Russell County Animal Shelter
458 Haber Dr,
VA, 24266

Phone: (276) 415-9163
We may not be available to answer phone calls to the animal shelter number immediately. Please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Opening Hours:
Monday-Tuesday: 10am-4pm
Wednesday: 10am-3pm
Thursday-Sunday: 10am-4pm.
Hours may change on Wednesdays while dogs are being transferred.
Closed Holidays

Lost and Found Pets are featured on our Facebook Page

Volunteers Wanted
We are always looking for volunteers to help with the dogs at the shelter. Please visit the shelter to fill out an application form.

Who we are
Russell County Animal Shelter is a small rural facility in the southwest of Virginia. We have 24 dog runs and the intake area covers 477 square miles in Russell County. The total number of dogs at the shelter varies, but is typically completely full. Thanks to our rescue partners and adopters, Russell County Animal Shelter does not normally euthanize dogs to make space for incoming strays. We are also fortunate enough to work with some amazing rescue groups and dedicated individuals who help us move animals to safety each and every week. For more information see the Russell County Animal Control website.

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 Russell County Animal Shelter Facebook Page but not all are put here so contact the shelter if you have lost your dog.

Adopting a dog?
Russell County Animal Shelter will keep a 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.

  • 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.
  • Click here to see more information about adoption.
  • Rabies vaccination and licensing must be completed within 7 days of adoption.
  • State law requires that adopted dogs be sterilized within 30 days of adoption.
  • Out of state adoptions must be spayed or neutered before leaving Virginia.
  • State law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies.
All dogs kept in Russell County must have a license. Dog licenses can be obtained at the Russell County Treasurer's Office or by mail to the Treasurer's Office, 137 Highland Dr, Suite B, Lebanon, VA 24266. You must have proof of rabies vaccination to purchase a dog license.

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) 415-9163. If it is after hours, please leave us a voicemail. If it is after hours, please leave us a voicemail. Our hours are , Hours may change on Wednesdays while dogs are being transferred..

Fostering a dog or cat
We have many animals at the shelter that are available to be fostered (given a temporary home until we find it a permanent home). If you would like more information on fostering or would like to apply to be a foster mom or dad please contact us.

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. We also have an Amazon Wishlist. See our Donation Page for other items we can use. For more information about how you can donate, see our Donation Page. On behalf of the dogs thank you.

Keep your dog in the family

Visiting Russell County Animal Shelter
Please phone us on (276) 415-9163 to check that the dog you want to visit is still available.
Location Map of Lebanon, VA

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