Animal Shelter

*** The shelter will be closed on Thursday, November 23, for Thanksgiving Day. ***

*** We will be open on Friday, November 24, from 10am to 4pm, for our Black Furday Adoption Event - all adoptions are fee-waived! ***

*** We will resume normal business hours on Saturday, November 25. ***


The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is Fairfax County’s only open-access, municipal shelter. We take in stray animals in need, owner surrendered companion animals when the owner is no longer willing or able to care for them, and animals who have been seized or taken into custody by Animal Protection Police. We accept all companion animals from Fairfax County who are in need of care, regardless of health, age, temperament, or history, and we receive around 4,500 animals each year. We do not euthanize for lack of space or length of time, and all adoptable pets are given every opportunity for a new home and family. We have an incredibly compassionate staff, and vibrant and active volunteer and foster programs. We know that every animal who enters our shelter will be given the best care and shown lots of love while they are in our care, and while they wait for their forever family to adopt them. We are very proud that since 2013, our positive release rate has been over 90% each year! During open hours, visitors to our shelter can meet cats and kittens, dogs and puppies, guinea pigs, rabbits, and many other small animals including birds, reptiles, mice, and more.



The Animal Shelter is located at:

4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, Virginia, 22030

Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 12 to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Report a Lost or Found Pet
Find Your Lost Pet
Pet Haven
Cats Safe at Home
Exotic Pets
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 • Cats in the Community



2016 Annual Report

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Animal Shelter


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