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/

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!

Midnight is a big cat at a whopping 15 pounds, but he always skips leg day so his legs are tiny. He was brought to us be...
07/11/2019

Midnight is a big cat at a whopping 15 pounds, but he always skips leg day so his legs are tiny. He was brought to us because his owner was getting deployed, and they had lots of good things to say about Midnight. He comes when you snap your fingers, is a lap cat (once he gets to know you), didn't mind a resident dog (but has never lived with other cats and hasn't seemed to like them here), and has been around kids. Midnight was declawed at some point before his previous owner adopted him from a shelter in Philly, so he can be mouthy sometimes. Midnight was VERY ANGWY when he first arrived to the shelter, but a few days in a staff person's office made him feel much calmer! Here's what his office mate says about him:

"Midnight has been getting more chill every day. Less hissing became no hissing. Trying to swat became no swatting. For the past two days he's just been chilling in his bed, looking around, watching me, meowing when I said his name. So today I just let him out of the condo. HE LOVES IT. He hopped down and has been walking around exploring for the last 30 minutes. He's meowing at me, and purring, and he's letting me pet him. He'll lay down every now and then, stretched out as faaaaar as he can get - but is soon up and walking around again. He has a high-pitched meow that can sometimes *sound* agitated but that's just his meow, and his tail is constantly switching back and forth, which is kind of a mixed message. He seems very happy and comes back to me pretty often to check in and get pets."

Midnight is content in "his" office and really loves "helping" his "assistant" work at the computer, often headbutting her hands until she pets him. He would happily give up his managerial role to be adopted though. So come adopt Midnight and get this squeaky, social, confident, tiny-legged cat boy outta here!!

Fairfax County Animal Shelter
07/10/2019

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Carly was originally brought to us because of her owner's declining health. She was adopted but returned because she was...
07/10/2019

Carly was originally brought to us because of her owner's declining health. She was adopted but returned because she wasn't a fan of the activity of the very young kids in the home - she was getting stressed! Carly is 12 years old and may just really prefer a calm home. She has lived with another cat and been fine, and even lived with a dog! Carly tolerated the dog, despite the dog's attempts to herd her. Dog didn't know that it's impossible to herd cats, apparently. Carly is front declawed and really very sweet, and is very outgoing and will walk straight up to anyone who visits! She likes being held and petted, too. Carly's adoption fee is half off during our 'Hot Dogs & Cool Cats' adoption event this week! Come visit!!

Adopt Maxwell!!!!!!!!!!!
07/09/2019

Adopt Maxwell!!!!!!!!!!!

Maxwell is a gentleman who likes to take it slow when it comes to new relationships. He doesn't just rush right in and give you cuddles and kisses--you've got to work for it a little bit and prove to him you're worthy. Once he trusts you, then the loving and fun can begin! He enjoys going on walks and is pretty easy on the leash. He loves tug of war and could play for hours on end. He is also an experienced trampoline jumper and bike rider (well, he runs while you bike). Once he trusts you, he loves cuddles, pets, and hugs. His previous owners said that he is housebroken and doesn't chew on things that don't belong to him. He's at the shelter because he is an experienced escape artist who kept getting over the fence, even after they raised and booby-trapped it. He was fine when supervised, but his family was afraid he'd get out and hurt himself. He has never been around kids and has a spotty history with other dogs, so he may prefer being the only dog in the home. He would love to find a patient adopter who will let him adjust to new situations at his own speed. Does he sound like the dog for you? Come for a visit! We're open Tuesday through Friday 12-7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm.

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
07/09/2019

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Tigre is a happy, tail-wagging, playful boy when he's surrounded by his buddies. He loves being pet and will ask for mor...
07/08/2019

Tigre is a happy, tail-wagging, playful boy when he's surrounded by his buddies. He loves being pet and will ask for more by trying to wedge his 100+ pound body into your lap. He loves going into the yard to play and will happily chase toys and even bring them back to you. And when he's feeling good, he's got the BEST smile, complete with lolling tongue! But if he doesn't know you, then Tigre is a big 'ol scaredy cat (pun intended). He's a bit of a nervous Nellie and tends to spook easily. He takes time to warm up to new situations and people and actually seems to be afraid of strangers and children. So he would love to find a quiet home where he can have his own space when he needs it, and his adopters will need to let him get comfortable at his own pace and not try to rush him into new relationships. He would probably do best in an adult home or with older children who can respect his space. Tigre is a wonderful big lug who just needs a little confidence building. Do you think you can help the boy out? Come for a visit when we open on Tuesday at noon!

Fairfax County Animal Shelter
07/07/2019

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Scarlet and Grey are litter mates and best friends, and since they've never been apart we intend to keep it that way - t...
07/07/2019

Scarlet and Grey are litter mates and best friends, and since they've never been apart we intend to keep it that way - they must be adopted together! They are pretty much the definition of a bonded pair, and looove to sit right next to each other and watch everyone who walks by... hoping someone will stop in to pet them! They LOVE being petted!!!

Scarlet (fluffy black and white) was more fearful than Grey (fluffy grey and white) when these two arrived at the shelter. Scarlet would hiss if you tried to pet her, and she liked to keep to herself around humans. But with work from our staff and volunteers, she has completely come around - she now loves getting attention and it's super funny to watch this pair of cats weave around each other, vying for attention and just being cute! Grey is the more outgoing one of the pair, and absolutely loves to be petted. And... he's a licker. He shoves his face into your hands to be petted and if you hold your hand still long enough, he licks! And talk about a biscuit-making king. To help these two cats get adopted, they're AOGO - Adopt One Get One, so one adoption fee gets you two really fluffy good cats!

When you come to visit them - because we just know you will - ask for them at the front desk. They're hanging out together in a quieter back room, which has made all the difference for formerly-scaredy cat Scarlet. Both Scarlet and Grey are so great; whoever adopts them will be getting two gorgeous, fluffy, amazing, best friend cats!!!

Meet Brandy! She is a mellow, older girl looking for a nice quiet retirement home where she can live out her golden year...
07/07/2019

Meet Brandy! She is a mellow, older girl looking for a nice quiet retirement home where she can live out her golden years in leisurely style. She is great around people, especially once she gets to know you. She loves getting attention and will lean into you to ask for a few more pets and scratches. She is very smart and knows basic commands like sit, paw, and down. She also still has a lot of pep in her step and enjoys playing, particularly with squeaky toys. There are a few things she's not fond of, though. She doesn't like other dogs and needs to be the only pet in the home. She doesn't like being left alone for long periods of time because she misses you! And she considers small animals to be the equivalent of a squeaky toy, so no cats or other small pets. This gorgeous, medium-sized pup can't wait to find her new best friend, and we think she'd look great sleeping at your feet or walking next to you on the trail! What do you think?

Update: ADOPTED!!!!!
07/06/2019

Update: ADOPTED!!!!!

Been thinking of adopting a feline friend? Come visit! We have lots and lots of kittens and cats (of all ages) who would...
07/06/2019

Been thinking of adopting a feline friend? Come visit! We have lots and lots of kittens and cats (of all ages) who would LOVE to go home with their forever families! We're open Tuesday through Friday 12-7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 10am-5pm. For info on our adoption process and to see all our available pets, visit our website at: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
07/06/2019

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Tater is a young, energetic dog looking for an adventure buddy to take him on lots of walks, hikes, and runs where he ca...
07/06/2019

Tater is a young, energetic dog looking for an adventure buddy to take him on lots of walks, hikes, and runs where he can exercise his mind and body! He's a friendly and curious fellow who loves to explore. He knows some basic commands, but still has some puppy-like behaviors and can get a bit jumpy and mouthy. He first came to us as a stray, and we found a wonderful adopter for him, but he proved to be just a bit too much dog for her to handle. So we're looking for an active adopter who can help Tater be the best dog he can be. He is apparently housebroken and was kept loose in the home with no trouble. He loves carrots and peanut butter dog cookies, and his favorite toy is a hard red lobster (he'll destroy anything fluffy you give him). Tater can be very leash reactive when on walks--barking and pulling at people and dogs--so he needs work on this behavior. But we've got you covered because our behaviorist is available with tips and information to help you get started! If you have experience with dogs and would like to give this pup a home, please come and visit today! We're open 10am-5pm and have LOTS of dogs hoping to be adopted!

We are closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5! Normal hours resume on Saturday, July 6. Happy Fourth of July!For tip...
07/04/2019

We are closed Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5! Normal hours resume on Saturday, July 6. Happy Fourth of July!

For tips on pet safety over this holiday weekend, including what to do if your pet becomes lost, or is picked up and brought to the shelter as a stray, please visit: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/july-4th-pet-safety

The Fourth of July can be a very stressful time for pets - lots of loud unexpected noises at night, big crowds, lots of ...
07/03/2019

The Fourth of July can be a very stressful time for pets - lots of loud unexpected noises at night, big crowds, lots of commotion - YIKES!!! Remember to keep the safety and comfort of your pets in mind this holiday weekend! Our top six tips on how to to prepare for this weekend's festivities:

1. Don't take your pets to watch fireworks - leave them at home and inside! 🎆
2. Provide a safe space for them to hang out at home. 🏠
3. Keep them busy, with long-lasting treats. 🦴
4. Play music to help drown out the noise. 🎼
5. Make sure all your pets are microchipped (and that the info is updated) and wearing collars with ID tags! 🐶🐱
6. Stay home with them! You're the best security blanket. 😊

Check out our infographic by clicking on the photo! And for a bit more info, including what to do if your pet does get lost: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/july-4th-pet-safety

Updated: adopted!Meet Coco Seco! He found himself in our care after his owner passed away. Family cared for them for awh...
07/02/2019

Updated: adopted!

Meet Coco Seco! He found himself in our care after his owner passed away. Family cared for them for awhile, but couldn't keep them long-term, but that's what we're here for! Over the couple of weeks the family of his previous owner had him, Coco Seco proved himself to be a good little guy, but at approximately just one year old he's definitely still a puppy and has a lot to learn. He's mostly housetrained and is learning how to walk nicely on a leash. And don't let his cute scruffy face fool you... he's a mischief maker, and likes to dig under fences! He loves being around people and is a little bit nervous, albeit very sweet, little fellow who warms up quickly, especially if there are treat bribes involved. Coco Seco is just a young little guy in a big world, and we're sure that he'll settle into his family very quickly. He just needs to find them first! He'll be available for adoption tomorrow, and we open at noon!

Sprout (mostly white with some tabby stripes on his head, hiding in the back) arrived to us as a stray, with a VERY bad ...
07/02/2019

Sprout (mostly white with some tabby stripes on his head, hiding in the back) arrived to us as a stray, with a VERY bad injury to his back right foot. We initially thought it would have to be amputated, but with prompt and thorough medical care, we are very pleased that Sprout was able to keep it! The Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter funded the treatments necessary for Sprout's foot to heal, so even though this wasn't a huge major surgery, it just shows that even the smallest donation can really make a big difference in the life of a shelter pet. For Sprout, it means he has four working feet!! Very important for a young kitten.

We normally don't *require* that kittens be adopted in pairs, but Sprout and his pal Bean are a very special exception. Sprout has had a long recovery over the last month and instead of being alone, we kept him with Bean (mostly tabby with pointed ear tufts, right up front in the photo). They're brothers and really best buds, playing together, hanging out, and sleeping together all tangled up. Sprout is the shyer of the two and relies on his Bean for a boost of confidence and a feeling of safety. After all he's been through, it's not too much to ask that they be adopted together, right? Bean more than makes up for Sprout's shyness by being the most gregarious kitten, walking right up to everyone, and purring nonstop. If you're ready to add these two kittens to your life, stop in to meet them! We guarantee that you will be simply delighted.

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
07/02/2019

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Oh hi Mark. This pupper is Mark, and he's a rambunctious, friendly, outgoing pup who came to us as a stray. He has SO mu...
07/02/2019

Oh hi Mark. This pupper is Mark, and he's a rambunctious, friendly, outgoing pup who came to us as a stray. He has SO much energy! He loves to play with toys and with people. He will chase balls and squeaky toys and carry them around proudly, and if you start playing with him he bounces and hops and gets more and more excited. He loves getting pets and scratches from you because hanging out with his people is the highlight of his day! He does have a little puppy exuberance and can get jumpy and mouthy when he's excited, but a little training will go a long way. He also can come on a bit strong with other dogs, so we do recommend an introduction to potential doggy siblings. Mark would make an awesome adventure buddy for an active adopter looking for a companion for hiking, long walks, or running. Does he sound like the dog for you? Come for a visit!!

Three-year-old Davis went on a Power Hour with volunteer Alice, and y'know what, we'll let Alice tell you all about it: ...
07/01/2019

Three-year-old Davis went on a Power Hour with volunteer Alice, and y'know what, we'll let Alice tell you all about it:

'I took Davis out for a power hour today and it is seriously good for my husband that we have Rocky because if we didn’t then Davis would be mine. I just don’t know if I’ve seen a cuter face before, but I’m happy I got to hang with him today. 😊

He was 100% GB (good boi) and I didn’t have any issues whatsoever. Easy to harness, rides well in the car, we met up with my husband and my other dog (the most passive dog ever, any dog who's ever met loves him) and Davis and he hit it off perfectly! Sniffed each other once then walked as if they’ve been brothers forever. He doesn’t pull, was great passing strangers, great with the busy traffic before we got into the woods, and great with everything he saw. A couple had a younger pup off leash and he ran up to us and Davis was AMAZING with him. Super calm and gave friendly sniffs until his owner could leash the pup up, then he wanted to play, but he didn’t have any issues with anything or anyone!

I truly don’t know how a face like his has lasted so long in the shelter. I love him SO much and for the sake of my marriage I’d love if he was adopted very soon. 😊 Preferably with a doggie sibling because he really seemed to enjoy every dog we saw and I wonder if he may learn boundaries from another pup.'

You can meet Davis right here at the shelter tomorrow when we open at noon!!

Teddy Bear and Romeo are two of the friendliest bob-tail cats around. Walk into Kitty City to meet them and Romeo (orang...
06/29/2019

Teddy Bear and Romeo are two of the friendliest bob-tail cats around. Walk into Kitty City to meet them and Romeo (orange boy) will just sprawl out, waiting to be petted, and kneading his giant paws in the air. Teddy Bear (black cat) will likely be watching from a perch high up on the wall. They were brought to us when their owners couldn't care for them any longer, and they are definitely a bonded pair and must be adopted together! They're friendly with each other, play together, groom each other, and just like hanging out together. They have perfect litter box skills, and don't even mind going to the vet. They've not been around dogs or kids, but seem to enjoy young visitors who will play with them and pet them! Looking for a great pair of cats? Teddy Bear and Romeo might be the ones for you!

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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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