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Friends Adopt a Shelter Pet Virtual 5K

April 30 @ 8:00 am - May 10 @ 5:00 pm
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Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter (Friends) is celebrating National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day with a Virtual 5K!

Join us and help raise funds for pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter

In recognition of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day, Friends is hosting a Virtual 5K Run/Walk or any other activity that achieves 3.2 miles on a date and time of your choosing between April 30 and May 10.

The Friends Virtual 5K allows you to participate at your own pace, at your own time, and in your home, neighborhood or on your favorite trails. This family-friendly activity (pets welcome) enables you to help raise funds for our Shelter. Please obey all local road/trail/park laws, practice social distancing and be safe. Friends is not liable or responsible for injuries or illnesses that may result from participation in this event. 


You may register as an individual or as part of a team. Fundraising is not required for the Friends Virtual 5K, however, by doing so, you can help raise more funds for Shelter pets.

Customize your fundraising experience and set a goal when you register. Next, invite family, friends and co-workers to help you raise more funds. Share a link to the registration page, via email or on your social media channels. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets.

All proceeds benefit Fairfax County Animal Shelter pets in need of medical care and other treatments that will help prepare them for healthier lives and the new families that await them.

Share your photos and race results

Please share your Friends Virtual 5K photos with us on our event Friends Virtual 5K Facebook Group and tag us on Instagram. Additionally, you may share photos with us via email. If you wish to submit your 5K results with us, please click here.

Win a prize for raising the most funds

First, second and third place individuals and teams that raise the most funds within the set timeframe will be recognized with their story on our Facebook page

Accept our thanks

Friends is grateful for our caring and compassionate animal loving community. A gift in any amount is always welcomed, much appreciated, and goes a long way in helping our Shelter pets.

Start: April 30 @ 8:00 am
End: May 10 @ 5:00 pm