LAWS: Animal control laws include required vaccinations, licenses, leash laws, poop scooping, and prohibited areas. Please be aware of the animal control laws in your city, as they may vary from city to city. To check on the statutes for your city, visit www.municode.com. The state code can be found at http://legis.state.va.us/Laws/CodeofVa.htm
DOG PARKS: Some cities have established Dog Parks where dogs may run off-leash, usually after certain conditions have been met. Here are links to Dog Park information that we are aware of locally:
Virginia Beach: http://www.vbgov.com/e-gov/vbcsg/faqinfo/0,1172,5353,00.html
There are many diseases which puppies are high susceptible to and owners should be sure that all their puppy vaccinations are completed. The earliest this can happen is 4 months of age so we would recommend that no pups under the age of 4 months visit the parks or any public areas. Please contact the companies below for more information regarding their park restrictions.
Dog Park Locations:
Banyon Grove http://www.banyangrovetownesquare.com/s/homepage
The Mansards http://www.great-atlantic.com/joann/va_beach/the_mansards.htm
BEACHES: Dogfriendly.com provides information on beach restrictions for dogs.
LODGING, ETC.: PetsWelcome.com lists lodging, amusements, beaches, and lots of other places that do not exclude animals. http://www.petswelcome.com/milkbone/sitemapframe.html
Animal Friendly Pet Policies Guide
This guide by the Virginia Beach SPCA is available to assist property managers in developing pet friendly policies. The document is available here or by clicking the file link below.