Animal Shelter

Fairfax County, Virginia



Building closed; services by advance appointment only; staff on site daily.

703-830-1100 | TTY

4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Karen Diviney, Ph.D., Director

FCAS logo of the outline of a dog and a cat sitting together under a roof.


The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is Fairfax County’s only open-access, municipal shelter. With 4,000 to 5,000 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 their forever families. At any given time, visitors to the shelter can meet cats and kittens, dogs and puppies, and dozens of small animals. We have a live release rate of over 90%, and are very proud of our excellent volunteer and foster programs, compassionate staff, progressive sheltering policies and practices, and the wonderful animal-loving community we're a part of!

Animal Shelter Operations Updates

We have updated our adoption process and it's now easier to schedule appointments to meet available pets! We are also now selling 2022 dog licenses. For details on those and other operational updates, visit the link below.

We are now accepting a very limited number of items as donations. If it's not on the list, please do not leave it at the shelter; we simply don't have any more storage space, or we cannot use the donated items, and we're having to throw things in the dumpster which we'd like to avoid! For more info, visit the link below.

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 these pet-retention focused shelter programs, including our low-cost rabies vaccination clinics, and our PetHaven program to help victims of domestic abuse.

If you're looking for affordable spay/neuter and vaccinations for your pet, or need some assistance finding organizations to help cover pet medical bills, we can point you in the right direction.

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!

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!

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.

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?

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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