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 12, 2013
Eight year-old dog available for adoption has been at the county shelter since Feb. 16.
Looking to add a furry friend to the household? Here's some information about one of the pets up for adoption at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter: "Staff took Dasher home to foster for one night. He was a perfect gentleman! He was wonderful getting in and out of the car - was very gentle when he met two cats and a female dog. He was non-reactive when my female dog growled at him and was perfect around the cats. "He came in, laid on a soft doggy bed, and made himself right at home. Very calm dog - would be wonderful with children or other pets. No issues with marking or dominance the entire night. Slept through the night. Appears to be completely potty-trained. He is incredibly gentle and trusting - not needy or anxious, just so happy to …
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 …
Monday, February 11, 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…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Brown tabby cat named Tobie is waiting for you at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
Tuesday, February 5
(Editor's note: Great news — Josh, the Sealpoint Siamese featured last week, was adopted!) Want 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, …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Diviney recently retired as director of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
The Board of Supervisors recognized Dr. Karen Diviney Tuesday at its board meeting for her years of service to Fairfax County. Diviney was director of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. The Fairfax County Animal Services Division comes under the purview of the Fairfax County Police Department. The shelter, with a mission to care for surrendered or stray animals, takes in an estimated 5,500 animals annually. Last year, there was a 58 percent adoption/redemption rate, resulting in 1,261 adoptions and 1,289 redemptions, according to county statistics. Read more about the new shelter director, Diviney's comments about her tenure and the new shelter here: Tawny Hammond Named New Chief of Fairfax County Animal Shelter.
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 …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Fairfax County Animal Shelter volunteers put in many hours for love of animals.
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is looking for volunteers. On Saturday, the National Day of Service, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter was buzzing with volunteers helping socialize animals, organize donations and help visitors stopping by to adopt a pet. The volunteers do what they do, they say, for the love of the animals sheltered there and to help the animals find homes. In addition to volunteering many of the shelter's volunteers also help the animals by providing foster homes. The shelter, housed in a newly constructed headquarters, is currently accepting new volunteers. According to the shelter's website, the following positions are available: As a new volunteer, you can share your time and talents to help animals in need. …
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, …