News to Use Podcast Transcript: Jan. 22, 2013



Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast – I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about becoming the deadline for dog licenses, the stuff the bus promotion, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s banner year for pet adoptions and Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova’s “State of the County” address. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Fairfax County dog owners – the deadline to apply and pay for a dog license is Jan. 31. All dogs four months or older must be licensed. Licenses are good for one year and the fee is $10. License tags are issued free of charge for service dogs that assist residents who are visually impaired, deaf or need mobility assistance. Dog owners who have had their dogs previously licensed in the county were sent a renewal application in October. For more information or to get a dog license application, go to or call 703-222-8234 (TTY 703-222-7594).


Even as one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, many people continue to go hungry in our community. For many local, nonprofit food pantries, this is the time of year when donations drop to one of the lowest points. To help address this need, Fairfax County is promoting "Stuff the Bus: Helping Fairfax Families," a collaborative program put together by Fairfax County Government, local grocery stores and community nonprofits to restock the pantry shelves. Each week a Fastran bus staffed by MV Transportation personnel will park at a different location and collect food donations, as well as donations of other useful household items. The campaign will run each weekend from now until President’s Day, Feb. 17. Visit and search for “Stuff the Bus 2014” for more information and a list of donation drop-off sites. Help us Help Fairfax Families by stuffing the bus.


The Fairfax County Animal Shelter adoption initiatives resulted in its most successful year yet. A record number of animals’ lives were saved. Thanks to creative implementation of new programs and policies, the shelter had an overall animal placement rate of 92 percent last year, making Fairfax County the largest municipality in the entire nation to have a placement rate above 90 percent. The placement rate measures the number of animals adopted, transferred to a rescue group and reclaimed by their owners. More than 4,200 animals came through the shelter’s doors in 2013. If you’d like to schedule a shelter tour for your scout, school, church or community group, email or call 703-324-0208.


Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova recently gave her annual State of the County address, highlighting accomplishments from 2013 and goals and challenges for 2014. You can watch the video on the county’s YouTube channel at as well as on Fairfax County Government Channel 16.


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That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.  

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