Animal Shelter To Adopt Dogs From West Virginia Hoarding Case

The Fairfax County Animal Shelter has taken in seven dogs from a West Virginia hoarding case in which nearly 60 dogs were found in a single mobile home without ever having access to the outdoors.

The shelter is working in a regional partnership with the Middleburg Humane Foundation, which obtained the dogs.

The seven dogs are estimated to be between 10 weeks and four years of age and are likely Shetland Sheepdog/Corgi/Chihuahua mixes. They range between 12-15 pounds.

Shelter staff expects that the dogs will be available for adoption beginning Tuesday, April 26 after they have received their initial medical exams and vaccinations.

Want to adopt?

To adopt a dog from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter the entire family must first visit with the dog at the shelter. If the dog is a puppy, a survey must be completed prior to the visitation. If there are other dogs in the home, those dogs must be present at the visit.

All prospective adopters must complete an application providing proof of home ownership or — if renting — proof that dogs are allowed. Prospective adopters must also show proof of current vaccinations for any current pets as well as current dog licenses for any dogs currently owned.

The cost to adopt a dog is $40 (this includes a rabies vaccine if old enough, a microchip, and other age appropriate vaccinations) plus the $170 cost of spay/neuter. Veterinary services beyond spay/neuter are available for additional fees at the adopter’s expense. Animals are not held for adopters and the shelter does not have a waiting list for adoptive animals.

The animal shelter is also working with the Homeless Animals Rescue Team, which will place three dogs from the West Virginia hoarding case in new adoptive homes.

For more information or if you are interested in adopting a shelter animal, call (703) 830-1100.