For the last several years, I have volunteered with the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. It was there that I learned about the Friends.
The Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter is a 501(c)(3) that provides financial support to the shelter.
Every year, around 5,000 animals find themselves at the shelter, many of whom need medical treatment. As a county government organization, the shelter has to make difficult decisions about how it can provide for each animal. The Friends was started to provide support for adoptable animals who need medical treatments that exceed what the shelter can afford.
Through completely grassroots efforts, the Friends raised more than $300,000 in 2016! No grants. No capital campaigns. Just reaching out to supporters. The Friends raise awareness — and money — to help improve the quality of life for hundreds of shelter animals. The Friends:
- Provide emergency medical treatment to shelter animals
- Purchase much needed equipment and supplies for the shelter
- Support the foster program by providing food, specialty supplies and other items to help loving families temporarily care for animals in their homes
- Fund additional training for shelter staff
- Assist with efforts to spay and neuter animals in our community
- Support special adoption events at the shelter
- Promote and support humane trap–neuter–return (TNR) efforts to manage feral cat populations
- Support pet victims in domestic abuse situations by funding care for them when they can’t be housed at the shelter as part of the Safe Haven Program
- Provide grooming and medical care to increase the adoptability of special needs shelter animals
I am beyond proud to be associated with this fine organization. They do amazing work every single day.
By the way, I managed the Facebook page… and love every second of it!