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

Chief vs. Chief Adoption Bowl: Fee-Waived Event for Large Dogs

  • Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 8-11.
  • Fee-waived adoptions for dogs 45 pounds and larger. 
  • Locations: 
    • Michael R. Frey Campus: 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030 
    • Lorton Campus: 8875 Lorton Rd., Lorton, VA 22079

Get ready for an electrifying showdown! The Fairfax County Animal Shelter (FCAS) presents the Adoption Bowl, a fee-waived adoption event for dogs 45 pounds and larger, taking place Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 8-11. 

This one-of-a-kind event pits Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis against Fairfax County Fire Chief John Butler against each other in a chief vs. chief challenge. Each chief will lead a "team" of adoptable dogs and at the end of the event, the winning team will be announced based on the number of adoptions. It’s a friendly competition to see which chief can find the most homes for their canine companion squad.  

Loving Homes Urgently Needed for Large Dogs 

black and white medium-sized dog sitting on a park bench with a stickThis fun showdown comes at a time when the shelter needs it the most. Nearly every dog kennel is full, with over 85 in its care. 

"With so many dogs in our shelters, we are excited to help as many of these wonderful dogs as possible meet their new families during this event," says Reasa Currier, Director of FCAS. "We extend thanks to Chief Davis and Chief Butler for their invaluable partnership in helping these large dogs find loving homes! If you’re looking for a loyal and loving companion, we can help you find one." 

How to Participate 

Visit either of the shelter locations—the Michael R. Frey Campus, 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030, or the Lorton Campus, 8875 Lorton Rd., Lorton, VA 22079. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointments are required for adoptions. 

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is open Tuesday through Sunday: Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Mondays.  

For more information about the adoption process and to see pets available for adoption, visit

About Fairfax County Animal Shelter: 

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is the open-access municipal shelter for Fairfax County, committed to providing the highest quality of care to pets. Last year, the shelter accepted nearly 4,000 companion animals and impacted the lives of over 1,000 more through community-based programs and services. With a consistent live release rate of over 90%, the shelter prioritizes the well-being and happiness of every large dog in its care. 

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