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Brooke Tazewell County Animal Shelter
736 Camp Joy Road,
Bluefield,
VA, 24605

Phone: 276-988-5795
E-mail: tazewellcountyanimalshelter@gmail.com

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 12pm-5pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
You may be able to make an appointment to meet a particular dog 8am-11am Saturday and Sunday

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

Lost and Found Pets are featured on our Facebook Page

Who we are
Tazewell County Animal Shelter is a small rural facility in the southwest of Virginia. Our dogs and cats are available for adoption, foster and rescue. We are fortunate enough to work with some amazing rescue groups and dedicated individuals who help us move animals to safety each and every week.

Spay/neuter your pet
If everyone in the community spayed and neutered their pets we would see a decrease in the number of animals coming into the shelter each year. If you or someone you know needs information on low cost spay and neuter options please give us a call and we will be happy to talk to you about those options.

Adopting a pet
. For animals that have not been spayed or neutered: adoptions are open to residents of Tazewell, Buchanan, Russell, Bland and Smyth County. If an animal is already spayed or neutered then it is available to be adopted by anyone (even out of state residents). Phone to check that the pet is available and what paperwork is required from you.

If you are interested in adopting an animal please remember we operate on a first come, first served, basis to adopters which means WE DO NOT HOLD ANIMALS while you make up your mind or go on vacation.

Lost your dog or cat?
Dogs picked up as strays are kept for 5 days if it does not have collar or 10 days if it has a collar so that the owner can claim it before we can put the dog up for adoption. Contact the shelter to check whether your pet is there. Some of the stray dogs and cats are featured on our Facebook Page but not all are put here so contact the shelter if you have lost your pet.

If your animal is picked up by Animal Control and it is housed at the Tazewell County Animal Shelter, there is a $5 per day reclaim fee. The longer you take to reclaim your dog/cat the more you have to pay.

Adopting a dog
Dogs picked up as strays are kept for 5 days if it does not have collar or 10 days if it has a collar 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.

  • Residents of Tazewell County and adjacent counties (Tazewell, Buchanan, Russell, Bland and Smyth County) may adopt pets from Tazewell 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 Tazewell County Animal 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.

Adoption fee for a dog/cat is $65, which includes a voucher that covers the cost of spay/neuter and rabies vaccination. We accept all forms of payment. For animals that have not been spayed or neutered: adoption of cats is open to residents of Tazewell, Buchanan, Russell, Bland and Smyth County. If an animal is already spayed or neutered then it is available to be adopted by anyone (even out of state residents). Phone to check that the dog is available and what paperwork is required (valid ID) from you.

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 are interested in adopting an animal please remember we operate on a first come, first served, basis to adopters which means WE DO NOT HOLD ANIMALS while you make up your mind or go on vacation.

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.

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.

Volunteer drivers needed to transport dogs
The Tazewell County Animal Shelter is always seeking volunteer drivers to help with our weekly transports. These transports are a vital to help ensure that we do not have to euthanize animals at the shelter to make space for new strays. We supply the van, the fuel, the dogs and even the occasional cat. We need dependable Virginia licensed drivers to get them where they need to go - typically Stanton, VA or sometimes Wytheville to meet other transports going to rescues. We have set transport days each week. For more information come by the shelter to pick up an application.

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. See our Donation Page for other items we can use. You can also donate to our Spay/Neuter Fund. For more information about how you can donate, see our Donation Page. 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.

Visiting Tazewell County Animal Shelter
Please phone us on 276-988-5795 to check that the dog you want to visit is still available.
Location Map of Bluefield, VA



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