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Dogs

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.

Registration
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
website
296-5851
Albemarle County Office Building, Preston & McIntire

City of Charlottesville Treasurer's Office
website
970-3146
City Hall, East Market & 7th Street, N.E.

Pet Training, Daycare, and Kennels

All Things Pawssible
www.allthingspawssible.com
972-7297
706 Henry Ave.

Pampered Pets Boutique
website
293-7387
601 Concord Ave.

Sadie's Stay N' Play
website
295-0379
3800 Richmond Rd., Troy

Wakefield Kennel
website
973-5171
800 Earlysville Forest Drive, Earlysville

Dog Parks

Darden Towe Park
website
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
website
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
website
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.

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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.

Tip

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

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

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