Animal Shelter

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: open Tues-Fri 12-7pm and Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sun-Mon

4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Karen Diviney, Ph.D.,
Director

Steps to Adopting an Animal

  1. Look at adoptable pets online, and when you see one you want to meet and possibly adopt, come in to the shelter to visit with your prospective pet.
  2. Once at the shelter, walk through to see available pets and then visit with the one(s) you are considering adopting. A volunteer or staff member will facilitate the visit and tell you more about the pet you’re visiting.
  3. Once you decide that you would like to adopt, head to the main lobby to complete our brief adoption questionnaire and wait to speak with one of our adoption counselors to go over any questions you might have. We'll go over all of the available behavioral and medical history of the pet you want to adopt.
  4. Complete your adoption! Most pets can go home the day they are adopted, but some must be picked up one or two days later after their spay/neuter appointment.
  5. Notes: 1) Some pets are in foster homes, and that is noted in their bio. If you are interested in a pet who is in a foster home, please email the shelter to arrange a visit. 2) Some special needs animals will be adopted on a best fit basis, rather than the usual first-come first-served.

Check out our Petango page for an up-to-the-minute list of all our available pets, including dogs, puppies, cats, kittens, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and more!

Adoption Requirements

  1. Must be at least 18 years old, with a current photo ID
  2. Bring rabies vaccination certificate(s) for any current dogs and/or cats in the home
  3. Have licenses for currently-owned dogs (if you live in Fairfax County)
  4. Show proof that you're allowed to have the pet where you live (proof of home ownership, OR lease with pet addendum, OR letter/email from landlord/home owner)