Animal Shelter

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Karen Diviney, Ph.D.,
Director

About Us

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is Fairfax County’s only open-access municipal shelter. We take in stray animals in need, owner surrendered companion animals when the owner is no longer willing or able to care for them, and animals who have been seized or taken into custody by Animal Protection Police. We accept all companion animals from Fairfax County who are in need of care, regardless of health, age, temperament, or history. We do not euthanize for space or length of time, and all adoptable animals are given every opportunity for a new home and family. We have an incredibly compassionate staff, and we also have vibrant and active volunteer and foster programs. We know that every animal who enters our shelter will be given the best care and shown boundless love while they are in our care, and while they wait for their forever family to adopt them. We are very proud that, since 2013, our positive release rate has been over 90% each year!

Annual Reports

Curious about what we do on a big-picture scale? View our Annual Reports, to read more about what we do on a yearly reporting basis including shelter programs and live release rate data!

Visit Us!

We're located at 4500 West Ox Road, Fairfax VA. We welcome visitors and adopters any time during open hours! We are open Tuesday through Friday from 12 noon to 7pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. We are closed on Sundays and Mondays but you can see our available pets at any time online.