Karen Diviney Appointed Department of Animal Sheltering Director

Sept. 12, 2017

News Highlights

  • Karen Diviney's appointment is effective Sept. 16.
  • She currently serves as acting director of the Department of Animal Sheltering
  • Diviney served as director of the animal shelter from December 2004 to December 2012.


shelter director karen diviney

At its Sept. 12 meeting, the Board of Supervisors appointed Karen Diviney as director of the Department of Animal Sheltering. Diviney has been serving as acting director for the agency since September 2016 and will take on her official role as director effective Sept. 16.

The Department of Animal Sheltering oversees the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, the county’s only open-access, municipal shelter. The shelter takes in between four and five thousand animals annually, including dogs, cats and small animals like guinea pigs, rabbits and pet birds. 

Diviney served as director of the shelter, then part of the Fairfax County Police Department’s Animal Services Division, from December 2004 to December 2012. Prior to serving as acting director of DAS, she led the organizational analysis that resulted in the shelter becoming an independent agency this year.

Diviney began her career with Fairfax County Government in 1985 as a management and personnel analyst with the Department of Human Resources. In 1997 she became chief of DHR’s Employee Benefits Division. She holds a Ph.D in organizational psychology and an M.S. in psychology from George Mason University and an M.A. and B.A in education from S.U.N.Y Albany.

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter serves as both an animal shelter and an animal resource center for the residents of Fairfax County. The shelter has robust volunteer, foster and community outreach programs and a strong social media presence. The shelter’s goal is to ensure that no adoptable, treatable or rehabilitatable companion animal is euthanized for lack of space or lack of other resources.

Diviney will receive an annual salary of $130,000.


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