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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Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
09/15/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Miriam and her very young babies were brought in by a kind Samaritan who found them and was temporarily caring for the y...
09/11/2020

Miriam and her very young babies were brought in by a kind Samaritan who found them and was temporarily caring for the young family. Soon after their arrival, Miriam and family went into foster care. Here is what their foster family had to say about Miriam specifically: "Miriam was an excellent mother to her six kittens and now it's time for her to find her own forever home. She is a small, young cat who is calm and affectionate. She was always friendly and craved pets and rubs when looking out for her busy litter of kittens. Miriam enjoys being around people and warms up to adults and gentle kids very quickly. She also doesn't mind being held or picked up. She grooms herself very well and always has a soft, shiny coat of beautiful spots and markings. Miriam uses the litter box well. She likes to lay in sunny spots and look out the window. I think she will become more playful and energetic without her kittens to look after. Miriam likes to eat both wet and dry food and gets excited about occasional treats. This mama cat did a wonderful job raising her kittens and now deserves a relaxing home to call her own."

If you would like to adopt Miriam, 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

09/10/2020

Walkthrough of our cat and dog rooms, to show you all our available pets!!! 🐶🐱🐶🐱🐶

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09/09/2020

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There are still plenty of slots left for our September 13 low-cost rabies vaccination clinic!!! These are curbside and d...
09/05/2020

There are still plenty of slots left for our September 13 low-cost rabies vaccination clinic!!! These are curbside and drive-up clinics, and you don't even need to get out of your car! Easy peasy. Vaccines are just $20 each.

The dog vaccination clinic is from 9-11am. To sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0845adaf2aa3f49-9131

The cat and ferret clinic is from 1-3pm. To sign up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0845adaf2aa3f49-913

To see other info including the October and December date signups: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/communityassistance/rabiesclinics

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
09/02/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Update: ADOPTED!Cora is just four months old but she's already been through so much! She was brought to us in early Augu...
09/02/2020

Update: ADOPTED!

Cora is just four months old but she's already been through so much! She was brought to us in early August with some serious injuries: her left femur was broken, the right side of her pelvis was broken, and her tail was broken. These are VERY serious, and without prompt care Cora wouldn't have been able to survive. The Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter was there for our shelter pets, like always, and we're so thankful they were! Friends covered the cost of this emergency surgery (thanks to wonderful donors who support the Friends and shelter pets!), and Cora was given a second chance. Her leg and pelvis were repaired, and her tail had to be amputated.

Cora has been in a foster home recovering ever since, and we are so happy that her playful kitten spirit came through it all in one piece, too. Cora's foster family says she's "super sweet and quite the cuddler," and is "a very thoughtful little thing, who likes to scope things out before acting." The foster family has a small dog and Cora loves him! She would probably do very well with other kitten-friendly pets in her forever home.

Cora's injuries are healed but she may have a little hitch in her step, so potential adopters should just be aware that she'll live a mostly normal life, but it won't hurt to monitor her mobility also. If you're interested in adopting Cora, 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 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.

Does your dog, cat, or ferret need a rabies vaccination? We have THREE upcoming low-cost rabies clinic dates! These are ...
09/01/2020

Does your dog, cat, or ferret need a rabies vaccination? We have THREE upcoming low-cost rabies clinic dates! These are modified from our usual clinics, and are essentially drive-up, curbside vaccination clinics. We'll follow all social distancing and face covering protocols to ensure attendee and staff safety.

Pre-registration is required!!! For more info and to sign up: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/communityassistance/rabiesclinics

Do you love hounds? Then wowwww you'll love Slim! Also, what a great name for a rangey hound dawg! We transferred this s...
09/01/2020

Do you love hounds? Then wowwww you'll love Slim! Also, what a great name for a rangey hound dawg! We transferred this sweet boy in from a rescue partner. He used to be a hunting dog but didn't want to do that, and so someone else took him to save him from a not great fate and got him to a good rescue, which then got him to us. Slim doesn't want to hunt - he wants to be LOVED!! He's got a real laid-back attitude and really wants to be adopted by someone who he can trust, who will treat him right and help him be the best dog he can be. He can be a little submissive at first, and could use some confidence boosting. Being that he was an outdoor dog, he will definitely need some finishing touches on house training. He's very food-motivated and responds well to positive reinforcement, so with a little patience and structure he'll do well. He enjoys carrying toys around, doesn't mind sharing them, and wants to be friendly with other dogs too. When he met another dog here, he peed a little, and then was very happy to say hello. Slim is a super sweet dog who deserves the best!!

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, and if you have a dog at home already we'll schedule a dog-to-dog intro as well to see if they get along. All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Update: ADOPTED!Jurji the sun conure is almost nine years old, and he is looking for a family who will keep him forever....
08/31/2020

Update: ADOPTED!

Jurji the sun conure is almost nine years old, and he is looking for a family who will keep him forever. He's had two families thus far, but birds are long-lived and he'd really like to feel settled in. He was surrendered, adopted, then surrendered again, so let's make the third time a charm! His most recent family said Jurji is friendly with people, doesn't bite (although anything with a mouth can bite, so no guarantees), is hand-trained, and likes to perch on shoulders.

If you'd like to adopt, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll go from there! We don't know if Jurji is a boy or girl. All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
08/31/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Fairfax County Animal Shelter
08/31/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Meet Gwen! We transferred her in from another shelter that had received a LOT of rats all at once, and they needed some ...
08/30/2020

Meet Gwen! We transferred her in from another shelter that had received a LOT of rats all at once, and they needed some help. Gwen went to foster on pregnancy watch, but thankfully wasn't pregnant, and now this sweet young female dumbo rat is ready to be adopted. She would love love LOVE to be adopted to a family that already had another female rat or two - she REALLY needs a friend!!! Her foster mom says this about her: "She's a bit of a nut! She has acclimated to sitting on my shoulder, but she has too much energy to sit still for long. She makes intricate tunnel systems in her bedding and is constantly rearranging things. She started by climbing on the water bottle and hanging from the top, but now she can just jump up from the bedding and grab on. She’s lovely and would do well with sisters."

If you would like to adopt Gwen, and preferably if you have another female rat or two already, please send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll go from there! All info can be found at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Meredith is ready to go go GO! Go on a walk, go to the couch for a nap, go to your side to be petted, go to the toy bask...
08/28/2020

Meredith is ready to go go GO! Go on a walk, go to the couch for a nap, go to your side to be petted, go to the toy basket to find a squeaky toy, just go! We transferred this nice gal in from a rescue partner, and she's a very happy dog with plenty of pep in her step. In our play yards, watch out, because she she gets the zoomies!!! Meredith LOVES to play, and squeaky toys are her favorite. She can get vocal when she plays and likes to play keep-away, aka she is going to keep her toys away from you! She tolerates other dogs but isn't super excited about rambunctious dogs, but she is a little older so that's understandable that she doesn't want to be jumped on and pushed around. She would do best with another older chill dog, or as a solo dog.

If you'd like to adopt, and help Meredith GO to her new home, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll go from there! She's eight years old and 60 pounds and has the best smile!! All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Please note that Nala is wearing a tiny hat made from her own fluffy fur. Did she do it on purpose? Who knows, but we lo...
08/25/2020

Please note that Nala is wearing a tiny hat made from her own fluffy fur. Did she do it on purpose? Who knows, but we love it. It's called fashion. Nala is very nice and loving, with the daintiest face and paws, big green eyes, a rose-colored nose, and the softest dilute calico markings you ever did see. She's eight years old and a big cat at 16 pounds, and we love her. And her adopter will, too! She's been bounced around between houses so far, and we're really hoping that the next person who adopts her will truly be her forever home. She's a gem of a cat, and whoever adopts her will be so, so lucky. If you want that person to be YOU, send in a completed adoption questionnaire as the first step! We can facilitate an in-person visit, even, which will result in love at first sight.

Happy adoption update!!!! Ok, who remembers Tyson? Everyone, probably, because he was with us for months waiting for his...
08/25/2020

Happy adoption update!!!! Ok, who remembers Tyson? Everyone, probably, because he was with us for months waiting for his family. We sent him off to a foster home after a while, and.. wouldn't you know it, he fit in perfectly: his foster family became his forever family! They say that he loves his sister Claudia, he's doing great, and they're so glad he's part of their family.

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
08/24/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Fairfax County Animal Shelter
08/24/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Who wants a 14-year old puppy? If you do, then here's Gadao! He' a fun-loving, sweet, and dopey boy who clearly thinks a...
08/23/2020

Who wants a 14-year old puppy? If you do, then here's Gadao! He' a fun-loving, sweet, and dopey boy who clearly thinks age is just a number – okay, so maybe he’s a little stiff in the joints, but who’s judging? Yes, we know that adopting a senior dog is not for everyone but we also know that there are folks out there who accept that the length of time spent together is both unknown and irrelevant and it’s the quality of the time that matters! Gadao says, “quit it with all the philosophical talk. Throw that squeaky toy so I can chase it!”

Gadao seems to take life as it comes, not really fazed by much – except for your attempt to ignore his wiggles and wags. How dare you?! And we hear that he is super cool with car-rides, taking baths, and going to the vet. Good boy, Gadao! He’s gotten along with some dogs better than others (mostly depends on their outlook on life!) and for that reason we do ask that Gadao meet any other dogs in a potential adopters home. He has never lived with cats so we don’t know how he would do but regardless, we recommend gradual, supervised introductions. Older kids would probably be okay as long as they may have a better understanding of an older dog’s potential aches and ouchies.

We’ve gone VIRTUAL! If you'd like to adopt Gadao, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll go from there! All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps. We will facilitate an in-person meeting prior to adoption, and if you have a dog at home already we'll schedule a dog-to-dog intro as well to see if they get along!

WOW we have lots of newly-available pets, all waiting to be adopted! Fifty cats and kittens, 12 dogs, 12 rabbits, five p...
08/22/2020

WOW we have lots of newly-available pets, all waiting to be adopted! Fifty cats and kittens, 12 dogs, 12 rabbits, five parakeets, and even six chickens, by our count this morning!

To view all our available pets, check out: www.petango.com/FairfaxCountyAnimalShelter.

You can read through our adoption process and get the adoption questionnaire to fill out if you want to adopt, all online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps. Yes, our fee-waived #CleartheShelters week starts on Monday, but why not beat the rush and just adopt now? 😄🐶🐱🐦🐰🐣

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
08/21/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Baby Girl and Fifi are a little freaked out right now, and we don't blame them! Their owner passed away and left quite a...
08/21/2020

Baby Girl and Fifi are a little freaked out right now, and we don't blame them! Their owner passed away and left quite a few cats, and friends/family have been bringing the cats to us over the last couple of months so we can get them taken care of and find them new homes. Baby Girl arrived first, but Fifi was a little trickier to catch so they've been apart for a while. They're a bonded pair, so this was hard on them!!

When Fifi finally arrived, we put her in with Baby Girl and they immediately formed a cat pile, smushing themselves into the same box to cuddle just as close as they could manage! What a happy reunion!! It really is the best thing to help cats be happier and more relaxed in the shelter, and we're so glad that Fifi finally got here so we could reunite this pair. They are young cats at around a year old, and they will certainly do better once they're in a home where they can get proper attention, care, and socialization. They're shy right now, and will do best with a patient adopter who can let them come around on their own terms. We believe in them, though, especially if they've got each other!!

If you'd like to adopt this bonded pair of lovely cats, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll go from there! All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps.

How fun!! If you'd like to support the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and get a (not-so-professional) pet ...
08/20/2020

How fun!! If you'd like to support the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and get a (not-so-professional) pet portrait, go to their original post to donate and comment. Can't wait to see the resulting art!

Submissions for Not-So-Professional Pet Portraits is now open!

Here's how it works:

1. Donate a minimum of $10 on this Facebook Fundraiser using the DONATE button.
2. Comment below with your pet's name and clear, bright photo. One submission per $10, but feel free to submit as many as you’d like!
3. We will verify your donation and send your photo to our esteemed Not-So-Professional artists! Once they have finished their masterpiece, we will comment back a digital copy to you. Portraits will be returned no later than the end of the day on Tuesday 8/25.
4. We welcome you to share your portraits with friends and family online! You can tag us on Facebook at @FFCAS and on Instagram at @FFXFriends.

Full credit for this idea goes out to SPCA of Fredericksburg-thank you for help! Please note that we cannot accommodate requests for specific artists - part of the fun is seeing what you get! Portraits could be hand-drawn, digital medium, or sketches.

Submissions close on Saturday 8/22 at 5 pm so don't wait to get your masterpiece! These make a great gift for friends and family and are sure to bring a smile to anyone who receives them.

Thank you for your support and we can't wait to see all the works of art!

Is your house too quiet? Is there not enough going on? Are things just a little too orderly? In that case... you need Bo...
08/15/2020

Is your house too quiet? Is there not enough going on? Are things just a little too orderly? In that case... you need Bosco! There will never be a dull moment with this hilarious cat around. It wasn't always so sunshiney for Bosco. He arrived into our care as a stray, covered in fleas and with a wound on his ear. Some TLC (and medical attention) and now he's feeling much better. Well enough, in fact, to prompt one of our staff to write this about him....:

"Bosco stole the spotlight today. He dashed out of his condo as fast as he could, and spent the next ten minutes yelling at the ceiling, peering into other cats' condos, inspecting the treat drawers, staring out the main window, posing for the camera (seriously), and randomly getting poofy tail. He also has the tiniest overbite. So full of personality!!!"

Bosco is hilarious and amazing and just.. wow. If you think you can handle having Bosco join your fam, send in a completed adoption questionnaire! We'd love to see this character get adopted. Also the other cats will be happy to not have him peeking in their windows and walking around yelling at random things, geez.

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4500 West Ox Rd
Fairfax, VA
22030

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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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