FAIRFAX, Va. (CBSDC) — Northern Virginia area residents interested in adopting a pet are encouraged to attend a special orientation session at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter as part of the second annual “Become a Foster Parent Month” that begins March 1.

Attendees will learn more about the organization’s animal foster care program which places some of the shelter’s neediest animals with temporary out-of-facility at a person’s home.

No special experience is required and the shelter will provide training, supplies and medical care for the animals.

Foster care providers must be 21 years and older and go through the shelter’s volunteer process, which includes a background check and home visit.

Fairfax County places between 300 and 400 animals into foster care each year. The majority of the animals are kittens and cats.

The shelter currently has a high need for foster care providers who can offer short-term care for dogs and puppies as well as for kittens under 4 weeks of age who need to be bottle fed.

The event will be held on March 6 from 7-9 p.m. at the shelter located at 4500 West Ox Rd. in Fairfax.

RSVP to the event by emailing kathleen.cornell@fairfaxcounty.gov.


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