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


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About Us

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.


We welcome visitors and adopters at both of our shelter locations!

Michael R Frey Campus
4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Lorton Campus
8875 Lorton Road
Lorton, VA 22079

Our shelters are open:

Tuesday and Wednesday 12-5 p.m.
Thursday and Friday 12-7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed Monday.

Please note: We take our last adoption application 30 minutes before closing.

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!


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Animal Services Consolidation Proposal

Learn more about the Department of Animal Sheltering and the Fairfax County Police Department's proposal to unite animal care and control services under one department. The proposed consolidation will bring our county in alignment with industry best practices, expand service delivery to our community and optimize county resources.

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