â€œOperation Empty Cageâ€ is launching today (Tuesday, Nov. 8) at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter as part of the organizationâ€™s special two-month long Home 4 the Holidays adoption.
One of the campaignâ€™s goals is to empty the shelterâ€™s cages by finding a home for each animal available for adoption throughout the holiday season.
As part of the special Home 4 the Holidays adoption event, the shelter will offer free spay/neuter for the first 100 dogs and cats adopted from the shelter until Dec. 31, 2011.
Home 4 the Holidays is being hosted two weeks earlier than in years past as a launch to National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week Nov. 6 – 12, 2011. A Fairfax County Board of Supervisorsâ€™ proclamation recognizes the initiative and the shelter, which has provided programs and services for citizens that have positively affected the lives of more than 20,400 animals in five years.
â€œEach year, homeless animals in Fairfax County spend the holidays in an animal shelter cage versus in a loving home,â€ says Dr. Karen P. Diviney, Fairfax County Animal Shelter director. â€œOperation Empty Cage aims to change that by giving these animals the gift of a new family and by enriching families through the unconditional love that a pet can provide.â€
To view animals available for adoption, you can visit the Fairfax County Animal Shelter during its business hours Tuesdays through Fridays 12 p.m. â€“ 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. â€“ 5 p.m.
Animal adoptions occur up to one half hour prior to the shelterâ€™s close each day.
For more information, call the Fairfax County Animal Shelter at 703-830-1100.