2021 Dog License Sales at Shelter - RESUMED JULY 1!
- In-person dog license sales at the Shelter have resumed! Effective July 1, residents who need to purchase a County dog license may come to the Shelter and ring the doorbell at the main doors for assistance.
Virtual adoption process, now with expanded in-person appointments to visit pets pre-adoption!
- Now that vaccines are more widely available, we are pleased to begin offering increased in-person access to the Animal Shelter! We will not be open for unscheduled walk-in visits, though we are excited to begin offering more in-person visit appointments for potential adopters who wish to meet a specific pet, or who wish to browse available pets. For full details and instructions: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps
Essential services by advance appointment only:
- Return-to-owner of stray pets: If your pet is at the Shelter as a stray, email or call to make an appointment to reclaim them. Email – email@example.com – is preferred due to the expected high volume.
- If you find a stray dog in Fairfax County, you have two options. You may call Animal Protection (703-691-2131) to pick the dog up, or you may hold on to the dog (if you do this option, you must file a found report).
- If you see a stray cat, please visit this webpage for more info: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/catintake
- Pet surrenders: If you are at all able to delay surrendering a pet at this time, please do. We are accepting owner-surrendered pets from Fairfax County residents, by appointment only. If you need to surrender your pet, please email or call to make an appointment. Email is preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more info, visit: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/surrenderingyourpet
- Dog and cat food pet pantry: If you are a Fairfax County resident facing financial hardship and are in need of dog or cat food (canned and/or dry) to help care for your pet(s) during this difficult and challenging time, please call or email us; the Shelter has a supply of these items available. Call (703-830-1100) or email (email@example.com) to arrange a time for pickup.
- Low-cost rabies vaccination clinics: 2021 dates are scheduled! www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/communityassistance/rabiesclinics
We are now accepting a very limited number of items as donations. If it's not on the below 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!
- Unopened, unexpired cat and dog food (dry and canned)
- Clean towels
- Items from our Amazon wish list: www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/96AEL1WS4QHR/
- Monetary donations are always very much appreciated and should be directed to the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter: www.ffcas.org
For more info: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/donate
Paused programs and services:
- Volunteer program – we have paused the onboarding for our in-house volunteer program
- Shelter Tours and Reading Tails
- All Scout programming
- Workshops, group meetings, events
If you have any questions about the changes in Shelter programs and services, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be doing our best to respond in a timely manner. We thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate this ever-changing situation while balancing the needs of the shelter pets in our care with the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and community.
If you have an animal-related emergency, such as ill/injured wildlife, a stray dog, or potential abuse or neglect, please contact Animal Protection at 703-691-2131. For more info: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/specializedunits/animalprotectionpolice