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%+. Comments policy: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/social-hub/
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The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is Fairfax County’s only open-access, municipal shelter. With 4,000 to 5,000 animals coming through our doors each year, the shelter provides a safe place for dogs, cats, and small animals like guinea pigs, rabbits and pet birds to stay while they wait for their forever families. At any given time, visitors to the shelter can choose from 40 cats and kittens, 25 dogs and puppies, and dozens of small animals, all available for adoption. We have a live release rate of over 90%, and are very proud of our excellent volunteer and foster programs, compassionate staff, progressive sheltering policies and practices, and the wonderful animal-loving community we're a part of!

Have you been looking for a young cat to adopt? Come visit our shelter, then! Thanks to one of our rural rescue partners...
02/01/2020

Have you been looking for a young cat to adopt? Come visit our shelter, then! Thanks to one of our rural rescue partners, the Humane Society of Shenandoah County, we were able to transfer in almost a dozen new (to us) cats and kittens, who are all now in our cat adoption area and waiting to meet their new families! We love being able to transfer in pets, because it helps our rescue partners by clearing up some space, helps our adopters because we have more available pets to choose from, and of course it helps the individual pets because they get adopted!! Here are photos of some of the cats who were just transferred in. Hopefully soon we'll be getting update photos of these cuties, happily relaxing and playing in their new homes!!

It's seriously hard to believe that Bear is sixteen years old.. but he is!! He arrived to our shelter with undiagnosed h...
02/01/2020

It's seriously hard to believe that Bear is sixteen years old.. but he is!! He arrived to our shelter with undiagnosed hyperthyroidism, but our veterinarian did a medical workup and figured it out very quickly, and got him on the correct medication to manage it! He's much happier now, and he is SO FRIENDLY! Our caretaking staff, who are the ones who care for our shelter pets every day including giving medication, say that Bear is a chill cat, although he will try some evasive maneuvers when he knows it's time for his meds. He loves to be petted, loves to play with feather toys and chase the red dot, and you really have to come visit him for yourself to see how much pep in his step this senior cat has! Bear is great!!

Update: ADOPTED! SCRUFFY DOG ALERT! Douglas is about two years old and weighs just 13 pounds, and he's a friendly little...
02/01/2020

Update: ADOPTED!

SCRUFFY DOG ALERT! Douglas is about two years old and weighs just 13 pounds, and he's a friendly little chap who had a tendency to bluster about a bit when meeting new people. Meaning, he will bark and growl at first, but quickly warms up. He could use some practice with socialization with people and other dogs, but with his new adopter by his side, Douglas can do anything! Once he's comfortable with someone, this silly fellow will roll around on his back, to ask for MORE pets. He loves to play fetch, and will actually return toys to his person so they can be thrown again! In short, Douglas has it all: scruffy good looks, cute lil face, playful personality. Now all he needs is YOU! He's available for adoption TODAY so come on in - we're open 10am-5pm!

Update: ADOPTED!One-and-a-half-year-old Brutus is a little explorer - his favorite activity is to smell ALL THE THINGS!!...
02/01/2020

Update: ADOPTED!

One-and-a-half-year-old Brutus is a little explorer - his favorite activity is to smell ALL THE THINGS!! He's a little unsure of new people but he does warm up quickly. He loves to be petted, and doesn't mind being picked up. Give him a squeaky toy and he'll play a little, and maybe even get the zoomies from sheer excitement! He's lived with another dog in the past and was ok, and he seems super curious about other dogs here at the shelter. If you're looking for a small, young dog with the cutest lil underbite, Brutus could be your guy!! He's going to be available for adoption tomorrow, and we open at 10am! Visit our webpage for more info on the adoption process, including requirements and fees: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Rascal is an affectionate, snuggly boy who would make a great addition to any home! He's four years old and was surrende...
01/31/2020

Rascal is an affectionate, snuggly boy who would make a great addition to any home! He's four years old and was surrendered to us because his family could no longer care for him. Rascal has a history of urinary tract trouble, and will need to be on a special diet for the rest of his life. But it's readily available with a simple prescription from your vet, and it will help him keep living his best life! Rascal could also really use a water fountain, to encourage him to drink more water. Rascal will spend hours curled up against your side on his favorite comfy blanket, and when he's not doing that, he's fond of chasing the red dot or playing with his mousie toys. Rascal can be a bit shy, especially if there are lots of loud noises, but he warms up quickly and wants to cuddle with everybody. He has lived with small dogs, other cats, and children of all ages. If you're ready for a chonky cat who will happily binge Netflix and love spending quality time with your whole family, Rascal's your guy. Come in and visit him!!

Update: ADOPTED! PETUNIA IS IN THE HOUSE!!!!!!!! Kitty City, to be exact. Wait, no, we meant... PIGGY CITY!!!! Petunia i...
01/30/2020

Update: ADOPTED!

PETUNIA IS IN THE HOUSE!!!!!!!! Kitty City, to be exact. Wait, no, we meant... PIGGY CITY!!!! Petunia is just nine months old and already weighs 65 pounds, because pigs all get big. That's just how pigs work. They all get big. Petunia will likely get bigger still, or at least wider. Petunia was surrendered to us because it wasn't working out to keep her in the previous home. Pigs need lots of room to do pig things, like root around and eat a lot, which means that being indoors with carpet was... difficult. Petunia is super friendly with people and even dogs, although she's not afraid to establish herself as the boss. She LOOOOVES taking baths in her kiddie pool! She's not harness trained and will make lots of noise if you try it, so ideally she would live in a place where she can have her own fenced in area and indoor shelter, so she can make her own choices about where to be. Petunia, like all pigs, is very smart, and needs an adopter who will provide her with everything she needs. What she needed when she first arrived to the shelter was a delicious fortune cookie (as a treat), and her fortune said: "A lifetime of happiness lies ahead of you." If you have a barn environment and would like to add Petunia to your family, and help her find that happiness every day, come in and visit her in Piggy City!

Tyrek is looking and feeling his best after a dental cleaning, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Fairfax Count...
01/30/2020

Tyrek is looking and feeling his best after a dental cleaning, thanks to the support of the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter! This little senior guy is now ready to find his forever family, and is available for adoption today; come on in and visit him! Thanks, Friends of FCAS, for giving Tyrek the help he needed to start this next chapter of his life off on the right paw!

Tyrek is all smiles after receiving a dental cleaning thanks to our generous donors! Friends Dentals for Adoptions Program helps pets like Tyrek at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter receive necessary dental care before they find their forever homes.

Tyrek loves being the center of attention and needs a family that would be able to spend a good amount of time with him. His favorite activities include cuddling, being held, and snuggling under the bed covers (what a life!). Tyrek is looking to be the center of someone's world, if that might be with you visit him at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter today!

Interested in learning more about Friends Programs and how your donations make a difference? Visit us at https://www.ffcas.org/programs/ to read more!

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Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
01/29/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Lady Cannonball is such a favorite around here, and there are SO MANY photos of her, that it was basically impossible no...
01/26/2020

Lady Cannonball is such a favorite around here, and there are SO MANY photos of her, that it was basically impossible not to help her participate in the #dollypartonchallenge..... Care to adopt what is obviously the most photogenic dog? Come visit Lady Cannonball!!

Clem and Felix have been at our shelter for about three months now, and they were brought to us after their loving owner...
01/25/2020

Clem and Felix have been at our shelter for about three months now, and they were brought to us after their loving owner passed away. It was clear from the start that these two were best buddies, and their love for each other has only gotten stronger during their time here! Clem recently needed a foster break while he got accustomed to his new hyperthyroid medication, and of COURSE his best buddy Felix went with him! Clem will need to stay on the medication for the rest of his life, but he's right on track with it and now he and Felix are back at the shelter and waiting to be adopted! They're a bonded pair which means they need to be adopted together, but our cat condos are too small for them both to stay in one full-time so they stay in separate condos right next to each other. However! Our cat room volunteers give them a little bridge to get back and forth between their condos, and it's fittingly referred to as the "Clem-Felix Highway." Want to adopt these two sweetie pie best friend cats? Come in and visit!

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
01/23/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

01/23/2020
The Hound and The Hound: A Play in One Act

📣 VOLUME UP! ⬆️

We are very pleased to release this short film, which was written, directed, and produced by volunteer Jenna, dog-walking extraordinaire. Without further ado:

The Hound and the Hound: A Play In One Act
Starring: Durango and Rover

Durango: [screaming, only he knows why] “ARE YOU A HOUND?!”

Rover: [also yelling, but louder and with more sustained vibrato] “YES, I AM A HOUND!!!”

Durango: [still shouting as though from a great distance] “HOW EXCITING!!! I AM ALSO A HOUND!!!”

[off stage, Bella the Chi grumbles]

The End.

(Durango and Rover and both available for adoption! Come in to visit them and maybe they will perform for you live!)

UPDATE 1/28: GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!!! This dog's name is Max, and he is now VERY happily reunited with his family!!! His ow...
01/21/2020

UPDATE 1/28: GOOD NEWS EVERYONE!!! This dog's name is Max, and he is now VERY happily reunited with his family!!! His owner doesn't use Facebook, but their friend does, and they saw this post and showed Max's owner!! YOUR SHARES WORKED!!!!!!!!! They had been looking for him and were so happy he was safe in our care. Max had been quite shy and nervous here, but he did a 180 when he was reunited with his family - he was SO happy! Thank you all!

We shared Thomasina's incredible story a couple weeks back, and as promised here's a quick update: Thomasina and her kit...
01/21/2020

We shared Thomasina's incredible story a couple weeks back, and as promised here's a quick update: Thomasina and her kittens are doing great!!! Hard to believe that her kittens are already two weeks old, isn't it? Their foster says the kittens love their mom. Just look at this photo - so sweet!

Are super sweet elderly cats your favorite? Get in here and adopt Sammy, then, because he is both of those things and mo...
01/18/2020

Are super sweet elderly cats your favorite? Get in here and adopt Sammy, then, because he is both of those things and more!!! He's about 15 years old and was brought to us when his owner's life circumstances changed, and they had lots of good things to say about this fellow. Sammy is a great little cat, very friendly and affectionate, and he has lived with other cats and kids. Sammy is likely to just crawl into your arms to be cuddled, so prepare to fall in love with him immediately. Sammy is a lap cat, and loves to be around people. He's not too playful, but will sometimes get playful after being brushed. Sammy does have some age-related medical stuff going on, but nothing too bad. He has some dental disease, and kidney disease. Normally we would do a dental cleaning, but the kidney disease makes that risky and so we're holding off.

Sammy is quickly becoming a favorite because he just loooves to be held and cuddled. Here's what one of our caretakers, John, says about him: "Spent time today with the talkative and friendly guy. He approached me when I entered Cat Adoption, meowing and seeking attention. I picked him up and the hold and petting were all it took to quiet him down. He was very friendly throughout. It was nice to pick up a cat that I never met and hold him with absolutely no issues. Sammy is awesome!"

Sammy has a lot of love to give and is just a great little old man cat, who just needs someone to love! Come in and meet him!! We're open today until 5pm, and tomorrow 10am-5pm!

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
01/18/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Look at that angelic little face! How can you resist? Juliet is a sweet young dog who can be a little shy when she first...
01/16/2020

Look at that angelic little face! How can you resist? Juliet is a sweet young dog who can be a little shy when she first meets you, especially with men. But with a little time and lots of pets and treats, she warms up quickly and loves to hang out with her new best friends. Her favorite way to show how much she likes you is to jump up and give you a big hug. Once she's loosened up, she's a friendly, energetic girl who enjoys chasing squeaky toys - but mostly she just wants to hang out with her new best friends. She also seems to really like other dogs (although we still recommend an introduction to potential doggy siblings). She came to us as a stray, and when Animal Protection Officers found her she had a sheet around her. She takes a little time to warm up to new people and new situations, so we'd love to find a patient adopter who can help build her confidence. We may not know anything about her history, but with her sweet disposition, we're sure she's got a bright future. Could it be with you?

Nothing to see here, just two extra large obvious cats, hanging out together in Kitty City..... WAIT A SECOND.. 🧐 THOSE ...
01/15/2020

Nothing to see here, just two extra large obvious cats, hanging out together in Kitty City..... WAIT A SECOND.. 🧐 THOSE AREN’T CATS. That’s Shelby and Kaiser!! They’re best friends and our dog kennels weren’t big enough for them to be together in one, and they both cryyyy cry cry when they’re apart. So our Animal Care Manager had the great idea to move them into Kitty City so they could be together, and they love it! They’ll be even happier in a home with a family. Spread the word and help us get these two big sweet dogs adopted! 🥰

Update: ADOPTED! Charlie is just a pup at one and a half years old, full grown at 13 pounds, and he is SO friendly! He's...
01/14/2020

Update: ADOPTED!

Charlie is just a pup at one and a half years old, full grown at 13 pounds, and he is SO friendly! He's still young and could benefit from some training. He's super engaging and looooves people! He likes to lean in to people to get as close as possible. Charlie has lived with another dog and did great! He's met a couple other dogs here and just wants to play play play. Basically, he's super cute and so nice and we're sure he'll get adopted at lightning speed, so hurry in if you're interested! Here's the info on our adoption process, including requirements and fees: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

What a cool opportunity, and such a good ending!!! Thanks to all involved in rescuing and rehabilitating this bald eagle...
01/10/2020

What a cool opportunity, and such a good ending!!! Thanks to all involved in rescuing and rehabilitating this bald eagle!

Do you remember this bald eagle rescued by Fairfax County Police Department last month? Well, we've got a happy ending and you're invited to see it! Join us at Burke Lake Park this Sunday, January 12 at 11 a.m. and watch Dr. Belinda Burwell, D.V.M., release the rehabilitated bald eagle. The release will take place on an open field near the amphitheater. 🦅 Wildlife Vet Care
More Info: https://facebook.com/events/831528813960722/

Is Elrond the rabbit the Lord of Rivendell? Maybe! We're certainly not going to tell him he's *not* the Lord of Rivendel...
01/09/2020

Is Elrond the rabbit the Lord of Rivendell? Maybe! We're certainly not going to tell him he's *not* the Lord of Rivendell! Our little rabbit Elrond is six years old and was brought to us because he was just getting stressed with the activity in his home, and his family thought he would do better in a more chill environment. He has plush white fur with striking brown and black spots, black ear tips, and mascara-like markings around his eyes. He's a stout fellow with short little legs (more like a hobbit tbh) but don't let that fool you because he loves to run and explore. He's very happy being groomed with a gentle brush. What do you think? Want to rename your house 'Rivendell' and then adopt little Lord Elrond? Come visit him in our Small Animal Room!

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
01/09/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

We think Luci is about four years old, but we're not sure because she was originally found abandoned outside a vet clini...
01/09/2020

We think Luci is about four years old, but we're not sure because she was originally found abandoned outside a vet clinic in a carrier. Her previous owner must have been going through some hard times, because there was a note on the carrier that read, "God bless you. Please, cat needs home. Luci - so nice." Luci was in good health when she arrived, and we hope that wherever her owner is, they're doing ok! It's not ideal to leave a cat like this, but at least she was left safely in a carrier, in front of a place that could take care of her and eventually get her to us. Luci is doing well with us but of course she would rather be in a home with her new adopters. She can be a little sassy, so we moved her into a staff office where she'd have more room to roam about and people with her all day long. She can still be sassy but she seems to enjoy supervising people! If you'd like to come in to visit with her, please do, and just ask for her at the front desk!

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4500 West Ox Rd
Fairfax, VA
22030

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 12:00 - 19:00
Thursday 12:00 - 19:00
Friday 12:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 830-1100

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