Woofie's

Woofie's We are the epitome of pet people, and it’s our passion to pamper your four-legged companion with our grooming, walking, and pet sitting services.

If you are a health care worker, working on the front lines of Covid-19, we want to help you! Now, through May 31st, we ...
04/17/2020

If you are a health care worker, working on the front lines of Covid-19, we want to help you! Now, through May 31st, we are walking pups of health care workers for FREE.

If you are a healthcare worker residing in the Ashburn, Lansdowne, Herndon, Reston, South Riding and Aldie areas, please fill out this form:
https://forms.gle/dXceZHqaRWoSFshw9
We will be in contact with you to schedule your walks!

*Community Members*: If you would like to contribute to support this cause, please email [email protected] and ask how you can purchase a Woofie's gift certificate that will go towards helping a local health care worker care for their pet while they are away.

We love your pets!!! 🐶❤️ And there is nothing that could stop us from making sure they are safe and healthy during the C...
04/16/2020

We love your pets!!! 🐶❤️ And there is nothing that could stop us from making sure they are safe and healthy during the Covid-19 crisis!

Here, Woofie’s team member Sherri, is taking sweet Lucy out for a walk. Lucy’s mom resides in an assisted living community and needs help with getting Lucy some time outdoors.

We are taking every precaution to make sure our team members are following the guidelines set forth by the CDC and WHO. The safety and well-being of our team members, our clients, and their pets is our first priority!

We have a few new additions to the Woofie’s family! Welcome, Maxwell, Arya, and the “girls”: LuAnn, Ramona, Tamra, and L...
04/15/2020

We have a few new additions to the Woofie’s family! Welcome, Maxwell, Arya, and the “girls”: LuAnn, Ramona, Tamra, and Lisa Rinna!

*Maxwell is a 13-year-old Beagle/Terrier mix that Woofie’s team member, Pat, adopted from Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART) a few days ago. According to his mom, he has the sweetest disposition and is settling into his new home very well! 🐕😍

*Arya is a 10-week-old black, German Shepard puppy adopted by Woofie’s team member, Paige. Arya loves to go on walks and is still learning how to get up and down the stairs. She is already a pro at taking her bone back and forth from her bed to her favorite blanket and she loves chasing her new little (human) brother around the house! 🐶❤️

*LuAnn, Ramona, Tamra, and Lisa Rinna are the newest additions to the Murphy household, joining (dog) brothers Griffey and Cal! These girls are about 16-weeks-old and as you can see from the likes of their brand new fancy coop, they will be loving life as Real Househens of Loudoun County. 🐓😂

If anyone has information related to this case, please call Loudoun County Animal Services at 703-777-0406.
04/14/2020
Cat shot in Loudoun Co.; animal services seeks info | WTOP

If anyone has information related to this case, please call Loudoun County Animal Services at 703-777-0406.

Loudoun County Animal Services in Virginia are looking for information after a cat was found shot last Wednesday in Hamilton.

Aren't play dates the best?💞 Gracie (forefront) and Callie are the very best of friends and are used to seeing each othe...
04/14/2020

Aren't play dates the best?💞 Gracie (forefront) and Callie are the very best of friends and are used to seeing each other often. When Gracie's mom travels for work, she gets to stay at Callie's for Bed & Biscuit overnights. Although Gracie's mom is home during quarantine, she didn't want to deprive Gracie of quality time with her very best playmate so she opted for Woofie's Stay & Play!!

Now through the end of May, Woofie's is offering Stay & Play doggie day care at a sitter's home for up to 8 hours allowing your pup to socialize with other pups or just have some one-on-one time. Rates start at just $25 for up to 6 hours and $35 for up to 8 hours. Contact [email protected] to schedule today!

Happy Monday! It seems we've all gotten a little crash course on video conferencing these days. 😂
04/13/2020

Happy Monday! It seems we've all gotten a little crash course on video conferencing these days. 😂

Happy Easter from all of us at Woofie's! 🐾🐰🐣🌸
04/12/2020

Happy Easter from all of us at Woofie's! 🐾🐰🐣🌸

Woofie's Fetch Concierge Service is featured in the Ashburn Patch! Click on the article below to read how Woofie's is he...
04/09/2020
Woofie's Offers Grocery, Medication Deliveries During Coronavirus

Woofie's Fetch Concierge Service is featured in the Ashburn Patch! Click on the article below to read how Woofie's is helping local home bound residents with pick-up & delivery services and more.

Email [email protected] to schedule your service!

Woofie's will deliver groceries, medications and other items to your home at a time when home delivery service is in high demand.

Is your pup feeling a bit cooped up? Now through May 31st, let your furbaby join in the fun with Woofie's Stay & Play Do...
04/07/2020

Is your pup feeling a bit cooped up? Now through May 31st, let your furbaby join in the fun with Woofie's Stay & Play Doggie Day Care!

For the months of April & May, Woofie's is offering in-home daycare and play for dogs. If you'd like your pup to have some more socialization and play time with or without other dogs, have a backyard to play in, go on walks and more - Stay & Play is for you! Choose from just a few hours of Stay & Play time to up to 8 hours. Busy working from home? Woofie's will taxi your pet to and from the Stay & Play sitter's home for an additional cost. Stay and Play rates are $25 for up to 6 hours and $35 for up to 8 hours.

Email [email protected] to learn more and schedule a Stay & Play date today!

Spring has sprung and now is the perfect time to get your pup outdoors and active! ☀️🌻🐾 Now through May 31st, buy 5 walk...
04/06/2020

Spring has sprung and now is the perfect time to get your pup outdoors and active! ☀️🌻🐾 Now through May 31st, buy 5 walks with Woofie's and get your 6th walk for free! Walks must be of equal time/value and can only be used for new and future service requests booked between now and May 31st. This offer cannot be combined with any other Woofie's promotion or discounts.

Call us at 571-426-6503 or email [email protected] and mention "Buy 5, Get 1" to grab up this great offer today!

*** UPDATE: NEVA HAS BEEN FOUND!!!******🚨MISSING CAT ALERT 🚨***We urgently need your help to locate this sweet baby! Nev...
04/05/2020

*** UPDATE: NEVA HAS BEEN FOUND!!!***

***🚨MISSING CAT ALERT 🚨***
We urgently need your help to locate this sweet baby! Neva has been missing from her home in Leesburg since Friday night (4/3/20). Her owner just moved and is worried she may be unable to locate her new home, just steps away from downtown Leesburg and the W&OD trail. Neva is a female, about 13/14 years old, with tortoiseshell coloring. She is *not* micro-chipped. She will most likely run if approached.

If you have seen or if you happen to see Neva, please call 571-232-6506.

Thank you for all of your help!! 🙏❤️😺

Happy Friday!! (Is it even Friday?) Let’s share some more memes to help us get through the weekend! 😆🐾❤️
04/03/2020

Happy Friday!! (Is it even Friday?) Let’s share some more memes to help us get through the weekend! 😆🐾❤️

Despite these challenging times, one thing that has remained clear is that our clients, community, and friends are here ...
04/02/2020

Despite these challenging times, one thing that has remained clear is that our clients, community, and friends are here to support us and one another. We couldn't be more grateful for all of you! 🙏❤️ We want to thank Loudoun Strong for profiling us and bringing attention to the many wonderful small businesses in Loudoun County!

#loudounstrong 💪 #supportsmallbusinesses #womeninbusness #dogsofloudouncounty #dmvpets #woofpack #woofiesofficial #petsitting #dogwalking #mobilepetspa #conciergeservices

“Like so many other small businesses, everything changed for Woofie’s in the past few weeks due to COVID-19. Our pet sitting and dog walking requests have been significantly affected since the majority of our clients are now working from home and are no longer traveling. We’ve had to scale down our internal operations and furlough team members who have been with us for many years. It’s really heartbreaking to have to be in this position. This is the first time in 15 years of business that we have ever had to make these difficult decisions.

We also knew we had to do something to help our clients and others in the community. We realized we had to pivot quickly and incorporate Woofie’s Fetch Services: no-contact concierge services for our clients. Not only does Fetch concierge service help our clients, it provides additional work for our Woofie’s sitters. 100% of all fees received for Fetch services goes directly to the Woofie’s Fetch attendant.

We miss our clients and we miss their pets! We just want everyone to stay healthy and we can’t wait to resume our normal operations so we can go back to doing what we love - taking care of the animals.” -Amy Reed & Leslie Barron, owners @woofiesofficial #loudounstrong #loudounbiz #loudouncounty #loveloudoun @ Woofie's

The people have spoken!! Woofie's was once again voted "BEST" in the region in Posh Seven Magazine's Best of Suburbia 20...
04/01/2020

The people have spoken!! Woofie's was once again voted "BEST" in the region in Posh Seven Magazine's Best of Suburbia 2020 survey. Over 10,000 people voted and Woofie's was chosen as the best in TWO categories: Best Groomer & Best Doggie Day Care! 🏆🎉

Thank you for once again making Woofie's #1 for pet care in the region. We can't thank you enough for your support!!
🙏❤️🐾

#doggrooming #petsitting #dogwalking #poshsevenmagazine #bestofsuburbia2020 #dmvpets #dogsofloudouncounty #woofiesofficial #woofpack

Woofie's cover photo
03/31/2020

Woofie's cover photo

Happy Monday! Going into week #3 of quarantine - let’s see your very best quarantine memes, pet-related or not. Post the...
03/30/2020

Happy Monday! Going into week #3 of quarantine - let’s see your very best quarantine memes, pet-related or not. Post them in the comments below. 😂❤️🐾

#laughterismedicine #quarantinememes #woofpack #supportsmallbusinesses #woofiesofficial

As grocery stores and online delivery services struggle with fulfilling customer orders due to high demand, please remem...
03/28/2020
Demand for online ordering leaves grocery stores scrambling, customers waiting

As grocery stores and online delivery services struggle with fulfilling customer orders due to high demand, please remember that Woofie's Fetch Concierge Services is taking SAME DAY and NEXT DAY delivery orders.

Fees are $20/hour charged in increments of 30 minutes and all fees go directly to your Woofie's Fetch attendant.

Email [email protected] to order (no-contact) concierge services such as grocery and restaurant pick-up/delivery, medication pick-up/delivery, taking your pet to the vet, and much more!

“I don’t think it’s safe for people to crowd into a grocery store to shop,” one grocer said.

03/27/2020
Coronavirus outbreak leads to uptick in foster pet applications

Rescues and shelters across the country have seen an increase in foster applications and adoptions since the coronovirus quarantine began. It's no wonder since, pets can be such a great source of love and support - especially in challenging times. 🐾🥰

If you've started fostering or if you've adopted a pet recently, send us a photo and let us know in the comments below!

Social distancing can be lonely, but many Americans found the perfect solution — fostering a pet in need.

Now through May 31st, purchase any Woofie’s gift certificate and receive 20% off! (Example: Buy a $100 Woofie's gift cer...
03/26/2020

Now through May 31st, purchase any Woofie’s gift certificate and receive 20% off! (Example: Buy a $100 Woofie's gift certificate for $80). Gift certificates are applicable for any *new* service request and can be used for pet sitting, dog walking and/or mobile pet spa services.

Contact [email protected] to order your gift certificate today!

#nocontactservice #supportsmallbusinesses #petsitters #mobilepetspa #dmvpets #dogsofloudouncounty

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this very difficult time! Many of you have asked what you can do to ...
03/25/2020

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy during this very difficult time! Many of you have asked what you can do to continue supporting the Woofie's team during COVID-19, so we've compiled a list of helpful options.

As always, we wish you and your furbabies all the best and thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 🙏🐾❤️

It's National Puppy Day! 🐶🐾If you are lucky enough to have a puppy in your life, post a picture in the comments below an...
03/23/2020

It's National Puppy Day! 🐶🐾If you are lucky enough to have a puppy in your life, post a picture in the comments below and let's celebrate the joy these babies bring to our lives! 🥰

We are very pleased to announce that in addition to our pet sitting, dog walking and mobile pet spa services, we are now...
03/20/2020

We are very pleased to announce that in addition to our pet sitting, dog walking and mobile pet spa services, we are now introducing Woofie’s Fetch Services: our new Concierge Service that offers our trusted team members to perform various tasks for our clients!

Our Woofie’s team members are available to help you with any of your personal needs (not just for pets!) you may have outside of your home. We know how challenging times are right now for everyone and we are here to assist in any way!

Starting today, we are offering Woofie’s Fetch concierge services at a rate of $20 per hour (charged in 30 minute increments). Our concierge services include but are not limited to:

~Pick up from restaurants or grocery stores
~Pick up general supplies and/or medication
~Pick up food or medication for your pet
~Running errands
~Vet appointments

For many of our dog walkers and pet sitters, taking care of pets is their full-time job. Now more than ever, we want to make sure they are supported in every way possible. That’s why, when you book concierge services through Woofie’s, 100% of the fees will go directly to your Fetch attendant.

If you or anyone you know might need the help of a trusted attendant, please email us at [email protected] to schedule service today!

Not currently a Woofie’s client? We would love the opportunity to offer our services to you so please contact us and we will get you set up within a few minutes!

Please note that our Fetch team members will strictly abide by all safety and health guidelines as well as offer no-contact service. Your safety and that of our team members is of the utmost concern!

In the past few days, there's been a huge increase in the number of people working from home due to the coronavirus. If ...
03/19/2020
Dogs working from home during coronavirus crisis? There's an Instagram account for that

In the past few days, there's been a huge increase in the number of people working from home due to the coronavirus. If you happen to be one of those people and your pet is your new co-worker, you are in good company!

Post a picture in the comments below and let us know what it's like being quarantined with your best friend by your side! 🐶🐱🥰

@DogsWorkingFromHome made its first post during the onset of the coronavirus crisis, and already has hundreds of submissions

Ever considered being a foster? Now might be just the right time to start! In the coming weeks, shelters across the nati...
03/18/2020

Ever considered being a foster? Now might be just the right time to start! In the coming weeks, shelters across the nation will be seeing a slow down in adoption rates as people are staying indoors. Unfortunately, that means homeless pets will stay in shelters and without forever homes, much longer than usual. Consider becoming a foster today! 🐶🐱❤️🙏

Click on the link in the post below to fill out an application!

Hey Loudoun County! Looking for something to do? Have you considered fostering?

In the coming weeks, we are expecting adoption traffic to slow, while animals continue to come into the shelter. Our goal is to adopt out as many animals as possible, however, should we need to start moving our animals into foster homes we are compiling a list of interested fosters.

Please click the link below to fill out the foster survey form. Thank you for helping the animals of Loudoun County.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SHG5VX5

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all! If you can't find any other way to celebrate today - just give your pup a big smooch! 🍀💚...
03/17/2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all! If you can't find any other way to celebrate today - just give your pup a big smooch! 🍀💚🌈

Woofie's cover photo
03/12/2020

Woofie's cover photo

***UPDATE: FOUND!*** Pls help - missing pup!!!⚠️🙏🏼‼️Leesburg, VA‼️🙏🏼⚠️MISSING DOG near Balls Bluff (Route 15 and Battlef...
03/08/2020

***UPDATE: FOUND!***

Pls help - missing pup!!!

⚠️🙏🏼‼️Leesburg, VA‼️🙏🏼⚠️MISSING DOG near Balls Bluff (Route 15 and Battlefield Parkway) in Leesburg VA. Skittish, do not chase! Microchipped but not wearing tags. Contact Goose Tracks - Lost Dog Tracking at 703-261-4492 or the owner at 703-728-4588 if seen.

PLS SHARE so we can help bring this sweet pup home safely and quickly!!!! 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

03/05/2020
Today, Woofie's filed a complaint in federal court against Woofys puppy store in Chantilly for trademark infringement. I...
03/05/2020
Woofie’s® Collects 7,000+ Petition Signatures, Files Trademark Infringement Complaint Against Woofys Puppy Store

Today, Woofie's filed a complaint in federal court against Woofys puppy store in Chantilly for trademark infringement. In addition to this filing, we've collected over 7,000 signatures of concerned citizens, pet lovers, and others who are extremely troubled about the ownership connected to this upcoming store. Click on the story below to learn more!

Loudoun pet business moves to stop Chantilly puppy store from opening with similar name, managed by a man charged with animal cruelty.

In honor of Professional Pet Sitters Week (March 1-7), we’d like to recognize our amazing and dedicated pet sitters! Tha...
03/02/2020

In honor of Professional Pet Sitters Week (March 1-7), we’d like to recognize our amazing and dedicated pet sitters! Thank you for all that you do to ensure that that our client’s pets always receive the BEST possible care! ❤️🙏😍

Many people have been asking us what personal action they can take to stop the “Woofy’s” puppy store from opening. Our o...
02/28/2020
Va. man charged with animal cruelty responds to concerns he’s opening purebred puppy shop | WTOP

Many people have been asking us what personal action they can take to stop the “Woofy’s” puppy store from opening. Our online petition includes over 2,800 signatures of concerned citizens. You may participate here: change.org/stopwoofyschantilly.

We would love for you to join us at a peaceful, legal protest outside of the Woofy’s puppy store in the Chantilly Crossing Shopping Center on Saturday, March 14th from 12pm-4pm.

In addition, others have:

•Sent letters and emails to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

•Sent letters and emails to Fairfax County Government

•Contacted the Fairfax County Attorney General

•Contacted the Fairfax County Police Department – Animal Services Division

•Written reviews on Woofy’s Google Business page: https://search.google.com/local/writereview?placeid=ChIJ038E6adHtokR4twoMOLGyUE

•Written reviews on Woofy’s Yelp page: https://www.yelp.com/biz/woofys-chantilly

As reported by WTOP, Ayman Koshok states that the trademark infringement claim is “absurd,” he is “innocent and will be acquitted,” and he still plans to open his Woofy’s business.

We cannot allow this to happen.

Here are the facts supporting the criminal charges:

Ayman and his brother were arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a 6 month undercover investigation.

Petland terminated his franchise agreement and shut down the store.

Witnesses reported viewing, first-hand, the mistreatment of animals, the sale of sick puppies to unsuspecting consumers and the filthy conditions of the Petland store Ayman Koshok once operated.

Dozens of defenseless animals died after being mistreated. The Koshoks then stored the dead animals in a freezer.

In our opinion, Koshok has no regard for animals or people. It is also clear to us that he is trying to destroy our Woofie’s brand and the good reputation we have built over the last 15 years. We are not going to be bullied by him and we are not going to quietly stand by and watch him open yet another pet business. We are a voice for the animals and our voice won’t be silenced.

We are pursuing legal action against the Koshok brothers and Woofy’s.

We will certainly keep everyone updated! Again, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for helping us protect the animals.

A Virginia man who is charged with animal cruelty plans to move forward with opening a pet shop. But there is already a similarly-named business in the area, and a trademark question led to greater concerns.

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44200 Waxpool Rd, Ste 137
Ashburn, VA
20147

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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We are the epitome of pet people. That’s why we established Woofie’s in 2004. We saw firsthand the need for professional care services in the area, so we took the leap to be professional pet people full time. Now, we provide dog walking, pet sitting, and grooming services -- we even have a fleet of vans for mobile grooming! Whether your pup needs a walk to get out some energy or your cat needs some company while you’re away, our team of passionate pet people is here for you.

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Clover is ready for Easter
These two LOVE it when Stephanie pulls up!!
Hellos my Woofies community. I am rooting for you stand strong!
This handsome sweet boy found in Ashbrook. Please let me know if he's yours!
Thank you so much for fighting Woofys. I was so confused and thought y'all were franchising in Chantilly or opening a store. Was anyone else as confused as I was?
I thought you may be interested in this Bill that Senator David Marsden wrote on February 11, 2020. It relates to the situation with that terrible pet store!!! 2020 SESSION AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE (Proposed by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources on February 4, 2020) (Patron Prior to Substitute––Senator Marsden) Senate Amendments in [ ] - February 11, 2020 A BILL to amend and reenact § 3.2-6500 of the Code of Virginia and to amend the Code of Virginia by adding sections numbered 3.2-5901.1 and 3.2-6501.1, relating to keeping of dogs, cats, and rabbits; State Animal Welfare Inspector; regulations. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia: 1. That § 3.2-6500 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted and that the Code of Virginia is amended by adding sections numbered 3.2-5901.1 and 3.2-6501.1 as follows: § 3.2-5901.1. State Animal Welfare Inspector. The Commissioner shall employ and direct at least two licensed veterinary technicians, each of whom shall be known as the State Animal Welfare Inspector (the Inspector) and shall have the duty to carry out the tasks assigned to him pursuant to Chapter 65 (§ 3.2-6500 et seq.). The Inspector shall have the power to carry out the laws of the Commonwealth and the regulations of the Board and the Commissioner. § 3.2-6500. Definitions. As used in this chapter unless the context requires a different meaning: "Abandon" means to desert, forsake, or absolutely give up an animal without having secured another owner or custodian for the animal or by failing to provide the elements of basic care as set forth in § 3.2-6503 for a period of four consecutive days. "Adequate care" or "care" means the responsible practice of good animal husbandry, handling, production, management, confinement, feeding, watering, protection, shelter, transportation, treatment, and, when necessary, euthanasia, appropriate for the age, species, condition, size and type of the animal and the provision of veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering or impairment of health. "Adequate exercise" or "exercise" means the opportunity for the animal to move sufficiently to maintain normal muscle tone and mass for the age, species, size, and condition of the animal. "Adequate feed" means access to and the provision of food that is of sufficient quantity and nutritive value to maintain each animal in good health; is accessible to each animal; is prepared so as to permit ease of consumption for the age, species, condition, size and type of each animal; is provided in a clean and sanitary manner; is placed so as to minimize contamination by excrement and pests; and is provided at suitable intervals for the species, age, and condition of the animal, but at least once daily, except as prescribed by a veterinarian or as dictated by naturally occurring states of hibernation or fasting normal for the species. "Adequate shelter" means provision of and access to shelter that is suitable for the species, age, condition, size, and type of each animal; provides adequate space for each animal; is safe and protects each animal from injury, rain, sleet, snow, hail, direct sunlight, the adverse effects of heat or cold, physical suffering, and impairment of health; is properly lighted; is properly cleaned; enables each animal to be clean and dry, except when detrimental to the species; during hot weather, is properly shaded and does not readily conduct heat; during cold weather, has a windbreak at its entrance and provides a quantity of bedding material consisting of straw, cedar shavings, or the equivalent that is sufficient to protect the animal from cold and promote the retention of body heat; and, for dogs and cats, provides a solid surface, resting platform, pad, floormat, or similar device that is large enough for the animal to lie on in a normal manner and can be maintained in a sanitary manner. Under this chapter, shelters whose wire, grid, or slat floors (i) permit the animals' feet to pass through the openings, (ii) sag under the animals' weight, or (iii) otherwise do not protect the animals' feet or toes from injury are not adequate shelter. "Adequate space" means sufficient space to allow each animal to (i) easily stand, sit, lie, turn about, and make all other normal body movements in a comfortable, normal position for the animal and (ii) interact safely with other animals in the enclosure. When an animal is tethered, "adequate space" means that the tether to which the animal is attached permits the above actions and is appropriate to the age and size of the animal; is attached to the animal by a properly applied collar, halter, or harness that is configured so as to protect the animal from injury and prevent the animal or tether from becoming entangled with other objects or animals, or from extending over an object or edge that could result in the strangulation or injury of the animal; is at least ten feet in length or three times the length of the animal, as measured from the tip of its nose to the base of its tail, whichever is greater, except when the ENGROSSED ENGROSSED SB891ES1 2/26/20 14:7 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 animal is being walked on a leash or is attached by a tether to a lead line; does not, by its material, size, or weight or any other characteristic, cause injury or pain to the animal; does not weigh more than one-tenth of the animal's body weight; and does not have weights or other heavy objects attached to it. The walking of an animal on a leash by its owner shall not constitute the tethering of the animal for the purpose of this definition. When freedom of movement would endanger the animal, temporarily and appropriately restricting movement of the animal according to professionally accepted standards for the species is considered provision of adequate space. The provisions of this definition that relate to tethering shall not apply to agricultural animals. "Adequate water" means provision of and access to clean, fresh, potable water of a drinkable temperature that is provided in a suitable manner, in sufficient volume, and at suitable intervals appropriate for the weather and temperature, to maintain normal hydration for the age, species, condition, size and type of each animal, except as prescribed by a veterinarian or as dictated by naturally occurring states of hibernation or fasting normal for the species; and is provided in clean, durable receptacles that are accessible to each animal and are placed so as to minimize contamination of the water by excrement and pests or an alternative source of hydration consistent with generally accepted husbandry practices. "Adoption" means the transfer of ownership of a dog or a cat, or any other companion animal, from a releasing agency to an individual. "Agricultural animals" means all livestock and poultry. "Ambient temperature" means the temperature surrounding the animal. "Animal" means any nonhuman vertebrate species except fish. For the purposes of § 3.2-6522, animal means any species susceptible to rabies. For the purposes of § 3.2-6570, animal means any nonhuman vertebrate species including fish except those fish captured and killed or disposed of in a reasonable and customary manner. "Animal control officer" means a person appointed as an animal control officer or deputy animal control officer as provided in § 3.2-6555. "Boarding establishment" means a place or establishment other than a public or private animal shelter where companion animals not owned by the proprietor are sheltered, fed, and watered in exchange for a fee. "Boarding establishment" shall not include any private residential dwelling that shelters, feeds, and waters fewer than five companion animals not owned by the proprietor. "Collar" means a well-fitted device, appropriate to the age and size of the animal, attached to the animal's neck in such a way as to prevent trauma or injury to the animal. "Commercial dog breeder" means any person who, during any 12-month period, maintains 30 or more adult female dogs for the primary purpose of the sale of their offspring as companion animals. "Companion animal" means any domestic or feral dog, domestic or feral cat, nonhuman primate, guinea pig, hamster, rabbit not raised for human food or fiber, exotic or native animal, reptile, exotic or native bird, or any feral animal or any animal under the care, custody, or ownership of a person or any animal that is bought, sold, traded, or bartered by any person. Agricultural animals No agricultural animal, game species, or any animals animal regulated under federal law as a research animals animal shall not be considered a companion animals animal for the purposes of this chapter. "Consumer" means any natural person purchasing an animal from a dealer or pet shop or hiring the services of a boarding establishment. The term "consumer" shall not include a business or corporation engaged in sales or services. "Dealer" means any person who in the regular course of business for compensation or profit buys, sells, transfers, exchanges, or barters companion animals. The following shall not be considered dealers: (i) any person who transports companion animals in the regular course of business as a common carrier or (ii) any person whose primary purpose is to find permanent adoptive homes for companion animals. "Direct and immediate threat" means any clear and imminent danger to an animal's health, safety or life. "Dump" means to knowingly desert, forsake, or absolutely give up without having secured another owner or custodian any dog, cat, or other companion animal in any public place including the right-of-way of any public highway, road or street or on the property of another. "Emergency veterinary treatment" means veterinary treatment to stabilize a life-threatening condition, alleviate suffering, prevent further disease transmission, or prevent further disease progression. "Enclosure" means a structure used to house or restrict animals from running at large. "Euthanasia" means the humane destruction of an animal accomplished by a method that involves instantaneous unconsciousness and immediate death or by a method that involves anesthesia, produced by an agent that causes painless loss of consciousness, and death during such loss of consciousness. "Exhibitor" means any person who has animals for or on public display, excluding an exhibitor licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "Facility" means a building or portion thereof as designated by the State Veterinarian, other than a private residential dwelling and its surrounding grounds, that is used to contain a primary enclosure or SB891ES1 2 of 5 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150 151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 enclosures in which animals are housed or kept. "Farming activity" means, consistent with standard animal husbandry practices, the raising, management, and use of agricultural animals to provide food, fiber, or transportation and the breeding, exhibition, lawful recreational use, marketing, transportation, and slaughter of agricultural animals pursuant to such purposes. "Foster care provider" means a person who provides care or rehabilitation for companion animals through an affiliation with a public or private animal shelter, home-based rescue, releasing agency, or other animal welfare organization. "Foster home" means a private residential dwelling and its surrounding grounds, or any facility other than a public or private animal shelter, at which site through an affiliation with a public or private animal shelter, home-based rescue, releasing agency, or other animal welfare organization care or rehabilitation is provided for companion animals. "Groomer" means any person who, for a fee, cleans, trims, brushes, makes neat, manicures, or treats for external parasites any animal. "Home-based rescue" means an animal welfare organization that takes custody of companion animals for the purpose of facilitating adoption and houses such companion animals in a foster home or a system of foster homes. "Humane" means any action taken in consideration of and with the intent to provide for the animal's health and well-being. "Humane investigator" means a person who has been appointed by a circuit court as a humane investigator as provided in § 3.2-6558. "Humane society" means any incorporated, nonprofit organization that is organized for the purposes of preventing cruelty to animals and promoting humane care and treatment or adoptions of animals. "Incorporated" means organized and maintained as a legal entity in the Commonwealth. "Inspector" means a State Animal Welfare Inspector employed pursuant to § 3.2-5901.1 or his representative. "Kennel" means any establishment in which five or more canines, felines, or hybrids of either are kept for the purpose of breeding, hunting, training, renting, buying, boarding, selling, or showing. "Law-enforcement officer" means any person who is a full-time or part-time employee of a police department or sheriff's office that is part of or administered by the Commonwealth or any political subdivision thereof and who is responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the enforcement of the penal, traffic or highway laws of the Commonwealth. Part-time employees are compensated officers who are not full-time employees as defined by the employing police department or sheriff's office. "Livestock" includes all domestic or domesticated: bovine animals; equine animals; ovine animals; porcine animals; cervidae animals; capradae animals; animals of the genus Lama or Vicugna; ratites; fish or shellfish in aquaculture facilities, as defined in § 3.2-2600; enclosed domesticated rabbits or hares raised for human food or fiber; or any other individual animal specifically raised for food or fiber, except companion animals. "New owner" means an individual who is legally competent to enter into a binding agreement pursuant to subdivision B 2 of § 3.2-6574, and who adopts or receives a dog or cat from a releasing agency. "Ordinance" means any law, rule, regulation, or ordinance adopted by the governing body of any locality. "Other officer" includes all other persons employed or elected by the people of Virginia, or by any locality, whose duty it is to preserve the peace, to make arrests, or to enforce the law. "Owner" means any person who: (i) has a right of property in an animal; (ii) keeps or harbors an animal; (iii) has an animal in his care; or (iv) acts as a custodian of an animal. "Pet shop" means a retail establishment where companion animals are bought, sold, exchanged, or offered for sale or exchange to the general public. "Poultry" includes all domestic fowl and game birds raised in captivity. "Primary enclosure" means any structure used to immediately restrict an animal or animals to a limited amount of space, such as a room, pen, cage, compartment, or hutch. For tethered animals, the term includes the shelter and the area within reach of the tether. "Private animal shelter" means a facility operated for the purpose of finding permanent adoptive homes for animals that is used to house or contain animals and that is owned or operated by an incorporated, nonprofit, and nongovernmental entity, including a humane society, animal welfare organization, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or any other similar organization. "Properly cleaned" means that carcasses, debris, food waste, and excrement are removed from the primary enclosure with sufficient frequency to minimize the animals' contact with the above-mentioned contaminants; the primary enclosure is sanitized with sufficient frequency to minimize odors and the 3 of 5 ENGROSSED SB891ES1 SB891ES1 4 of 5 183 hazards of disease; and the primary enclosure is cleaned so as to prevent the animals confined therein 184 from being directly or indirectly sprayed with the stream of water, or directly or indirectly exposed to 185 hazardous chemicals or disinfectants. 186 "Properly lighted" when referring to a facility means sufficient illumination to permit routine 187 inspections, maintenance, cleaning, and housekeeping of the facility, and observation of the animals; to 188 provide regular diurnal lighting cycles of either natural or artificial light, uniformly diffused throughout 189 the facility; and to promote the well-being of the animals. 190 "Properly lighted" when referring to a private residential dwelling and its surrounding grounds means 191 sufficient illumination to permit routine maintenance and cleaning thereof, and observation of the 192 companion animals; and to provide regular diurnal lighting cycles of either natural or artificial light to 193 promote the well-being of the animals. 194 "Public animal shelter" means a facility operated by the Commonwealth, or any locality, for the 195 purpose of impounding or sheltering seized, stray, homeless, abandoned, unwanted, or surrendered 196 animals or a facility operated for the same purpose under a contract with any locality. 197 "Releasing agency" means (i) a public animal shelter or (ii) a private animal shelter, humane society, 198 animal welfare organization, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, or other similar entity or 199 home-based rescue that releases companion animals for adoption. 200 "Research facility" means any place, laboratory, or institution licensed by the U.S. Department of 201 Agriculture at which scientific tests, experiments, or investigations involving the use of living animals 202 are carried out, conducted, or attempted. 203 "Sanitize" means to make physically clean and to remove and destroy, to a practical minimum, 204 agents injurious to health. 205 "Sore" means, when referring to an equine, that an irritating or blistering agent has been applied, 206 internally or externally, by a person to any limb or foot of an equine; any burn, cut, or laceration that 207 has been inflicted by a person to any limb or foot of an equine; any tack, nail, screw, or chemical agent 208 that has been injected by a person into or used by a person on any limb or foot of an equine; any other 209 substance or device that has been used by a person on any limb or foot of an equine; or a person has 210 engaged in a practice involving an equine, and as a result of such application, infliction, injection, use, 211 or practice, such equine suffers, or can reasonably be expected to suffer, physical pain or distress, 212 inflammation, or lameness when walking, trotting, or otherwise moving, except that such term does not 213 include such an application, infliction, injection, use, or practice in connection with the therapeutic 214 treatment of an equine by or under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Notwithstanding anything 215 contained herein to the contrary, nothing shall preclude the shoeing, use of pads, and use of action 216 devices as permitted by 9 C.F.R. Part 11.2. 217 "Sterilize" or "sterilization" means a surgical or chemical procedure performed by a licensed 218 veterinarian that renders a dog or cat permanently incapable of reproducing. 219 220 by 221 222 the person's ownership, custody or charge, appropriate for the age, species, condition, size and type of 223 the animal. 224 "Veterinary treatment" means treatment by or on the order of a duly licensed veterinarian. 225 "Weaned" means that an animal is capable of and physiologically accustomed to ingestion of solid 226 food or food customary for the adult of the species and has ingested such food, without nursing, for a 227 period of at least five days. 228 § 3.2-6501.1. Regulations for the keeping of certain animals. 229 A. The Board shall, by July 1, 2022, and pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Process 230 Act (§ 2.2-4000 et seq.), adopt regulations providing for certain inspections of private animal shelters 231 and comprehensive regulations governing the keeping of dogs and cats by any pet shop. Such 232 regulations shall not apply to agricultural animals. 233 B. The regulations adopted pursuant to subsection A shall require every regulated person or facility 234 to register annually with the Department and shall prohibit operation without such registration. The fee 235 for such annual registration shall be no more than $25. 236 C. The regulations adopted pursuant to subsection A shall establish standards consistent with the 237 provisions of this chapter for the keeping of animals, including (i) standards of adequate care, exercise, 238 feed, shelter, space, treatment, and water and (ii) standards of proper cleaning and lighting. Such 239 regulations, where applicable, shall also govern contact between members of the public and animals 240 being exhibited. Where necessary, the Board shall adopt specific regulations that apply only to a 241 particular category of regulated entity; however, the standards established for any two similar 242 categories of regulated entity shall not differ significantly. 243 D. The Board shall issue guidance setting out the compliance requirements for each regulatory 244 standard adopted pursuant to this section, providing information on what an entity in each category is "Treasurer" includes the treasurer and his assistants of each county or city or other officer designated law to collect taxes in such county or city. "Treatment" or "adequate treatment" means the responsible handling or transportation of animals in 5 of 5 245 expected to do to comply with a given regulatory standard. 246 E. Regulations adopted pursuant to this section shall require a State Animal Welfare Inspector 247 employed pursuant to § 3.2-5901.1 to annually conduct at least one unannounced drop-in inspection of 248 each pet shop and private animal shelter. 249 F. Regulations adopted pursuant to this section shall establish remedies for each finding in a given 250 inspection. Such remedies may include the cancellation of the registration granted pursuant to 251 subsection B; the institution of a conditional probationary period, during which the regulated facility 252 shall be allowed to continue to operate; the renewal of such registration for a limited period; or other 253 actions. 254 G. Nothing in this section or in any regulation adopted pursuant to this section shall be interpreted 255 to limit the authority of any entity to punish or prosecute a person for a violation of any law or 256 regulation or to prevent any person from alerting an animal control officer or law-enforcement officer 257 regarding the condition or treatment of any animal. 258 [ 2. That the provisions of this act shall not become effective unless an appropriation effectuating 259 the purposes of this act is included in a general appropriation act passed in 2020 by the General 260 Assembly that becomes law. ]