Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Helping Every Pet Find a Forever Home


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With your support, we help shelter pets in Fairfax County

Each year, nearly 5,000 pets, including cats, dogs, small mammals, reptiles and livestock, come to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. The Shelter opens its doors—and its heart—to care for each and every pet.

But the Shelter can’t do it alone. Thankfully, Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter (Friends) is here to help. 

Friends is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. While not a part of the Fairfax County government, Friends is the fundraising partner of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. With donor and volunteer support, Friends funds important needs throughout the Shelter, such as behavioral training, and dental or medical care, beyond what the shelter’s budget can provide. Help Friends make a difference today!

In 2018, here’s how Friends made a difference:

Life-saving and life-improving medical care.

Dental care relieving pain and promoting adoption.

Parasite prevention for all dogs, cats and rabbits

Spay/neuter surgeries to reduce the number of pets living without owners in our community.

Collars and personalized I.D. tags for all adopted cats and dogs. Plus, all dogs receive a new leash.

Ready to add a pet to your family?

Great pets are waiting, right now, at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter to find a forever home. Adopt one today!