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Chief is nine months old and right now he's in that awkward puppy teenager phase. He's all legs and ears and energy and ...
10/22/2022

Chief is nine months old and right now he's in that awkward puppy teenager phase. He's all legs and ears and energy and exuberance! He loves people and may try to sit in your lap - all 50 pounds of him. Chief will do awesome with an adopter who has the time to go on long walks and hikes with him, to help him burn off some energy, and do some basic positive reinforcement training too. Chief wants to learn and he wants to make people happy, he just needs someone to kindly show him the way! Come on in and meet this diamond in the rough! We're open today until 5pm.

Here’s a very happy story to end your week on a high note! A nice family came to the shelter looking to adopt a dog. The...
10/21/2022

Here’s a very happy story to end your week on a high note! A nice family came to the shelter looking to adopt a dog. They’d been looking around for a while, but just hadn’t felt a connection yet. They looked through our adoption kennels but still no one caught their eye. As they were leaving, one of the kids noticed the pictures of more available dogs… and suddenly there was a connection, because one of our dogs looked just like their last dog. Turns out… it WAS their dog!!! Their dog had gone missing in another county a while back and they looked everywhere, but didn’t think he could've made it this far away.

Soldier, whose real name is Dante, was absolutely overjoyed to see his family. Lots of jumping and whining and tail wags, running from person to person as if to confirm that yes, they were REAL and they were here to take him HOME again!!! It’s clear that Dante is a very loved member of the family, and we were so happy that everything worked out for the best. Maybe this was the universe not letting them feel a connection with any other dog, because Dante was still waiting for them. ❤️

Picture this: you're on a walk, in the crunchy leaves and nice cool fall weather. You stop to take a deep breath, enjoyi...
10/20/2022

Picture this: you're on a walk, in the crunchy leaves and nice cool fall weather. You stop to take a deep breath, enjoying the moment. You look down and see this face looking up at you. All is perfection, because you and your best friend Ryder are together.

Want to make this daydream a reality? Come visit Ryder! She's available for adoption, currently daydreaming of taking this same walk, with you.❤️

We're hiring! Check out the link below for more information on the Volunteer Program Manager position, including how to ...
10/20/2022
Volunteer Program Manager (Volunteer Services Coordinator II)

We're hiring! Check out the link below for more information on the Volunteer Program Manager position, including how to apply:

Are you an enthusiastic individual looking for a career where you can make a difference in the lives of animals and the community? Do you have previous experience managing a volunteer program? Fairfax County Animal Shelter has the perfect position for you!The Volunteer Program Manager position will....

Autumn's kittens have all been adopted, and this petite, quiet, super sweet mom cat is still waiting! She's just six and...
10/19/2022

Autumn's kittens have all been adopted, and this petite, quiet, super sweet mom cat is still waiting! She's just six and a half pounds - so tiny. She was originally found as a stray, taken in by her finder, and then promptly had six kittens. She was a great mama and now she's ready to have a home and a family to call her own. She's a little over a year old, and has dreamy moss green eyes and really pretty light stripes. Come in to meet her!

We're open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-5pm, Thursdays and Fridays 12-7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm. For more info on our adoption process, including requirements and fees, visit: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

We love eight-year-old Sasha dearly, so we say this with lots of love in our hearts: she's a bit of a mess. But, she's a...
10/18/2022

We love eight-year-old Sasha dearly, so we say this with lots of love in our hearts: she's a bit of a mess. But, she's a mess with the absolute best and sweetest personality, and the cutest face (especially that little frown), and the 'bit of a mess' part is on the mend with regular treatment, so it's all good!

Why is Sasha a bit of a mess? She has a non-contagious skin condition called 'eosinophilic granuloma complex,' which sometimes flares up; the symptoms for Sasha are itchy spots on her belly. She's definitely improved a ton while in our care, on medication and in a comfy and clean environment, and we think she'll continue improving once in a real home environment where she can relax even more. The medication she's on is a low-dose steroid, given as a tiny pill twice a day, and it's really inexpensive. Sasha is very easy to medicate and best of all, she holds no grudges!!! Here's what one staff person says about her: "Met Sasha while cleaning today. She is the sweetest, most affectionate kitty. She took her meds easily and sought out attention immediately afterwards by rubbing up against me and soft vocalizations. Really wonderful cat!"

Sasha is an awesome cat who just needs someone who can commit to continuing her meds to keep her happy and healthy. In return, you'll get a very nice cat-shaped BFF. Come in and meet her - you're sure to be charmed!!! We're open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-5pm, Thursdays and Fridays 12-7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm. For more info on our adoption process, including requirements and fees, visit: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Update: two ducks adopted, FOUR DUCKS STILL AVAILALBE!We have six DUCKS available for adoption! They're young ducks, jus...
10/15/2022

Update: two ducks adopted, FOUR DUCKS STILL AVAILALBE!

We have six DUCKS available for adoption! They're young ducks, just nine months old, and excellent quackers. Truly top notch quacking abilities. Pretty social little ducks, they like to come up and see what snacks visitors may have brought them, quacking all the while of course. Do you have a pond that these six nice ducks could call home? Come in to meet and adopt them! We're open Sunday 11am to 5pm!!

Kittens are at least two months old before they're available for adoption from our shelter. But we sometimes get much yo...
10/14/2022

Kittens are at least two months old before they're available for adoption from our shelter. But we sometimes get much younger kittens who need weeks of care before they're ready to be adopted! Little Leo here is a perfect example of the magic of foster: he was just five days old when we got him. His foster mom took great care of him, and now he's nine weeks old and ready to meet his new family. ❤️

Thank you to all our amazing kitten foster families who raise these little ones and keep them safe, warm, fed, and loved until they are finally ready to be adopted by their new families. If you're ready to add a new kitten or two to your family, come visit! We're open today 12-7pm.

Meet Jersey! Jersey came to us as a stray and wasn’t too sure of people at first.. but she was VERY sure of her airplane...
10/11/2022

Meet Jersey! Jersey came to us as a stray and wasn’t too sure of people at first.. but she was VERY sure of her airplane ears skills.✈️ We sent her to foster, and here's what her foster mom says:

"Jersey will be coming back to the shelter after some much needed socialization. She is now a much happier little kitten ready for a home! Jersey has the loudest purr that she loves to show off whenever she is being pet. Sometimes eye contact is the only requirement to get her purring. Jersey still gets a bit nervous if people move towards her too quickly or from high above. She also isn’t a fan of being held. Jersey does show interest in cuddling but she prefers if she can make the move on her own time. She started with cuddling on the bed at night but has now included the couch. When Jersey wants attention she will come right up and ask for it! She also loves playing with other cats and toys. She learned a lot about how to not be afraid of people and accept their love from the other cat in the house (she definitely trusted him first). Jersey is extremely food motivated and meal times are probably some of her favorite times of the day. Treats go a long way in earning her trust!"

Jersey would LOVE a home with another cat-friendly cat! If you'd like to meet her, come on in tomorrow! Jersey is back at the shelter and ready to be adopted. We open at noon! For more info on our adoption process, including requirements and fees, visit: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Update: ADOPTED!🥰Cat number 77 has decided he's ready to be adopted, and is using the time-honored strategy of 'showing ...
10/09/2022

Update: ADOPTED!🥰

Cat number 77 has decided he's ready to be adopted, and is using the time-honored strategy of 'showing the belly' in an effort to market himself to adopters. Bravo! Amazing belly, 12/10, extra points given for aerial biscuit-making and toe bean visibility. This cat's current name is '77' because he was part of the very large cat group all from one home, but we are eager for him to be adopted and for his new family to give him a real name!!! If YOU want to be his new family, come visit today; we're open until 5pm!

So many picture-perfect rabbits ready to be adopted! All our rabbits are spayed/neutered prior to adoption (unless they'...
10/08/2022

So many picture-perfect rabbits ready to be adopted! All our rabbits are spayed/neutered prior to adoption (unless they're too young then adopters get a voucher), and we can even do rabbit-to-rabbit introductions if you're thinking of adding a second rabbit to your family. Come in to meet our available rabbits - we're open 11am-5pm this weekend! www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Cocoa (grey and white) and Chanel (white) are a pair of gorgeous and super soft chinchillas looking for a home together....
10/08/2022

Cocoa (grey and white) and Chanel (white) are a pair of gorgeous and super soft chinchillas looking for a home together. They're best friends and we can't split them up! Plus wow they are so cute together. They're about three years old, and they're good with handling, though Chanel is a bit of a rascal and likes to try and escape. Do some research and see if chinchillas (and the specialized care and housing they require) are the pet for you. If yes, come meet them!

📣 We have 23 working cats, and they need adopters! They need jobs as cat guardians of a barn, warehouse, shed, brewery, ...
10/07/2022

📣 We have 23 working cats, and they need adopters! They need jobs as cat guardians of a barn, warehouse, shed, brewery, winery - someplace with outdoor space and also a structure that they can call home, and someone who can provide food, water, and care. They may become friendly over time, or maybe they will always keep their distance. If you’d like to adopt, please consider a pair or even trio. Please share this post to help these cats find adopters!!

You can email or call us for more info, or just come on in during open hours to meet them. Working cats are fully vetted and we can provide supplies to help transition them to their new outdoor home. We're open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-5pm, Thursdays and Fridays 12-7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm.

We have 30 dogs available for adoption right now. That's SO MANY! Between all our available dogs plus strays and others ...
10/07/2022

We have 30 dogs available for adoption right now. That's SO MANY! Between all our available dogs plus strays and others who aren't ready for adoption yet, 🚨our kennels are FULL.🚨 If you've been thinking about adopting a dog, now is the time!! We could really use some help, so please take a look at all our available dogs, tag your friends and share this post, and come on in today and this weekend if you're ready to adopt!!

🐶We're open:
- Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-5pm
- Thursdays and Fridays 12-7pm
- Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm

🐶For a full list of available pets: www.petango.com/FairfaxCountyAnimalShelter

🐶For more info on our adoption process: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Looking for a cat to join your family? We have lots to choose from, and they would all be delighted to be adopted.❤️ We'...
10/06/2022

Looking for a cat to join your family? We have lots to choose from, and they would all be delighted to be adopted.❤️ We're open for walk-in adoptions Tuesday through Sunday! For adoption info, visit: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

This cat's name is Corn Snacks. How? Why? No one knows, just roll with it. She's about a year old and perfectly round, w...
10/05/2022

This cat's name is Corn Snacks. How? Why? No one knows, just roll with it. She's about a year old and perfectly round, with a perpetually-bewildered expression on her face. Corn Snacks just always looks a little confused. If you find yourself enchanted by Corn Snacks, come in to meet and maybe adopt her! We're open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-5pm, Thursdays and Fridays 12-7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm. For more info: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Thank you, Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, for funding Bubba's surgeries! He's been recovering in a wonder...
10/05/2022

Thank you, Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, for funding Bubba's surgeries! He's been recovering in a wonderful foster home and getting lots of TLC, and now he's back at the shelter and ready to be adopted! For info on our adoption process, visit: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Makayla is looking forward to the warmer sunnier weather later this week, so she can get back to rolling around on the g...
10/04/2022

Makayla is looking forward to the warmer sunnier weather later this week, so she can get back to rolling around on the grass!! Know what would be even better? If she were adopted before then, so her new family could see this silliness in person!

Want to meet our available dogs (and other pets)? We're open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-5pm, Thursdays and Fridays 12-7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm. For more info on our adoption process, visit: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

We are super full of dogs right now - 25 dogs currently available for adoption, with new dogs almost every day! All the ...
09/30/2022

We are super full of dogs right now - 25 dogs currently available for adoption, with new dogs almost every day! All the dogs pictured are available now or will be soon, so check back frequently for new arrivals and familiar favorites. Never know who will tug at your heartstrings! If you've been thinking of adopting, check out our webpage for a full list of all our available pets, or just come in to visit! We're open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 12-5pm, Thursdays and Fridays 12-7pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm. For more adoption info: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/animalshelter/adopt

Hello, happy Friday, are you perchance missing a goose? Yes, a goose. We have a stray goose. He or she was found in some...
09/30/2022

Hello, happy Friday, are you perchance missing a goose? Yes, a goose. We have a stray goose. He or she was found in someone's yard off Windsor Road, between Fort Hunt Road and Richmond Highway, north of West Potomac High School. If you are missing this goose please contact us ASAP! Or if you might be able to adopt this goose in case no one comes forward, let us know! By email ([email protected]) or phone (703-830-1100).

Six-month-old Gourd the rabbit heard there was some recent excitement about beagles. So he commissioned a beagle costume...
09/30/2022

Six-month-old Gourd the rabbit heard there was some recent excitement about beagles. So he commissioned a beagle costume. Voila! Now he's a beagle. Maybe this will help get him a family, too? Gourd the "beagle" (...rabbit, but just go with it, he's so proud of his costume) would love to meet you, and hopes you will be charmed enough to adopt him!

Ernie is still here, waiting to be adopted! He's still living it up in a staff office, sharing or stealing lunches, clum...
09/30/2022

Ernie is still here, waiting to be adopted! He's still living it up in a staff office, sharing or stealing lunches, clumsily knocking things off desks, and lounging on the pile of decoy papers his officemate had to set out to keep him off the real papers.

He is a hoot, so full of personality and quirky charm, with a high-pitched trilling sing song meow that you wouldn't expect to come out of a big bruiser chonk of a cat like Ernie. He's thirteen pounds and almost thirteen years old, and he is going to be a hilarious cat for some lucky adopter!!!

Ernie only has three requirements for his new family:
1) No other pets - he requires all your adoration. 🥇
2) Please feed him. He's just so hungry. 🍕🍔🥖🥞🍤🧁🍦🍞
3) Love him forever!!!!!!!!!!!! (This is the easiest one.) 😍

Come visit Ernie during our open hours, and prepare to be charmed!

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Thursday 12pm - 7pm
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Sunday 11am - 5pm

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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]
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