Fairfax County Animal Shelter

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The Fairfax County Animal Shelter

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter (Shelter) is Fairfax County’s only open-access animal shelter, serving a community of 1.1 million people spread over 400 square miles.

The Shelter takes in owner-surrendered companion animals, stray animals in need, and animals who have been seized or taken into custody by Animal Protection Police. The Shelter accepts all companion animals from Fairfax County who need help, regardless of health, age, temperament, or history; the Shelter does not euthanize for lack of space or length of time.

Shelter staff is comprised of three teams: Customer Care, Outreach, and Animal Care. In addition, the Shelter has a vibrant volunteer and foster program, which allows the Shelter staff to extend the Shelter’s capacity for care beyond the its walls.

Visit or Contact the Shelter

4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22030

Preparation is Key

Each cat and dog adopted from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter is microchipped before leaving the facility. In addition, thanks to Friends and your support, each goes home wearing a collar with a personalized tag, and a leash (dogs only).

Despite these preventative measures, pets can get lost.

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Lost Pets

If your pet is lost:

Found Pets

If you find a pet:

  • File a found pet report with the Shelter.
  • Even if you are planning to hold on to the pet yourself, please file a report.