Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

We are Fairfax County, Virginia's only open-access municipal shelter, seeing 4,000-5,000 animals through our doors every year. To see more info about programs, and pets available for adoption: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter.

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Operating as usual

09/27/2021

Sweet Spencer was found a stray, underweight, with a swollen face, and scrapes all over his body. Poor boy! We have no idea what happened, but were glad he found his way to us so we could get him patched up and on the road to recovery. He's doing really well, weighs 45 pounds with some more growing to do, and is finally coming out of his shell! He can still be nervous, but being here with our awesome Animal Caretakers has helped - they've introduced him to the super fun times that are dog playgroups!! That's helped his confidence, although he will still need an adopter who can go at his pace and help him become comfortable in new situations. We think he'd be happiest in a home without young children. He has done well with other dogs here in the Shelter, and it could benefit him to live with another confident dog who can help show him the ropes. We're not sure how he feels about cats.

If you're ready to help this 10-month-old good boy be an even better boy, and give him the structure and positive-reinforcement training and socialization opportunities he needs to grow into his best self, awesome! Check out our website for all the adoption info, steps, and forms: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Sweet Spencer was found a stray, underweight, with a swollen face, and scrapes all over his body. Poor boy! We have no idea what happened, but were glad he found his way to us so we could get him patched up and on the road to recovery. He's doing really well, weighs 45 pounds with some more growing to do, and is finally coming out of his shell! He can still be nervous, but being here with our awesome Animal Caretakers has helped - they've introduced him to the super fun times that are dog playgroups!! That's helped his confidence, although he will still need an adopter who can go at his pace and help him become comfortable in new situations. We think he'd be happiest in a home without young children. He has done well with other dogs here in the Shelter, and it could benefit him to live with another confident dog who can help show him the ropes. We're not sure how he feels about cats.

If you're ready to help this 10-month-old good boy be an even better boy, and give him the structure and positive-reinforcement training and socialization opportunities he needs to grow into his best self, awesome! Check out our website for all the adoption info, steps, and forms: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Photos from Fairfax County Animal Shelter's post 09/25/2021

Omelet was in ROUGH shape when he arrived, like super underweight, really scared, pretty dirty, and just really in need of some help. We took him in and sent him to our vet to get stabilized, and then sent him to foster to gain some weight and some confidence - and we're so glad he's recovered!!! He's just three and a half months old and slowly but surely realizing he's a young kitten who can run and pounce and play. He's still kinda shy, so perhaps the best news of all this... he met his very best friend in foster, and her name is Sheryl! Sheryl is a seven and a half year old little lady who is also quite shy, but her foster mom discovered she does great with kittens... which is awesome!! Sheryl has been in foster for a while, and her foster mom has had a few litters of kittens come and go. Omelet must be special though, because Sheryl and he really get along well! We recently brought them back for a photoshoot together, and you can see how they just kind of melt into one another. So y'know what.. we've officially declared them a bonded pair! Yeah, there's an age gap, but best friends like this just shouldn't be split up.

If you can't wait to add this sweet, shy, loving pair to your family, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we'll go from there to share all the info we have, answer any questions, and schedule a visit! All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

09/25/2021

Do you like disapproving stares and being yelled at? Meet Lamar! He does do both of those things, but it's all a front - he is actually a very loving boy who yells for attention and honestly can't help the way his face looks. If you reach down to pet him, chances are that Lamar will stand up on his back legs so his head can meet your hand. He loves being petted and it's like he's launching himself up to meet you halfway!! He's six years old and a big pumpkin-shaped chonk of a cat at 14 pounds. His mantra: big cat just means more to love.

Seeing as how we are tired of being yelled at by Lamar, even though we know he yells from a place of love (and hunger), it's time for him to be adopted. Want to take him home? Great! Send in an adoption questionnaire and we'll set up a time for you to come meet him! Details: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Do you like disapproving stares and being yelled at? Meet Lamar! He does do both of those things, but it's all a front - he is actually a very loving boy who yells for attention and honestly can't help the way his face looks. If you reach down to pet him, chances are that Lamar will stand up on his back legs so his head can meet your hand. He loves being petted and it's like he's launching himself up to meet you halfway!! He's six years old and a big pumpkin-shaped chonk of a cat at 14 pounds. His mantra: big cat just means more to love.

Seeing as how we are tired of being yelled at by Lamar, even though we know he yells from a place of love (and hunger), it's time for him to be adopted. Want to take him home? Great! Send in an adoption questionnaire and we'll set up a time for you to come meet him! Details: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Photos from Fairfax County Animal Shelter's post 09/24/2021

Friday or FriYAY?? Our dogs are going with the latter! Did you know that our Animal Care Team does 'dog play groups,' to help the shelter dogs have tons of fun running and barking and playing with each other? It's a great way for the dogs to get their exercise in, and we learn a lot about them. Enjoy these photos of a recent playgroup, and if you're looking to adopt, check out our website! Many of the dogs in these photos are still waiting for a family!! www.petango.com/FairfaxCountyAnimalShelter

Photos from Fairfax County Animal Shelter's post 09/24/2021

Need a little pick-me-up to start your Friday off right? How about a happy adoption update??! Enzo was adopted early last week and is absolutely loving life with his new family. Don't take our word for it... here's what his new family says about him:

"My husband and I took home our sweet boy on September 14th. You knew him as Gheera, but we renamed him Enzo (name chosen by our 5-year-old). He has been the perfect kitty. He’s been very well-mannered. Perfect litter box and scratching post manners. More importantly, he is the SWEETEST cat we have ever met. He’s constantly purring and doing biscuits all over the place. He’s a big lap cat and extremely vocal. Enzo will pretty much scream at us until he’s picked up or given attention (not the greatest at 3:30AM, but we’re working on it). He’s very patient with our daughter, and he’s eager to meet guests and have more pets. He’s slowly becoming good friends with our ferrets, but we’ll be taking it really slow with our bunnies. More updates to come!

Even though Enzo is very social, it is very clear to us that he chose us to be his humans. From the moment we met him, it felt like he was meant to be part of our family, and that has only been reinforced the last week. Thank you for making this happen!"

Want to adopt YOUR new best friend? Check out all our available pets who'd love to meet you!! www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Photos from Fairfax County Animal Shelter's post 09/23/2021

As much as we love seeing Groucho every day, we know someone else will love him SO MUCH. He is awesome. How many cats will let you squeeeeeeze their face and kiss kiss kiss them on the head when you say, “bye” to them and then “meow” back at you!??!?! (Because we are an animal welfare organization that also promotes safe animal handling, we’ll just briefly mention that we’re sometimes a bit aggressive when we kiss Groucho. We just love him that much and he loves *love* that much, okay? No judging!)

When staff walk into the office they share with Groucho, he greets them with the loudest “meows” EVER. Though it feels a little bit like they're being yelled at, “it’s okay,” they tell him, “we missed you too.” So what if it has only been 37 seconds since they left him to go get something off the copier??! He missed them. You can imagine the scene he causes on a Monday after he's been left for the entire weekend!

Frankly, we cannot believe this amazing boy is still here. Is it that he takes daily meds for urethral tension and eats a special diet for kidney health? We’re not sure, but we know he is worth it! (Also those things are totally not a big deal.) Groucho is a total catch. He's SO sweet and just wants to be around people. Every now and then, he'll want to curl up in your lap but he's also happy to have a cozy spot nearby. He's playful but chill -- he doesn't need to expend a ton of energy. He is smart though and he has managed to paw his way into his bin of food! Basically, Groucho just wants attention and food. He’s quite easy, really. And did we mention that he’s funny? He makes us laugh all the time. Ugh…this is like the moment in the Rom-Com where we realize WE are in love with Groucho and we can’t let him go, but alas, we must…we must…

Anyways! Groucho could probably do well in a home with older kids. On the rare occasion, he can be timid. We don't mean to laugh about it, but it is kind of funny to see him fearfully hiss at a new visitor while he quickly assesses them, deems them a non-threat, and then literally climbs into their lap, curls into a ball, and goes to sleep. Some scaredy cat you are, Groucho.

In his previous home, Groucho was a bit of a bully with the older female cat who had significant health issues. The health issues may have played a role in their rocky relationship, but we suspect that Groucho’s crazy affinity for food also played a part in it. Regardless, we think Groucho should be the only cat in the home. He and the dog in the home just kind of coexisted; they pretty much ignored each other. Here at the shelter we have observed him to be okay-ish around small, calm dogs. Because of his bladder issues though -- his adopter will really need to monitor his urinary health, and stress can play a role in that.

If you would like to adopt Groucho, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we will go from there! We will facilitate an in-person meeting prior to adoption, during which you may get hissed at briefly before having your new best cat friend climb into your lap for a purry nap. All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

Photos from Fairfax County Animal Shelter's post 09/23/2021

Meet Puff! Also known as Puffy Puff, Hufflepuff, Puff the Magic Doggy, and Puff Momma. She is a super sweet girl whose hobbies include chasing balls, going exploring, doing zoomies, giving kisses, getting belly rubs, and being extraordinarily cute. At 50 pounds, she fits perfectly in your lap (at least she thinks so). She’s very smart and has a couple of commands down pat—sit, eyes, and down—when there are no distractions around and you’re offering her a tasty treat.

Puff is slow to warm up to new people, but once she gets to know you and considers you to be part of her pack, she’s so happy to see you and will greet you with a big hug. A couple of our volunteers have taken her on afternoon adventures and found her to be a fun, affectionate girl. Here’s what one of the volunteers had to say about her:

“When Puff first came to the shelter, she was pretty unsure and bark-y with me. But after a few walks, we became fast friends. Today, I sprung her from the shelter for a few hours, and I’m even more in love! She was easy to harness, greeted me with a big hug, and was PERFECT in the car! We went for a nature walk, and she was so good on the harness. She loves exploring and sniffing and watching everything! The only time she pulled was when squirrels crossed her path. I brought her home and she totally showed me her affectionate side. She loves lying by you, leaning against you, or crawling into your lap. She’s quick to share kisses and is the perfect size for cuddling! I love this sweet, cuddly, fun girl and can’t wait for her to find her forever home!”

Puff came to the shelter as a stray and needed some time to settle in before she got comfortable with the people and the routines. That’s not unusual in the shelter environment, but it could mean that she’ll be a little timid and unsure when she first gets to her new home. If you give her a little time and patience, we’re sure she’ll be giving you hugs and kisses in no time. And maybe you can come up with a few more nicknames for this sweet girl!!!!!

Although Puff apparently lived with another dog, she has had some bad luck meeting other pups here at the shelter, and is a little too interested in chasing smaller animals, so we think she'd do best and be happiest as your one-and-only pet. We have no info on if she's lived with kids in the past, so plan on bringing your whole family to come visit! If you are interested in finding out more about Puff, send in a completed adoption questionnaire and we will go from there to share all the info we have, answer any questions, and schedule a visit! If you have a dog at home already, we will schedule a dog-to-dog intro as well to see if they get along. All adoption info, steps, and forms can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

09/22/2021

If you’ve ever wanted a cat who is perpetually well dressed, then you should meet 13-year-old Monsieur Bailey! He is so fancy, it looks a little bit like he’s always wearing a tuxedo. This strikingly handsome gentleman was surrendered back in January '21 because the dog in his household decided that he was not a very big fan of cats, so it wasn’t safe for Bailey to be in the home. He was adopted shortly thereafter, but returned recently because the youngest child in the home wasn't respecting Bailey's boundaries re: time limits on hugs. The older child in the home loved Bailey, and the feeling was mutual! The family had lots of great things to say about Monsieur Bailey, including that he loves laps and being petted! He's on a special diet to provide some support for age-related issues (just a renal support food, no biggie), and his favorite is the Royal Canin Renal E dry and canned; he especially likes the loaf.

We sent him to foster for a little break, and here's what his foster mom says about him: "At first, Monsieur Bailey gave off lots of cantankerous “get off my lawn” energy - but once he’s comfortable in a new space, he quickly becomes a purr machine whose happiest place is in your lap! He is a great home office buddy, happily napping in a sunny spot by your side during important phone calls, and still has enough kitten energy for daily play sessions with his favorite catnip toys. Monsieur Bailey would love a family who can let him lead with giving and receiving affection - and he will give plenty! His long, luxurious fur will need regular brushing, and he has been happy to cooperate with us in making sure he looks his very best. This guy has so much love to give, and I can’t wait for him to meet his forever family."

Monsieur Bailey is ready to be adopted and join an awesome family again! He wouldn't mind kids, as long as they respected his boundaries. He would be ok with a chill cat-friendly dog. We're unsure how he would feel about living with another cat, as he so far hasn't. If you'd like to adopt Monsieur Bailey, send in a completed adoption questionnaire as the very first step and we'll go from there to share info and schedule an in-person visit! All adoption info, steps, and questionnaires can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

If you’ve ever wanted a cat who is perpetually well dressed, then you should meet 13-year-old Monsieur Bailey! He is so fancy, it looks a little bit like he’s always wearing a tuxedo. This strikingly handsome gentleman was surrendered back in January '21 because the dog in his household decided that he was not a very big fan of cats, so it wasn’t safe for Bailey to be in the home. He was adopted shortly thereafter, but returned recently because the youngest child in the home wasn't respecting Bailey's boundaries re: time limits on hugs. The older child in the home loved Bailey, and the feeling was mutual! The family had lots of great things to say about Monsieur Bailey, including that he loves laps and being petted! He's on a special diet to provide some support for age-related issues (just a renal support food, no biggie), and his favorite is the Royal Canin Renal E dry and canned; he especially likes the loaf.

We sent him to foster for a little break, and here's what his foster mom says about him: "At first, Monsieur Bailey gave off lots of cantankerous “get off my lawn” energy - but once he’s comfortable in a new space, he quickly becomes a purr machine whose happiest place is in your lap! He is a great home office buddy, happily napping in a sunny spot by your side during important phone calls, and still has enough kitten energy for daily play sessions with his favorite catnip toys. Monsieur Bailey would love a family who can let him lead with giving and receiving affection - and he will give plenty! His long, luxurious fur will need regular brushing, and he has been happy to cooperate with us in making sure he looks his very best. This guy has so much love to give, and I can’t wait for him to meet his forever family."

Monsieur Bailey is ready to be adopted and join an awesome family again! He wouldn't mind kids, as long as they respected his boundaries. He would be ok with a chill cat-friendly dog. We're unsure how he would feel about living with another cat, as he so far hasn't. If you'd like to adopt Monsieur Bailey, send in a completed adoption questionnaire as the very first step and we'll go from there to share info and schedule an in-person visit! All adoption info, steps, and questionnaires can be found online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps

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