Northern Virginia Realtors: December 2010

Video: Adopted Dogs On Easy Street in Fairfax County. The Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Adopted dog video: Eleanor Rigby and Penny Lane. Visit the Fairfax County Animal Shelter









our pound puppy Eleanor Rigby  If you live in Fairfax County Virginia and you are thinking about getting a cat or dog, please consider adoption.

Our last three dogs have been adopted canines and they are awesome.


Fairfax County animal shelter
 Visit the Fairfax County shelter off West Ox Road near Fair Oaks mall on a regular basis and you will find the right pet for you... it might not happen in one visit.



our pound puppy Penny LaneSome of the animals you will find there are too abused for a new pet owner or one with children to handle. Usually you can spot these animals right away.


Eleanor Rigby and Penny Lane her mother
 One test I use before I ask the aides to let me meet the dog, is to simply see if the animal will come up to the front of its pen to meet me with a wagging tail. 



Fairfax County animal shelter hours of operationIf so, that is a very good first sign. Many dogs will stay huddled in a corner or stare indifferently or agressively...not a good sign for a successful adoption...sadly some animals have become too psychotic for most of us to handle.



This is a very good adopted dog-Penny Lane
 The last two dogs we got and still have, were very neurotic from abuse, but we took them on since we are pretty experienced dog people.




Eleanor RigbyIt took one of them a year to trust us, but they are now both outstanding and entertaining pets. If you take your time and use common sense, you can get a great pet...REALLY CHEAP! 

It is very affordable to adopt a pet in Fairfax County. I have seen some breeds there with dogs of good temperment that would easily cost you $700 if you purchased them from a breeder

  • Dogs- $40.00
  • Cats- $30.00
  • Rabbits/ferrets- $15.00
  • Reptiles/small birds- $10.00
  • Other (hamsters,gerbils)- $5.00
  • Equine/bovine- $200.00
  • Livestock- $20.00
  • Large birds- $100.00


  • who can resist Penny? No one.

You must pay to neuter any cat or dog you adopt...again ...a very reasonable expense.

  • Virginia State Law mandates that all dogs and cats adopted from a shelter must be spayed/neutered.
  • You are also responsible for paying 100 percent of the cost for spaying/neutering dogs and cats adopted from the shelter.
  • A deposit for surgery is taken at the time of adoption, and the balance is paid directly to the veterinarian when the pet is picked up after surgery.


Ellie in the big snowIf you are looking for a particular breed and/or you cannot find the pet you want from the county shelter, here are some more places to check.

The two dogs in this post were adopted  from:

Good Dog Rescue

Friends of Homeless Animals

Middleburg Humane Foundation

Oldies but Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue


Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Greyhound Welfare

4Paws Rescue Team

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation

Greyhound Pets of America




Caring Hearts RescueA TAIL TO BE PROUD OF

Miniature Pinscher Service

Humane Society of Fairfax County

Potcake Rescue

Collie Rescue

Pet Finder

Dogs in Danger

Cats Rule! Feline Rescue





Why pay more and get less when selling your home? Jan and Steve Bachman of RE/MAX Gateway use professional photographers, create interactive photo floor plans, print full color brochures, and make an individual property website for your listing that goes out to 40+ public real estate search sites including, Trulia, Zillow etc.


We also create a custom photo tour that is sent to other agents and prospective buyers.



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Our 3 rescue dogs have been GREAT! Go get a couple.

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