Animal Shelter - Adopt


Considering adding a new pet to your household?  Come visit the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and meet adoptable dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, bunnies, guinea pigs, ferrets, gerbils, birds, parrots, snakes and turtles!  Take a tour of the Shelter, talk with staff and volunteers about Shelter programs and enjoy interacting with animals that are waiting for homes. 

Steps to Adopting an Animal

  1. Look at adoptable animals online and then visit the Shelter to meet your prospective pet.
  2. Walk through to meet available pets and then visit with pets you are considering adopting.  A volunteer or caretaker will facilitate the visit and tell you more about the pet you’re visiting.
  3. Complete an adoption questionnaire.
  4. Meet with an adoption counselor to ask questions and learn more about the pet you want to adopt.
  5. Complete your adoption!  Many pets can go home the day they are adopted, but some must be picked up one or two days later after their spay/neuter appointment. 

Adoption fees

  • Dogs:
    • Under six months: $175
    • Six months to five years: $125
    • Over five: $100
  • Cats:
    • Under six months: $125
    • Six months to five years: $75
    • Over five years: $50
  • Rabbits: $15
  • Ferrets: $15
  • Reptiles: $10
  • Small Birds: $10
  • Large Birds: $100
  • Equine and Bovine: $200
  • Other Small Animals: $5
  • Other Livestock: $20

FAQs

What is included in the adoption fee?

Dogs:

  • A certificate for a free exam with a participating veterinarian.  Fees for other services performed will be paid by the adopter to the veterinary hospital. 
  • A heartworm test
  • Distemper and Bordatella vaccinations
  • A microchip
  • An information packet including resources and medical documents
  • A follow-up phone call or email and access to the adopter resource helpline

 Cats:

  • A certificate for a free exam with a participating veterinarian.  Fees for other services performed will be paid by the adopter to the veterinary hospital.
  • A feline leukemia/feline AIDS test
  • A distemper vaccination
  • An information packet including resources and medical documents
  • A follow-up phone call or email and access to the adopter resource helpline. 

 Is the spay/neuter surgery included in the adoption fees?

Yes. All animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption.

Does the shelter hold adoptable animals overnight? 

No.  The shelter does not hold animals for adopters with incomplete applications.

How old do I need to be to adopt a pet? 

Adopters must be 18 years of age.

What if I have questions or problems after I adopt an animal from the Shelter?

One to two weeks after you adopt a pet from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, you will be contacted via phone or email by one of our post-adoption specialists.  If you have questions about behavior or veterinary care or you have a concern or problem, please contact our post-adoption specialists at FCPDPetResources@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-830-1100.  We will respond to your call or email within approximately two business days.  

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