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Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Public and Private Animal Shelters [2 VAC 5 ‑ 111]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description A regulation establishing guidelines for adequate care and shelter for animals housed in public and private animal shelters.
State Authority Sections 3.2-6501 , 3.2-6546 and 3.2-6548 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1. The protection of the public’s health, safety, and welfare with the least possible cost and intrusiveness to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.
2. The reduction of the incidence of animal diseases in pounds, so as to reduce the risk of spreading those diseases to animals outside of the shelters and to humans.
3. The minimization of the cost of maintaining and operating shelters by providing, when the locality requests it, guidance on their design.
Meetings See all meetings (5) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Dr. Carolynn Bissett  / Program Mgr, Office of Veterinary Services
Address: PO Box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)786-4560    FAX: (804)371-2380    TDD: (800)828-1120
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Repeal 2 VAC 5-110 and replace it with a new regulation pertaining to public and private shelters Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/24/2016.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
1/4/2021 Agency Completed Retain As Is