Animal Shelter

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: open Tues-Fri 12-7pm and Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sun-Mon

4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Karen Diviney, Ph.D.,
Director

How to Reedem Your Pet

If your pet is picked up as a stray and arrives to the shelter, our number one goal is to reunite your pet with you! Some helpful tips to ensure we know who to contact for a stray pet:

  1. Microchip your pets! This is a one-time procedure that any veterinarian can do, and is a permanent form of identification. A small, grain of rice-sized chip is implanted under the skin between your pet's shoulders, and you can register and update your contact information to ensure that it's up-to-date. The first thing we do for any stray animal is to scan them for a microchip, and microchips are responsible for many happy reunions between lost pets and their families!
  2. Ensure your dog is wearing a properly-fitted collar with an I.D. tag.! If you have a cat who goes outdoors, make sure they're wearing a breakaway collar with a small I.D. tag. A collar can break or fall off, so a microchip is still definitely suggested, but a collar and I.D. is a good backup option.

 

If your pet is at the shelter, here's what you'll need to redeem them:

  1. Valid photo I.D., such as a driver's license or passport.
  2. Your pet's current rabies certificate.
  3. Money to purchase a dog license, if your dog does not already have one. (Note: cats are not required to be licensed.)
  4. Money for impound and boarding fees, which are charged per night your pet is here.

 

Impound Fee Structure for Stray Animals:

  • Dogs and cats:
    • First impoundment: $25
    • Second impoundment: $50
    • Third or more: $75
  • Rabbits, rodents, ferrets, reptiles, and exotic animals: $20
  • Livestock under 150 pounds: $50
  • Livestock over 150 pounds: $100

 

Boarding Fee Structure, for Each Day Boarded:

  • Dogs and cats: $15
  • Rabbits, rodents, ferrets, reptiles, and exotic animals: $10
  • Livestock under 150 pounds: $25
  • Livestock over 150 pounds: $50