Pet Adoption


                                                                                                                                                            

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Pet Adoption

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

Adopt An Animal

View animals available for adoption online

Steps to Adopting an Animal

Look at adoptable animals online and then visit the Shelter to meet your prospective pet.

  • Complete a visitation pass at the front desk and have a one-on-one visit with one or more animals. A volunteer or caretaker will facilitate the visit and tell you more about the pet you're visiting.
  • Complete an adoption application and spay/neuter consent form.
  • An adoption Counselor will review your application and if needed, a spay/neuter appointment will be made for your animal at the Shelter's contracted veterinarian.
  • The shelter will transport the animal to be spayed/neutered if necessary. If the animal is already spayed/neutered, the adopter may be able to take it home the same day.
  • The adopted pet will be available for pick up at the vet after the spay/neuter surgery is complete.

HOMEOWNERS: Please Bring the Following Information:

  • Current photo identification
  • Current vaccination records for all pets currently living on your property
  • Proof of county dog licence for all dogs living on your property
  • Proof of home ownership via a personal property tax bill or mortgage statement

RENTERS: Please Bring the Following Information:

  • Current photo identification
  • Current vaccination records for all petes currently living on your property
  • Proof of county dog license for all dogs living on your property
  • Lease and/or pet addendum to your lease
  • Verification that you have paid your pet deposit, if one is required
  • If adopter does not have a lease, adopter must bring notarized letter from landlord or parents

Location/Hours of Shelter:

4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030

Sunday/Monday: CLOSED

Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 12 noon - 7 p.m.

Adoption Fees:

Dogs: $40.00

Cats: $30.00

Rabbits: $15.00

Ferrets: $15.00

Reptiles: $10.00

Small birds: $10.00

Large birds: $100.00

Equine and bovine: $200.00

Other small animals: $5.00

Other livestock: $20.00

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 recources 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 distempter vaccination
  • An information packet including resources and medical documents
  • A follow-up phone call or email and access to the adopter resource helpline

Spay and neuter fees are NOT included in adoption fees.

Virginia law requires that ALL dogs and cats adopted from shelters MUST be spayed or neutered. In some cases, our shelter animals are already spayed or neutered. In others, however, adopter is

required to pay this cost. A surgery fee of $170.00 for dogs or $100.00 for cats must be paid directly to the veterinarian when the pet is picked up after the surgery.

      

All adopters must fill out applications completely; animals will not "be held" for prospective adopters.

There is an age requirement to adopt a shelter animal; all must be 18 or over. Pit Bull adopters must be 25 or over.

If you have questions or issues after adopting an animal from the shelter, you should call or email the Shelter's post-adoption specialist at: FCPDPetResources@FairfaxCounty.gov

or call 703-324-0231. We will respond to your call within two business days. All adopters will be contacted by phone or email within one to two weeks after adoption from the Shelter.

 

 

 

 

 


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