Animal Protection

The Department of Animal Protection is comprised of two branches, enforcement and sheltering.  Animal Protection Officers enforce all State and County animal welfare ordinances.  Officers provide for the safety and welfare of residents as it pertains to the control of domestic animals.  The department also operates a shelter to care for stray animals and attempt to reunite them with an owner.  Shelter staff find homes for all adoptable animals through citizen adoptions along with coordinating transfers to animal rescue organizations.

Goochland County’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Center Construction Restarts

Goochland, VA – The new Goochland County Animal Protection and Adoption Center, one of the County’s most exciting new projects and partnerships with Goochland Pet Lovers, is slated to restart its construction efforts.

The construction of this new state of the art facility, built with county funds and contributions raised from our community, had been previously delayed due to the termination of the original general contractor.

The County has been working diligently with Selective Insurance Company of America, the previous general contractor’s bonding company, to identify a replacement contractor to finish the project. At this time, Selective and the County have reached an agreement with Hourigan Construction to serve as the interim general contractor. Hourigan is slated to begin work July 9, 2019 and will continue for 30 days until a permanent general contractor can be identified.

“The County greatly appreciates the efforts of Hourigan Construction, who recently completed the Goochland Cares building and continues to work on the Sheltering Arms Rehab Institute, a joint venture with VCU Health project in the eastern end of the County, said John A. Budesky, County Administrator. Their efforts of corporate citizenship are a shining example to the Richmond region.”

It is the County’s obligation and commitment to build a shelter that is well constructed and that will serve the community for many years to come. We remain grateful for the gracious and ongoing support and our partnership with Goochland Pet Lovers. We share a joint commitment to creating a shelter and caring environment our residents and pets deserve.

As more information becomes available related to the process and timeframes for construction, we will be sure to share that information expeditiously.

Shelter operations will continue at the Central High Complex location (2748 Dogtown Road) until the new shelter is completed. We have many great pets up for adoption at our interim shelter and invite the entire community to come visit, adopt, and join us all in becoming Pet Lovers!