Animal Shelter

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Building closed; services by advance appointment only; staff on site daily.

4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Reasa Currier,
Director

Low-Cost Vaccination and Microchip Clinics

2022 Low-Cost Vaccination and Microchip Clinics

Exciting news! Our low-cost clinics now offer expanded services:

  • Rabies vaccination: $20

  • Microchip: $20

  • Distemper vaccination: $15

 

UPDATE: the June clinic has been rescheduled to June 19th. Registration for that date is now OPEN!

June Clinic Information:

  • Pre-registration required!
  • Time: 9am-12pm, Sunday, June 19
  • Location: 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Services: Rabies Vaccine ($20), DA2PP (Dog Distemper) Vaccine ($15), FVRCP (Cat Distemper) Vaccine ($15), Microchip Implantation ($20)
  • CASH OR CHECK ONLY
  • This is a curbside clinic, and pet owners must remain in their car while shelter staff walk/carry pets into the building to receive services and then return your pets to your car.
  • Only one time slot is required per car – we will see all of your pets (cats, dogs, and ferrets) during your time slot!
  • Masks are now optional. 

 

Registration Process:

  • Pre-registration is required, by signing up for a specific time slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0845adaf2aa3f49-june2
  • After you select a time slot you will receive an email from Shelter staff with a registration form, to complete and send back to us. Look for this registration for within three business days.
  • You must return the registration form within 48 hours to keep your appointment slot.
  • If your pet has a previous rabies or distemper vaccination, you must send us a photo or scanned copy of your pet’s previous vaccination certificate(s) along with your registration form in order to receive a 3-year vaccination. If you do not send this in advance, your pet will receive a 1-year vaccination. We cannot make changes to this the day of the clinic.
  • Once we receive your completed registration form (and previous vaccination certificates, if applicable), you will receive a confirmation email with details and instructions for your appointment date/time.

 

Please note these clinic reminders:

  • We can only accept cash or check.
  • Dogs, cats, and ferrets may be vaccinated at the clinics. (Ferrets can only receive the rabies vaccination.)
  • Dogs must be on fixed (not flexi/extendable) leashes; cats and ferrets must be in carriers.
  • You must reserve a day/time slot first, and then you will receive an email with a registration form prior to your selected clinic date. The form must be returned to the Shelter via email within 48 hours to hold your appointment slot, along with your pets' most recent rabies certificate if you wish to receive a 3-year vaccine. After we have received your registration form you will get a confirmation email.
  • All pets will receive a 1-year rabies vaccination. To obtain a 3-year vaccine, you must provide your pet's rabies certificate (not tag) showing the current rabies vaccination expiration date when you return your registration form. We are unable to make day-of changes for this. 
  • We will have 2022 county dog license applications and addressed envelopes will be provided to dog owners, so the application and fee can be mailed to DTA. If dog owners wish to purchase a dog license day-of, they may enter the Animal Shelter and speak with a staff member after receiving the rabies certificate for their dog(s) at the low-cost clinic.

 

 

More info about -- RABIES VACCINE:

  • Every owned dog, cat, and ferret 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 to send us your most recent rabies vaccine certificate with your completed registration document!
  • We cannot vaccinate an animal more than a month before their current rabies vaccination expires.
  • 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.

 

More info about -- 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.
  • 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!

 

More info about -- DA2PP (DOG Distemper) VACCINE:

  • DA2PP is an annual vaccine that protects dogs from distemper virus, canine adenovirus, parvovirus, and parainfluenza virus.
  • A dog’s initial DA2PP 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 DA2PP vaccine at our low cost vaccination clinic, it is your responsibility to visit a vet clinic to receive the second DA2PP 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 DA2PP vaccine, we require proof of either 1) a previous one-year DA2PP vaccine or 2) one DA2PP vaccine administered three-four weeks before the date of the low cost vaccination clinic date.
    • If this is your dog’s initial DA2PP 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 DA2PP vaccine, a dog must have a previous one year DA2PP vaccine and their most recent DA2PP vaccine cannot be more than one year past its expiration date. If you would like a three-year DA2PP vaccine, make sure to send us your most recent one-year vaccine certificate with your completed registration document!
  • We cannot vaccinate an animal more than a month before their current DA2PP vaccination expires.
  • The feline equivalent of this vaccine is FVRCP.

 

More info about -- FVRCP (CAT Distemper) VACCINE:

  • FVRCP is an annual vaccine that protects cats from feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calicivirus, and feline panleukopenia.
  • A cat’s initial FVRCP 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 FVRCP vaccine at our low cost vaccination clinic, it is your responsibility to visit a vet clinic to receive the second FVRCP 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 FVRCP vaccine, we require proof of either 1) a previous one-year FVRCP vaccine or 2) one FVRCP vaccine administered three-four weeks before the low cost vaccination clinic date
    • If this is an initial FVRCP 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 FVRCP vaccine, a cat must have a previous one-year FVRCP vaccine, and their most recent vaccine cannot be more than one year past its expiration date. If you would like a three-year FVRCP vaccine, make sure to send us your most recent one-year vaccine certificate with your completed registration document!
  • We cannot vaccinate an animal more than a month before their current FVRCP vaccination expires.
  • The canine equivalent of this vaccine is DA2PP.
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