August 22nd, 2017

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All About the Animals




Officer Chad Dorey can be contacted MON-FRI from 7AM-3PM by calling 540.261.6171.



If you have lost a pet or have found an animal, please contact SEO Chad Dorey at 540.261.6171.

If your pet is missing you may also contact the Rockbridge SPCA at 540.463.5123 to see if your pet is at the shelter. Shelter hours are M-F 12P-4P, Sat. 12P-3P and Sun 2P-4P.

If you would like to post a picture and details about a missing or found pet on our site to generate awareness, please contact Avis Slagle at 540.261.6174 or email for assistance.



The BVPD is happy to assist residents with problems resulting from nuisance animals by loaning traps and/or providing information about deterrence or removal. Please be aware that SEO Dorey is prohibited by state law from relocating wild animals (i.e. groundhogs, opossums, skunks, deer, etc) but he will provide alternate contact information for local exterminators.



  • All dog tags are due by January 31st of the corresponding calendar year. Dog tags can be purchased from the Buena Vista Treasurer’s Office located in the city municipal building. All dog tags are $8.00 with the exception of spayed/neutered dogs which can be purchased for $4.00. Virginia state law states that all dogs must have proof of current rabies vaccination before dog tags can be purchased.
  • All cats are required by Virginia state law to have current rabies vaccinations.
  • Poultry and fowl are allowed on residential property within the city, with certain restrictions.
  • Goats, pigs and cows are not allowed within the city limits.