Join Us! Fairfax County Animal Shelter to Celebrate Grand Opening


The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Saturday, May 17, to celebrate the official completion of the shelter’s renovation and expansion project. Festivities will begin with a ribbon cutting and remarks at 1 p.m.

Behind-the-scenes shelter tours, face-painting and hands-on interaction with rabbits, guinea pigs and small reptiles will be part of the fun.

Features of the new shelter include separate lobbies for adoption and receiving, new animal holding spaces, a small animal room, play yards, training rooms, a veterinary suite and visitation areas for adopters to meet pets.


In addition to the brand new facility, the animal shelter has a lot to celebrate. Fairfax County recently became the largest jurisdiction in the United States with an animal placement rate above 90%. In March, the shelter received the Compassion Award from the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies for its lifesaving efforts and is being recognized as a regional and national leader in best practices in animal welfare.

The upcoming ribbon cutting and open house is an opportunity for visitors to see the new shelter and learn about available animals as well as programs and classes for dog, cat and small animal enthusiasts. The shelter is located at 4500 West Ox Road and is open from noon to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Visit to learn more about the shelter or find the shelter on Facebook at For more information, contact or call 703-324-0208.

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