Animal Shelter

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Reasa Currier,

About Us

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is the county’s only open-access municipal shelter. We take in stray pets in need, owner surrendered companion animals when owners can no longer 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. We do not euthanize for space or length of time, and all adoptable animals are given every opportunity for a new home and family. We have a 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 while they are with us while they wait for their new families to adopt them. We are very proud that our positive release rate has been over 90% since 2013!

Annual Reports

Curious about what we do on a big-picture scale? View our Annual Reports, to read more about what we do on a yearly reporting basis including shelter programs and live release rate data!


Take a look at our monthly newsletters for heartwarming stories, helpful educational articles, Letters from the Director, behind-the-scenes tales, and upcoming events! 

Visit Us!

We're located at 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax VA. We welcome visitors and adopters any time during open hours! We are open Tuesday through Friday from 12 noon to 7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm. We are closed on Mondays but you can see our available pets at any time online.

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