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


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Adoption Audition

Are you thinking about adopting a pet and want to see whether it feels like a good fit before committing? Do you want to help an animal in need? Our Adoption Audition program offers a trial period for select shelter pets, allowing you to see if it’s a good match - no strings attached! You’ll bring a pet home with you and, after five days, our team will reach out to see if you would like to adopt them, or return the pet to our shelter.

brown mixed-breed dog with a tennis ball in his mouthHow does it work?

  1. Visit our Shelters: Come by our Michael R. Frey Campus or Lorton Campus during open hours. No sign-up or appointment is needed!
  2. Go Home With Your Adoption Audition Pet: You will go home with your Adoption Audition pet the same day! Our team will make sure you have all the information you need and answer any questions you may have.
  3. Check in with Our Team: After five days, our team will reach out to you to see if you would like to adopt or return the pet to the shelter for staff to learn all about how their experience in a home was!

Currently, only dogs are eligible for the program. However, we're planning to expand the program in the future to include cats and small animals!

When you visit our shelters, ask our Customer Care team which pets are eligible for the program, or look for the “Adoption Audition Candidate” sign (pictured below) on the pet’s kennel! There will also be a note in the pet’s adoption profile on our website.

Graphic that says: Adoption Audition Candidate. Ask our Customer Care team for more details!

If you find that the pet isn't quite the right match for your family, that's perfectly okay! You can bring them back to the shelter. Your time with the pet not only gives them a break from the shelter, but also provides us with valuable insights into the pet’s personality. Your experience helps us gain a deeper understanding of the pet's needs in a home environment, helping us to match them with their future family!

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