News to Use Podcast Transcript: Dec. 1, 2009

Fairfax County Podcasts 

Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for Dec. 1, 2009. Coming up find out about how you can help animals over the holiday and get telephone support for family caregivers.


The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is always in need of donations. As Fairfax County families gather for the holidays and compose their "wish lists", the Shelter has developed one of their own. Each year, more than 5,000 companion animals pass through the doors of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. With your help, the shelter provides the best care possible for these stray, abandoned and surrendered animals. Donated items may be dropped off at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Road, Tuesday through Friday from noon until 7 p.m. and Saturday between 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  More information and the list of needed items can be found online at


Also, the Animal Shelter will be offering a free spay or neuter for the first 100 cats or kittens adopted from the shelter during the month of December. This special offer is part of the shelter's annual Home 4 the Holidays adoption celebration to help homeless animals make their way out of the shelter and into a loving, permanent home in time for the holidays.

The shelter is extending their operating hours by opening its doors on Sunday Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from 12 to 4 p.m. in addition to regular operating hours throughout the week to offer additional opportunities to visit with animals available for adoption. 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.


Join the Telephone Support Group for Family Caregivers of Older Adult to get information, share your experience, and gain emotional support from others without having to travel. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 7-8 p.m.  The topic for the next meeting on Dec. 8 is caregiving during the holidays.  More information registration for the group can be found online at or call 703-324-5484.


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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