‘Operation Empty Cage’ Kicks off Annual Holiday Animal Adoption Event

“Operation Empty Cage” is launching today (Tuesday, Nov. 8) at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter as part of the organization’s special two-month long Home 4 the Holidays adoption.

One of the campaign’s goals is to empty the shelter’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 Supervisors’ 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.

“Each year, homeless animals in Fairfax County spend the holidays in an animal shelter cage versus in a loving home,” says Dr. Karen P. Diviney, Fairfax County Animal Shelter director. “Operation 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.”

To view animals available for adoption, you can visit the Fairfax County Animal Shelter during its business hours Tuesdays through Fridays 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Animal adoptions occur up to one half hour prior to the shelter’s close each day.

For more information, call the Fairfax County Animal Shelter at 703-830-1100.