Animal Shelter - Pet Haven Program

German ShepherdIf you are the victim of domestic violence and need a temporary safe place for your pets, contact the animal shelter at 703-830-1100 or email

Domestic violence and animal abuse are connected.

  • 71% of pet-owning victims entering shelters reported that their abuser had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets.
  • 68% of victims reported violence towards their animals.
  • Many victims are unable to escape abusive situations because they’re worried about what will happen to their pets.

More information about the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse, is available from the American Humane Association.

When you need a safe place for your pets, we can help!

  • Short-term placement of dogs, cats, and small animals, starting at two weeks, at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter
  • Food, veterinary care, spay and neuter services, and supplies
  • Rehoming services for those no longer able to keep their pets

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter works with the following organizations to help victims and their pets:


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