Animal Shelter

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-5pm, Thursdays and Fridays 12-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm, closed Mondays.

4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Reasa Currier,
Director

2023 Low-Cost Vaccination and Microchip Clinics

*All 2023 clinics will be held at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter*

 

Clinic Information: 

  • All clinics are held 9am - 12pm.
  • Services are first come, first served.
  • There is NO pre-registration or appointment required - all paperwork will be completed at each clinic.
  • We can only accept cash - no check or credit card - and payment is due at the time of service.
  • Dogs and cats may be vaccinated at the clinics.
  • Dogs must be on fixed (not flexi/extendable) leashes; cats must be in carriers.
  • Dog licenses may be purchased onsite in the Animal Shelter.
  • The clinic is limited to the first 150 pets in line. We recommend arriving early; the line will be cut off after 150 pets have arrived and no additional pets will be accepted.
  • In order to receive a 3-year rabies vaccination and/or 1- or 3-year distemper vaccination, proof of prior vaccinations are required and paper or electronic copies must be presented at the clinic. No prior medical records are needed for microchips, 1-year rabies vaccinations, or initial 28-day distemper vaccinations.
  • Pets will be vaccinated in a secure room at the clinic location. Pets will remain with owners in line. Once a pet has been checked in, a staff member will bring the pet to be vaccinated and/or microchipped and will return the pet to the owner once the vaccines and/or microchip has been administered.

 

2023 Low-Cost Vaccination and Microchip Clinics schedule

 

Services:

  • Rabies Vaccination: $20
  • Distemper Vaccination: $20
  • Microchip: $20

 

Dates:

  • February 19th
  • April 23rd
  • May 28th
  • September 10th
  • October 22nd
  • December 3rd

 

Rabies Vaccine:

  • Every owned dog and cat is required by law to be vaccinated against rabies by four months of age.
  • The rabies vaccine must be given annually (or every three years if your pet receives a three-year vaccine) for the duration of your pet’s life.
  • To receive a three-year vaccine, a pet must have previously been vaccinated against rabies and their most recent vaccine cannot be more than one year past its expiration date. If you would like a three-year rabies vaccine, make sure bring your most recent rabies vaccine certificate with you to the clinic!
  • We cannot vaccinate an animal more than a month before their current rabies vaccination expires.

 

Dog Distemper (DAPPi) Vaccine:

  • Dog Distemper (DAPPi) is an annual vaccine that protects dogs from distemper virus, canine adenovirus, parvovirus, and parainfluenza virus.
  • A dog’s initial distemper vaccine series requires at least two shots given three to four weeks apart. A dog is not fully protected until they receive both shots!
    • If your dog receives their first distemper vaccine at our low cost vaccination clinic, it is your responsibility to visit a vet clinic to receive the second distemper vaccine.
    • If a dog is under 16 weeks old, they will require more than two shots to be fully protected – email us at animalshelter@fairfaxcounty.gov if you need more information!
  • To receive a one-year distemper vaccine, we require proof of either 1) a previous one-year distemper vaccine or 2) one distemper vaccine administered three-four weeks before the date of the low cost vaccination clinic date.
    • If this is your dog’s initial distemper vaccine, your vaccination will be good for 28 days at which point your dog will need to visit a vet clinic to receive the second shot in the series (which will then be good for one year)
  • To receive a three-year distemper vaccine, a dog must have a previous one year distemper vaccine and their most recent distemper vaccine cannot be more than one year past its expiration date. If you would like a three-year distemper vaccine, make sure bring your most recent distemper vaccine record with you to the clinic!
  • We cannot vaccinate an animal more than a month before their current distemper vaccination expires.
  • Other names for this vaccination include: DA2PP, DHPP, DHLPP, and DHPPV.
  • The feline equivalent of this vaccine is HC2P.

 

Cat Distemper (HC2P) Vaccine:

  • Cat Distemper (HC2P) is an annual vaccine that protects cats from feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia.
  • A cat’s initial distemper vaccine series requires at least two shots given three to four weeks apart. A cat is not fully protected until they receive both shots!
    • If your cat receives an initial distemper vaccine at our low cost vaccination clinic, it is your responsibility to visit a vet clinic to receive the second distemper vaccine in the series
    • If a cat is under 16 weeks old, they require more than two shots to be fully protected – email us at animalshelter@fairfaxcounty.gov if you need more information!
  • To receive a one-year distemper vaccine, we require proof of either 1) a previous one-year distemper vaccine or 2) one distemper vaccine administered three-four weeks before the low cost vaccination clinic date
    • If this is an initial distemper vaccine for your cat, your vaccination will be good for 28 days at which point your cat will need to visit a vet clinic to receive the second shot in the series (which will then be good for one year)
  • To receive a three-year distemper vaccine, a cat must have a previous one-year distemper vaccine, and their most recent vaccine cannot be more than one year past its expiration date. If you would like a three-year distemper vaccine, make sure bring your most recent distemper vaccine record with you to the clinic!
  • We cannot vaccinate an animal more than a month before their current distemper vaccination expires.
  • Other names for this vaccination include: FVRCP, RCP + CH, and 1-HCPCh.
  • The canine equivalent of this vaccine is DAPPi.

 

Microchip:

  • A microchip is a tiny chip, about the size of a grain of rice, with a unique ID number. The microchip can be scanned to get the ID number which is associated with you, the owner, and can be used to look up your name, phone number, and email.
  • A microchip protects your pet if they’re ever lost or stolen. A microchip is registered to your name, which identifies you as the owner.
  • When you receive a microchip at one of our low cost clinics, we will register the microchip to your name, phone number, and email address for you.
    • The microchips we provide come with lifetime registration
  • Once we’ve registered the chip to you (within five business days), you will receive an email so that you can create an online account with 24PetWatch.
    • Your job is to make sure that you update the microchip information using your online account if you ever move or change your phone number or email!
    • If you ever rehome your pet to another person, you will need to transfer the microchip to the new person using your account.
  • A pet only needs one microchip, so it’s a one-time procedure and cost. It’s inserted using a small needle, and most pets feel little to no pain when receiving a microchip (it’s about the same as when you get your flu shot!)
  • Microchips are not GPS trackers (it would be pretty cool if they were though!) However, a microchip is still important because a collar or tag can fall off an animal, but a microchip will always be there if your pet gets lost!

 

 

REDUCE YOUR RISK OF EXPOSURE TO THE RABIES VIRUS.

  • Get your pets vaccinated against rabies and keep current on their revaccinations.
  • Stay away from wildlife and keep children and pets away from wildlife.
  • Always walk your dogs on a leash to keep them from running after wildlife.
  • Deter wildlife from coming into your yard by eliminating possible food sources and keeping trash can lids tightly closed.
  • Do not keep wild animals as pets!
  • Report any strange behavior by wildlife or any bites by wildlife to the Animal Protection Police by calling 703-691-2131.
  • If you are bitten by a wild animal or stray dog or cat, wash the wound immediately, seek medical attention, and report the incident to Animal Protection Police by calling 703-691-2131
  • Rabies is a deadly virus spread through saliva, and most often transmitted through bites by an infected animal. There is no cure for rabies. You can protect your pet against this virus by having them vaccinated against rabies, and Virginia state law and Fairfax County ordinances requires that dogs and cats four months of age and older be vaccinated against rabies.

 

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