Adopting a Pet
Virginia law says that we have to keep a dog for 5 days 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.

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.

For animals that have not been spayed or neutered: adoptions are open to residents of Galax, Grayson, Carroll, Patrick, Floyd, Pulaski, Wythe, Smyth and Washington 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 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.

  • Residents of Galax and adjacent counties (Grayson, Carroll, Patrick, Floyd, Pulaski, Wythe, Smyth and Washington County) may adopt pets from Galax Carroll Grayson 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 Galax Carroll Grayson 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 Fees
Adoption fee for a dog or cat is $15 (non-refundable). State law requires that anyone adopting a shelter animal must have it spayed/neutered. Click here for information on the City of Galax Spay/Neuter Reimbursement Program.

Visiting Galax Carroll Grayson Animal Shelter
Please phone us on 276-236-8501 to check that the dog or cat you want to visit is still available. Monday-Thursday: 1pm-5pm, Friday & Saturday: 1pm-4pm. Closed Sunday and Holidays
Location Map of Galax, VA.

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