The Fauquier SPCA was founded in 1957 to offer protection and assistance to the animals of Fauquier County and surrounding areas. The Fauquier SPCA lived up to its name almost immediately. Barely two weeks after it was organized, the SPCA went to the rescue of some starving livestock, whose owner was subsequently convicted of cruelty to animals. In the more than 50 years following its inception, the Fauquier SPCA has continued its mission of providing local animals with the most complete services possible. For many years the shelter was housed at Dogpatch Farm, just outside of Warrenton, Virginia, in a small building about 100 feet square. In 1989 the present Fauquier SPCA shelter was built in Casanova, Virginia on eleven acres of donated land. This facility boasts 36 dog kennels, six dog quarantine kennels, and three separate cat rooms, including a cat sunroom. We have a spay/neuter clinic where shelter and privately owned dogs and cats are sterilized. There is also a barn and fenced paddocks to house livestock, exercise dogs, and provide additional storage space. In 2009 we completed the construction of our new Animal Control Center. There we house all stray, abandoned, rabies exposure quarantined animals as well as court ordered seizures. This building has enlarged our facility by 22 dog runs, a dog and a cat isolation ward and two cat rooms for general use. Our existing shelter has been turned into an adoption center whereby only dogs and cats that have been vaccinated, microchipped, spayed and neutered and temperament tested are available. Anticipating that it would soon be impossible to either bury one’s pet in an owner’s backyard or to dispose of its remains in the landfill, we also installed a state-of-the-art crematorium. Other services available through the Fauquier SPCA include lost and found assistance, humane education, pet therapy, spay/neuter surgery, tag identification, and behavioral training. Our major focus is on the complete elimination of the pain and suffering caused by pet overpopulation and neglect. Be sure to take your time choosing a pet to become part of your family. All of the animals available for adoption are evaluated both for health and for temperament. Our animal care experts will advise you on the best type of pet for your situation and help match your needs with the available animals. We also offer follow-up phone calls and training classes to ensure that you and your pet adjust to each other and to provide assistance if necessary.
The Fauquier SPCA strives to place all of their adoptable pets in permanent loving homes. We require an adoption application and home checks are done in some instances. Our adoption fees for dogs are $135.00, which includes spay or neuter, distemper and bordetella vaccinations, heartworm test if applicable, collar, microchip and ID tag. Adoption fees for cats are $95.00, which includes spay or neuter, distemper shot, FELV/FIV test, collar and ID tag and cardboard carrier. Additional assistance is offered through adoption counseling, post-adoption phone calls, behavioral training and free health exams by local veterinarians.