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Fairfax County, Virginia Dog Resource Guide

Local Laws and Ordinances that Affect Dog Owners

  • Fairfax County Pooper Scooper Code - The Fairfax County Pooper Scooper code states that dog owners are responsible for removing dog waste from public areas.
  • Fairfax County: Your Pets and the Law - Fairfax County produced a great two-page summary sheet titled "Your Pets and the Law" that lists the rules, regulations, and codes that affect pet owners including vaccinations, licenses, pet adoption, animal cruelty, and dog poop. The brochure also provides useful telephone numbers for pet owners in the county.
  • Fairfax County Dog Licenses - All dogs in Fairfax County must be licensed. This site explains how to license your dog in Fairfax County.

Dog Parks and Dog Park Support Organizations

  • Fairfax County Parks Department - The Fairfax County Parks Department maintains a website that lists off-leash dog parks in Fairfax County. In addition to providing a list of current parks in the county, the site lists the rules and regulations that affect dog owners when using Fairfax “off-leash dog parks”.
  • Herndon Dogs, Inc. - Herndon Dogs, Inc. is a Fairfax County based non-profit group that advocates the creation of “off-leash parks” in Herndon. Members attend annual meetings, various social events, and receive newsletters.
  • Oakton Dogs, Inc. - Oakton Dogs, Inc. has a useful site that provides information about dog parks in Northern Virginia. We were not able to determine if they have regular meetings or membership benefits.
  • Centreville Dogs - Centreville Dogs.org is a non-profit group that is working to bring an “off-leash park” to Centreville. Centreville Dogs is responsible for funding the park, keeping it clean, enforcing the rules, and working with the Fairfax County Park Authority.
  • RestonDogs, Inc. - RestonDogs, Inc. is the oldest dog park advocacy group in Fairfax County. In addition to promoting “off-leash parks” in Reston, RestonDogs plans many fun activities for dog owners.
  • Vienna Dog Park - The Vienna Dog Park is located at 700 Courthouse Road, SW. The parking lot is off of Old Courthouse Road. If the lot is full, patrons can park up the hill at the Nottoway Park basketball courts.
  • Vienna Dogs - Vienna dogs is a dog park advocacy group that consists of over 100 volunteers and works with the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department to maintain the Vienna Dog Park.

Humane Societies and Animal Shelters

  • Humane Society of Fairfax County - The Humane Society of Fairfax County is located at 4057 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, 22030. The humane society was established in 1968 and is supported by over 100 volunteers and two thrift shops which it owns and operates: the Second Chance Thrift Shop in Fairfax; and Second Chance 2 in Falls Church.
  • Fairfax County Animal Shelter - The Fairfax County Animal Shelter offers pets for adoption. To meet the animals they have for adoption you can visit the shelter. You can also watch "Adopt-A-Pet" on Fairfax County Government Cable Channel 16. Visit their website to find shelter hours and "Adopt-A-Pet" air times.

Other Dog Organizations and Ideas That We Support

  • Farifax County Pet Loss Support Group - The Fairfax County pet-loss support group helps people recover from the loss of a pet by sharing their feelings with others who are experiencing the same pain.
  • Fairfax Pets on Wheels - Fairfax Pets on Wheels visits residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Nursing home and assisted living pet visitation programs have been medically proven to lighten the hearts of residents by reducing depression and withdrawal.
  • K-9 Support, Inc. - K-9 Support, Inc. is a non-profit group organized by Dogtopia. It supports working dogs of all kinds.
  • Hart Fairfax County - Dog rescue group serving Fairfax county.
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