Fairfax County Animal Shelter

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Update: puppy appointments for Thursday are full! We shared mama dog Sailor Moon’s story a couple of days ago – thank yo...
12/28/2021

Update: puppy appointments for Thursday are full!

We shared mama dog Sailor Moon’s story a couple of days ago – thank you again Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter for helping her! Well, now it’s Sailor Moon’s PUPPIES’ turn for the spotlight! There are NINE puppies in this litter, and we truly cannot pick a favorite. Can you? Is it sweet, smart, big Thistle? How about small but fearless Marigold? Talkative wrestler Rue? Happy and sweet Buttercup? Perhaps it’s food-motivated and SUPER smart Dahlia? Or Blossom, the joyful sweetheart? Cereus the CHONKY BOY? Stubborn and smart Poppy? Or maybe it’s adventure pup Cosmos?! Scroll through their photos to learn more about each pup!!

All nine of these puppies will be available for adoption on Thursday, December 30! We are now accepting emails to schedule appointments for potential adopters to visit them on Thursday between 12 noon and 6pm. If you are interested in adopting a puppy, you must email the Shelter and include your name, email address, and phone number, and staff will be in touch very quickly to schedule appointments to browse the puppies in the order emails are received. Our email address is [email protected].

(Other details: all interested adopters must be available for a Thursday appointment, and must meet all adoption requirements - www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt. If you are interested in adopting PLEASE make sure you review those to ensure you have everything needed to adopt!! It’s highly likely that the appointment slots will book up quickly and all the puppies will be adopted on Thursday. If any aren’t adopted Thursday, they will be available on Sunday, January 2. The Shelter is closed Friday December 31 and Saturday January 1.)

Say it with us: THANK YOU Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter!! Why? For saving this mama dog’s life, and makin...
12/26/2021

Say it with us: THANK YOU Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter!! Why? For saving this mama dog’s life, and making it possible for her puppies to grow up with their mom! Sailor Moon is a wonderfully sweet dog and she was super pregnant when she arrived to the Shelter as a stray. We sent her off to foster to settle in and wait for her puppies to be born. On the big day, everything was going great, and Sailor Moon soon had seven puppies!

But then.. something seemed wrong. Sailor Moon was still in labor but no puppies were emerging. She was rushed to the vet where it was soon discovered that she needed an emergency C-section! And who do you think was there, ready to jump into action and say ‘YES!’ when we asked for the funds for that costly emergency procedure? Our nonprofit fundraising partner, the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter! And what a good thing that was, too, because their support combined with the expertise of the vets and staff at Pender Veterinary Centre saved Sailor Moon’s life! Two more puppies were delivered via C-section, which rounded her litter out to a solid nine puppies. More on them soon, but for now, let’s give Sailor Moon her moment in the spotlight for being such a wonderful mama, and a hearty round of thanks to the Friends!

Say it with us: THANK YOU Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter!! Why? For saving this mama dog’s life, and making it possible for her puppies to grow up with their mom! Sailor Moon is a wonderfully sweet dog and she was super pregnant when she arrived to the Shelter as a stray. We sent her off to foster to settle in and wait for her puppies to be born. On the big day, everything was going great, and Sailor Moon soon had seven puppies!

But then.. something seemed wrong. Sailor Moon was still in labor but no puppies were emerging. She was rushed to the vet where it was soon discovered that she needed an emergency C-section! And who do you think was there, ready to jump into action and say ‘YES!’ when we asked for the funds for that costly emergency procedure? Our nonprofit fundraising partner, the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter! And what a good thing that was, too, because their support combined with the expertise of the vets and staff at Pender Veterinary Centre saved Sailor Moon’s life! Two more puppies were delivered via C-section, which rounded her litter out to a solid nine puppies. More on them soon, but for now, let’s give Sailor Moon her moment in the spotlight for being such a wonderful mama, and a hearty round of thanks to the Friends!

Cookie is here to wish you all a happy holiday season!! She was adopted today and is happily in her new home now, with h...
12/23/2021

Cookie is here to wish you all a happy holiday season!! She was adopted today and is happily in her new home now, with her new family!!

Cookie is here to wish you all a happy holiday season!! She was adopted today and is happily in her new home now, with her new family!!

Update: ADOPTED! Meet Jack! He's a year old and pretty great! He was surrendered because his family could no longer care...
12/19/2021

Update: ADOPTED!

Meet Jack! He's a year old and pretty great! He was surrendered because his family could no longer care for him. And when he first arrived, whew, what a handful!! So he very quickly graduated from a condo in one of our cat rooms to a large luxury condo all to himself, in a staff office, with a couple of cat-savvy staff who have a fondness for the troublemakers. And lo and behold, after just a few days, Jack showed that he wasn't actually a hissy swatty monster. Oh no. He is a CUDDLE MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!! A super intense cat, to be sure, but wow he just loves to be loved! Here's what his human office companion says about Jack:

"Over the last two weeks, Jack has been AMAZING. It took him 3-4 days before he really settled in and was even open to being touched or petted. Since then, he's made leaps and bounds in getting comfortable and showing his true personality. Is Jack intense? YES. He demands attention and wants you to focus on him all the time. When I open his condo, he immediately rushes forward and stretches up to touch my face with his paws. He wants to be picked up, so he can rub his face against mine, climb around my shoulders, drape himself clumsily over my arms, and perform his favorite trick: aerial barrel rolls. Yeah, he'll roll around in my arms, purring constantly, occasionally taking breaks to rub his face on my face. If I try to sit down at the computer, he's barrel rolling on my arms, and trying his hardest to push the keyboard off the desk in his efforts to make me pet him and hold him. He is very active, and nonstop on the go, wanting to be in on all the action. If he starts to maybe take a snooze, I just.. don't move. Because the minute I move, he's up again and trying to climb into my arms or onto my lap.

He has been around two office dogs and doesn't seem to care about them, and would maybe actually like if they would play with him more. He's met a very feisty kitten and LOVED her!! He meows and trills at the couple of kittens he's seen, and really wants to play with them. We let him play with one kitten and he was having a blast, though again, he's intense. He bopped her on the head a few times, totally in play, which just served to offend the kitten who then tackled him. He was a little rough but all in play, and was really excited to run and chase and stalk and do the cute butt wiggle that cats do when they're preparing to pounce. And of course, he was constantly trilling and meowing!

I think Jack will need a few days or perhaps up to a week to settle in to his new home. Ideally he'd be kept in a bedroom during that time, so he has room to move about and play but can still settle in to the new noises, sights, and smells of his home. He's very active and playful and will need plenty of mental and physical enrichment to keep him busy. He would probably be fine with a cat-friendly and cat-savvy dog, though definitely plan on a slow and monitored intro. He might do fine with another cat or perhaps a kitten, although it will take a very special cat to be able to deal with his intensity. Jack is the type of cat who wants to rush in, play rough, and would probably be a very annoying sibling! But some cats are fine with that or even like it.

In summary, whatever Jack does, he does at 200%. Cuddle, nap, play - he's living life to the fullest. He's a super fun cat with personality to spare, except I don't want him to spare any of it, because he's just such a cool cat. Is he a lot? Yes. YES. Like, a LOT a lot. But why settle for anything less when you could have Jack in your life???"

Jack lives his life at 200%, but in actuality he seems to be a very sensitive boy who desires stability and calm, measured people in his life. Maybe he just likes to be the most extra one in the room! He would probably be happiest in a home with one or two adults, so he's not overwhelmed; kids are a maybe, if they're cat-savvy and let him settle in. Cat-friendly dogs and other cats may be fine with a slow intro. If you'd like to adopt, please send an email to the Shelter and we’ll schedule an appointment for you to come in! All adoption info can be found: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps, and our email address is: [email protected]

Update: ADOPTED!

Meet Jack! He's a year old and pretty great! He was surrendered because his family could no longer care for him. And when he first arrived, whew, what a handful!! So he very quickly graduated from a condo in one of our cat rooms to a large luxury condo all to himself, in a staff office, with a couple of cat-savvy staff who have a fondness for the troublemakers. And lo and behold, after just a few days, Jack showed that he wasn't actually a hissy swatty monster. Oh no. He is a CUDDLE MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!! A super intense cat, to be sure, but wow he just loves to be loved! Here's what his human office companion says about Jack:

"Over the last two weeks, Jack has been AMAZING. It took him 3-4 days before he really settled in and was even open to being touched or petted. Since then, he's made leaps and bounds in getting comfortable and showing his true personality. Is Jack intense? YES. He demands attention and wants you to focus on him all the time. When I open his condo, he immediately rushes forward and stretches up to touch my face with his paws. He wants to be picked up, so he can rub his face against mine, climb around my shoulders, drape himself clumsily over my arms, and perform his favorite trick: aerial barrel rolls. Yeah, he'll roll around in my arms, purring constantly, occasionally taking breaks to rub his face on my face. If I try to sit down at the computer, he's barrel rolling on my arms, and trying his hardest to push the keyboard off the desk in his efforts to make me pet him and hold him. He is very active, and nonstop on the go, wanting to be in on all the action. If he starts to maybe take a snooze, I just.. don't move. Because the minute I move, he's up again and trying to climb into my arms or onto my lap.

He has been around two office dogs and doesn't seem to care about them, and would maybe actually like if they would play with him more. He's met a very feisty kitten and LOVED her!! He meows and trills at the couple of kittens he's seen, and really wants to play with them. We let him play with one kitten and he was having a blast, though again, he's intense. He bopped her on the head a few times, totally in play, which just served to offend the kitten who then tackled him. He was a little rough but all in play, and was really excited to run and chase and stalk and do the cute butt wiggle that cats do when they're preparing to pounce. And of course, he was constantly trilling and meowing!

I think Jack will need a few days or perhaps up to a week to settle in to his new home. Ideally he'd be kept in a bedroom during that time, so he has room to move about and play but can still settle in to the new noises, sights, and smells of his home. He's very active and playful and will need plenty of mental and physical enrichment to keep him busy. He would probably be fine with a cat-friendly and cat-savvy dog, though definitely plan on a slow and monitored intro. He might do fine with another cat or perhaps a kitten, although it will take a very special cat to be able to deal with his intensity. Jack is the type of cat who wants to rush in, play rough, and would probably be a very annoying sibling! But some cats are fine with that or even like it.

In summary, whatever Jack does, he does at 200%. Cuddle, nap, play - he's living life to the fullest. He's a super fun cat with personality to spare, except I don't want him to spare any of it, because he's just such a cool cat. Is he a lot? Yes. YES. Like, a LOT a lot. But why settle for anything less when you could have Jack in your life???"

Jack lives his life at 200%, but in actuality he seems to be a very sensitive boy who desires stability and calm, measured people in his life. Maybe he just likes to be the most extra one in the room! He would probably be happiest in a home with one or two adults, so he's not overwhelmed; kids are a maybe, if they're cat-savvy and let him settle in. Cat-friendly dogs and other cats may be fine with a slow intro. If you'd like to adopt, please send an email to the Shelter and we’ll schedule an appointment for you to come in! All adoption info can be found: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps, and our email address is: [email protected]

If one hound dog a day isn't enough, how about two? May we introduce: Chipotle! Look at those ears! That smile! Those bi...
12/18/2021

If one hound dog a day isn't enough, how about two? May we introduce: Chipotle! Look at those ears! That smile! Those big puppy paws!! She’s about 9 months old, and we transferred her in from a rural rescue partner. We sent her right off to a foster home where she had a blast with her foster family and their dogs and cats!! Here's what her foster fam said about her: "She’s adorable and if we didn’t have three dogs, we would keep her!! She’s a love, does well on a leash, is excited to see people. She’s working on basic commands and is super smart. Does well in her crate - will go right in and settle. She does sleep with me but I think would easily transfer to a pet bed or crate. She alerts you when she has to go potty. She only has had three accidents! She loves my dogs and cats! Very outgoing outside - we have worked on coming back to her name. Loves hearing she’s a good girl."

Such awesome notes! But in full disclosure mode, Chipotle has been adopted twice since those glowing reviews, and her adoptive families did note some behavior issues, like getting into stuff when she wasn’t being watched, chewing things that didn’t belong to her, giving big houndy Ah-Roos during at-home business calls, and getting jumpy and mouthy when she’s excited. These are pretty typical puppy behaviors, so some training, exercise, structured routines, and the use of a good crate should help her go from adorable puppy to well-mannered little lady. We’ve got lots of resources to help with the training, including tips from our staff behaviorist.

Chipotle is worth it! Can't you just imagine how happy she'll be, walking with you, smelling all the leaf piles, watching squirrels run around, and then getting to go back HOME with her person??

If one hound dog a day isn't enough, how about two? May we introduce: Chipotle! Look at those ears! That smile! Those big puppy paws!! She’s about 9 months old, and we transferred her in from a rural rescue partner. We sent her right off to a foster home where she had a blast with her foster family and their dogs and cats!! Here's what her foster fam said about her: "She’s adorable and if we didn’t have three dogs, we would keep her!! She’s a love, does well on a leash, is excited to see people. She’s working on basic commands and is super smart. Does well in her crate - will go right in and settle. She does sleep with me but I think would easily transfer to a pet bed or crate. She alerts you when she has to go potty. She only has had three accidents! She loves my dogs and cats! Very outgoing outside - we have worked on coming back to her name. Loves hearing she’s a good girl."

Such awesome notes! But in full disclosure mode, Chipotle has been adopted twice since those glowing reviews, and her adoptive families did note some behavior issues, like getting into stuff when she wasn’t being watched, chewing things that didn’t belong to her, giving big houndy Ah-Roos during at-home business calls, and getting jumpy and mouthy when she’s excited. These are pretty typical puppy behaviors, so some training, exercise, structured routines, and the use of a good crate should help her go from adorable puppy to well-mannered little lady. We’ve got lots of resources to help with the training, including tips from our staff behaviorist.

Chipotle is worth it! Can't you just imagine how happy she'll be, walking with you, smelling all the leaf piles, watching squirrels run around, and then getting to go back HOME with her person??

Scout was found as a stray and brought to our Shelter by an Animal Protection Police Officer. She had a microchip, but u...
12/18/2021

Scout was found as a stray and brought to our Shelter by an Animal Protection Police Officer. She had a microchip, but unfortunately the information wasn’t up to date and no one ever ended up coming to pick her up. So now Scout is looking for a new home where she can get all the love she deserves! Scout has really enjoyed spending time with our caretakers and volunteers at the shelter. She’ll greet everyone with gentle sniffs and tail wags and she knows sit and shake! She’s a big fan of getting pets, but she also really enjoys play time too. Her favorite is the squeaker toy -- she picked her one favorite and kept playing with that one, bringing it to her friends over and over again to throw for her so she could keep paying fetch. When Scout met another dog at the shelter, she was very sweet! She gave the polite doggy greeting of sniffing each other’s noses and rear ends, and when the other dog started walking around, Scout decided to join her. They didn’t play, but our Animal Care staff told us that they seemed to enjoy walking around together. If you have another dog at home, we can arrange a dog to dog introduction when you come in to meet Scout!

One of our staff recently took Scout on a Power Hour walk; here's what they say about this sweet pup: "Scout leashed up easily, and was comfortable in the building. She even jumped into an open lap while we were trying to harness her up! Once we got outside, Scout LOVED to sniff all the things, and had her nose to the ground for most of the walk!! Probably hoping to find some goose p**p... ew. Loud cars made her jump, and approaching people caused her to stand and stare. Another dog (and person) came along on the walk and Scout enjoyed walking behind the other dog, and seemed to gain some confidence from his presence. When we swapped walking order she was hesitant to lead, so we swapped back and she was more comfortable following. When we got to the Govt Center there were a lot of people exiting the building and a crew working on the pavement. She became very nervous and would not walk any closer, and pulled hard to get away from the hustle and bustle. When we were in the Shelter lobby, there were two kids and she backed away from them a bit nervously. She just seems unsure of noises, quick movements, and too many people. She'll definitely need someone calm and steady to help her build her confidence. She's treat motivated so that will help! She was happy to be walked by me but wasn't super engaging, but then again I'm a stranger to her and there was so much going on! She's VERY sweet, and has SO much potential. With a little time and consistency, I'm sure she'll bond with her person/people and will make an awesome dog and new family member!!"

Scout is about a year old and weighs 40 pounds, though she could stand to gain a couple of pounds. She seems very hesitant around kids and will probably do best in a home with older kids. We have no idea how she feels about cats. If you'd like to adopt, please send an email to the Shelter and we’ll schedule an appointment for you to come in! All adoption info can be found: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps, and our email address is: [email protected]

Scout was found as a stray and brought to our Shelter by an Animal Protection Police Officer. She had a microchip, but unfortunately the information wasn’t up to date and no one ever ended up coming to pick her up. So now Scout is looking for a new home where she can get all the love she deserves! Scout has really enjoyed spending time with our caretakers and volunteers at the shelter. She’ll greet everyone with gentle sniffs and tail wags and she knows sit and shake! She’s a big fan of getting pets, but she also really enjoys play time too. Her favorite is the squeaker toy -- she picked her one favorite and kept playing with that one, bringing it to her friends over and over again to throw for her so she could keep paying fetch. When Scout met another dog at the shelter, she was very sweet! She gave the polite doggy greeting of sniffing each other’s noses and rear ends, and when the other dog started walking around, Scout decided to join her. They didn’t play, but our Animal Care staff told us that they seemed to enjoy walking around together. If you have another dog at home, we can arrange a dog to dog introduction when you come in to meet Scout!

One of our staff recently took Scout on a Power Hour walk; here's what they say about this sweet pup: "Scout leashed up easily, and was comfortable in the building. She even jumped into an open lap while we were trying to harness her up! Once we got outside, Scout LOVED to sniff all the things, and had her nose to the ground for most of the walk!! Probably hoping to find some goose p**p... ew. Loud cars made her jump, and approaching people caused her to stand and stare. Another dog (and person) came along on the walk and Scout enjoyed walking behind the other dog, and seemed to gain some confidence from his presence. When we swapped walking order she was hesitant to lead, so we swapped back and she was more comfortable following. When we got to the Govt Center there were a lot of people exiting the building and a crew working on the pavement. She became very nervous and would not walk any closer, and pulled hard to get away from the hustle and bustle. When we were in the Shelter lobby, there were two kids and she backed away from them a bit nervously. She just seems unsure of noises, quick movements, and too many people. She'll definitely need someone calm and steady to help her build her confidence. She's treat motivated so that will help! She was happy to be walked by me but wasn't super engaging, but then again I'm a stranger to her and there was so much going on! She's VERY sweet, and has SO much potential. With a little time and consistency, I'm sure she'll bond with her person/people and will make an awesome dog and new family member!!"

Scout is about a year old and weighs 40 pounds, though she could stand to gain a couple of pounds. She seems very hesitant around kids and will probably do best in a home with older kids. We have no idea how she feels about cats. If you'd like to adopt, please send an email to the Shelter and we’ll schedule an appointment for you to come in! All adoption info can be found: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps, and our email address is: [email protected]

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Update: puppy appointments for Thursday are full! We shared mama dog Sailor Moon’s story a couple of days ago – thank you again Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter for helping her! Well, now it’s Sailor Moon’s PUPPIES’ turn for the spotlight! There are NINE puppies in this litter, and we truly cannot pick a favorite. Can you? Is it sweet, smart, big Thistle? How about small but fearless Marigold? Talkative wrestler Rue? Happy and sweet Buttercup? Perhaps it’s food-motivated and SUPER smart Dahlia? Or Blossom, the joyful sweetheart? Cereus the CHONKY BOY? Stubborn and smart Poppy? Or maybe it’s adventure pup Cosmos?! Scroll through their photos to learn more about each pup!! All nine of these puppies will be available for adoption on Thursday, December 30! We are now accepting emails to schedule appointments for potential adopters to visit them on Thursday between 12 noon and 6pm. If you are interested in adopting a puppy, you must email the Shelter and include your name, email address, and phone number, and staff will be in touch very quickly to schedule appointments to browse the puppies in the order emails are received. Our email address is [email protected]. (Other details: all interested adopters must be available for a Thursday appointment, and must meet all adoption requirements - www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt. If you are interested in adopting PLEASE make sure you review those to ensure you have everything needed to adopt!! It’s highly likely that the appointment slots will book up quickly and all the puppies will be adopted on Thursday. If any aren’t adopted Thursday, they will be available on Sunday, January 2. The Shelter is closed Friday December 31 and Saturday January 1.)
Say it with us: THANK YOU Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter!! Why? For saving this mama dog’s life, and making it possible for her puppies to grow up with their mom! Sailor Moon is a wonderfully sweet dog and she was super pregnant when she arrived to the Shelter as a stray. We sent her off to foster to settle in and wait for her puppies to be born. On the big day, everything was going great, and Sailor Moon soon had seven puppies! But then.. something seemed wrong. Sailor Moon was still in labor but no puppies were emerging. She was rushed to the vet where it was soon discovered that she needed an emergency C-section! And who do you think was there, ready to jump into action and say ‘YES!’ when we asked for the funds for that costly emergency procedure? Our nonprofit fundraising partner, the Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter! And what a good thing that was, too, because their support combined with the expertise of the vets and staff at Pender Veterinary Centre saved Sailor Moon’s life! Two more puppies were delivered via C-section, which rounded her litter out to a solid nine puppies. More on them soon, but for now, let’s give Sailor Moon her moment in the spotlight for being such a wonderful mama, and a hearty round of thanks to the Friends!
Cookie is here to wish you all a happy holiday season!! She was adopted today and is happily in her new home now, with her new family!!
Update: ADOPTED! Meet Jack! He's a year old and pretty great! He was surrendered because his family could no longer care for him. And when he first arrived, whew, what a handful!! So he very quickly graduated from a condo in one of our cat rooms to a large luxury condo all to himself, in a staff office, with a couple of cat-savvy staff who have a fondness for the troublemakers. And lo and behold, after just a few days, Jack showed that he wasn't actually a hissy swatty monster. Oh no. He is a CUDDLE MACHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!! A super intense cat, to be sure, but wow he just loves to be loved! Here's what his human office companion says about Jack: "Over the last two weeks, Jack has been AMAZING. It took him 3-4 days before he really settled in and was even open to being touched or petted. Since then, he's made leaps and bounds in getting comfortable and showing his true personality. Is Jack intense? YES. He demands attention and wants you to focus on him all the time. When I open his condo, he immediately rushes forward and stretches up to touch my face with his paws. He wants to be picked up, so he can rub his face against mine, climb around my shoulders, drape himself clumsily over my arms, and perform his favorite trick: aerial barrel rolls. Yeah, he'll roll around in my arms, purring constantly, occasionally taking breaks to rub his face on my face. If I try to sit down at the computer, he's barrel rolling on my arms, and trying his hardest to push the keyboard off the desk in his efforts to make me pet him and hold him. He is very active, and nonstop on the go, wanting to be in on all the action. If he starts to maybe take a snooze, I just.. don't move. Because the minute I move, he's up again and trying to climb into my arms or onto my lap. He has been around two office dogs and doesn't seem to care about them, and would maybe actually like if they would play with him more. He's met a very feisty kitten and LOVED her!! He meows and trills at the couple of kittens he's seen, and really wants to play with them. We let him play with one kitten and he was having a blast, though again, he's intense. He bopped her on the head a few times, totally in play, which just served to offend the kitten who then tackled him. He was a little rough but all in play, and was really excited to run and chase and stalk and do the cute butt wiggle that cats do when they're preparing to pounce. And of course, he was constantly trilling and meowing! I think Jack will need a few days or perhaps up to a week to settle in to his new home. Ideally he'd be kept in a bedroom during that time, so he has room to move about and play but can still settle in to the new noises, sights, and smells of his home. He's very active and playful and will need plenty of mental and physical enrichment to keep him busy. He would probably be fine with a cat-friendly and cat-savvy dog, though definitely plan on a slow and monitored intro. He might do fine with another cat or perhaps a kitten, although it will take a very special cat to be able to deal with his intensity. Jack is the type of cat who wants to rush in, play rough, and would probably be a very annoying sibling! But some cats are fine with that or even like it. In summary, whatever Jack does, he does at 200%. Cuddle, nap, play - he's living life to the fullest. He's a super fun cat with personality to spare, except I don't want him to spare any of it, because he's just such a cool cat. Is he a lot? Yes. YES. Like, a LOT a lot. But why settle for anything less when you could have Jack in your life???" Jack lives his life at 200%, but in actuality he seems to be a very sensitive boy who desires stability and calm, measured people in his life. Maybe he just likes to be the most extra one in the room! He would probably be happiest in a home with one or two adults, so he's not overwhelmed; kids are a maybe, if they're cat-savvy and let him settle in. Cat-friendly dogs and other cats may be fine with a slow intro. If you'd like to adopt, please send an email to the Shelter and we’ll schedule an appointment for you to come in! All adoption info can be found: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps, and our email address is: [email protected]
If one hound dog a day isn't enough, how about two? May we introduce: Chipotle! Look at those ears! That smile! Those big puppy paws!! She’s about 9 months old, and we transferred her in from a rural rescue partner. We sent her right off to a foster home where she had a blast with her foster family and their dogs and cats!! Here's what her foster fam said about her: "She’s adorable and if we didn’t have three dogs, we would keep her!! She’s a love, does well on a leash, is excited to see people. She’s working on basic commands and is super smart. Does well in her crate - will go right in and settle. She does sleep with me but I think would easily transfer to a pet bed or crate. She alerts you when she has to go potty. She only has had three accidents! She loves my dogs and cats! Very outgoing outside - we have worked on coming back to her name. Loves hearing she’s a good girl." Such awesome notes! But in full disclosure mode, Chipotle has been adopted twice since those glowing reviews, and her adoptive families did note some behavior issues, like getting into stuff when she wasn’t being watched, chewing things that didn’t belong to her, giving big houndy Ah-Roos during at-home business calls, and getting jumpy and mouthy when she’s excited. These are pretty typical puppy behaviors, so some training, exercise, structured routines, and the use of a good crate should help her go from adorable puppy to well-mannered little lady. We’ve got lots of resources to help with the training, including tips from our staff behaviorist. Chipotle is worth it! Can't you just imagine how happy she'll be, walking with you, smelling all the leaf piles, watching squirrels run around, and then getting to go back HOME with her person??
Scout was found as a stray and brought to our Shelter by an Animal Protection Police Officer. She had a microchip, but unfortunately the information wasn’t up to date and no one ever ended up coming to pick her up. So now Scout is looking for a new home where she can get all the love she deserves! Scout has really enjoyed spending time with our caretakers and volunteers at the shelter. She’ll greet everyone with gentle sniffs and tail wags and she knows sit and shake! She’s a big fan of getting pets, but she also really enjoys play time too. Her favorite is the squeaker toy -- she picked her one favorite and kept playing with that one, bringing it to her friends over and over again to throw for her so she could keep paying fetch. When Scout met another dog at the shelter, she was very sweet! She gave the polite doggy greeting of sniffing each other’s noses and rear ends, and when the other dog started walking around, Scout decided to join her. They didn’t play, but our Animal Care staff told us that they seemed to enjoy walking around together. If you have another dog at home, we can arrange a dog to dog introduction when you come in to meet Scout! One of our staff recently took Scout on a Power Hour walk; here's what they say about this sweet pup: "Scout leashed up easily, and was comfortable in the building. She even jumped into an open lap while we were trying to harness her up! Once we got outside, Scout LOVED to sniff all the things, and had her nose to the ground for most of the walk!! Probably hoping to find some goose p**p... ew. Loud cars made her jump, and approaching people caused her to stand and stare. Another dog (and person) came along on the walk and Scout enjoyed walking behind the other dog, and seemed to gain some confidence from his presence. When we swapped walking order she was hesitant to lead, so we swapped back and she was more comfortable following. When we got to the Govt Center there were a lot of people exiting the building and a crew working on the pavement. She became very nervous and would not walk any closer, and pulled hard to get away from the hustle and bustle. When we were in the Shelter lobby, there were two kids and she backed away from them a bit nervously. She just seems unsure of noises, quick movements, and too many people. She'll definitely need someone calm and steady to help her build her confidence. She's treat motivated so that will help! She was happy to be walked by me but wasn't super engaging, but then again I'm a stranger to her and there was so much going on! She's VERY sweet, and has SO much potential. With a little time and consistency, I'm sure she'll bond with her person/people and will make an awesome dog and new family member!!" Scout is about a year old and weighs 40 pounds, though she could stand to gain a couple of pounds. She seems very hesitant around kids and will probably do best in a home with older kids. We have no idea how she feels about cats. If you'd like to adopt, please send an email to the Shelter and we’ll schedule an appointment for you to come in! All adoption info can be found: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt/steps, and our email address is: [email protected]