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Smyth County Animal Shelter
287 Fox Valley Rd,
Marion,
VA 24354
Phone: 276-646-2222
Smyth County Animal Shelter Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SmythCountyAnimalShelter

Smyth County Animal Shelter Friends Facebook page: www.facebook.com/smythshelterfriends123

Lost and Found Dogs are featured on the Facebook page here

VISITS TO THE SHELTER ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Due to preventative measures concerning the Covid-19 virus, Smyth County Animal Shelter accessable to the public by appointment only until further notice.

Animal Control Officers will continue to take calls for service by phone and respond to emergency situations only.

Adoptions, transfers, owner reclaims and animal intake is by appointment only. Note: we have limited space for dogs and cats.

For an appointment phone 276-646-2222 and leave a message. We will contact you as soon as possible.

When visiting the shelter: You are required to bring your own mask and wear it. Social distancing requirements must be ahered to.

We appreciate your support and understanding during this difficult time.

Chris Bennet
Smyth County Chief ACO



Click here to read the complete statement about the reopening of Smyth County Animal Shelter

Opening Hours for Adoption, Viewing and Reclamation (by appointment only):
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1pm-4:15pm

Opening Hours for Animal Intake (by appointment only):
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8am-4:30pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 8am-4:15pm
Saturdays: 8am-4:30pm
Closed Daily for lunch 12-1pm
Closed Sunday and Holidays

Smyth County Animal Control and Shelter provides for the humane treatment of stray, neglected and abused animals. We wish to provide our professional assistance for the health and protection of the residents of Smyth County. Our shelter is a small rural shelter and the total number of animals varies day by day. Our shelter is run by our Animal Control staff of five officers, a Shelter Manager, and a Shelter Attendant. We are responsible for covering 452 square miles in Smyth County and deal with cats, dogs, livestock, and wildlife. Our shelter only has 12 dog runs and 20 cat cages, but despite that, we took in just under 1900 animals in 2018.

The Smyth County Animal Shelter provides a comfortable, warm and safe environment for animals received unwanted, abused or abandoned. We provide adoption services for animals with suitable dispositions in an effort to place them within a nurturing environment. We believe that shelter animals can become the loving, caring companions that are needed and wanted by our society today. For more information see the Smyth County Animal Control website.

The pet in the photo (top right) is looking for a home. Click on the picture for more information about it.

Smyth County Residents - Please Help
If you are unable to keep your dog, please find it a home. Surrendering your dog to Smyth County Animal Shelter will not guarantee it will go to a home for a new life. SCAS is committed to take in stray dogs. If they run out of space, your dog could be euthanized to make room for another stray. Dogs marked as URGENT have little time left to live unless they are adopted or taken by a rescue.

If you are unhappy with the way Smyth County manages the animal shelter, call your Board of Supervisors. Do not berate volunteers, shelter staff or rescues for not doing more. They do not need your words of advice on how to do this better or faster. What they do need are volunteers willing to go into the shelter and meet the animals, spend time with them, photograph them, help transport them to vet clinics and long distance transport drivers to move them to rescues. The rescues need approved foster homes to help these dogs and cats get out of the shelter and on their way to a new life. SCAS need volunteers to help contact rescue organizations to make arrangements to move the animals. This usually takes numerous calls, messages, re-contacting everyone, maybe having a plan or two in case it falls apart so you have start over. Please visit or contact us about volunteering.

Lost your dog?
Stray dogs without identication are kept for 5 days before being put up for adoption. Dogs with identication are kept for 10 days before being put up for adoption. Contact the shelter to check whether your pet is there. Some of the stray dogs are featured on the Smyth County Animal Shelter Friends Facebook Page but not all are put here so contact the shelter if you have lost your dog.

Adopting a dog?
Surrendered dogs can be adopted immediately unless there is a medical or behavioral reason why they are not available for adoption. Smyth County Animal Shelter will keep a 'found' dog for 7-10 days so that the owner can claim it before we can put the dog up for adoption. If you are interested in a particular dog before its available date please contact us. We would like a dog to go to a new home or rescue as soon as possible after its 'available' date.

Pet Adoption Fees:
ALL Dogs: $60.00 includes spay/neuter fee
Female Cats: $55.00 includes spay fee
Male Cats: $40.00 includes neuter fee

  • Residents of Smyth County and adjacent counties may adopt pets from Smyth County Animal Shelter with proper identification required.
  • To adopt a dog you must be 18 years of age or older.
  • You must provide a picture ID with a current address at the time of the adoption.
  • Each pet is required to be vaccinated for rabies within seven days of adoption, if it is four months of age or older. Rabies vaccination is required for each pet, upon turning four months of age.
  • Every new owner of a pet adopted from Smyth County Animal Control Shelter shall have the pet sterilized within thirty days of the pet turning six months of age, or within thirty days if the pet is over six months of age.
  • Out of state adoptions must be spayed or neutered before leaving Virginia.
  • Return of the proper paperwork (sterilization and rabies certificates) is required within seven days of sterilization.
  • State law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies.

Vaccination and Licensing of Smyth County Pets

  • The owner or custodian of all dogs and domestic cats, four months of age and older, shall have them currently vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
  • It shall be unlawful for any person to own a dog or cat four months of age and older without proper licensing. Smyth County Pet Licensing runs by the calendar year, from January 1 until December 31. The pet license may be obtained from the Smyth County Treasurer's Office when you show receipt of current rabies vaccination for your pet.

Make sure that you are able to take your dog home on the day you adopt it. We will not keep a dog for you after its 'available' day.

If you have any questions about adopting a dog, please call the shelter and speak with a member of our shelter staff who has daily interaction with our dogs. You can reach us at 276-646-2222. If it is after hours, please leave us a voicemail.

Find the right dog for you
When looking for that new family member please remember to really think about the things you and your family want and need in a pet that fits the family lifestyle. Get to know your breeds! Some breeds require more space, exercise and circumstances than others. Even if you are going to adopt a mixed breed, look into what it's primary breed needs in a home, environment and exercise. Your new family member needs to be wanted by everyone in the family and included in your daily lives to be truly happy. Click here for more information on how to find the right dog.

Please Donate to Help the Dogs
We need towels, blankets, hard and soft dog food, basic cleaning supplies and dog beds or you may mail a donation to Smyth County Animal Shelter, 287 Fox Valley Rd, Marion, VA 24354. On behalf of the dogs thank you.

No Squeeky Toys Please
Toys that make a noise when you squeeze them can encourage some dogs to be aggressive towards young children because they squeek too. The device that makes the noise is usually small and can be harmful if swallowed. Some toys of this type contain a small battery which is poisonous if the dog eats it. The best toys are tuggers, tennis balls and hard chew toys that cannot be ripped apart.

Volunteering at the shelter
We welcome volunteers to help at the shelter and to help with adoption events. Even if it is just a one-day thing to come walk dogs or to help staff clean cages and take pictures of adoptable animals. We welcome any school groups to come see the animals and read to the cats and dogs.

Changes to Dog Tethering Law
From July 1, 2020, there are changes to dog tethering laws across the state of Virginia.

The legislation expanded the definition of 'adequate shelter' for family dogs. It is illegal to leave tethered dogs outside when temperatures are below 32°F or above 85°F or when the weather service issues warnings for hurricanes, tornadoes and other severe weather.

The legislation also increases the minimum length of a tether from 10 feet to 15 feet.

Additionally, dogs must be provided adequate shelter during hot weather that is properly shaded and does not readily conduct heat. During cold weather, the shelter must have a windbreak at its entrance and provide bedding material (such as straw, cedar shavings, or similar) that is sufficient to protect the animal from cold and promote the retention of body heat.

Keep your dog in the family


Visiting Smyth County Animal Shelter
Please phone us on 276-646-2222 to check that the dog you want to visit is still available. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 1pm-4:15pm

Location Map of Marion, VA.




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