Animal Shelter

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-5 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays 12-7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mondays. Please note: We take our last adoption application 30 minutes before closing.
4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Reasa Currier

What We Do

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is Fairfax County’s only open-access, municipal shelter. With 4,000 to 5,000 companion animals coming through our doors each year, the shelter provides a safe place for dogs, cats and small animals to stay while they wait for loving homes. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to the pets we tend to while also working to increase pet retention and access to pet services. We have a live release rate of over 90%, and are proud to be part of a compassionate community of fosters, volunteers and Fairfax County residents.


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Are you ready to adopt your new best friend? Learn more about our adoption process, including our requirements and adoption fee structure, and then come on in to meet all our available pets. We have dogs, cats, and small animals available to adopt, and we do same-day adoptions!

Have you lost a pet, or found a stray pet? Get tips on finding a lost pet, file a lost or found report online to help shelter staff reunite lost pets with their families, and learn how to redeem your pet from our shelter.

Our goal is to help pet owners keep their pets! Learn more about our pet-retention focused shelter programs, including our low-cost rabies vaccination clinics, Pet Food Pantry, PetHaven program to help victims of domestic abuse, and check out the other helpful resources we've compiled!

Curious about how our volunteer and foster programs support shelter pets, how you can get involved, and how to donate much-needed supplies to support shelter pets?

Have you noticed cats (and maybe kittens) in your neighborhood, and do you want to help them? We have a comprehensive (and free) program to help address community cats and kittens!

Want to bring a kids group to take a tour, or help our animals have sweet dreams by reading to them at bedtime? Read about what types of programs our shelter offers!

We understand that sometimes the best and most feasible option for pet owners who can no longer care for a pet is to surrender them to a shelter, and we're here to help. Please make sure to read all the information about surrendering a pet, so you know what to bring and what to expect.

Wondering what our open hours are, or where we're located? Curious about what our adoption requirements or fees are? Have any question about the Fairfax County Animal Shelter? Visit our FAQs!

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