Animal Services Host Veterinary Forensics Training:
From Crime Scene to Court Room
Loudoun County Animal Services is thrilled to announce an upcoming partnership with world-renowned forensic veterinarian Dr. Melinda Merck and Assistant Commonwealth Attorney of Botetourt County, VA Gillian Deegan.
Merck and Deegan will be hosting a 2-day training specifically designed for Animal Control Officers, Humane Investigators, Attorneys and Veterinarians, to be held on October 6th and 7th in Leesburg, VA. The cost is $60.00.
This training takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the recognition and prosecution of crimes against animals, highlighting the link between animal abuse and domestic violence. This training is open to the public with preference given to Northern Virginia animal welfare professionals, including veterinarians, law enforcement and attorneys.
Registration is limited - Register Now to ensure your seat for this exciting training opportunity.
Looking to help homeless pets?
LCAS is in need of several items to help our homeless pets feel more at home and comfortable here in our shelter. We are in need of:
- standard size wash cloths, please no hand towels or bath towels needed at this time.
- fun enrichment items for our cats including a variety of cat toys, balls, mice, feather cat teasers, laser pointers, cat nip, interactive toys and puzzles.
- Standard nylon, 6 ft dog leashes, please no flexi-leashes.
Thank you so much for supporting our shelter and donating much needed items to help homeless pets!
Surrendering a Pet to LCAS
Loudoun County Animal Services understands that surrendering a pet is never an easy decision, and we hope that the following information will be helpful to you. Please know that if you find you are no longer able to keep your pet, you have options. To learn more about alternatives to surrender, check out our Surrender Checklist.
To surrender your pet to LCAS, please note the following guidelines:
When you come to the shelter to surrender your pet, please bring proof that you own the pet. This can be in the form of:
- Cats and dogs should be up to date on their rabies vaccination prior to surrender. Pets that arrive with current rabies vaccinations are able to move more quickly through the medical and behavioral assessment process shortening their stay in the shelter. Help us, help your pet – ensure their rabies vaccine is up to date before surrender. If you need need assistance finding low-cost vaccination options, check out our Low-Cost Resource Flyer.
- Pets can only be accepted from Loudoun County residents over the age of 18. Proof of age and residency will be required.
- While pets can be surrendered anytime during normal business hours, we do ask that residents make an appointment to surrender a pet by calling us at 703-777-0406
- If you adopted your pet from another shelter or rescue group, please review your adoption paperwork before surrendering. Many shelters and rescue groups require the return of pets if owners are no longer able to care for them.
o Bill of sale
o Breed registry
o County license
o Microchip registration
o Rabies vaccination certificate
o Veterinary records
o Written transfer of ownership
June is Microchip your Pet Month!
A new Loudoun County Animal Services initiative aims to reunite lost pets with their families while reducing the number of pets in the animal shelter. Operation Chip-a-Kitty encourages Loudoun County residents to microchip their pets – especially their cats! A partnership between Loudoun County Animal Services, Found Animals Foundation, Inc. and local veterinarians strives to remove barriers that prevent lost animals from finding their way home by implanting and registering low-cost microchips.
June is Microchip your Pet Month! To take advantage of the low-cost microchipping of Operation Chip-a-Kitty – make an appointment with our friends at Loudoun Cat Care and Animal Medical Center of Cascades. Microchip implantation is only $20, with no registration fee. Your pet will automatically be registered locally with Loudoun County Animal Services in addition to registration with the national Found Animal database. This opportunity is too great to miss!
Did you know, less than 3% of lost cats that find their way to animal shelters are ever reunited with their family? No one ever plans on their cat getting lost but it happens - even the most loved and cared for cat can sneak out of the door while carrying in groceries or having work done on your home. On average, lost cats can be found anywhere from right next door or 3 miles from home! Microchips as a form of identification will change this tragic statistic, save more lives and help homeless pets find their way home.
Presentations for Kids!
Do you and your kids want to learn more about animals?
LCAS is hosting presentations for kids 10+ with their parents to learn more about animals. For more information about upcoming presentation topics and dates, visit our Youth Volunteer Opportunity
The New LCAS Barn Cat Program
Did you know that you can adopt a wonderful feline for your barn at LCAS?
We see all kinds of cats at LCAS including formerly outdoor, indoor/outdoor, semi-social or semi-feral cats that are not a good fit for adoption into family homes. However, these cats would be very happy living out their days in a barn, on a farm, at a business, and in other safe locations. Our Barn Cat Program is designed to connect these rough and tumble and slightly sassy cats with families who have this kind of set up. These cats are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and adopted to families who appreciate ‘working cats’ for critter patrol and can provide a safe, appropriate environment such as a barn, stable, garage, or business.
What’s the Process? Sign me up
LCAS keeps a list of community members wishing to adopt a barn cat. When LCAS receives a cat that may be a good fit, a staff member will call to let you know that a possible adoption match has been made!
To place your name on the Barn Cat Wish List, please call 703-777-0406, email us or stop by the Shelter to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable customer service staff!
Who We Are
We work each day to ensure a compassionate, humane community for animals and people. LCAS operates an animal shelter, which provides for companion animals who have been surrendered by their owners or found stray in the county. The shelter also has pets for adoption. Officers enforce local and state animal laws and investigate reports of animal cruelty. In addition, LCAS maintains a lost and found animal directory, issues dog licenses and assists citizens with a variety of animal issues. For more information, contact LCAS at 703-777-0406 or by email.