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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 22. Social Services
Agency 40. Department of Social Services
Chapter 111. Standards for Licensed Family Day Homes

22VAC40-111-460. Animals.

A. Family pets shall not be allowed on any surfaces where food is prepared or served.

B. A pet or animal present at the home, indoors or outdoors, shall be in good health and show no evidence of carrying any disease.

C. Dogs or cats, where allowed, shall be vaccinated for rabies and shall be treated for fleas, ticks, or worms as needed.

D. The provider shall maintain documentation of the current rabies vaccination.

E. Caregivers shall closely supervise children when children are exposed to animals.

F. Children shall be instructed on safe procedures to follow when in close proximity to animals, e.g., not to provoke or startle them or remove their food.

G. Animals that have shown aggressive behavior shall not be kept in the home or on the grounds.

H. Monkeys, ferrets, reptiles, psittacine birds (birds of the parrot family), or wild or dangerous animals shall not be in areas accessible to children during the hours children are in care.

I. Animal litter boxes, toys, food dishes, and water dishes shall be inaccessible to children.

J. All animal excrement shall be removed promptly, disposed of properly, and, if indoors, the soiled area cleaned.

Statutory Authority

§§ 63.2-217, 63.2-1701, and 63.2-1734 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 26, Issue 07, eff. July 1, 2010.

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