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!

Make sure your pets are prepared, too!
04/02/2020

Make sure your pets are prepared, too!

Have a COVID-19 Plan in Place for Your Pets
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Eight D.C., Maryland and Virginia animal welfare organizations — including Fairfax County Animal Shelter — are uniting to urge the community to have a plan in place for your beloved companion animals in the wake of COVID-19.

The tips include:

1. Find a temporary caregiver to take on your pets if you are hospitalized.

2. Prepare a pet supply kit.

3. Know the facts about COVID and pets.

Details: https://www.humanerescuealliance.org/blog/posts/dmv-pet-preparedness-plan

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
04/02/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Did you know that today is Census Day? You don't even have to leave your house to be counted - the census can be complet...
04/01/2020

Did you know that today is Census Day? You don't even have to leave your house to be counted - the census can be completed online!! Visit: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/census

We did a quick count of our shelter pets and... this could be the most boring collection of photos we've ever posted. Sorry not sorry, because the message behind it is very exciting! Our shelter is quite empty right now, for all kinds of good reasons.

1. Over the last two weeks, over 100 pets were adopted! This was very exciting to us because we were doing all adoptions by appointment and weren't sure how it would work. Turns out, our adopters are still great, and were totally patient and understanding with our modified process.

03/30/2020

Hello everyone- The COVID-19 pandemic situation continues to evolve rapidly; Virginia is now under 'stay-at-home' orders. Animal Shelter staff met this morning and made some tough but necessary decisions on changes to Shelter operations. The following will be effective March 31:

- Adoptions have been paused while we determine how (and if) we can safely proceed; we hope to provide an update next week.
- The in-house volunteer program has been be temporarily paused for the safety of volunteers, staff, and their families.
- The building has been closed to the public; only staff will be permitted inside.
- Return-to-Owner of stray pets will continue by appointment, with all paperwork and communication done electronically and/or by telephone; pets will be handed off to owners at the curbside.
- We will be working with current fosters to get as many pets as possible into foster homes. For all who have emailed inquiring about how to foster a pet, please know that we appreciate your offers, and will reach out if we need help!
- TNR clinics are paused until further notice.
- No elective veterinary surgeries until further notice; this includes spay/neuter.

Our wonderful Shelter staff will be here, caring for all our Shelter pets who remain in the building. We will continue to
post updates and share stories on our social media!!

For more details, visit: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/animal-shelter-operations-update-covid-19

Update: ADOPTED!Little Jolene was found in an apartment's dog park, all alone and quite underweight. We have no idea how...
03/29/2020

Update: ADOPTED!

Little Jolene was found in an apartment's dog park, all alone and quite underweight. We have no idea how she got there, but Jolene is just the nicest little cat with so much love to give to someone who will love her back. We think she's about two years old, could stand to gain some weight, has a really fluffy tail, and she's a "complete love bug" according to our volunteers. As soon as her condo door is open, she's up and stretching and reaching her paw out to pat you gently so you'll pay attention to her. Let's get this little lady adopted and into a home with someone who will love and appreciate her!! Email us at [email protected]fairfaxcounty.gov to set up an appointment!!!

Peachy and Bowser are two pals who need to be adopted together, and we love them! But, not as much as they love each oth...
03/28/2020

Peachy and Bowser are two pals who need to be adopted together, and we love them! But, not as much as they love each other.

Charlie Chuck was found as a stray by a kind patron who took him in, while searching for an owner. No one came for him, ...
03/28/2020

Charlie Chuck was found as a stray by a kind patron who took him in, while searching for an owner. No one came for him, so now he's searching for a new family. Charlie Chuck is VERY friendly and outgoing, and loves to say hello to everyone! Also.. he's huge. FIFTEEN pounds with paws like a lion!!! Charlie Chuck is young and will need lots of playtime and enrichment to keep his brain busy. He has been referred to as a "rough player" so whoever adopts him should be ready for a rough and tumble fellow. He's not really a fan of other cats, so he should be the only cat in the home; he might do well with a dog after a slow intro.

What do you think? Do you need a giant fluffy cat friend in your life? Email us for an appointment to meet him!! [email protected]

Our animal shelter has a brand new staff position, and it's been in the works for some time. We think this position will...
03/26/2020
Pets For Life Coordinator (Volunteer Services Coordinator I)

Our animal shelter has a brand new staff position, and it's been in the works for some time. We think this position will be EXTRA important in the coming months and beyond, to help under-resourced residents and the pets they love. Are you an active, self-motivated, multilingual, organized people person who is enthusiastic about helping people keep their pets? Check out our brand new Pets for Life Coordinator position and apply here: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/fairfaxcounty/jobs/2742301/pets-for-life-coordinator-volunteer-services-coordinator-i

Under general direction of the Communications and Outreach Manager, and in coordination with the Volunteer Services Coordinator II, the Shelter contract veterinary staff, and other Shelter staff, oversees and implement all aspects of the Pets for Life Program to provide needed pet services to indivi...

Are you working from home? Do you need two very cute cat friends to stare at you? May we suggest Talula and Vanessa? The...
03/25/2020

Are you working from home? Do you need two very cute cat friends to stare at you? May we suggest Talula and Vanessa? These two three-and-a-half year old BFFs excel at staring! (And many other important cat skills.) Talula and Vanessa are a bonded pair – meaning they must be adopted together because they love each other so SO much. They came to us from a rural area and spent some time in a foster home. Their foster parent said that Talula is well-adjusted and friendly, which is good because Vanessa tends to be more shy at first. They're looking for a family who will love them, and keep them together forever! Email us at [email protected] to set up an appointment to meet them! Fun fact: Talula has a heart-shaped marking on her shoulder! Extra cute points!!

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo
03/24/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter's cover photo

Frosty is ready to stay at home with you!! Just look, he has his favorite book and a nice cup of tea, and he's ready to ...
03/24/2020

Frosty is ready to stay at home with you!! Just look, he has his favorite book and a nice cup of tea, and he's ready to settle in on the couch with you for a cuddle fest. Frosty is a low-key senior gentleman, and he's super chatty and friendly... in fact, he’s the opposite of frosty! He does have some age-related health things going on: a grade three heart murmur and grade three dental disease. Normally we would provide a dental cleaning, but the heart murmur makes that a little risky, so we're holding off. But we know that there is someone out there who won’t be too fazed by the health stuff and will see what a catch Frosty is. We love him and so will you! If you'd like to make an appointment to visit him, email us at [email protected]!

Can you believe Missy is seventeen?? Neither can we! She's very active and friendly, and was only brought to us when her...
03/23/2020

Can you believe Missy is seventeen?? Neither can we! She's very active and friendly, and was only brought to us when her very loving owner moved into an assisted living facility. Missy is such a nice little cat, very friendly and well-behaved, with perfect litter box habits. She's a vocal cat who likes to talk, and she's friendly with new people including gentle kids. She hasn't lived with other pets but with a slow introduction she could like having other animal friends in her new family.

As part of our Senior Cat Package we did a medical workup on Missy and she's in great health! The only thing the workup revealed is that she is in the very early stages of kidney disease, which is really not uncommon at all for senior cats. We recommend that she be fed a special diet to slow that progression, but as senior cats can sometimes be picky, alternatively Missy can just eat whatever she wants.

If you'd like to meet Missy, please email us at [email protected] to set up an appointment! We'd love to see this sweet senior cat get adopted!

Update: adopted!!!HERCULES!!! Hercules is 90 pounds of fun, froLICK, and foolishness! He has loads of energy and is in h...
03/21/2020

Update: adopted!!!

HERCULES!!! Hercules is 90 pounds of fun, froLICK, and foolishness! He has loads of energy and is in his happy place when he's running, fetching, carrying toys, interacting with his people, or all of the above at the same time. He loves meeting new people and is all wiggles and wags when you're giving him attention. One of his favorite things is a good back scratch, and he'll thank you with many licks! His family said that he is great with people, kids, and other dogs. He even met a cat and seemed like he might be ok with proper introductions. He does come on strong, so we recommend a meet and greet with potential dog siblings. He can be protective of his home, so he needs proper introductions to new people coming into his space. But once his family says the people are cool, then he's good with it. And Hercules loves his food! Loves, loves, loves! Which will help with his training, for sure! One other thing to keep in mind - he is STRONG! So if you're taking him on walks, hold on! With a little training, a lot of exercise, and loads of love, we are sure that Hercules will make an awesome new best friend! Email us at [email protected] for an appointment to meet (and adopt?!) this big lovable lug!

Adopt Karma! :) Email us at animalshelter@fairfaxcounty.gov for a visit/adoption appointment!
03/21/2020

Adopt Karma! :) Email us at [email protected] for a visit/adoption appointment!

Looking for some good karma to come your way? We've got Karma right here for you!

This sweet gal is 8 years-old and just so full of love! Karma had a few lumps that needed removal when she arrived at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, so Friends stepped in to provide funding for her surgery. Thanks to the dedicated doctors and staff at Pender Veterinary Centre, Karma no longer has to worry about these "beauty" lumps and is ready to find her forever home!

Karma would love to be a part of your family, if you are interested in meeting her, please email the Fairfax County Animal Shelter at [email protected] to schedule an appointment!

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Fifteen-year-old sweetheart Chloe is ready to be in a HOME!!! She is such a nice little cat, and everyone here loves her...
03/20/2020

Fifteen-year-old sweetheart Chloe is ready to be in a HOME!!! She is such a nice little cat, and everyone here loves her. And we would LOVE to see her adopted and out of here! Chloe's person had to move to a nursing home recently, and Chloe was not allowed to join her. She and Chloe had been together since Chloe was a kitten. This affectionate cat has seen a lot (and a lot of love!) over the years - she's lived with small dogs and enjoyed the grandkids when they visited her home. She is shy with new people but warms up quickly!

Chloe does have a few age-related issues but that's what sometimes comes senior cats, and it's ok because she's being managed for all of it! Chloe has a heart murmur, arthritis, stage one kidney disease, and she's hyperthyroid. She's on medication for the hyperthyroidism which she'll need for the rest of her life, and she's on special food for the kidney disease which ideally she will be on indefinitely (although some cats can be very picky about food). Chloe has enjoyed endless pets and loving attention from volunteers, staff, and visitors in her short time at the shelter, and likes having her front door open so she can follow the action in the cat room. If you'd like a calm and dear companion who wants to enjoy a snuggle on the sofa, Chloe could be your new bestie for sure.

We're doing everything on an appointment-only basis now, so to make an appointment to adopt Chloe, email us at [email protected]!

How cute and floofy is Pepper?! Extra floofy, indeed. Okay, so maybe it’s not all floof.. there might be a little extra ...
03/20/2020

How cute and floofy is Pepper?! Extra floofy, indeed. Okay, so maybe it’s not all floof.. there might be a little extra belly under there but honestly, extra cute points. Pepper was brought to us because her owner couldn't care for her any longer, but they had some great things to say about her, describing Pepper as “friendly,” “well-behaved,” “gentle”, and “lap-loving.” And apparently Pepper likes to play! So what’s better than a friendly floof-tastic cat who still loves a good ball-chase now and then? Nothing. The answer is nothing.

We're doing everything on an appointment-only basis now, so to make an appointment to meet (and hopefully adopt?!) sweet Pepper, email us at [email protected]!

AMAZING NEWS!!! One of our longest-term cat residents was adopted yesterday!! Cheetah is diabetic and has been in our ca...
03/19/2020

AMAZING NEWS!!! One of our longest-term cat residents was adopted yesterday!! Cheetah is diabetic and has been in our care for four months. We are THRILLED he is now home!!

Huge thank you to our amazing animal care team, for managing Cheetah's daily medication and care, to keep him happy and healthy while he waited for his forever family.

Fairfax County Animal Shelter
03/18/2020

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Say hello to Daddio! He's a sweet, happy older pup who came to us from one of our rescue partners. He loves getting atte...
03/18/2020

Say hello to Daddio! He's a sweet, happy older pup who came to us from one of our rescue partners. He loves getting attention and will let you pet him all over while he leans into you for more. He's your typical hound, with his nose to the ground sniffing everything in his path. He LOVES food and will search for it high and low once he catches the scent of tasty treats. He showed up at our rescue partner as a stray, so we don't know anything about his background. It doesn't seem that he's had much training, but his love for food should help him learn new commands. He did great meeting one of our shelter dogs, so he may enjoy having a doggy sibling. Feel free to bring your current dog in for a visit to see how they get along. Daddio's cool as a cucumber and looking for a loving home to call his own. Could it be with you?

Reminder that the we're now conducting adoptions by appointment only. To schedule an appointment to meet Daddio, email us at [email protected]! We can usually do same-day appointments and we do same-day adoptions!

THANK YOU to everyone for working with us and being patient as we implement many temporary changes during the COVID-19 p...
03/17/2020

THANK YOU to everyone for working with us and being patient as we implement many temporary changes during the COVID-19 pandemic! We're doing our best to adapt our processes quickly while keeping our staff, volunteers, and visitors safe by minimizing the concentration of people in the building, and of course caring for all our shelter pets like usual. That has meant moving everything, including adoptions, to an appointment system. So far it's going well - ten pets were adopted today!!

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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

Telephone

(703) 830-1100

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