Update: Adopted ☺️
Buddy is a 10 month old hamster who was surrendered to us due to the teenager in the house developing allergies. Buddy has been a busy bee since coming to us burrowing and creating little tunnels for himself.
Hamsters can make excellent pets and they can often make good first pets provided you understand what they need to be healthy and happy. As with any pet they need proper housing, diet, company and welfare. Hamsters don’t require a lot of attention, they can be cute and cuddly but they can also bite.
Buddy is up for immediate adoption. The Animal Shelter is giving a small habitat with an exercise wheel and a 26” play and exercise pen with the adoption. There is no adoption fee for small animals.
We are starting today with watching our cat-tens having some fun playtime in the lobby! William and Ivar just “met” each other and they have been playing hard ever since! We know there’s going to be an afternoon catnap in the forecast for these two fellows!
We are on a first come, first served basis and we accept walk-ins during our open hours of operating. You can come see if your forever friend is waiting for you here at the Animal Shelter Monday-Friday 11:00-17:30 and Saturdays 09:30-16:00. We stop adoptions 30 minutes before closing.
To see all the adoptable cats please click on the link below. We also have two younger female kittens waiting for their forever loving homes. They are not on Petfinder, yet.
How to adopt from us:
UPDATE: SASSY HAS BEEN ADOPTED ☺️
‼️IMMEDIATE HELP REQUESTED‼️
Sassy is a sweet 4 year old spayed Calico who was surrendered to us 07-19-2022 due to the previous owner having some medical issues.
Since Sassy has been at the Animal Shelter, we have not been able to get her to eat at all. We are very concerned for her emotional well being, she seems extremely depressed 😔
We have just moved this sweet girl into a cat apartment where she can mingle with other felines in hopes of her opening up.
Unfortunately Sassy turned out not to be good with other cats. She scratched a customer due to an argument with other feline friends and for this reason she has been placed into quarantine. We can’t speak for the reasons why this happened but it did. She can still be adopted to a family with other felines however, it would have to be with someone who is an experienced cat owner. We have spoken with the supervisor at the Health Department who has advised us that Sassy could still be adopted out but the new owner would have to sign a 10 day confinement notice to quarantine her at her new home if she was adopted. Her emotional health and her refusing to eat here at the Animal Shelter obviously still is a huge concern for us.
Sassy is very loving with people and she loves being petted. We hope to find her s forever, loving home today! Please help us with this important mission!
If you are interested in adopting Sassy, the Animal Shelter is open for walk-ins Monday-Friday 11:00-17:30 and Saturdays 09:30-16:00. Since Sassy has been spayed, there are no adoption restrictions.
If you have any questions, please e-mail us at [email protected]
Up for Adoption
Bella “the Scared One” came to us as an owner surrender little over a week ago. She is a 3 year old Pitbull mix who has been spayed and microchipped. The previous owner said she is up to date on her vaccines however, we were not provided any medical records for her.
Bella is absolutely terrified here at the Animal Shelter but we wanted to make a post about her where she is the most relaxed, on a walk with our devoted volunteer Paul. Even during walks, Bella does needs a lot of encouragement and the slightest movements and noises get her to freak out 😞
Bella is definitely in need of a home or even a foster. It can’t be seen on this video but Bella does spend her days cowered in the corner of her kennel. We are not able to get her to open up to us at all and we are starting to worry for her mental state.
Bella is housebroken and good with dogs as long as they are not small dogs. She has not lived with cats or children. Needless to say, Bella is scared of thunderstorms and she has separation anxiety.
The Animal Shelter absolutely does not have the resources, or the staff to help Bella open up. We do not want to see her deteriorate 😔
If you know anyone who could foster Bella or give her a permanent home, please contact the shelter. The best way to reach us is through e-mail: [email protected]
Joseph came to us as a stray almost two months ago and he is still waiting for his forever home 😞 We are looking for a very special home for Joseph. We don’t think he is a bad dog: he is very treat motivated and he loves the guidance from us humans!
Joseph’s adoption fee has been paid by an anonymous donor. Please help us find this active young man his new forever home!
We have conducted a behavioral assessment on Joseph and we have determined he will not be a good in a home with other dogs, cats or any others animals. We believe him to have a very high pray drive. We also do not recommend him to a home with children because Joseph likes to jump on people and he is also very sensitive about his hind legs being lifted up. He also did not like the slight tail tug we did during his behavioral assessment. He turned back and tried to snap. He did not put his teeth on anyone.
Joseph has also shown some resource guarding with high value treats and toys. Even though Joseph was growling and hovering over a high value treat and toy, not once did he try to bite when he was told to drop the toys and treats. He dropped them and waited patiently to to be given them back.
Joseph may sound like a lot to handle but we can tell someone has worked with him with his “issues”. Joseph absolutely loves tennis balls! The video was taken by one of our volunteers, Paul, yesterday. Joseph knows a lot of basic commands and we truly believe that with the right human in his life, he will make a wonderful companion. We can tell he is looking for guidance and consistency from us humans.
We estimate Joseph to be about 4 years old. He is 51 pounds and he has been neutered so there are no adoption restrictions.
For more information on Joseph, please check him out on Petfinder:
We have an update from one of our foster moms. This gorgeous calico cat came to the shelter as a stray not too long ago. She gave birth to beautiful kittens the next day 😅
Here is a video of the loving mama bringing her babies into the foster family’s bedroom. She loves having the babies sleep by the bed of her foster humans.
As a reminder, if you find kittens please observe the situation for a while before scooping them up and “rescuing” them. Often times the momma cat is moving her babies into a safer location. Babies are always better off in the care and nutrition of their mama.
UPDATE: ADOPTED ♥️
Soloman has been at the Animal Shelter since 04-23. He does not show well in the kennel and unfortunately, that leads just about all of our visitors to think that Solomon is a very aggressive dog which is not the case at all! As you can see, we can’t judge a dog by kennel behavior.
Here is Soloman with Paul, one of our volunteers, after a nice afternoon stroll.
For more information on Soloman and how to adopt, please click on the link here:
Earlier today Deputy Busch was called out on a baby fox 🦊 that was stuck in a window well. The baby was promptly rescued and shooed away back into the woods where he belongs to.
PUPDATE: Flaco has been adopted ☺️
In need of forever loving home 🏡 ❤️
Flaco is one of the several Pitbull mixes that was surrendered to us. We are still pleading for help!
Here is Flaco with one of our volunteers (Paul). This sweet dog has so much potential!
Still Looking for a Forever Home 😔
Jersey is a two year old very energetic Labrador Retriever/Boxer mix who was surrendered to us due to allergies and the previous owner not having time for him. Jersey has not been neutered and he is not up to date on vaccines.
Jersey, despite of his high energy level, is said to be great with children and other dogs. He is housebroken, crate trained and he is very treat motivated!
The previous owner said Jersey is like a teddy bear, he loves hugs and playtime.
If you are interested in meeting Jersey, we are open for walk-ins Monday-Friday 11:00:17:30 and on Saturdays we are here 09:30-16:00. We stop adoptions 30 minutes before the closing.
For more information, all our adoptable animals and how to adopt, please click on the following link:
Blaze wanted to wish everyone happy Wednesday! We usually post a lot of dogs but we have wonderful felines up for adoption as well.
Although Blaze already begged his way to a new home, we still have other cats looking for their forever homes.
Please check out our animals up for adoption through the following link:
We are open for walk-ins Monday-Friday 11:00-17:30 and Saturdays 09:30-16:00. We stop adoptions 30 minutes before closing.
Update on Mr. Black ☺️
(Since we are only able to post one video, Mr. Black arriving at our Animal Shelter is in the comments)
Mr. Black came to us as an owner surrender almost a month ago. He had no use of his rear legs at all. We didn’t know what exactly was wrong with him and since we didn’t have the resources to directly help this happy little fellow, we put out a plead for rescues.
The Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue contacted us and told us they would take Mr. Black and get him the medical care, and a loving forever home that he deserves.
Today we received a message from Mr. Black’s new owner and this is what she had to say:
He saw a veterinarian and most of his issue was the inflammation in his rear end. Once the medicine started working he was a changed dog. He had a couple of bad disk but they have healed. You would never know there had been anything wrong with him. He is full of energy.
Good morning from momma Khaleesi!
The foster mom said that being sick has not changed Khaleesi’s love for being outside. She wakes up her foster mom every morning at 06:00 to go for a walk 😅
She’s being watched closely until her infection clears. Khaleesi has been reunited with her 10 puppies 💕
The animal shelter receives several hundred feral cats every year. We struggle to find them homes so often we are asking people to take them as “barn cats” because they may not ever become socialized enough to be indoor cats. We get these “barn cats” fixed and up to date on Rabies vaccination. The animal shelter saved hundreds of feral cats by finding them “barn homes”.
Please spay and neuter your pets: it has many health benefits, might help with behavioral issues and it prevents overpopulation.
Here is Snobby’s story:
“I thought I would share our adoption success story. We adopted Snobby as one of the barn cats you had. He is just a kitten so we started working ti see if he’d let us get close to him. We were able to start petting and holding him. And, now we’re transitioning him inside.”
Good chilly, rainy Saturday morning!
This spoiled goat is enjoying some breakfast this morning. The caretakers have to cut them up for them to be more acceptable to this sweet snob, lol. We are currently favoring grapes, apples, pears, carrots and cabbage. Celery doesn’t seem to a big hit.
We thank everyone who has donated food, hay, fruits and vegetables to our furry friend. We still need food for 3 more days. If you are able bring fruits and veggies, we are open until 4 p.m. today. We appreciate all the help we can get!
A Very Promising Update on Mr. Black!
Mr. Black came to us 3 days ago with no use of his back legs. He was taken to a local veterinarian and when they took
X-Rays there was no sign of trauma or broken bones. They said he has grade 5 heart murmur. We were also advised he needed to see a neurologist, needed an MRI and potential surgery for slipped lumbar disc.
Unfortunately, the animal shelter didn’t have the means for his care. We immediately posted him on Facebook pleading for help from rescues. Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue committed in taking this sweet boy.
While at the shelter Mr. Black got to go out with a doggy wheelchair and he was a total pro! We ended up getting him a rear leg harness and already on Saturday when one of our volunteers took Mr. Black for a walk, we saw him trying to use one of his rear legs.
This morning when the we arrived to the shelter, Mr. Black was walking! Here is a video him going to greet a gentleman who was picking him up to transport him to Fairfax.
We wish this happy little man full recovery!
We had a very special case come to us today in the form of a 17 pound Poodle mix named “Mr.Black”. Mr.Black is a 6-8 year old love bug who’s history is simply unknown.
When he was surrendered to us, we were told that he was injured while under the supervision of another family, however, vet examinations show this injury is not fresh. Mr.Black’s lumbar disc is the reason he cannot walk. He doesn’t have any broken bones or trauma to the disc, but it still remains a mystery on how all this happened. He was seen by a vet and is currently on medication and was sent home with a plan. He will need an MRI to officially diagnose what happened. He will need extensive care from whoever adopts him if he has any hope of one day regaining his ability to walk. Mr.Black was also diagnosed with a grade 5 heart murmur.
We reached out to multiple rescues and finally Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue stepped up and offered to welcome him into their rescue. His happy ending is still far from reach. This rescue is taking on A LOT when it comes to his medical care.
We ask that you please please consider making any and ALL donations for Mr.Black to Somerset Cottage Poodle Rescue as they will do their best to get this boy his own custom made wheelchair and begin the process of physical healing ❤️
Thank you so much for agreeing to assist us with this very unusual matter. We are confident he will be in the best hands and care.
We are starting this morning with another pup-date💕 We hope this video makes everyone smile!
“Just wanted to update you guys! Kai formerly (buttercup) from the litter that came from North Carolina is absolutely living his best life 😂 him and his new brother Koba are getting along great! And he adores his human sisters as well 🧡”
Bruce came to us as a stray 01/11/2022 and since nobody stepped forward to reclaim him, he was placed up for an adoption on 01/22/2022.
Since his adoption date this energetic young man (we estimate him to be about 4 years old) has had many visitors but he is still looking for his forever home. As you can see in the video, even though he is still working on his manners, Bruce is very treat motivated.
Bruce has been neutered and updated on his rabies vaccination. We have no other medical or behavioral history on him. Bruce is a 68 pound Pitbull mix.
If you are interested in adopting Bruce, we are open for walk-ins Monday-Friday 11:00-5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays we are here 09:30-4 p.m. We stop doing adoptions 30 minutes before closing so we have enough time to process everything. Thank you for your understanding.