Coronavirus Update

The County of Frederick VA (the County) has declared a local state of emergency in response to the threat to public health and safety from the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In light of this declaration, steps are being taken to restrict access to the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter while still providing essential services. The shelter is open by appointment only for adoptions, reclaims, drop offs, etc. This is so we may limit the risk to our staff and the public.

Do not come to the shelter if you feel sick or may have been exposed to Coronavirus. Observe social distancing rules and remain at least six feet from our staff. Cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow.

Adoptions - View adoptable animals online at Citizens interested in an animal may call ahead for more info and an appointment.

Found Animals - If you have found an animal please call with a description so we may attempt to locate the owner. Consider posting the animal on Facebook at Winchester-Frederick County VA Lost and Found Pets and other social media resources.

Lost Animals - Owners of lost animals may contact the shelter with a description. Post lost animals on Winchester-Frederick Lost and Found Pets and other social media resources.

Owner Surrenders - Our staff can assist you with any possible alternatives to surrender over the phone. If no alternatives can be found, please make an appointment to surrender the animal.

If you have an animal related emergency contact Animal Control at (540) 662-6162

We would like to remind citizens to have a plan in place for their pets in the event they cannot care for them. Identify a caregiver and make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date in case they need to go to a boarding facility.

All future shelter events have been cancelled until further notice.

While we are aware that these restrictions will cause inconveniences, we are taking necessary precautions to protect not only visitors to the building but the staff who provide vital services to our community. The cooperation of everyone is greatly appreciated.

The Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter was established and designed to accept and house stray and unwanted dogs and cats of Frederick County. The shelter achieved its state certification in July of 1995. The operation of the shelter is overseen by the director of public works. The goals of the shelter are to provide humane care for the dogs and cats at the shelter, reunite lost pets with their owners, place dogs and cats in new homes, and to educate the public on responsible pet ownership.

Shelter Hours

Monday & Tuesday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday & Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sundays and Holidays

Wild Animal Emergencies

If you know of a wild animal that is injured, stranded, or otherwise in need of help, call Blue Ridge Wildlife at (540) 837-9000. Do not attempt to perform a rescue operation on your own. Wild animals can be unpredictable — especially when they are injured or trapped.


Volunteers are always welcome at the shelter. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Help is needed walking dogs, socializing felines, working as a greeter on Saturdays and during special events. For more information, telephone Holly at (540) 667-9192.

"The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue."
- Anonymous