NORFOLK ANIMAL PROTECTION UNIT (APU)
Norfolk Animal Protection Unit is tasked with enforcing State and City codes pertaining to companion animal ownership and welfare. APU Humane Officers have the authority to issue summonses for violations, secure warrants, and seize animals. The Norfolk Animal Protection Unit has been protecting the people and animals of the city since 1960 and responds to several thousand calls for service each year.
If you would like to report a complaint, please call: Norfolk Police Non-Emergency number (757) 441-5610.
Norfolk APU is comprised of 7 Humane Officers and an APU Supervising Officer. They operate under the command of The Norfolk Police Department’s Special Enforcement Division. Humane Officers patrol the city from 9:30am to 6:30pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and one officer is on call for emergencies occurring after hours.
Calls for Service
Norfolk APU commonly address:
- Animal Bites and Attacks
- Dog Fighting Investigations
- Facility Inspections
- Rabies Vaccination and City
- License Enforcement
- Stray Companion Animals
- Nuisance Complaints
- Animal Cruelty Investigations
- Exotic Animal Permitting
Lost Pets or Animal Adoption
To report a missing pet or inquire about adopting, please contact:
The Norfolk Animal Care & Adoption Center
5585 Sabre Rd.
Norfolk, VA 23502
Neighborhood and Feral Cats
For information concerning cats, please refer to:
The Hampton Roads Pet Recourse Guide
To report issues concerning wildlife, please contact:
Tidewater Wildlife Rescue: (757) 255-8710
Wildlife Response: (757) 543-7000
Wildlife/Conflict Hotline: (855) 571-9003