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.,

Shelter Programs

We offer a number of programs here at the shelter. Please read more about each of these below, and check back often for new additions.


Birthday Parties

We offer birthday party packages for kids ages 5-12 years old, for groups of up to 15 kids. Parties include room rental and decoration, hands-on fun with shelter pets, games and activities, and plates and utensils. Email us at or call us at 703-830-1100 to schedule a birthday party!

A fun illustration with a dog wearing a party hat.


Shelter Tours

We currently offer group tours for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other kids' groups. Tours lasts about an hour to an hour and a half. Please email the shelter at to schedule tours in advance for the following days and time ranges:

  • Wednesdays, 3 to 7pm
  • Thursdays, 3 to 7pm
  • Fridays, 3 to 7pm


Animal Lover's Book Club

Book club meets at 7pm on the second Wednesday of every month. Follow us on Facebook for announcements about each month's book selection, or email us at


    Pet Loss Support Group

    If you have lost a beloved pet and need someone to talk to, please come join us for our monthly pet loss support group. They are held at the shelter at 7pm, the third Wednesday of every month. No registration is required.