Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Fairfax County Animal Shelter We are Fairfax County, Virginia's only open-access municipal shelter, seeing 4,000-5,000 animals through our doors every year, and are proud of our live release rate of 90%+.
(567)

We welcome you and your comments! The purpose of official Fairfax County social media accounts is to present matters of public interest. We encourage you to submit your questions, comments, and concerns, but please note these are moderated online discussion sites. We recognize social media is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage our staff reso

We welcome you and your comments! The purpose of official Fairfax County social media accounts is to present matters of public interest. We encourage you to submit your questions, comments, and concerns, but please note these are moderated online discussion sites. We recognize social media is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage our staff reso

Operating as usual

When we say we have a lot of guinea pigs right now... we have A LOT of guinea pigs!! Exactly how many? THIRTY ONE. Yeah,...
07/25/2021

When we say we have a lot of guinea pigs right now... we have A LOT of guinea pigs!! Exactly how many? THIRTY ONE. Yeah, 31 guinea pigs available for adoption. And that doesn't even count the seventeen (17!) in foster, which includes some pregnant ones, and moms with babies. We have guinea pigs set up all over the shelter, and while we do love to be wheeked at as we walk around, we're sure they would muuuuch rather be wheeking at their adoptive families from the comfort of their new homes.

Consider this an official plea for help: ADOPT A GUINEA PIG! Or two, if they're a bonded pair! Or three, because yeah we even have one bonded trio! Share with friends and family and neighbors who have been considering acquiring a guinea pig, and may not know guinea pigs can be adopted from shelters!

Guinea pigs make great pets and they really are so fun. Need an excuse to go to the farmer's market? Well guinea pigs need fresh greens and herbs and it's fun to shop for them. Is your home too quiet? Guinea pig noises are so soothing, what with the gentle rustle as they nose around in their timothy hay, or start wheeking every time they hear the fridge open. Looking for a lap-sized pet to watch a movie or tv show with you? Hellooooo guinea pigs can snuggle!

Peruse these photos, and then peruse our webpage to see all our available guinea pigs. If you want to adopt, send in a questionnaire! We can even schedule a browse visit, so you can come in to visit all our available guinea pigs to help you select one (or two.. or that bonded trio!) to adopt into your family.

The adoption questionnaires can be found here: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps/forms, or you can email us at [email protected] if that form gives you any trouble.

To view all our available guinea pigs (and other pets): www.petango.com/FairfaxCountyAnimalShelter

You could adopt one cat... or you could adopt TWO! Apple and Long Long are best buddies and have lived together their wh...
07/24/2021

You could adopt one cat... or you could adopt TWO! Apple and Long Long are best buddies and have lived together their whole lives, and that needs to continue - they have to be adopted together! Apple (the Bengal-looking cat) is eleven years old and an absolute doll; she's friendly with people and once she's really comfortable with you, she likes to be carried like a baby! Long Long (white with tabby splotches, cute pink nose) is immediately friendly with pretty much everyone. They've lived with other cats, never lived with dogs, and have met children and were fine around them. We did our Senior Cat Program Package for Apple since she's over ten years old, including blood work and a urinalysis, and she's perfectly health! Long Long is seven years old.

Here's what our volunteers and staff say about these two:
- "Long Long walked all around the cat room, meowing his quirky little meow, breaking into an empty and unlocked condo (twice), enjoying pets and being a nice curious boy. Apple didn’t care to leave the top shelf of her condo & seemed a little hesitant about attention at first. But after talking to her for a minute, she welcomed attention, especially loving chin rubs."
- "Met Long Long and Apple-what sweet kitties with funny meows. Long Long is definitely the braver one-he ventured out a bit."
- "Long Long wins the award for the most iconic meow. This sweet boy loves attention and is quick to solicit for pets."
- "Apple - Another sweetie who rolled on her back for me. She is far more beautiful than this photo. Her coloring on her face and neck is much lighter and has a lot of caramel brown."
- "Apple has the most awesome coloring in a Cat I have seen in a while. This a.m. Apple meowed and seemed to be looking for attention. I pet her and she remained on the top shelf. She appeared to enjoy being pet and solicited more. She was much more at ease and seems to be coming out of her shell."
- "Apple is such a sweet lady. Whenever I open the condo door she is sitting so nicely, ready to lean in for pets. Can pet all over without issue."

If you'd like to adopt both these good cats, send in a completed adoption questionnaire as the very first step and we'll go from there to share info and schedule an in-person visit! All adoption info, steps, and questionnaires can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

But for real, Kilo is ready to hear his new family's footsteps walking his way!!! This little low-rider is almost eight ...
07/22/2021

But for real, Kilo is ready to hear his new family's footsteps walking his way!!! This little low-rider is almost eight years old, weighs 70 pounds, and he's hippo-shaped. His favorite activities include getting love and attention from people, playing, going for long walks, and posing for one million photos. Good thing he's so photogenic!! These are a mere sampling of just a few of our favorite Kilo photos. This dude really just can't take a bad picture. Now someone needs to adopt him, and please start an Instagram page for him so we can continue admiring his silly/cute face. (For more info and to adopt: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt)

Johnny, Gerald, and B, in unison: "We're the three best friends that anyone could have, we're the three best friends tha...
07/21/2021

Johnny, Gerald, and B, in unison: "We're the three best friends that anyone could have, we're the three best friends that anyone could have!!!!!!!!" Yah these three boys ARE best friends, and they have the BEST hair!!! Johnny (black/white/tan short hair), Gerald (long, flowing tan locks), and B (long, black hair with brown highlights) are besties and need to be adopted together. They're perfectly content to just hang out together in their enclosure, though they also like time outside their cage to stretch their tiny guinea pig legs and spend time with their people. And did we mention snacks. Because they also like snacks.

We have SO MANY GUINEA PIGS right now. Like seriously... so many. There are guinea pigs in the small animal room (where they're supposed to be), they've taken over what's normally our aviary, and they're even on tables near our adoption counselors. AUGHH!!! Help us move some guinea pigs outta here by ADOPTING them, please! We have solo pigs, pairs, and even this fantastic trio here. You can even schedule a 'guinea pig browse' visit to meet all of them and decide who you'd like to adopt! Just send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'd love to help you adopt your new best guinea pig friend(s)! For adoption steps and info:
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Johnny, Gerald, and B, in unison: "We're the three best friends that anyone could have, we're the three best friends that anyone could have!!!!!!!!" Yah these three boys ARE best friends, and they have the BEST hair!!! Johnny (black/white/tan short hair), Gerald (long, flowing tan locks), and B (long, black hair with brown highlights) are besties and need to be adopted together. They're perfectly content to just hang out together in their enclosure, though they also like time outside their cage to stretch their tiny guinea pig legs and spend time with their people. And did we mention snacks. Because they also like snacks.

We have SO MANY GUINEA PIGS right now. Like seriously... so many. There are guinea pigs in the small animal room (where they're supposed to be), they've taken over what's normally our aviary, and they're even on tables near our adoption counselors. AUGHH!!! Help us move some guinea pigs outta here by ADOPTING them, please! We have solo pigs, pairs, and even this fantastic trio here. You can even schedule a 'guinea pig browse' visit to meet all of them and decide who you'd like to adopt! Just send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'd love to help you adopt your new best guinea pig friend(s)! For adoption steps and info:
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Four-year-old Puff got to go on an adventure with a volunteer!!! She went for a car ride, and got to meet some farm anim...
07/21/2021

Four-year-old Puff got to go on an adventure with a volunteer!!! She went for a car ride, and got to meet some farm animals, and even got to take a dip in a creek. Here's the rundown: 'I had a fun day today with Puff. She enjoyed the car ride and time away from the shelter. What a great girl. We went to Frying Pan Park and she loved it. She enjoyed the goats and the chickens. She and the goat ended up kissing but I wasn't fast enough to get the shot. She seemed very calm around them and enjoyed the views of the park. We ended our day wading in my favorite creek. She loved the water. Puff loves to cuddle up close and give lots of kisses. I gave her lots of hugs and kisses. Hope she finds her family soon.'

Want to adopt? Send in a completed questionnaire and we'll schedule an in-person visit with Puff! Adoption process details: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Our brand new small animal housing couldn't have come at a better time - we have over 50 mice in our care right now!!! W...
07/16/2021

Our brand new small animal housing couldn't have come at a better time - we have over 50 mice in our care right now!!! We have pairs, trios, quartets, quintets, and even a couple solo mice. Many are young, some are adults, and we have all different colors, too. Mice make really fun pets, and it's especially fun to customize their habitats and watch them figure things out. They're active, cute, friendly, smart little creatures, and you can view all our available mice on our Petango page: www.petango.com/FairfaxCountyAnimalShelter.

And if you haven't seen our fancy new small animal housing unit, check out the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter's page for photos - they purchased it for us! Thank you, Friends!!

There is something about Jagger that reminds us of the character named Tramp from “Lady and the Tramp.” Maybe it’s becau...
07/16/2021

There is something about Jagger that reminds us of the character named Tramp from “Lady and the Tramp.” Maybe it’s because Jagger is also a little scruffy and unkempt but handsome. He is also laid-back and knows his way around the neighborhood. He made his way to a house and was savvy enough to get a warm bed, a roof over his head at night, and food to eat. Unfortunately, that semi-indoor/outdoor set-up did not last so Jagger still dreams of a family and home where he can relax, be happy, and maybe even get a collar with his own name on it! (Whether he keeps it on or not is to be determined!) What we would really like for Jagger, is for him to find a family that is committed to helping him live indoors which seems like it shouldn't be an issue for him given his sociability. Read on…

Jagger is such a gentle, sweet boy. From the moment we met him, we were quite enamored with him. He bumped his head up against our hand, stretched out his paws, and made “biscuits.” He was happy to have our attention. Another staff-member said this about Jagger: “I love this cat! …he will purr, head boop my hand, and let me pick him up.” See? He's the best.

Jagger is an older boy, and he really is quite healthy aside from his teeth; we did our 'Senior Cat Program' vet diagnostics on him to check blood work and do a urinalysis to ensure there is nothing going on. As for his teeth, he has rather advanced dental disease along with a cracked canine tooth (ouch!) but thanks to the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, Jagger is already scheduled and paid-up for full dental service, which is set for July 27. We'd love for him to have a home to recover in.

Jagger has been around other cats and small dogs; we hear he loved the small dog. He could potentially do well in a home with other calm dogs and cats that give him space. The activity that often comes with young children may be a bit much for him – especially if he is transitioning to being inside-inside ALL the time.

If you are interested in meeting the very wonderful Jagger, please send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we will go from there! All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Meet Nate and Alvey! They were born right here in the Shelter, to mom rabbit Jess who had a whopping ten babies. The who...
07/15/2021

Meet Nate and Alvey! They were born right here in the Shelter, to mom rabbit Jess who had a whopping ten babies. The whole rabbit fam was sent to foster, where they stayed until they were old enough for adoption. That time is now! Actually that time was like four months ago, but it's also right now! Nate and Alvey are almost six months old. They love being brushed and eating snacks. #SelfCare! Here's what their foster mom says about them: "Alvey and Nate are curious and playful. They love toys, playtime and free roam time outside of their pens, and they both have good appetites - they love Timothy hay, dill, cilantro, parsley, romaine lettuce, spring mix lettuce, carrots, and strawberries (as a treat). They enjoy having something to hide in and something to chew (preferably apple sticks or cardboard). Might be good matches for folks looking for a companion for their single bun but could be fine alone with plenty of outside social interaction. They're super “cat friendly” - our one-eyed senior cat Mowgi is obsessed with them and spends lots of her day just being near Alvey and Nate. They're not bonded but have lived in the same room since early March. They love their toys and are curious and playful especially during daily free roam time in their room but when they’re exhausted from playing they will gladly bunny flop and chill near each other."

Both Nate and Alvey are already neutered, and they're ready to be adopted! Do a little research and see if rabbits are right for your family, and if yes, send in a completed adoption questionnaire as the very first step and we'll go from there to share info and schedule an in-person visit. All adoption info, steps, and questionnaires can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Any hound fans out there? You've just got to meet this perfect duo: Jimmy and Copper!! Technically they don't *have* to ...
07/06/2021

Any hound fans out there? You've just got to meet this perfect duo: Jimmy and Copper!! Technically they don't *have* to be adopted together, but they would sure love it. Jimmy (tri-color) sometimes needs a safety blanket, and Copper (bluetick) is happy to oblige. They're not actually blood brothers, but family is more than blood, right? They're each other's chosen family, and we would really love to see them adopted together. And so would they!

Jimmy is the elder of the two and he’s calm but not in cool, collected kind of way. More like a slightly scared but calm kind of way. We’re kind of laughing as we write this because he’s just so funny, but sad, sweet, silly, d***y, and pathetic – all the things. We like him a lot. Jimmy might not be the bravest, he might not want to walk the farthest on leash, but he will snuggle the longest, and he will sleep in the latest, folks! And he is crate-trained and potty-trained.

And Copper is kind of perfect. Like, if we were his older brother Jimmy we would think he was annoyingly perfect. Copper is handsome, charming, funny, and everyone loooooves him. Geez, Copper! Mr. Congeniality over here – good with people of all ages, good with animals, housetrained, crate-trained. Pfffft. (Though... Jimmy would like you to know that Copper tries to STEAL food off the counter and he is afraid of getting his nails trimmed. So there!)

Copper and Jimmy are both good boys who would do well in a number of homes, even including kids, cats, and other small animals, though we always recommend gradual introductions and careful supervision. They both love long walks and would enjoy continuing their basic training with their new family. Want to take these two home? Send in a completed adoption questionnaire! www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Meet Nutmeg! She is just three years old, and was surrendered to us because she wasn't a fan of the young kids in her pr...
07/05/2021

Meet Nutmeg! She is just three years old, and was surrendered to us because she wasn't a fan of the young kids in her previous home. She just doesn't like kids, and that's ok - her next home will just need to be kid-free! Nutmeg is great with adults, and happily greets visitors even. She's never lived with another cat and we don't know how she'd feel about that. Nutmeg has lived with a young dog, and did pretty ok; sometimes if the dog got too in-her-face she'd smack him. Sounds like she was just teaching that dog some useful lessons about how cats are in charge!! Nutmeg would do best in a home that can provide her with calm consistency as she settles in. She'll be a great little companion in the right home!! If you'd like to adopt, send in a completed adoption questionnaire as the very first step and we'll go from there to share info and schedule an in-person visit! All adoption info, steps, and questionnaires can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Meet Nutmeg! She is just three years old, and was surrendered to us because she wasn't a fan of the young kids in her previous home. She just doesn't like kids, and that's ok - her next home will just need to be kid-free! Nutmeg is great with adults, and happily greets visitors even. She's never lived with another cat and we don't know how she'd feel about that. Nutmeg has lived with a young dog, and did pretty ok; sometimes if the dog got too in-her-face she'd smack him. Sounds like she was just teaching that dog some useful lessons about how cats are in charge!! Nutmeg would do best in a home that can provide her with calm consistency as she settles in. She'll be a great little companion in the right home!! If you'd like to adopt, send in a completed adoption questionnaire as the very first step and we'll go from there to share info and schedule an in-person visit! All adoption info, steps, and questionnaires can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Address

4500 West Ox Rd
Fairfax, VA
22030

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12pm - 7pm
Wednesday 12pm - 7pm
Thursday 12pm - 7pm
Friday 12pm - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

Telephone

(703) 830-1100

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Fairfax County Animal Shelter posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Business

Send a message to Fairfax County Animal Shelter:

Videos

Comments Policy

We welcome you and your comments!

The purpose of official Fairfax County social media accounts is to present matters of public interest. We encourage you to submit your questions, comments, and concerns, but please note these are moderated online discussion sites.

We recognize social media is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage our staff resources (your tax dollars), we generally only monitor comments and postings during regular business hours.

Once comments are posted, Fairfax County reserves the right to remove submissions.

Nearby government services


Other Government Organizations in Fairfax

Show All