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The City of Fairfax Animal Control Section is part of the Police Department and is responsible for the enforcement of all City and State animal-related ordinances. The section has one full time and one part-time Animal Control Officer.Animal Control Officers receive special training concerning the laws and regulations involved, the humane treatment of animals, proper animal apprehension methods, and the policies and procedures associated with animal cases. Under the authority of State and City law, Animal Control Officers are sworn officers and are empowered to issue court summonses.
The primary goal of the Animal Control Section is to maintain public safety for all citizens and to insure humane treatment and care for pets. If the animal control officer is not available, police will investigate bite cases and barking dog complaints.
Animal Control Officers perform a variety of tasks including:
- Responding to citizen complaints and requests for service.
- Picking up stray, vicious, diseased, injured or sick animals.
- Investigation of animal bite reports.
- Quarantining animals that have bitten someone.
- When appropriate, issuing summonses for animal-related violations that are witnessed by the officer.
- Investigation of animal cruelty cases.
- Investigation of complaints of excessive barking by dogs.
- Investigation of wildlife related cases or issues.
- Maintaining accurate records on all animals that are impounded.
- Returning lost domestic animals to the rightful owners.
- Placing unclaimed domestic animals with citizens who wish to adopt them.
- City of Fairfax Animal Control Dispatch/Claim Impounded Animal 703.385.7924
- City of Fairfax Animal Control General Information/Adoptions 703.385.7919
- Fairfax County Animal Control 703.691.2131
- All dogs and cats that are four months of age and older must have a current vaccination against rabies. Vaccinations are available from your local veterinarian.
- You must retain written proof of vaccination for your dog and present it upon request by an Animal Control Officer.
- A proof of rabies vaccination must be provided when you apply for your dog’s license from the City Treasurers Office.
- Cats must be vaccinated against rabies but are not licensed.
The City of Fairfax has an ordinance prohibiting exotic or wild animals.
Cats and wild animals are collected only if injured or if they pose a threat to humans or other domesticated animals.
When necessary for the protection of the public or the animal, an Animal Control Officer may impound an animal. Such circumstances include animals found stray, animals found running at large and animals that have been found to be abused, etc. In most cases the owner of the animal will be responsible for the cost of confinement.
The city also has a leash law and a "pooper-scooper law" for dogs, enforced by the animal control officer. Dogs found roaming at large by an animal control officer are confined at Town and Country Animal Hospital. Dogs are held for seven to 12 days, after which they are put up for adoption or euthanized, depending on the amount of space available for strays at the hospital.
If you believe your pet has been found at large, call the Emergency Communication Center at 703.385.7924. You will be provided with general information and your call will then be forwarded to the on-duty Animal Control officer for release of the animal.
- You must present a valid rabies certificate and a valid dog license to claim your dog.
- You must present a valid rabies certificate to claim your cat.
- The current confinement charges are:
- A pick-up fee of $ 25.00 for each animal.
- A boarding fee of $ 25.00 per day or any portion thereof.
Town & Country Animal Hospital
9836 Fairfax Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22030
For additional information, please email us.