Animal Shelter's Foster Parent Month
Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
703-246-2253. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-246-4253
News Release: February 23, 2012
Animal Shelter Needs “Puppy People”
Consider Participating in 2nd Annual ‘Become a Foster Parent Month’
Are you interested in helping save lives of puppies, kittens, turtles and an assortment of other animals housed at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter? The Shelter will host a special orientation session for citizens interested in learning more about the organization’s animal foster care program. The orientation session will be March 6, 2012 at 7 – 9 p.m. at the shelter located at 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030. It is part of the shelter’s 2nd annual “Become a Foster Parent Month.” To attend, citizens should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foster care providers save animals’ lives by providing temporary out-of-facility care in their homes for some of the shelter’s neediest animals. No special experience is required to become a foster and the shelter provides training, supplies and medical care for the animals. Foster care providers must be 21 years and older and must go through the shelter’s volunteer process, which includes a background check and home visit.
Each year, the shelter places between 300 and 400 animals into foster care. The majority of these animals are kittens and cats during the busy summer season; however, the shelter has a high need for foster care providers who can offer short-term care for dogs and puppies as well as for kittens under 4 weeks of age who need to be bottle fed.
The month-long “Become a Foster Parent” campaign begins March 1 and runs through the end of the month. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.