Animal Shelter Seeks Loving Foster Homes for Pets

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: 107/kea
April 17, 2013 

Animal Shelter Seeks Loving Foster Homes for Pets
Orientation for Prospective Foster Parents; May 21, 7 p.m. 

            Do you love animals? Do you want to help save lives of homeless pets in Fairfax County?  Experience the joys of being a pet parent without the lifetime commitment of pet ownership. Teach your children about volunteering, humane treatment of animals and animal husbandry. Consider becoming a foster parent to a shelter animal.

            Tracy Petty, a longtime volunteer with the Fairfax Animal Shelter, recently decided to foster a dog with temporary medical needs.

            “We have one dog in our family and we know that he loves being around other dogs.  My husband and I are not ready to add another permanent family member and fostering is a perfect solution for us.  We know we are helping an animal that is truly in need and has a bright future ahead.”

            Taking in four to five thousand homeless animals each year, The Fairfax County Animal Shelter accepts any companion animal that comes through its doors, regardless of age, health or temperament. 

            Some of these animals are not quite ready for adoption when they enter the Shelter. They may require the loving care of a foster family to prepare them for their forever home.  As the Shelter enters spring, its busiest season, foster parents are needed to help nurse animals back to health and provide socialization for timid or scared animals.   

            Kathleen Cornell, Foster Care Coordinator, is focused on expanding the Shelter foster program. 

“Historically, the foster program has focused on finding foster homes for kittens and puppies until they are old enough to be adopted.  We are now expanding the program to find more homes where adult dogs and cats, as well as rabbits and other small animals can benefit from a home environment.” 

            The Shelter is recruiting potential foster parents for adult dogs with special medical needs, puppies, and orphaned kittens as well as fosters for dogs and cats that need extra attention and socialization prior to being placed for adoption. 

            “The Shelter provides all of the medical care, food and supplies for foster animals,” says Kristen Auerbach, Community Outreach Program Manager.  “As a foster parent, you provide a safe and nurturing place for an animal that needs extra TLC.  Our foster parents save lives by the selfless act of opening their hearts and homes.”

             A special foster information session will be held on Tuesday, May 21 at 7pm at the Shelter at 4500 West Ox Road.  Please rsvp to if you are interested in attending this session.  If you are unable to attend this session, but are still interested in fostering, please fill out a foster application by visiting the foster care page of our website at

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