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!

Fairfax County began its second phase of reopening on Friday, June 12. For the Shelter, there are no major changes to th...
06/18/2020

Fairfax County began its second phase of reopening on Friday, June 12. For the Shelter, there are no major changes to the way we have been operating. We remain closed for public visitation, however we are still providing essential services to our community, including: virtual adoptions, intake of owner surrenders, return-to-owner of stray pets, low-cost rabies vaccination clinics, online Humane Education programming in the form of webinars, TNR clinic access, and a temporary Pet Pantry. To keep the number of people in the building low, our in-house volunteer program is paused, though many Shelter pets are currently in foster homes. Shelter staff are following best practices including mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing, and washing hands frequently.

For a full list of Shelter service and program updates, please visit: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/animal-shelter-operations-update-covid-19

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
06/18/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

06/17/2020

This brave mama was in need of some help when she arrived at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, and thanks to our supporters she received the care she needed!

Harlow, a young cat who was caring for two kittens of her own when she came to the Shelter, was suffering from microphthalmia, a condition where one of her eyes was abnormally small. It was necessary to remove her affected eye in order to relieve her pain and discomfort. Friends funded her eye surgery, and she spent some much needed time in foster alongside her two sweet babies.

Harlow is available for adoption TODAY! Visit the Fairfax County Animal Shelter's website at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps for information on adopting her.

#shelterpets #adopt #FriendsofFCAS #sheltercats #animalwelfare

Happy adoption update!!! Evita (formerly Ilene) is doing wonderful in her new home! It took a few days for them to get t...
06/16/2020

Happy adoption update!!! Evita (formerly Ilene) is doing wonderful in her new home! It took a few days for them to get to know each other, and now Evita has really settled in. Her adopter says: "Cats really do have their own language. It took a lot of playing, routine of feeding/petting/frequent water changes, and patience on my part (not initiating interactions in the beginning), to get her fully in her element, but now she is so content. ❤️ She even sleeps beside me every night! She’s a real success story. Thank you to your organization for bringing this sweet kitty into our lives."

If you'd like to adopt, visit our webpage to see all our available pets and check out the adoption process: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Meet Regis! This sweet older guy was found as a stray, and we're happy he was brought to us. Best guess on his age is 14...
06/09/2020

Meet Regis! This sweet older guy was found as a stray, and we're happy he was brought to us. Best guess on his age is 14 years old. He needed some TLC to feel his best - he was underweight and a bit dirty - but now he's back to feeling good. He has a good appetite and loves to purr and head bump anyone who visits with him. A nice summary quote about Regis from our staff: "He's amazingly sweet!" We did senior blood work on him, and he's in good health. If you'd like to adopt this very nice cat, send in a completed adoption questionnaire! All info and forms can be found online: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
06/09/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Update: all clinic slots are full! Does your dog, cat, or ferret need a rabies vaccination? Because our low-cost rabies ...
06/03/2020

Update: all clinic slots are full!

Does your dog, cat, or ferret need a rabies vaccination? Because our low-cost rabies clinic is BACK!!! We've had to cancel the last few clinics due to COVID-19, but that just meant we had to put our thinking caps on to develop a way to offer this important service to our community!

We've developed a plan for a modified (drive up/drive-through) low-cost rabies vaccination clinic. Saturday, June 13 will be for cats and ferrets only. Sunday, June 14 will be for dogs only. Please note that pre-registration is required, and there is a different location for each clinic!

All details on the process, including how to sign up for a specific appointment time, can be found on our webpage: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/communityassistance/rabiesclinics

After you register, we'll be in touch via email with some forms to fill out in advance, so we can be as prepared as possible day-of to make these go smoothly. If you have any questions, you can email us at [email protected], or call 703-830-1100.

Update: All ten ADOPTED!What time do ducks wake up? At the quack of dawn!!!Ok for real though, we just got in ten young ...
05/29/2020

Update: All ten ADOPTED!

What time do ducks wake up? At the quack of dawn!!!

Ok for real though, we just got in ten young ducklings and they need a home! Do you have a barn and a pond that needs the addition of ten ducklings? (Or fewer, they don't all have to be adopted together, but they do need to be adopted in pairs at least.) Check out our adoption process, and send in a completed adoption questionnaire!

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
05/29/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Blue was named after the Bluebell Trail and Shenandoah River State Park, because that's where she was found! Her finder ...
05/29/2020

Blue was named after the Bluebell Trail and Shenandoah River State Park, because that's where she was found! Her finder was camping when super skinny Blue wandered up. The finder took Blue in and helped her regain her health, but unfortunately couldn't keep Blue long-term because the resident dog was a liiiittle too fixated on the cat. Blue is now looking for a new family, and she'll be a great addition! She's fearless, has perfect litter box habits, and loves everyone she meets. She "purrs like a motorboat" and loves to be around her people, including kids! Blue is active and playful, and will be a wonderful addition to whichever lucky person or family adopts her.

If you'd like to adopt Blue, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll be in touch! For info on the adoption process, visit: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
05/26/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Fairfax County Government
05/25/2020

Fairfax County Government

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Update: ADOPTED!Fiji is available for adoption!! Thank you Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter for funding her ...
05/23/2020

Update: ADOPTED!

Fiji is available for adoption!! Thank you Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter for funding her dental cleaning! 😺

Don't you wish you could be vacationing in Fiji right now? Even though that might not be possible, Fiji the cat helps us melt away stress with her soft purrs and gentle head-butts.

Fiji is a young cat who was surrendered at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in need of a new forever family. She had dental issues that could pose a potential risk to her health, so Friends agreed this little gal could use a dental cleaning and funded treatment for her. Her dental went well, and now she is recovering under the care of the awesome staff at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and will be available in the near future.

Visit https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps for more information on the Fairfax County Animal Shelter's new virtual adoption process.

Thank you for supporting Friends and making our work possible, even during these difficult times.

#shelterpets #adopt #FriendsOfFCAS

Support for pets during COVID-19: temporary pet food pantry available! If you are a Fairfax County resident facing finan...
05/21/2020

Support for pets during COVID-19: temporary pet food pantry available! If you are a Fairfax County resident facing financial hardship and are in need of dog or cat food (canned and/or dry) to help care for your pet(s) during this difficult and challenging time, please contact us. We have a supply of dog and cat food available for residents who need temporary assistance. Email us at [email protected] or call 703-830-1100 to arrange a day and time for pick up.

Caption this photo!!Some of our small animals, including Carlos Hopper here, got to spend some supervised time outside w...
05/19/2020

Caption this photo!!

Some of our small animals, including Carlos Hopper here, got to spend some supervised time outside with our animal care staff yesterday. It was so nice out! Carlos Hopper is now available for adoption, too! He was found as a stray, but he's definitely not a wild rabbit. A kind person found him and brought him to us, and since no one came forward to reclaim him now he's looking for a new family. He's a nice little rabbit, who is pretty small at under four pounds. We think he's on the younger side and around one year old. He's a curious and active little fellow who lets himself be petted and picked up, and we can't wait for his personality to bloom once he gets to his new home! He's not neutered yet, but will go home with a neuter certificate.

If you'd like to adopt Carlos Hopper, check out our new adoption process info on our website: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
05/19/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Introducing...Luke! Named after the young Jedi, of course. And not unlike his namesake, Luke the cat can be both timid a...
05/16/2020

Introducing...Luke! Named after the young Jedi, of course. And not unlike his namesake, Luke the cat can be both timid and brave. Luke has a very sweet little purr motor that gets revved up when you scratch his face. He LOVES having his head gently scratched and he has the cutest little gray hairs blended into the tips of his ears. Luke was surrendered to us because he had some litter box issues, but since he's been in foster he's been doing really well! There have been a couple missteps, but his foster is very kind and patient and is figuring out how to help Luke be stress-free. Here's what Luke's foster mom says about him:

"Luke (‘Lukie Looo’) is a morning cat for sure. Up with the birds! He and I have coffee together but he’s not a fan of the hubbub of later morning doors closing and showers running or really any noise at all. So he retreats to the back bedroom, but can be coaxed out for short romps with the mousey toy. He’d be his best kitty-boy in a quiet household, maybe even with just one equally quiet person. He is sensitive, handsome as heck, a lil scared, and always sweet and gentle. Likes string. Chirps a bit when he’s hungry. He also receives people best when they’re sitting down at first. I don’t know that he’ll ever be a lap cat, but he will twirl his surprisingly strong tail around you and give you affectionate head butts."

Another Luke update from his foster: "Just over 2 months here and in the early morning and later evening, when the house is quiet, Luke shows he’s a cat’s cat, ‘discovered’ window watching, almost sat on my lap (squee! Ok, really he jumped up on my lap and right back down, it was over before I could even express what a good boy he was, but I feel like it counts), playing a bit with a pipe cleaner, and flopping down nearby.

It’s two steps forward and one back as mid-morning he retreats and can’t be coaxed back out. He tends nocturnal, but I think that’s because he’s napping/hiding all day. I made him a safe bat cave for hiding but where I can still check on him and have (mostly successfully) blocked him from under beds. He has peed a few times on one couch, but I think I overcleaned it the first time with perfumed detergent and he was trying to one-up me. I try to sit in that spot now when he’s in the room. And I have lavender in the air which at least calms me haha. Also good news is he and our older kitty now tolerate one another. And he’s getting used to unexpected sounds like doors opening or microwave beeps. He is a sweetie, that prefers a quiet environment."

If you have the kind of quiet home that Luke would thrive in and would like to adopt him, please send in a completed adoption questionniare, and our adoption team will be in touch! More info and a link to the questionnaires can be found: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Meet Libby! She's just over two years old, spayed, microchipped, FIV/FeLV negative, up-to-date on vaccinations (rabies a...
05/10/2020

Meet Libby! She's just over two years old, spayed, microchipped, FIV/FeLV negative, up-to-date on vaccinations (rabies and distemper), and has been given parasite preventatives. Libby was transferred in from one of our rural rescue partners, and when she got to our shelter, she wasn't very happy in her kitty condo and did some hissing and swatting. So we decided a foster home might be better while she waits for her new home. And boy, was that the right decision! Here's what her current foster mom says about Libby:

"I am so impressed with Libby! She has adapted so fast! Libby is a very loving and brave little girl. By the end of her first day with us, she had checked out the entire room and started rubbing affectionately on me. Now she turns on her purrs for every family member who enters her room. It is clear that Libby loves people and is more than willing to show it when she feels comfortable and safe. I think this petite young girl is ready for adoption and will adapt to her new home fairly quickly! Libby also doesn’t mind being picked up gently and being groomed with a comb or brush. After being petted and rubbing on her humans, Libby enjoys treats and playtime. Her favorite toys include a string toy to chase around the room and a rattle mouse that keeps her occupied solo. She also chases a laser light with determination!

When resting, Libby scoots under a blanket on the bed and goes to sleep. She is not a picky eater but seems to slightly prefer her dry food more than the wet. Libby uses the litter box neatly. I am also encouraging her to use a horizontal scratching post to avoid scratching on the carpet. Libby seems interested in my resident cats and is not aggressive towards them, so maybe she would be okay with other cats. If you’re looking for a young, very affectionate small cat who likes people, Libby is your gal!"

If you'd like to adopt Libby, check out our new virtual adoption process online, and fill out an adoption questionnaire and send it in! Details here: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

The Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter's virtual 5k runs* through May 10, and there's still time to participat...
05/07/2020

The Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter's virtual 5k runs* through May 10, and there's still time to participate! Check out their Facebook post for more info.

*...see what we did there? 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️🐾

Eddie says "the gray skies have cleared up, perfect day to get outside for the Friends of FCAS Adopt a Shelter Pet Virtual 5K!"

There is still plenty of time to get involved in our Adopt a Shelter Pet Virtual 5K now through May 10th. Register online at https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Fairfax/FriendsVirtual5K and invite your friends, family and neighbors to participate and raise funds for the pet at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

Don't forget to share your race photos at Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter Adopt a Shelter Pet Virtual 5K to show off your achievements.

Thank you for continuing to support Friends and the Shelter pets we serve!

#FriendsofFCAS #shelterpets #adopt #virtual5k

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
05/05/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

05/05/2020
Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Friends is taking part of #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity.

Together, we can continue to support and care for the animals at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. With your compassion and generosity, you are continuing to save and improve the lives of surrendered, stray and seized pets during these unprecedented times. We are honored and grateful to have you on our side. Donate and show your support today.

Is Daisy the friendliest cat? RESOUNDING YES! As soon as you sit down, she is right next to you, asking for pets. Our An...
05/04/2020

Is Daisy the friendliest cat? RESOUNDING YES! As soon as you sit down, she is right next to you, asking for pets. Our Animal Care Staff has taken many, many photos of her and... they're all close ups of her face. Because Daisy wants to be close to people!! She was originally adopted from our shelter about ten years ago, and was sadly brought back when her loving owner passed away. We know that there's a nice person out there who will adopt this sweet, fluffy cat into their family and continue to love and cherish her like her previous owner did!

What we know about Daisy: she really wants to be an only cat. She's always been a solo cat and has made it clear here at the shelter that she does not appreciate other felines. She's never lived with dogs or kids, either, but she would probably be ok with kids as long as they promised to pet her a lot when she wanted to be petted, and also gave her space when she wanted that instead. We did senior blood work on Daisy and she has early kidney issues, so it would be good if she was fed a diet to support her kidneys (like Hills k/d or Purina NF).

Daisy is really an awesome cat, so friendly and just all-around wonderful. If you'd like to adopt her, please send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll be in touch! Details on the virtual adoption process can be found here: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

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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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