Animal Control

Animal Control enforces city animal-related ordinances, as well as applicable state ordinances; educates citizens on responsible pet ownership; issues summonses for ordinance violations, secures warrants and can impound and seize animals.

Animal control officers investigate complaints of animal cruelty, neglect, inadequate care, animal exposures, vicious animals, sick or injured animals and strays. They also educate citizens about wildlife concerns and remove dead animals from city streets. What to do if you are bitten by an animal.

To report a problem, make a complaint or to speak to an animal control officer, call (757) 727-6111.

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Animal Shelter

Hampton is a partner with Newport News, Poquoson and York County in the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter. The state-of-the-art facility provides animal services needed to respond to the Peninsula's residents by rehoming surrendered or abandoned animals, reuniting lost pets with their owners, and re-educating the community on animal care issues. Check the shelter's web page, adoptable pets and Facebook page.



Backyard chickens are allowed, but you will likely need a permit.


Learn more about how to keep your family and pets safe. Download information regarding coyotes.

Lost Pet

Lost your pet? Contact the Peninsula Animal Shelter. Also, be sure to check the local paper and Craigslist under found pets?

PETA's Mobile Spay and Neuter Van

Hampton Animal Control has partnered with PETA's SNIP Van to offer free and reduced price spay and neuter surgeries the first Thursday of the month. Priority is given to low-income residents. Call 933-8977, 8 a.m.-4 p.m . Monday through Friday. Read more about this service.