Looking for Animal-Loving Seniors

Fairfax County Police Department
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News Release:/13/063/LHC
March 4, 2013


Looking for Animal-Loving Seniors

New Animal Shelter Programs Target Seniors


            Do you have spare time you’d like to share to help improve the quality of life for homeless animals in Fairfax County? With around 100 volunteers currently on the roster, the Animal Shelter is attempting to double their numbers and targeting the senior population to help with the boost.

            Walking dogs, greeting shelter visitors, helping with community outreach, helping with animal socialization and the fostering programs are just a few of the many possible tasks that are available to volunteers.

According to Community Outreach Program Manager, Kristen Auerbach, “Fairfax County seniors have so much to offer in the way of business, communication and animal care skills and experience. They are a wealth of information and support for shelter staff and animals.”

            In addition to the volunteer team, the Shelter also reminds residents that staff offer tours for senior groups and outreach programs in senior communities and centers.

"We have found that animals have such a strong impact on the quality of life.  Bringing them into senior centers and offering tours of the Shelter are great ways to share the incredible animals we have at the shelter," explained Auerbach about the popularity of tours and outreach programs.

A new adoption program, Pets for Seniors, will be launched later in the month and will offer incentives to senior citizens adopting shelter pets.

            "Older animals make such wonderful companions. They are usually housebroken and past the stage of destroying personal property by chewing or clawing. They are looking for a warm and loving home to spend the golden years of their lives,” said Shelter Director, Tawny Hammond.

            Special senior orientation and information sessions for potential volunteers and foster parents will be held at 2 p.m. on two Sundays; March 31 and April 14.  These will be followed by a Shelter tour for seniors at 3 p.m. 

            For more information regarding shelter tours, volunteering, programs and adoptions or to RSVP for the orientation sessions contact Kristen Auerbach at kristen.auerbach@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-0208. 




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