Animal Control


Animal Control provides for the safety and welfare of the residents. Animal Control enforces state laws and county ordinances as they apply to domestic animals. The department operates a shelter for the specialized care of animals in their custody. The shelter provides veterinarian care for homeless or unwanted animals until they are adopted or placed with an animal rescue organization. This facility does not euthanize healthy, adoptable animals.


Quick Links

  • Adopt a Pet 
    Gain an understanding of the possibility of adopting a pet in Hanover.
  • Dog & Kennel Licenses
    All dogs four months old or older are required to display a current annual county license. Dog licenses are always available for sale.
  • Dog Parks 
    View details regarding the locations and amenities of dog parks in Hanover County.
  • Employment 
    View the employment opportunities available in the Animal Control department of Hanover County.
  • Lost, Found, & Stray Pets 
    View details if the situation of a lost of stray pet arises.
  • Pet Laws & Regulations 
    View a listing of laws and regulations for pet ownership in Hanover County.
  • Rabies Clinics 
    Rabies Clinics are generally held during the fall and winter.
  • Volunteer Opportunities 
    View possible volunteering opportunities with the Animal Shelter in Hanover County.