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.
8875 Lorton Road
Lorton, VA 22079
Reasa Currier

What We Do

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter (FCAS) is Fairfax County’s only open-access, municipal animal shelter. With 4,000 to 5,000 companion animals entering our shelters each year, we are committed to treating each animal as an individual and providing the highest quality of care. We offer a variety of community support programs that help pets stay with their families. We are proud to be part of a diverse and vibrant community that includes a highly skilled and dedicated staff, a committed team of volunteers and fosters and compassionate residents.


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Adopt a Pet

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!

Lost and Found Pets

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.

Pet Resource Center

Our goal is to help pet guardians 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!

Shelter Programs and Donations

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?

Community Cats

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 community cats and kittens!

Surrendering a Pet

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.

Shelter Frequently Asked Questions

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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