Portsmouth Animal Shelter

Find Portsmouth Virginia animal shelters, puppy dog and cat shelters, pet adoption centers, dog pounds, and humane societies. Animal shelters provide information on adopting dogs, cats, and pets, animal care and rescue, and animal control.


Portsmouth Animal Control 711 Crawford St Portsmouth VA 23704 757-393-8430


Portsmouth Humane Society 2704 Frederick Blvd Portsmouth VA 23704 757-397-6004

Sosharpei, Inc. PO Box 452 Portsmouth VA 23705 757-687-7297

Tidewater Rabbit Rescue PO Box 8015 Portsmouth VA 23707

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What is an Animal Shelter?

Household animals that no longer have homes are often brought to animal shelters. Animal shelters are safe places to bring animals that are abandoned or lost. Many shelters will also take in animals that are sick or injured. In some areas of the U.S., humane societies will also provide shelter for animals. Shelters often serve as pet adoption centers. Animal shelters are also open to household pets taken from owners who can no longer care for them, those who have mistreated them, or those who have violated animal welfare laws.

Shelters provide animal care, rescue, and animal control. They assist with adopting dogs, cats, and other pets. They also may offer services like spaying or neutering. Shelters may offer adoption. Local and county governments fund some dog pounds and animal shelters, while volunteers and donations provide further support.