More than 5,000 animals, including cats, dogs, small mammals, reptiles and livestock, come to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter each year. The shelter opens its doors—and its heart—to care for each and every animal. But, the shelter can’t do it alone. Thankfully, the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter is here to help. Through donor and volunteer support, we provide medical care, food, supplies and so much more to help the shelter care for these loving animals. In doing so, we help save lives—together.

The FFCAS is an independent 501(c)(3) all-volunteer organization, and not a part of the Fairfax County government. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law and are gratefully accepted, no matter the amount.


Did You Know?

92% of FFCAS dollars went to directly support the homeless animals at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in 2014, and we’re continuing our great track record in 2015. Our 2014 Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements are available here.

Latest from FFCAS

One of an unlikely pair needs help


Paul Scholes, a large and lively stray that has quickly become a favorite of shelter staff. He was found with his best friend, another small dog. Their unlikely friendship and friendly demeanors warmed the... READ MORE

Chico gets to relax


There are many ways you can help the animals of Fairfax County. Chico is an energetic young dog who loves to run and play with chew toys. He arrived at the Fairfax County... READ MORE

Senior pets, special animals in need


Senior pets arrive at the shelter for a variety of reasons. Their human companions may have experienced financial difficulties making the expense of caring for their pet no longer possible. Some come to... READ MORE

Shy cat gets extra TLC


Franklin When Franklin was surrendered to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in February, it was clear that he was suffering. After being examined by a local specialist, the doctor determined Franklin had eyelid... READ MORE