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Animal Shelter Seeks Foster Parents

Kathleen Cornell, Foster Care coordinator, wants to expand the Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s foster program. So a foster information session is slated for Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m., at the shelter, 4500 West Ox Road in Fairfax.

“Historically, [it’s] focused on finding foster homes for kittens and puppies until they’re old enough to be adopted,” said Cornell. “We now want 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’s also recruiting potential foster parents for adult dogs with special medical needs, puppies and orphaned kittens, plus dogs and cats needing extra attention and socialization before being adopted.

“The Shelter provides all the medical care, food and supplies for foster animals,” added 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.”

To attend the information session, RSVP to Kathleen.cornell@fairfaxcounty.gov. Those unable to attend, but still interested in fostering, may fill out an application at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/animal/foster.htm.