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Russell Savedge

Chief Animal Control Officer

Peter Keophila

Animal Control Officer

Jennifer Albert

Shelter Attendant


P. O. Box 65
Surry, Virginia 23883
Phone: (757) 294-0158 or
           (757) 294-5271 to leave a message
Fax:     (757) 294-5204
Physical Address:
265 Old Burrough Road
Surry, VA 23883
Animal Control

It is the mission of Surry County Animal Control to humanely enforce the Ordinances of Surry County and the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as they pertain to domestic animals and the public's health, safety and welfare.  Surry County Animal Control will further serve the citizens of the County by educating the public concerning the laws and ordinances; their importance to our community and to the domestic animals housed in the County. 

Through reasonable and responsible application of education, warning/citation, and the impoundment of domestic animals, Surry County Animal Control will strive to reduce and prevent animal related problems in the County.  

Duties & Responsibilities of Surry County Animal Control Officers: 

  • Enforcement of state and local animal laws and ordinances
  • Animal control, protection, and welfare
  • Investigation of animal bites
  • Investigation of rabies cases
  • Investigation of livestock claims due to stray dogs
  • Investigation of cruelty cases 


Animal Control officers are on duty daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm as well as being available for emergencies 24 hours a day. Citizens in need of assistance from the Animal Control Department should contact staff at the Shelter (757-294-0158) during regular business hours, or contact the Surry County Emergency Communications Office (757-294-5264) before 8:00am and after 5:00pm so that an Animal Control officer may be dispatched.   

The Surry County Animal Shelter is open for adoptions, animal surrenders, visits and other inquiries on Mondays from 1:00-4:30pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and on Tuesday through Friday from 1:00-4:30pm.  The shelter is also open on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 12:00-4:00pm.


Surry County Animal Control will no longer set cat traps for feral cat infestation.  The Virginia Animal Comprehensive Laws consider cats to be free roaming animals and there is no State or County Ordinance that pertains to the maintenance of cats.

Effective immediately, County residents experiencing feral cat overpopulation, or other issues with cats, may come to the Surry County Animal Shelter located at 265 Old Burrough Road, Surry, Virginia to sign out a trap. The individual signing out the trap will be responsible for trapping the cat and bringing the cat and trap back to the Pound.  Exceptions will only be made in the case of residents who are elderly or disabled.  For any questions regarding this policy, please contact the Chief Animal Control Officer at 757-294-0158.