More than a dozen dogs and cats transferred in from Florida and South Carolina before Hurricane Irma came ashore are now available for adoption at the Fairfax Animal Shelter.
In partnership with Best Friends Animal Society and the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter identified shelters that needed to free up space before Hurricane Irma arrived. The animals transferred were already available for adoption. Bringing them to Fairfax County helped to ensure that the Florida and South Carolina shelters would have enough room to house pets separated from their families during the hurricane.
The evacuated dogs and cats arrived to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter over the course of a week, after traveling for hours in transport vehicles from their original shelters.
“Our Animal Care Team worked hard to ensure that we had comfortable beds and full food and water dishes waiting for these dogs and cats who had traveled so far to escape the path of Hurricane Irma,” says Amanda Novotny, Communications and Outreach Manager of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. “We are so happy to have been able to help shelters who were impacted by Hurricane Irma by transferring these amazing cats and dogs into our shelter, and we’re very excited to now be introducing them to their forever families!”
The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is the county’s only open-access municipal shelter, with an annual intake of nearly 5,000 animals. FCAS takes in stray animals in need, owner-surrendered companion animals and animals who have been seized or taken into custody by Animal Protection Police. FCAS’s live release rate has been over 90 percent since 2014. More information about the adoption process can be found online, where you can also see all available pets at the shelter.