Animal Shelter & Services

About Us


The City Of Fredericksburg Animal Shelter is run and funded by the City of Fredericksburg under the jurisdiction of the Fredericksburg Police Department. The functions of animal control and the shelter are to enforce the city’s animal control laws, and take in lost, stray, and owner surrendered dogs and cats. We are a minimum kill shelter. Dogs and cats that are brought in as strays have to be kept for a minimum of 4 days; if unclaimed, they then become the property of the City of Fredericksburg. After the 4 days, the animals are evaluated and then put up for adoption. At this time, the cats are socialized and the dogs are started on an obedience program as time allows. Unfortunately, due to limited space, some of the dogs and cats may have to be euthanized to make room for the new ones. Adopted dogs and cats, have a small adoption fee that includes spaying/neutering, a rabies shot and microchip.

Many dogs and cats are surrendered to the shelter because of their behavioral problems. Most of these problems have simple solutions and can be resolved with some owner education, basic obedience classes, being spayed or neutered, and a little bit of the owner’s time.

Fredericksburg has an existing and growing problem with stray and feral cats. We are working hard to get this problem under control, but need your help as a responsible pet owner. We need the citizens of Fredericksburg to start spaying and neutering their cats and dogs to help control this over population!

Our friendly staff includes Micky Moellering (Animal Control Officer) and Yvonne Gerhardt (Shelter Manager).