Monday, April 22, 2013
An orientation will take place May 21.
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteer "foster parents" to help prepare animals to adjust to their forever home. Tracy Petty, a longtime volunteer with the Fairfax Animal Shelter, recently decided to foster a dog with temporary medical needs. “We have one dog in our family and we know that he loves being around other dogs. My husband and I are not ready to add another permanent family member and fostering is a perfect solution for us. We know we are helping an animal that is truly in need and has a bright future ahead.” The Fairfax County Animal Shelter accepts any companion animal that comes through its doors, regardless of age, health or temperament, according to a statement released by the shelter. Some of these …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Residents age 55 and over will receive free spay and neuter services for every adopted pet.
As part of their new “Pets for Seniors” program, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter is launching a new incentive for senior citizens who adopt pets on Wednesdays. Starting now until August 2013, Fairfax County residents age 55 and over will receive free spay and neuter services for every adopted pet and free adoption on senior pets (over seven years old). The adoption incentives are part of the shelter's new initiatives geared towards older adults including: promoting new volunteer and foster opportunities, post-adoption follow-up services, shelter tours, outreach efforts, and pet support services for seniors. "Fairfax County seniors have so much to offer in the way of business, communication and animal care skills and experience," …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will launch the Pets for Seniors program this month.
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter currently has about 100 volunteers and is looking to expand its roster by targeting the county's senior population, according to a recent news release. The shelter will launch its new Pets for Seniors program later this month. “Fairfax County seniors have so much to offer in the way of business, communication and animal care skills and experience. They are a wealth of information and support for shelter staff and animals," said Kristen Auerbach, community outreach program manager. Volunteers at the shelter usually walk dogs, greet shelter visitors, help with community outreach and animal socialization and the fostering programs. The staff at the county shelter also offers group tours for seniors and …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
A cat named Isabella is waiting for you at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
(Editor's note: Great news — Tobie, the brown tabby cat featured last week!) Meet Isabella. She is a 9 to 10 year-old beautiful dark brown tabby with a patch of white. She is spayed, up-to-date on feline distemper and rabies shots, feline leukemia/feline AIDS negative and has already been microchipped. She originally came from a rescue in Washington State and moved all the way to Virginia with her owner. She was with the same person for the last seven years, but was given to the shelter when another cat in the household began to fight with her. Isabella is very petite and quite a “ little lady.” She would do best with calm cats who will leave her alone or love her instead of bossing her around. She seems shy at first, but if you let her…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Brown tabby cat named Tobie is waiting for you at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
(Editor's note: Great news — Josh, the Sealpoint Siamese featured last week, was adopted!) Looking to add a pet to your family? Tobie, a 14-year-old brown tabby, is a neutered male and declawed on all four feet. He spent 13 years in the same house with his sister, never had a litter box accident and was great with kids. Unfortunately the family had a new baby that ended up being severely allergic to the cats. They brought both cats in right after Christmas and Tobie’s sister has already been adopted out. Tobie is very laid back, a little shy at first but really wants to be loved. His owners said he was a great lap cat and absolutely loves to be petted — the best buddy to watch TV with that anyone could ask for. He is fine with other cats…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Looking for a pet to adopt? Josh is an older Siamese cat looking for a home. You can visit him at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
Josh, a beautiful Seal Point Siamese cat, is waiting for a new owner at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. He is a 12-year-old neutered cat with front declawed paws and the sweetest personality ever. He was adopted two years ago and was very happy with his family until he developed a urinary tract infection and started having accidents in the house. His owners initially took him to the vet, but after a week of treatment he was still having problems and they did not take him back for further treatment. He spent a month and a half in their bathroom; then they decided to return him to the shelter. Shelter staff took him to a shelter vet immediately and found he was suffering from an infection. After several weeks of treatment, he is now …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Meet the new director of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and learn about volunteer opportunities.
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Monday, December 10, 2012
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter will host an open house on Dec. 22. Visitors can meet new director Tawny Hammond, learn about volunteer opportunities at the shelter and tour the newly construction adoption wing. The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 22. The Shelter is located at 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax. Regular adoption hours are Tuesday – Friday, 12 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact the shelter at (703) 830-1100 or visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/animalservices/.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
And the $17 million expanded shelter is set to open in December...
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter has a new chief, and will soon have a new home. Tawny Hammond, a longtime county employee and former manager of Frying Pan Park, officially started as the new director of the shelter last month, and the facility at 4500 West Ox Road will be expanding next door in December. "This is a dream come true. I'm honored to be doing this," Hammond told Patch from her office. "How we treat animals is an indication of how we are as a society… We live and work for a day that no adoptable, healthy and rehabilitatable animal is ever euthanized." Retiring director Dr. Karen Diviney is enthusiastic about Hammond. "I'm delighted. There was relief of knowing it's Tawny," Diviney said. "There will be challenges for her, …
The Fairfax County animal shelter will offer a free spay or neuter for the first 100 dogs or cats adopted from the shelter through Dec. 31.
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is having its annual 'Home for the Holidays' campaign to help homeless animals find permanent and stable homes in time for the holidays, according to a recent news release. As part of the campaign, the shelter will offer a free spay or neuter for the first 100 cats, kittens, dogs or puppies adopted from the shelter through Dec. 31. Along with cats and dogs that are available for adoption, the shelter also has rabbits, small mammals, reptiles and birds. The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is located at 4500 West Ox Rd. To view animals available for adoption, visit the shelter's website and click on "Adoption." Regular adoption hours are Tuesday – Friday, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Dog stabbed in the neck in June is making a full recovery.
The Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter group has raised enough funds to cover Cane’s surgical expenses and follow-up medical expenses. Cane, a 15-month-old pit bull, was picked up by animal control officers late last month. Cane was found with a stab wound in his neck in the 3500 block of Rolling Hills Avenue. The owner turned Cane over to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter because he was unable to pay the medical costs. The animal shelter and the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter raised money to cover his veterinary bills. “We've been told he's recovering beautifully. We are very grateful to everyone who donated and helped us make a difference in this dog's life,” read a post on the Friends of Fairfax County Animal …