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.,


We have over 400 active volunteers, and so much of our shelter's lifesaving work is because of their amazing efforts! Want to join us? Read on for our requirements and what type of things volunteers do around the shelter.


Requirements to volunteer:

  1. Must be 18 years old - no exceptions!
  2. Must be able to lift 20 pounds.
  3. Be able to commit to a minimum of six hours per month.
  4. Commit to treat all animals and people with respect and kindness.


What volunteers do:

Our volunteers are here from 8am to 8pm every day, in two hour shifts, rain or shine, 365 days a year. They provide the equivalent of 17 full-time staff positions with the total hours volunteered, and our dogs, cats, and small animals benefit in so many ways from their time and attention and love! All of our shelter pets get lots of time outside of their kennels every day, whether that's a dog going on a walk on shelter grounds and testing out the agility equipment, or one of our patented 'cat parties' during which lots of cats come out to interact and play, or getting bunnies out to hop around the shelter on a harness and leash. Even the piles of dishes and laundry that are generated - our volunteers are there, up to their elbows scrubbing and cleaning! We love our volunteers and couldn't do it without them!


Current volunteer needs:

If you are interested in volunteering, you can either stay tuned and follow us on Facebook for details and instructions on upcoming volunteer recruitment events, or email us at for current volunteer needs. If you are a certified dog or cat trainer and would like to join our volunteer training team, please email us at