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!

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The Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter's PetDash Virtual 5k is just a couple weeks away! Have you registered y...
04/17/2021

The Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter's PetDash Virtual 5k is just a couple weeks away! Have you registered yet?

Friends of FCAS PetDash Virtual 5K begins on April 30th, just two weeks away. Are you ready to run or walk for a good cause?

Register now at www.runsignup.com/friendspetdash2021, create a fundraising team, and get your very own Friends PetDash t-shirt!

The race begins on April 30, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. What better way to celebrate than a virtual 5K for the pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter!

#FriendsofFCAS #shelterpets #virtual5k #friendspetdash2021 #NationalAdoptAShelterPetDay #animalwelfare #giveback

Two-year-old Trina loves being outside, and is so happy when our staff take her out of the kennel! She was surrendered t...
04/15/2021

Two-year-old Trina loves being outside, and is so happy when our staff take her out of the kennel! She was surrendered to us when her owner realized she didn't have the time to provide Trina with the structure and training she needed. Well, luckily Trina is a smart girl who really really wants to be provided structure and an outlet for all her energy. So adopt her and sign yourselves up for some basic training classes, and watch her flourish!! Trina likes to greet everyone, though in busy situations she can sometimes get nervous. Once she builds a bond with her person/family, she will likely feel more confident in new situations. She doesn't mind going on walks with other dogs, and her last owner said she does well at doggie daycare. She could use some more socialization practice with other dogs, and she might be ok with another dog in the home as long as they could match her energy and play style. She has never lived with cats or kids. If you'd like to adopt, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll go from there! www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Two-year-old Trina loves being outside, and is so happy when our staff take her out of the kennel! She was surrendered to us when her owner realized she didn't have the time to provide Trina with the structure and training she needed. Well, luckily Trina is a smart girl who really really wants to be provided structure and an outlet for all her energy. So adopt her and sign yourselves up for some basic training classes, and watch her flourish!! Trina likes to greet everyone, though in busy situations she can sometimes get nervous. Once she builds a bond with her person/family, she will likely feel more confident in new situations. She doesn't mind going on walks with other dogs, and her last owner said she does well at doggie daycare. She could use some more socialization practice with other dogs, and she might be ok with another dog in the home as long as they could match her energy and play style. She has never lived with cats or kids. If you'd like to adopt, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll go from there! www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Reminder! This position is open for a few more days! If you love helping people connect with meaningful volunteer experi...
04/13/2021
Volunteer Coordinator

Reminder! This position is open for a few more days! If you love helping people connect with meaningful volunteer experiences, developing and facilitating consistent volunteer trainings and communications, and talking with staff and volunteers to create and maintain much-needed volunteer program opportunities that support our Shelter.... then check it out!

Performs planning, implementation, coordination, and reporting functions for the Animal Shelter's volunteer program as part of the Outreach Team. Determines the shelter's volunteer program needs by collaborating with Shelter staff, and partner organizations as appropriate. Regularly reviews written....

Happy #NationalPetDay! Please make sure to give all your pets a little extra snack today, and maybe a hug if they would ...
04/11/2021

Happy #NationalPetDay! Please make sure to give all your pets a little extra snack today, and maybe a hug if they would like that. If you don't yet have a pet, we can help!! Check out all our available pets online here: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

On this cool, overcast day, fifteen-year-old Smudgey has the right idea: get cozy and take a nap. He's in a foster home ...
04/10/2021

On this cool, overcast day, fifteen-year-old Smudgey has the right idea: get cozy and take a nap. He's in a foster home right now and he's basically perfect. Here's what his foster mom says:

"Smudgey is such a sweet old boy who enjoys the simple things in life: a nice strong scratching post, cat grass, a person (or persons) to seek out gentle and soft head pets from, a chair by the window to watch the birds, and a comfy bed to sleep the night away (preferably next to his person/s). Smudgey likes a calm environment, but he still gets along with my younger and slightly more active cat. He even joins in on chasing that pesky laser pointer. I’ve caught them playing and running after each other. Smudgey is definitely encouraged by my rambunctious cat to release his inner young self. He is often curious about what either of us are up to. Although he can get a little playful at times, Smudgey is still always down to just chill and hang out (the good old boy loves to relax). He loves to snooze in whatever room I’m in. He will even follow me from room to room. And if I’m on the floor, he likes to get right up against me and lay down. Smudgey will make the perfect companion for those looking for a laid back (sometimes nosy) cat and who can provide a loving home in exchange."

Want to adopt him? Of course you do. Who wouldn't? In that case, we look forward to receiving your completed adoption questionnaire! Adoption details: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

How much do we love Rocco? Let us count the ways. We asked our staff and volunteers why they all love Rocco soooo much, ...
04/09/2021

How much do we love Rocco? Let us count the ways. We asked our staff and volunteers why they all love Rocco soooo much, and here's what they said:

1. "Been in love with this guy since the first time I took him out. Just wants all the love in the world! Has been great with dogs, down to play or just hangout. Walks great and loves to snuggle and play!"

2. "He's the kind of dog that makes you feel great because he trusts you, even if you didn't have to work hard to win him over. He'll be the best, most loyal friend to someone, who should in return be willing to give him all the security and encouragement he craves from people. And even though he's a sensitive guy, he still likes to have fun. Watching him let loose and get zoomy and playful is so heartwarming."

3. "Because he is the BEST at burying his big squishy face in your lap and just nuzzling as you scratch his soft little ears."

4. "He is lovebug who adores cuddling and nuzzling. He is easy to walk - has masterful leash manners. Not a mean bone in his hippo body. He is chill and exudes nothing but love."

5. "Such a sweet boy who is always there to give you a hug if he thinks you need one. Very easy-going and chill - I bet he'd be the best binge-watching buddy!"

6. "Easy peasy to walk. A happy, happy boy."

7. "He can’t be close enough to you! He just loves to be with you and look into your eyes with his beautiful brown ones for love and reassurance that he is in fact a VGB (Very Good Boy). He has EAR SPOTS! He is squishy and very gentle. He is also hardy enough to be a hiking or run buddy as well as your couch buddy."

8. "Probably one of the sweetest dogs we’ve had at the shelter so far. Always wants cuddles, scratches, and snuggles. He’s like me.. back scratches are his absolute fave and he’ll become your BFF instantly if you have a yummy treat. 😂"

9. "A perfect buddy! Walks well, isn’t bothered by other dogs and the best cuddler in the world! Not to mention very handsome. ❤️"

10. "He's very smart and in tune with his human. Tonight, after I walked him and we did some cuddling, I told him we had to go in. He immediately leaned in and wedged himself right up against me so I'd have to give him more attention and not take him in just yet. It worked! And let's talk about that facial expression! He looks like such a sage soul ready to impart deep wisdom about the secrets of the universe..."

Soooo what do you think? Do you need this amazing chunky cuddly sweet smart hippo in your life? As much as we love having him here, we'll all be even happier to see Rocco get adopted and go HOME!! (His ideal home would have no young kids in it please.) If you want to adopt, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll go from there and schedule a visit so you can meet him in real life! For adoption info, steps, and forms: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

LET'S GET BELLA ADOPTED!!! She is sixteen and a half years old, and has been in our care since August 2020! It's definit...
04/05/2021

LET'S GET BELLA ADOPTED!!! She is sixteen and a half years old, and has been in our care since August 2020! It's definitely her turn, right??

Bella was surrendered when her very loving owner could no longer care for her, due to her own advancing age and because she had to move into assisted living. Bella's owner found her as a tiny sick kitten, nursed her back to health, and had her ever since. We are so sad that after 16 years of being together, they were separated. :( What can we do to fix this? Find Bella an awesome adopter who will love this sweet senior cat!! Bella likes affection on her terms, and sometimes sits on or halfway on your lap. She doesn't like other pets and would love to be an only cat. Bella is hyperthyroid, and her medication dosage has been fine-tuned and is working great! She takes her pill like a champ - her foster mom just puts the pill in a small spoonful of Creamy Delights Tuna Food and she gobbles it all up - easy peasy.

If you're interested in adopting Bella and giving her the retirement home of her dreams, send in a completed adoption questionnaire! If you're not in a position to adopt, share this post to help boost Bella!! All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps.

LET'S GET BELLA ADOPTED!!! She is sixteen and a half years old, and has been in our care since August 2020! It's definitely her turn, right??

Bella was surrendered when her very loving owner could no longer care for her, due to her own advancing age and because she had to move into assisted living. Bella's owner found her as a tiny sick kitten, nursed her back to health, and had her ever since. We are so sad that after 16 years of being together, they were separated. :( What can we do to fix this? Find Bella an awesome adopter who will love this sweet senior cat!! Bella likes affection on her terms, and sometimes sits on or halfway on your lap. She doesn't like other pets and would love to be an only cat. Bella is hyperthyroid, and her medication dosage has been fine-tuned and is working great! She takes her pill like a champ - her foster mom just puts the pill in a small spoonful of Creamy Delights Tuna Food and she gobbles it all up - easy peasy.

If you're interested in adopting Bella and giving her the retirement home of her dreams, send in a completed adoption questionnaire! If you're not in a position to adopt, share this post to help boost Bella!! All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps.

There's still lots of space available at next weekend's low-cost rabies vaccination clinic!! Especially for cats and fer...
04/05/2021

There's still lots of space available at next weekend's low-cost rabies vaccination clinic!! Especially for cats and ferrets, but there are a few slots for dogs, too. It's on April 11, and vaccines are just $20 each. To sign up: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/communityassistance/rabiesclinics

There's still lots of space available at next weekend's low-cost rabies vaccination clinic!! Especially for cats and ferrets, but there are a few slots for dogs, too. It's on April 11, and vaccines are just $20 each. To sign up: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/communityassistance/rabiesclinics

Do you love helping people connect with meaningful volunteer experiences? Are developing and facilitating consistent vol...
04/03/2021
Volunteer Coordinator

Do you love helping people connect with meaningful volunteer experiences? Are developing and facilitating consistent volunteer trainings and communications your thing? Do you like talking with staff and volunteers to create and maintain much-needed volunteer program opportunities that support our Shelter? Then check it out! https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/fairfaxcounty/jobs/3030518/volunteer-coordinator

Performs planning, implementation, coordination, and reporting functions for the Animal Shelter's volunteer program as part of the Outreach Team. Determines the shelter's volunteer program needs by collaborating with Shelter staff, and partner organizations as appropriate. Regularly reviews written....

What does eight-year-old, 50-pound, tri-pod Ellie not like? Kids and other dogs in her space! What does Ellie like? Pret...
04/03/2021

What does eight-year-old, 50-pound, tri-pod Ellie not like? Kids and other dogs in her space! What does Ellie like? Pretty much anything else! She was surrendered because her family, who loved her very much, couldn't manage her and a young child in the home, and for the overall happiness of everyone involved (including Ellie) they made the tough decision to surrender her.

Ellie is a tri-pod due to an injury when she was young, and she gets around just fine. Her previous family says she's a great doorbell, and will bark at people she sees outside. She is super loyal and loving with her immediate family, and was very affectionate. They said that Ellie has a "beautiful freckle on her nose" and loves when the owner boops it. Ellie was pretty unsure of the Shelter when she first got here, and really didn't like going into a kennel. It can be stressful for dogs to come from a home setting into a shelter, but this wasn't our Animal Care team's first rodeo! They were patient with her and worked with her, and she is doing much better now. Now that Ellie knows them a little better, she is friendly, loose and happy when saying hello to them, excited to explore while on walks, and loves to play. She likes fetch and tug!

Ellie would do best with a family who can provide her some structure, and make sure she gets lots of mental and physical exercise. Ellie needs a home with no kids under high school age, and no other dogs. She has never been around cats. If you'd like to adopt, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll go from there! We will facilitate an in-person meeting prior to adoption. All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

What does eight-year-old, 50-pound, tri-pod Ellie not like? Kids and other dogs in her space! What does Ellie like? Pretty much anything else! She was surrendered because her family, who loved her very much, couldn't manage her and a young child in the home, and for the overall happiness of everyone involved (including Ellie) they made the tough decision to surrender her.

Ellie is a tri-pod due to an injury when she was young, and she gets around just fine. Her previous family says she's a great doorbell, and will bark at people she sees outside. She is super loyal and loving with her immediate family, and was very affectionate. They said that Ellie has a "beautiful freckle on her nose" and loves when the owner boops it. Ellie was pretty unsure of the Shelter when she first got here, and really didn't like going into a kennel. It can be stressful for dogs to come from a home setting into a shelter, but this wasn't our Animal Care team's first rodeo! They were patient with her and worked with her, and she is doing much better now. Now that Ellie knows them a little better, she is friendly, loose and happy when saying hello to them, excited to explore while on walks, and loves to play. She likes fetch and tug!

Ellie would do best with a family who can provide her some structure, and make sure she gets lots of mental and physical exercise. Ellie needs a home with no kids under high school age, and no other dogs. She has never been around cats. If you'd like to adopt, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll go from there! We will facilitate an in-person meeting prior to adoption. All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

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