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Fairfax County Animal Shelter is devoted to caring for every animal that needs help regardless of their breed, age, size, or temperament. It's this open-door policy coupled with their progressive practices that makes them stand out from other municipal shelters. They give every animal a chance to find a loving home and will never euthanize for reasons such as a lack of space or because an animal hasn't been adopted for a long period of time.
Most of their animals are brought in by Animal Control and owners who can no longer look after their pets (or simply don't want to). Regardless of where these vulnerable souls come from, Fairfax County Animal Shelter provides them with the care and love they deserve.
Additional services offered by the shelter includes dog licensing, low-cost spay/neuter, vaccination referral services, lost and found support, and surrender services.
To adopt a pet from Fairfax County Animal Shelter, you must meet the following criteria:
All pets available for adoption at Fairfax County Animal Shelter can be viewed on their Petango page. If you fall in love with any of the adorable pets, here's what you need to do:
Fairfax County Animal Shelter doesn't offer foster-to-adopt programs and can't place holds on pets.
Adoption fees at Fairfax County Animal Shelter are as follows:
Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, rabies, distemper, and bordetella vaccinations, microchipping, deworming, tick and flea treatment, a heartworm test, a personalized tag, a collar, a certificate allowing you to take your pet to a participating veterinarian for a checkup, and an information packet. Cats are also tested for FIV/FeLV.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.