Here in Northern Virginia, we love our dogs and clean water, too. We can have both if dog owners are responsible and clean up after their pets.
Did you know that pet waste can harbor harmful germs and bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and Fecal Coliform? Pet waste also contains nutrients that deplete the oxygen that fish and other aquatic life need to live. Pet waste left on the ground allows these germs and bacteria to be washed into streams, creeks and water supplies by rain and snow melt.
Simple Ways to Love Your Pet and the Environment!
- Always clean up after your pet. Dog droppings in parks, on the street and even in your garden can all end up polluting our streams. It may not be the most pleasant chore, but cleaning up after your dog can prevent water pollution and it’s the law.
- Dispose of pet waste properly. Bag it and place pet waste in the trash; Flush pest waste down the toilet.
- Never dispose of pet waste in a storm drain. These drains lead directly to local waterways.
- Encourage other pet owners to be responsible. Picking up after your dog is part of the commitment of owning a pet.
Dog Parks and Groups
- Arlington County Dog Parks
- Arlington County Parks
- Arlington Dogs
- Banneker Dogs
- Ft. Barnard Dog Park
- Animal Welfare League of Arlington
- Fairfax County Dog parks
- Animal Services Division Including Adoption and Foster Parenting for Animals
- Volunteering at the Fairfax County animal shelter
- City of Falls Church Parks
- City of Falls Church Farmer’s Market
- City of Falls Church Dog Training Classes
Dog Regulations and Laws
- Dog Park Regulations
- City of Alexandria Rules to Remember When Romping with Rover
- City Ordinance Related to Dogs (Title 5, Chapter 7)
- Dog and Cat License Application
All residents in Fairfax County who own a dog more than four months old must have a license for their pet. It is a criminal offense to fail to obtain a dog license from the county. The annual cost is about $10 and licenses can be obtained by mail or in person. Only renewals are accepted on-line. Before a license is issued, an up-to-date rabies vaccination certificate must be presented with the application and proof of spaying or neutering. Learn more about about obtaining a license for your dog. Application forms can be downloaded from the county web site. The Fairfax County Department of Tax Administration can be reached by calling 703-222-8234 TTY 711. The office is located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 223, Fairfax, VA. 22035 and is open week days from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Section 4-25 (8) of the Code of the Town of Leesburg requires dog owners to pick up pet waste from properties (excluding the owner’s personal premises) immediately or be subject to a fine of $100. For more information, please visit the Town of Leesburg’s website to view the current Town Code.
- Stafford County Animal Ordinance-Section 5-36 – Allowing Dogs to Defecate of Property of Others or Public Property
- Things You Can Do to Reduce Pet Waste Pollution
- Stormwater Quality Tips
- Managing Pet Waste Bulletin
- Eco-City Alexandria Initiatives
- For more information on stormwater pollution prevention, please visit our website!