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%+.
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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!

Operating as usual

10/29/2020

It's National Cat Day and we would like to celebrate a brave little kitty named Einstein!

This little guy was born with a defect causing his eyelids to grow inward. This defected cause serious irritation and trauma to his corneas, and the best solution was to correct his eyelids to relieve him of this discomfort.

Einstein's surgeries were spread out over several months to ensure he healed properly. After spending a good amount of time in a loving foster home, we are so happy to report he has found his forever family (pictured below)!

Thank you to our supporters for helping make surgeries like Einstein's possible. He can now go on to live a happy, comfortable life without worries!

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Update: ADOPTED! Layla is simply gorgeous, with her long silver fur, light green eyes, and rosy-colored nose. This girl ...
10/24/2020

Update: ADOPTED!

Layla is simply gorgeous, with her long silver fur, light green eyes, and rosy-colored nose. This girl was born to be in front of a camera, or... maybe just on your lap! She was sadly surrendered by her loving owner because she wasn't adjusting well to the growing family, and now she's looking for a new family without young kids. She has perfect litter box skills, loves her cat tree, is very playful, and is very social. She has lived with another cat (Cece) and was politely indifferent. One of our staff says: "Layla has a growly meow, which sounds a little intimidating, but she really is very sweet and she just loves pets and conversation. She is easy to pick up and walk around with. She even let me hold her in my arms on her back and she tolerated it very well (not many cats do)."

If you're interested in adopting Layla, send in a completed adoption questionnaire! If you'd like to meet her prior to finalizing the adoption, we can facilitate that with an appointment to visit her. (Maximum two people per visit, masks required, and we'll follow correct social distancing protocols.) All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps.

Mr. Hiddles is a very big cat with wide-set piercing green eyes and a big pink belly and very tiny paws and a really hig...
10/20/2020

Mr. Hiddles is a very big cat with wide-set piercing green eyes and a big pink belly and very tiny paws and a really high-pitched meow which he likes to use when he feels he is not being given enough attention. Which is often, hello!! He was surrendered because his previous owner thought his catitude was too much to handle at times, sooo they would put him in a "time out room." However. Mr. Hiddles is a cat. Cats generally do not appreciate (nor understand) what a "time out" is. So this would usually just make Mr. Hiddles more upset, and it was not a great thing for anyone.

Fast forward to now, and Mr. Hiddles is much happier! He lives in an office (with two human office mates) and he's a very curious cat. Anything you open, whether it be a book or a crinkly food paper, he hops up quickly to investigate. He just HAS TO KNOW what's happening!! His office mates have found that he loves to play with wand toys, but after a good play session likes to chill out and take a nap to rest up. He is fond of crunchy treats and will chase them with a quickness wherever they are tossed! He will also be the first to greet you with his vocal stylings at the door when you return. He loves a good brushing and always ensures he gets proper attention. Aka don't spend too much time looking at your computer or phone, because hellooooo Mr. Hiddles is right here and he needs you to look at him! He has been known to jump up and politely sit or walk in front of your screen until you have a nice chat with him and give him lots of pets. After he is satisfied, he will generally head off to a nearby location to lounge, but will be at the ready in the case you want to offer additional pets or treats!!

If you're interested in adopting Mr. Hiddles, be prepared to love him immediately because he is truly wonderful. Just send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll go from there! We can even facilitate a visit to meet him before adoption. All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps.

Dennis was found as a stray, just chilling in a park. While we admire his fearless, adventurous spirit... a park is not ...
10/19/2020

Dennis was found as a stray, just chilling in a park. While we admire his fearless, adventurous spirit... a park is not a place for a domesticated rabbit. Maybe if he was in a stroller, being pushed around by his owner? But certainly not on his own just hopping around! In any case, Dennis is now looking for a new home, where he will remain safe and indoors and cared for and loved. Dennis is now neutered, and he's good about using his litter box, even!

He's a shelter favorite, and here's what volunteer Ashley says about him: "DENNIS!!!!! I lub this bunny bean! 💜 I heard he was a bit grumpy, but I found him to be easy, breezy, beautiful cover-bun! Dennis also gets the award for most unique coat. I have never personally met a bun with a curly coat like him. Pictures don’t do it any justice. Gave me no trouble getting him out of the cage, let me pet immediately and tolerated a brushing better than I would’ve imagined! Plus, nowhere did I pet his body from nose to tushy did he react, and he started to solicit pets not long after getting him out."

If you'd like to adopt, send in a completed questionnaire! All adoption process details and forms are found on our website: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/forms.

10/16/2020

Meredith is really loving Halloween season. She’s got her costume all picked out and is READY. FOR. TREATS!!!!! Want to adopt this cute lil pumpkin? Visit our webpage for details! www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
10/15/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

One cat just not enough? Ok how about two?? Clyde Frog and Syd are best buds and need to be adopted together, so if you'...
10/10/2020

One cat just not enough? Ok how about two?? Clyde Frog and Syd are best buds and need to be adopted together, so if you've been waiting for a great pair of cats then read on!! Clyde Frog was originally adopted from our shelter, then returned along with his newly-acquired friend Syd. Clyde Frog is the orange boy, and Syd is the fancy tuxedo. Their previous owner didn't feel she had the time to devote to these two buddy cats, as they are super playful and absolutely love attention! They love to run around and play with each other, look out the windows, and will demand attention if they feel they need it... which is often. And they have perfect litter box habits. They have not been around kids, dogs, or other cats, but maybe with a slow intro would be alright? Or they'd be happy with just you, and each other. They're both super nice and friendly, you'll love them!

Send in a completed adoption questionnaire if you'd like to adopt! All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps.

Fairfax County Animal Shelter
10/10/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
10/10/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

The results are in: Toby is the nicest cat in the shelter right now. And he's also one of our longest-term residents! Wh...
10/10/2020

The results are in: Toby is the nicest cat in the shelter right now. And he's also one of our longest-term residents! Why? No idea! In the words of volunteer Jack: "I said it before and am saying it again- Toby is the single friendliest cat at the shelter! He talks, loves to hang around you, and would be the best ambassador cat except for this darn pandemic. He’s nine years old and hasn’t a mean bone in his body." We're hoping he'll be adopted soon so he can be the ambassador cat to everyone in his new home! Toby has lived with other cats and even have experience with dogs.

If you're interested in adopting Toby, send in a completed adoption questionnaire! If you'd like to meet him prior to finalizing the adoption, we can facilitate that with an appointment to visit him. (Maximum two people per visit, masks required, and we'll follow correct social distancing protocols.) All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps.

Do you need a cat in your life who will look at you with an expression that asks, “Why must you be so constantly irksome...
10/07/2020

Do you need a cat in your life who will look at you with an expression that asks, “Why must you be so constantly irksome?” Well, that could very well be our little Moira Rose here. She’s just over a year old and for the first few months of her life she didn’t get very much human interaction. We sent her to a foster home and that didn’t go so hot. SO, then we brought her back to the shelter to a staff office with two expert-level cat people, and.. she is amazing. But like not at all in a cuddly affectionate ‘pet me’ lap cat kind of way. More in a hilarious, sassy, incredibly smart, swatty, very confident cat kind of way.

For the first few weeks she wouldn’t let anyone even open her condo door without trying to smack them, and this girl has claws! But that’s ok, we just let Moira be Moira. One person distracted her with a feather toy while another person quickly refilled food and water and cleaned her litter box. And she watched us, and watched us, and watched us. She got more used to our presence and the sounds. And she started relaxing. And then she started curling up in more comfortable-looking positions to sleep. And then she even started playing. And finally, unprovoked, she meowed. And in one of her human office companion’s opinion, once a “difficult” cat meows, that’s the beginning of friendship, because the cat is trying to get your attention(!!!).

The next step was to let her out of the condo and see what happened. Her human office companion wore pants and shoes that day, just in case. (Like, instead of a dress or sandals.) And it was totally fine! Moira Rose was very happy to come out and explore, and especially liked jumping up on top of things. Her favorite place soon became on top of her condo, where she could lounge comfortably on a fleece blanket and bunny kick the heck out of her favorite kicker toy. BUT she still didn’t want to be petted. She would walk next to her humans but if one reached out to pet her she’d dart away or smack with her claws. Moira was clearly happy to be in their presence as indicated by her body language – ears forward, tail up, walking confidently, relaxed eyes and whiskers – and WOW can this girl purr! She’d just walk around and around purring and purring, but not allowing anyone to pet her. And again, that’s fine! Cats are allowed to have boundaries, and some cats just need a while to want to be friends.

Fast forward to now and her human officemates can pet her, but still only on her terms. If they reach their hands out while she’s doing a walk ‘n purr lap around the room, she may rub against it or she may dart away. She is most amenable to being petted when she’s on top of her condo and in a sleepy mood. Then, she lets herself be petted maybe even up to seven or eight times! But as most folks know, there is more to having a cat than petting them. Cats are awesome pets in part because of their unique personalities, and WOW does Moira have a personality. She has a super loud purr and it’s the absolute best when she gazes at you from atop her perch, slow blinking, purring contentedly. She looooves to play and can often be seen either carrying her toys around in her mouth or hiding them under some piece of furniture. She shares the office with her two humans and their two dogs, and she is cautiously curious about them; she would probably do fine with a cat-friendly dog. Her original home had a lot of cats in it, and she has been suuuper interested in other cats she’s seen. She’ll trill and meow at them, and it’s adorable. She would probably like another cat-friendly cat friend to play with! And perhaps the funniest thing of all – Moira Rose chases her tail. She’s like a whirling dervish in her condo sometimes, banging around into the walls and thumping around trying to catch her tail! We actually have to keep the top level of her condo empty because if we put anything in there, she just knocks it down to the lower level anyways! And she LOVES her cardboard scratcher. Half the time she sleeps on it; it’s like her best friend, along with her purple kicker toy.

Alright so. Moira Rose is a very special and awesome cat who needs an adopter who doesn’t care if she takes weeks or months to allow herself to be petted. But we think she’ll be the best little companion and she truly is hilarious with all her quirks. So what do you think of Moira Rose? Is today the day you tell yourself, “One must champion oneself and say, ‘I am ready for this!'”

If you're interested in adopting Moira, send in a completed adoption questionnaire! If you'd like to meet this cat prior to finalizing the adoption, we can facilitate that with an appointment to visit him/her. (Maximum two people per visit, masks required, and we'll follow correct social distancing protocols.) All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps.

Happy October! Crunchy leaves and pumpkin everything weather!! Please enjoy these silly wide-angle photos of some of our...
10/05/2020

Happy October! Crunchy leaves and pumpkin everything weather!! Please enjoy these silly wide-angle photos of some of our available dogs. They love posing for the camera! ICYMI: the first 31 dogs adopted during the month of October will get $100 off their adoption fee, thanks to the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and a partnership with Subaru and the ASPCA!

View all our available pets here: www.petango.com/fairfaxcountyanimalshelter

Here are the details on our adoption process: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
10/04/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

When one of our rescue partners asked us to take in sweet Vernon, we said YES! He's an older houndy boy who was found as...
10/03/2020

When one of our rescue partners asked us to take in sweet Vernon, we said YES! He's an older houndy boy who was found as a stray, and we couldn't wait to meet him. Soon after he arrived, like... immediately, we figured out that Vernon is almost completely blind. Our Animal Care Manager walked him inside and she says he preferred to crawl along the floor with one side touching a wall. When he came to a doorway he would freeze, so our Animal Care Manager would put her hand on his side to provide some comfort and then he would keep crawling.

09/27/2020

Tour of the Small Animal Room, and a feature of our Working Cats!

WOW look at this!! Girl Scout Troop 1916 - Mia, Carleigh, and Bryn - worked super hard on their Bronze Award, and they c...
09/27/2020

WOW look at this!! Girl Scout Troop 1916 - Mia, Carleigh, and Bryn - worked super hard on their Bronze Award, and they chose to gather all these donations to help our Shelter pets and to help us keep our Pet Pantry stocked! They went to so many different stores to ask for donations of pet food, and distributed 300(!) flyers to their community members. Shout out to Fairfax Station and Springfield residents, and to all the stores that donated (Wegmans, Felix and Oscar, Pet Supplies Plus, Pet Valu, Tango Pet Depot, Loyal Companion, and Crosspointe Animal Hospital), for helping Troop 1916's Bronze Award be a success!

All in all, Mia, Carleigh, and Bryn collected 1,000 pounds of pet food, almost 100 towels, seven large bags of newspaper, and 69 other items (new leashes, collars, etc) to help pets in need. WOW!! Thank you so much!!

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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

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(703) 830-1100

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