Friends of Homeless Animals


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Our shelter is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information about our shelter, visit our web page at or e-mail us at Information.

Who We Are

Friends of Homeless Animals is a non-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill, all-volunteer organization dedicated to saving homeless dogs and cats. We provide rescue, medical care, spaying/neutering, rehabilitation, and adoption services in the Northern Virginia area. The animals in our care come to us through no fault of their own. Some are pulled from death row at other shelters. Some have been rescued from abusive situations. Others come to us after they have lost their way home or their owners are unable to care for them.

Our dedicated volunteers provide the love, care, and attention they deserve until they find a loving home of their own. Our shelter is funded entirely by donations.

How to Adopt a Friend

We encourage you to visit our shelter and meet our animal friends. To learn more about adopting one of our dogs or cats, please review our adoption policies. If you are interested in visiting our shelter, please complete an on-line applicatiion at the FOHA website at,. To adopt a FOHA dog, please complete a Dog Adoption Application. If you are interested in adopting a FOHA cat, please complete a Cat Adoption Application. For general information about the shelter, please email

We adopt only within the greater Washington, D.C. Area. You can see our adoption area by viewing our map.

We have a large selection of dogs and cats available for adoption. Our volunteers will be happy to help you choose the right pet for your household and lifestyle. When you visit our shelter, please allow ample time to choose your new family member. When you are considering adding a new pet to your household it is important to also consider the costs of food and medical care, the amount of time you have available to spend with a new pet, and the amount of exercise your new pet will need. Do not consider adopting a pet if you cannot provide a lifetime home for the animal.

Once you have chosen a new friend, a volunteer will review your adoption application with you. A volunteer will make arrangements to visit your home and discuss the care of your new family member as well as your responsibilities as an adopter. Once your adoption is approved, on the day you pick up your new family member, you will need to allow sufficient time to complete and sign an adoption contract. A tax-deductible donation is required when you pick up your new companion. Our adoption donation fees are as follows:

Your donation, which is 100% tax deductible, allows us to ensure that your adopted dog or cat has received all necessary veterinary care, including shots and spay/neuter, prior to adoption.

Please note that we care about these animals very much and we reserve the right to refuse the adoption of any animal to a home that we feel does not meet our standards. If at any time you need assistance or have questions about your new family member, a volunteer will be happy to help you. If at any time you decide that you cannot keep or care for your adopted friend, you MUST return them to Friends of Homeless Animals in a way that will not cause them harm. You must be at least 21 years old to adopt an animal.

The first step in the adoption process is to submit an on-line application. FOHA will conduct a vet check, and home visit on all potential adopters. The volunteers at FOHA take the adoption of our wonderful dogs and cats seriously. We hope you do, too. Remember that we are an all-volunteer organization, and we want to provide the best service to prospective adopters. Please seriously consider whether you are ready to adopt BEFORE you visit our shelter. Placing an adoption application on one of our wonderful dogs or cats indicates that you are ready and eager to adopt that animal as soon as possible and make him/her a member of your family.

The adoption process from application, vet check, and home visit to contract signing and taking home your new family member normally takes about one week. On rare occasion, due to volume of applications versus volunteer availability, the process will take longer than one week. But because we always have a waiting list of dogs and cats needing the safety of our shelter, many of them at risk of immediate euthanasia, FOHA cannot hold dogs and cats much longer than the usually one-week application process. If you are moving or plan on going on vacation in the near future, please present your application for adoption AFTER you are settled in your new situation or have returned to your home.

Become a Volunteer

We are always in need dedicated volunteers. Our volunteers provide love and affection, grooming, transportation, foster homes, exercise, and care for the animals.They also work on fundraising, adoption events, administrative tasks, provide adoption assistance, answer phones, and perform home visits and shelter maintenance. If you would like to become a volunteer, e-mail us at

Make a Donation

Donations are always needed, as on average we care for over 100 dogs and 25 cats at our shelter facility daily. All our animals are spayed or neutered before adoption, up to date on their shots, and are microchipped. We gratefully accept cash donations, which help us pay for food, shelter, and medical care. We are always in need of towels, blankets, leashes and collars, dog/cat crates, toys, and treats. Visit our website at then click on "How You Can Help" for more details.

Visit Our Shelter

Directions to our shelter will be provided to adopters after they have submitted an approved on-line applicaton. (Our shelter is located on private property in Loudoun County, Virginia).

Mailing Address

Friends of Homeless Animals
P.O. Box 415
Aldie, VA 20105

For general info: Email FOHA

Click here for a list of pets at this shelter

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