Animal Services Division
4500 West Ox Road
Animal Shelter Vision:
We strive toward the day when no healthy, treatable or rehabilitatable companion animal is euthanized.
Animal Protection Police Officers (APPOs) get involved in a wide array of encounters between animals and humans, whether it is a report of stray dogs, raccoons in living rooms, or possums in trashcans. APPOs are trained law enforcement officers responsible for enforcing county ordinances and state laws that pertain to animals and their treatment. The primary function of the Fairfax County Police Department Animal Services Division is to help protect county residents while dealing with pets and animals as humanely as possible.
The Fairfax County Police Department's June 2016 Animal Services Division Organizational Review
Fairfax County Animal Services Organizational Review (By The PFM Group)
What sorts of wildlife/domestic animal incidents should NOT be reported to Animal Protection Police?
Enforcement of county codes and state laws that pertain to domestic, as well as wild animals
Investigation of animal cruelty complaints
Investigation of dog attacks or bites to humans and animals
Response to emergencies involving sick or seriously injured animals, including potential human exposure to the rabies virus
Removal of stray dogs from streets and other public areas
Response to reports of dog attacks on livestock
Seven days a week
6 a.m.- 12:30 a.m. call 703-691-2131 to report an incident
Call the Fairfax County Police non-emergency dispatch number at 703-691-2131 to report:
Animal cruelty or neglect
Sick or injured wildlife
Human exposure/encounters with potentially rabid wildlife
Fairfax County Animal Protection Police Officers will respond to the following wildlife encounters/emergencies:
In a home or business that poses a threat to humans or pets
Between humans or domestic animals that could result in rabies exposures
When wildlife shows signs and symptoms of rabies
When wildlife poses a threat to humans or pets
When wildlife appear sick or injured
In addition to our officers, The Wildlife Rescue League operates a wildlife assistance hotline that provides the public with advice, resources and referrals to licensed wildlife rehabilitators. You can visit their website for more information, http://wildliferescueleague.org/.
For all other Wildlife Concerns, Please call The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) Toll-Free Wildlife Hotline at 1-(855) 571-9003 or visit their webpage, http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/nuisance/.
Calls reporting wildlife nuisances
When wildlife poses no real threat to humans or pets
Wild animals living under decks, storage sheds, porches
Wild animals living in populated areas
Wild animals in attics, basements, garages and sheds
Wildlife has damaged gardens, flower beds or shrubs
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has more information on their webpage, http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/nuisance/. You can also call their toll-free wildlife conflict helpline at 1-855-571-9003.
A license will ensure quick identification and reunion if your dog becomes lost or missing.
All dogs age 4 months and older must be licensed
Licenses are good for the calendar year issued and expire December 31
New licenses must be purchased by January 31
Animal Protection Police Officers enforce the dog license code
The fee for a dog license is $10 for dogs. No license fee is charged the owners of service dogs aiding blind, deaf or mobility-impaired residents. The fee to replace a lost license tag is $1.
To obtain a dog license you must have the following:
A copy of dog license application
A check payable to County of Fairfax County
A current certificate of rabies vaccination
Mail or deliver the required paperwork to:
County of Fairfax, Department of Tax Administration, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, VA 22035
8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax
12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday
More information: 703-222-8234
A class IV misdemeanor
Up to $250 fine
Rabies is a deadly disease, to both humans and animals
All dogs and cats over four months old must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed vet
In Fairfax, the rabies virus has appeared in raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, and occasionally dogs, cats and ferrets
Minimize contact between pets and wildlife.
Report animal bites: 703-691-2131
Report animals acting strangely or altercations between wild and domestic animals: 703-691-2131
The Fairfax County Animal Services Division encourages pet owners to be prepared.
Create a disaster kit for your pets
Check out the Virginia Department of Emergency Management suggestions on what to include in your pet disaster preparedness kit: