Ways to Donate

Ways to Support Friends

Forever Friends Planned Giving

Forever Friends
Planned Giving

Leaving a legacy to Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter through your estate plans today helps ensure the Shelter’s mission of providing compassionate care will be sustained in the future.

Gifts of Stock, Bonds or Mutual Funds

Make an immediate impact by giving a gift of appreciated assets.  You’ll avoid capital gains tax on securities you donate and receive an immediate tax deduction.

Give from your IRA

If you are a retiree you can give up to $100,000 to Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter tax-free from an IRA and have it count as your required minimum distribution for the year. This reduces your adjusted gross income and helps pets while they wait for their forever home.

Friends Tribute Garden

Friends Tribute

Give a gift that is straight from the heart! Purchasing an engraved brick for the Friends Tribute Garden is the perfect way to pay tribute to a special pet or person in your life. Your gift will create a lasting memory that benefits the pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter for years to come.

Partner with Us

Community Partner

Become a member of a group of individuals and businesses whose charitable contributions have a significant impact on the lives and well-being of pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.

Combined Federal Campaign

Combined Federal

If you are an employee or a retiree of the federal government, you can donate to Friends through the Combined Federal Campaign. Designate 88219 as your local  charity of choice.

Donate A Car

Donate a Car

Did you know you can turn your used car, truck, RV, or boat into support for Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter? Our vehicle donation program powered by CARS makes donating your vehicle easy. CARS provides free vehicle pick-up, handles the processing, and provides you with a tax acknowledgment letter for your charitable donation.

Coins for Critters Coin Drive

Coins for Critters Coin Drive

Loose change weighing you down? You can donate your spare change to Friends Coins for Critters Coin Drive to help support the wonderful pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter! Coins can be dropped off at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter at 4500 West Ox Rd Fairfax, VA 22030 during operating hours. Please ring the buzzer at the front of the Shelter near the Adoption Center doors and a Shelter staff member will assist you.

Attend Friends Events

Attend Friends

Have fun with Friends while doing good! Each year, Friends hosts several fundraising events, with proceeds benefitting pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. View our events page to become a sponsor, purchase tickets, bid on items, and more.

Spotlight Pet Program

Spotlight Pet

Want to spread the word about a great pet you feel is being overlooked? Make a Spotlight donation in that pet’s honor.

Finnegan's Fund


Your donations to Friends and Finnegan’s Fund are crucial to saving lives.

Matching Gifts and Grants

Matching Gifts and

Companies are helping their employees support meaningful causes, such as Friends, through matching gifts, volunteer grants and community grants. Ask your human resources department or check your company’s corporate website to see how your employer supports the community.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

You don’t have to be a world leader or a billionaire to give back. #GivingTuesday is about ordinary people coming together, doing extraordinary things.

Recurring Donations

Recurring Donations

You can make a monthly commitment to pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter who need our help. Through our secure donation forms, you can schedule a recurring donation monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Your recurring contribution ensures that we can continue our lifesaving programs.

Social Media Fundraising

Social Media Fundraising

It is so easy to set up a fundraiser to support Friends through your social media accounts. Facebook and Instagram are great platforms to spread the word about your passion for our cause. Bonus: Facebook and Instagram do not take any fees from the donations you collect!

Chewy Gives Back

Purchase items from our wish list on Chewy Gives Back! Items purchased through this platform will aid Friends’ efforts with creating silent auction baskets for our various events. All proceeds raised from these auction items will go towards helping pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.