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


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Foster Program

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What foster volunteers do:

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter relies on our foster program volunteers to provide extra care to shelter pets - in their own homes! Each year, foster families give hundreds of shelter pets the extra attention and time in a home that they need to recover from illness or injury, have a break from the shelter, or time to reach two months of age to be ready for adoption.


Examples of pets who need foster:

  • Weaned kittens and puppies who aren't quite old enough to be available for adoption.
  • Pregnant or nursing moms of all species, with their litters.
  • Neonatal kittens, who need around-the-clock care.
  • Pets recovering from illness or injury.
  • Adult dogs and cats who just need a break from the shelter!
  • We especially need fosters who have no other pets, and those who can take large dogs.


General requirements to become a foster volunteer:

  • Be able to receive and respond to communications, including emails, texts, and phone calls.
  • Be able to transport your foster pets to/from the shelter locations for scheduled vaccinations and other medical items.
  • Have a safe and separate area in your home for foster pets.
  • Commit to treat all animals and people with respect and kindness! 


Interested in becoming a foster?

  • Check both calendars below to see New Foster Information Session dates!
  • We'll have sessions hosted at both the Lorton Campus and the West Ox Campus - be sure to check the location before registering!
  • The information covered will be the same regardless of host campus, and once onboarded foster families will be able to utilize either campus.
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