Holiday traditions abound this time of year, and Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS) wants to make sure pets are included.
On Dec. 10, LCAS will sponsor its second annual “Home for the Holidays” adoption day from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Animal Shelter, 39820 Charles Town Pike, Waterford. Fees will be waived on all adoptable pets.
LCAS has invited The Humane Society of Loudoun County to participate to expand adoption opportunities. Also, 12 dogs from overcrowded shelters in West Virginia will on hand to make their case for a new family. Each adopter will receive a goody bag for their new pet, with toys, treats and gifts.
Dogs and cats adopted from LCAS are spayed or neutered, and have appropriate vaccinations and a registered microchip in the event they are lost.
“There is nothing better than being surrounded by loved ones during the holidays,” said Nicole Falceto, Community Relations Manager. “Opening up your heart and home to a new pet and making them a part of your family is a great way to celebrate and make the season one to remember.” Last year’s Home for the Holidays resulted in 33 pet adoptions, including 13 cats, seven dogs, six birds, three guinea pigs, a rabbit and a gecko, she said.
Those wanting to help homeless pets but not adopt can bring donated items or make a financial contribution to the non-profit Animal Program Trust Fund. Needed supplies include durable, rubber pet toys of all sizes and puzzle feeders. The Fund also accepts small bags of dry food (10 pounds or less), canned food, soft treats, toys, collars and leashes as donations for dogs and cats.
“Loudoun County Animal Services is all about second chances for pets and the Animal Program Trust Fund helps make those second chances possible,” said Nina Stively, Director of Animal Services. “The Fund allows us to work on projects above and beyond routine services, in order to make the biggest difference in our community. One of the Fund’s greatest successes was the purchase of our mobile adoption bus, which has found homes for more than 40 pets this year, and visited more than 48 community events around Loudoun, offering animal visits and welfare education throughout the County,” she said.
Donations to the Fund give LCAS the opportunity to go above and beyond programs and services in its annual budget. Past projects made possible by the Fund also include the CARE program, which gives financial assistance to low income pet owners in times of crisis to avoid relinquishing their pet to a shelter or economic euthanasia.
Stively said the Fund has helped LCAS find homes for more than 88% of the animals it receives each year.
Year-to-date, LCAS has completed 1,324 pet adoptions. That includes 654 cats, 378 dogs, 238 small pets and reptiles, 49 birds, and five livestock. In 2015, LCAS completed 1,026 adoptions over the course of the year.
A listing of available pets at the Shelter can be found online at www.loudoun.gov/animals. In most cases the standard adoption screening process can be completed on the same day.