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Charlottesville is a very pet-friendly community. Many law students have found apartment complexes very close to the school that allow pets. Check the yellow pages for dozens of local kennels and veterinarians that can keep tabs on your dog while you travel or are otherwise outside of Charlottesville.

Dogs four months or older must be registered with the City of Charlottesville or Albemarle County, depending upon your place of residence. Once your dog is registered, it will receive a tag to wear on its collar.

Albemarle County Finance Department
Albemarle County Office Building, Preston & McIntire

You may purchase your dog license here, from the Scottsville Town Administrator, or at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Cost is $3 for unsexed animals and $5 for a female or male. Tags go on sale yearly beginning November 1 and must be purchased and on your dog by January 31. You must present a certificate of current rabies vaccination to get a tag.

City of Charlottesville Treasurer's Office
Web site
City Hall, East Market & 7th Street, N.E.

Cost is $10 for male or female, and $4 for spayed or neutered animals. Replacement tags can be obtained for 50 cents. You must have a street address (no P.O. Box) and a rabies certificate from your vet to register your dog. Tags may be purchased through City Hall, the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, or through the mail, as long as the rabies certificate accompanies the registration form.

Pet Training, Daycare, and Kennels

All Things Pawssible
706 Henry Ave.

Offers a variety of training classes to dog owners. Four week classes are $80, but there is a discounted rate down to $65 for shelter dogs. They also offer a doggy daycare which requires that your dog be spayed or neutered (if over 6 months old) and be friendly with other dogs (they are allowed to play with other dogs at daycare). The daycare service is $22 per day and is available Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.. They do have limited overnight options available.

Pampered Pets Boutique
601 Concord Ave.

They “trim, train, and entertain” your dogs and cats. They have a variety of boarding options as well as grooming and training options. They also offer the K9 Fun Center for rental, which is a large area where you can host a training class or have a birthday party for your dog.

Wakefield Kennel
800 Earlysville Forest Drive, Earlysville

Wolfie's Way

A website run by a Darden School of Business graduate designed to help dog owners in Charlottesville, particularly those new to the area, find quality and trustworthy care for their dogs: dog walkers, overnight care, vets, groomers, etc.

Dog Parks

Darden Towe Park
Getting there: Rt. 250 East to Pantops. Left on Rt. 20 North opposite the shopping center (Stony Point Rd). Left on Elk Drive.

Once in the park, follow signs to off-leash area.

Azalea Park
Getting there:
From 29th South (Emmet Street), veer right onto Jefferson Park Avenue (JPA). Follow JPA for several blocks and take a left at Jefferson Park Avenue Extended. After several blocks, take a right onto Old Lynchburg Road. The park is located on the left immediately past the sharp turn on Old Lynchburg Road.

Chris Green Lake
Getting there: Take Route 29 North towards Earlysville. Turn left onto Route 649 (Airport Road). Turn right onto Route 606. Turn left onto Route 850 (Chris Greene Lake Road).

Charlottesville's newest dog park, located near the airport. There is a one-acre fenced in area for dogs to run off-leash, with a roped water access area where dogs can swim.


Dogs are not allowed to run free in the city or in most county subdivisions. Any dog caught wandering subjects its owner to arrest and an expensive fine. Check with the Animal Control Warden (977-9041) or the City Attorney's Office (970-3131) to find out which areas have leash laws. Dogs picked up by wardens are taken to the SPCA on Berkmar Drive.


Dogs are allowed off-leash on designated portions of the Rivanna Trail on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.


Looking for a new pet? The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA has dogs, cats, and other pets for adoption.

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