delivered by shelter staff to the veterinarian for spay/neuter prior to adoption, the physical exam, rabies vaccination, and diagnostic testing will be performed at that time, and the adopter will reimburse the shelter for veterinary services.

Spaying/neutering. Tragically, eight million animals are euthanized in shelters across the country each year, due to the tremendous pet overpopulation problem. Virginia State Law requires every pet adopted from a Shelter be spayed or neutered. An appointment date with the participating veterinarian for spaying or neutering of your new pet will be entered on the adoption contract, and you are responsible for presenting the pet to the veterinarian on that date. Failure to spay or neuter the pet will result in criminal and civil fines and repossession of the pet.

Signing the adoption contract. When the adoption application is approved, a time is scheduled for you to come to the Shelter, sign the adoption contract, pay the fees, and pick up the pet. If the Shelter is delivering the pet to the veterinarian for spay or neuter surgery, you will pick up the pet directly from the animal hospital after the surgery. You must agree to the terms of the legal binding adoption contract and sign that you will abide by all of them. If you have any questions about the terms of the contract, please ask.

Adoption Fee
$20.00 (Dogs and Cats)
County License
$5.00 for Dogs, free for Cats
Spay/Neuter Surgery
$100 – $125* for Dogs, $70 – $95* for Cats
Total Adoption Cost
$125 – $150* for Dogs, $90 -$115* for Cats

* Depending on participating veterinarian choice.

Picking up your pet. Be sure to bring a collar and a pet carrier if you are adopting a cat or kitten, and a leash if you are adopting a puppy or dog. These items and other pet supplies can be purchased at our Shelter Shop. Proceeds will help support the animal care programs of the Regional Animal Shelter.

Important Pet Adoption Considerations

Your family. Is anyone allergic to animal hair? Do you have small children who may be over powered by a large dog, or who may play too rough with a puppy, kitten, cat, or small dog? Is there a family member home to house train a young animal?

Your home. Do you have space for a large dog? A large dog needs safe outdoor space for exercise. If you are renting, will your landlord allow a pet to live on the property?

Your time. Do you have the time to regularly exercise a dog or to groom a longhaired cat? Will you be willing to clean up after accidents and vacuum animal hair that has shed?

Your budget. Will you be able to afford the financial burden of maintaining a pet? In addition to food, toys and regular pet care supplies, pets require routine veterinary check-ups, shots, and medication. Licensing, grooming, altering and vacation care are additional expenses.

Pet request. If we do not have the type of pet you are looking for right now, our staff will assist you in completing a pet request. You can specify the type, size, breed, or age of the pet you may be interested in adopting, and we can contact you if we get an animal we think you might be interested in.Animal Shelter’s First Adoption

First Adoption

Camo’s Story

Click here to view other pets available for adoption.

Lost Pet

A phone call home for a lost pet without pocket change!



It is unlawful for any person to own a dog four (4) months old or older in the Commonwealth of Virginia unless such dog is licensed. A dog license may be obtained by making oral or written application to the treasurer or their agents, of the locality where the dog owner resides, accompanied by the amount of license tax and a current certificate of rabies vaccination. Dog licenses must be purchased by February 1st of each calendar year. If a dog shall become four (4) months old or come into the possession of an owner after February 1st but before November 1st, the owner must pay the license fee for the current calendar year.

All license fees $5
Click here for Mail in Registration (in .pdf format)
Licenses may be purchased at:

King William County
Treasurer’s Office
Regional Animal Shelter
West Point Town Hall
Aylett Animal Hospital
King William Veterinary Clinic
King & Queen County
Treasurer’s Office
Regional Animal Shelter
King William Veterinary Clinic



Each year, millions of unwanted and homeless animals are born in this country. Of those that end up in shelters, some will be adopted, but many will be “put to sleep” (euthanized). One of the most important things you can do for your pet is to have it spayed or neutered.

Straight Talk About Spaying and Neutering flyer

Speak to your veterinarian today about this simple, life saving surgery. If you are in need of financial assistance through a low-cost program, contact:

– Indian Rivers Humane Society at (804)885-3109
– Animal Resource Foundation Spay/Neuter Clinic in
Gloucester (804)694-0349 or 0273 (transport from Regional Animal Shelter scheduled once each month, contact (804)769-4983 for more information)
– Prevent a Litter in Richmond (804)359-6369

– Richmond S.P.C.A. (804)643-6785



Volunteer Program

We appreciate your interest in becoming a Regional Animal Shelter volunteer, to assist us in our efforts to provide temporary care for displaced animals from our region. We currently have seven (7) different activites or job descriptions within our program that volunters can choose to be trained in and assigned to. R. A. S. will host a volunteer orientation meeting two (2) to four (4) times per year depending on interest from those who are seeking to volunteer. The orientation shall include an overview of the functions and duties of R. A. S., and the operation of the shelter. If you are interester in being a R. A. S. volunteer, please call the Shelter at 769-4983 to sign up for orientation.

Regional Animal Shelter Standard Operating Procedure # G-1, Volunteer Program



Rescue Groups

We are required to comply with the Code of Virginia 3.2-6546, D.1-5 for recognizing and working with Releasing Agencies (Rescue Groups). If your group would like to work with our Shelter to facilitate the transfer of adoptable animals to your agency, please click on the link to view R.A.S. Standard Operating Procedure #F-6, Releasing Agency Guidelines. Please contact the Shelter directly with any further questions.


Regional Animal Shelter Standard Operation Procedure #F-6, Releasing Agency Guidelines


Hills Science Diet Shelter Partnership

Regional Animal Shelter is partnering with Hills Pet Nutrition, Inc. to feed Science Diet pet food products exclusively to the animals being cared for by the Shelter. Hills provides life stages pet food products free of charge to the Shelter, and the Shelter pays only the shipping and handling costs. Hills also provides a small Trial Bag that is given to each new owner at the time of adoption.

Visit their Website for more information

Hills Logs Shelter

Shelter Donation Wishlist

The Regional Animal Shelter welcomes donations to support our care and enrichment efforts for the many displaced animals in our community. The list below identifies the items that are most helpful.

Plastic Colanders
Rolled paper towels
Dishwashing (antibacterial) Detergent
Pet Carriers
Collars and leashes
new or used
Washable rugs (small such as bathroom or kitchen rugs)
Dog biscuits and soft treats (natural without dyes)
Blankets (none that are quilted, stuffed or electric)
Washable dog toys (Kongs, nylabones, hard rubber toys, braided rope toys, squeaky toys)
Clay kitty litter (unscented, not the scoopable type)
Powder laundry detergent (HE for high efficiency machines)
Washable cat toys (ping pong balls, plastic shower curtain rings, practice golf balls)Pet Wishlist

Monetary donations – earmarked for the Animal Shelters Sunshine Fund to help with the cost of medical supplies, emergency medical care, educational materials, and enrichment for the animals in the Shelter. Please mail to Regional Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 215, King William, VA 23086.


Directions to Regional Animal Shelter

Physical address:

20201 King William Road (Route. 30)
King William, VA 23086

From Richmond and points west, travel east toward Tappahannock on Rte. 360 (Richmond-Tappahannock Hwy.) Turn right on Route 30 (King William Road) at Central garage in King William County. Travel approximately 8 miles to Regional Animal Shelter on left of Rte.30 just past the King William County Colonial Courthouse.

From Tappahannock and points east, travel west toward Richmond on Rte.360 (Richmond-Tappahannock Hwy.) Turn left on Route 30 (King William Road) at Central Garage in King William County. Travel approximately 8 miles to Regional Animal Shelter on left of Rte.30 just past the King William County Colonial Courthouse.

From West Point and points south, travel north on Rte. 30 (King William Road) from Rte. 33 in West Point. Follow approximately 16 miles to Regional Animal Shelter on right just past Whites Shop.

From Interstate 95 and points North, take exit #98 for Route 30 South (Kings Dominion). Travel Rte. 30 approximately 33 miles to Regional Animal Shelter on left of Rte.30 just past the King William County Colonial Courthouse.

Vote for the Regional Animal Shelter in the All-Star Animal Rescue Site Shelter Challenge sponsored by The winner gets $100,000! Its fast, and you can vote daily.

Follow these easy instructions:

Go to

Click on the big purple button to provide free food and care for homeless animals

At the next screen, click on the help your favorite shelter win in our All-Star Challenge button, located at the top, middle of the screen

The first time you vote for the RAS, youll have to search, its listed as Regional Animal Shelter, King William, Virginia

After that , the RAS will automatically come up for you to vote daily!

Thank you for supporting our shelter!

Visit the Shelter on Facebook @ Regional Animal Shelter, King William County, Virginia


Contact Us

Telephone number (804)769-4983
Fax: (804)769-4993
Email address:


Helpful Links

King William County Animal Control-Pets for Adoption.

Can we help you keep your pet?

Helpful resource for new or soon-to-be pet owners.

Indian Rivers Humane Society-serving King William, Essex, and King & Queen Counties

How to handle and prevent Heartworms.




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