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Animal shelter encourages seniors to adopt pets

As part of their new “Pets for Seniors” program, the Fairfax County Animal Shelter is launching new initiatives for older adults who adopt pets on Wednesdays.

Between now and August, Fairfax County residents who are age 55 or older will receive free spay and neuter services for every adopted pet and free adoption on “senior” pets (over age 7).

The adoption incentives are part of a set of initiatives geared towards older adults including: volunteer and foster opportunities, post-adoption follow-up services, shelter tours, outreach efforts, and pet support services for seniors. A senior orientation and information session for potential volunteers and foster parents will be held at 2 p.m. on March 31 and April 14 at the shelter, 4500 West Ox Road. The meeting will include a tour of the shelter facility at 3 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP for orientation and information sessions, contact Kristen Auerbach at kristen.auerbach@fairfaxcounty.gov or 703-324-0208.

CSB seeks public input on service priorities



The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board is conducting a survey to evaluate which of its services are most valued by the people the agency serves. The CSB provides mental health and addiction services, programs for people with intellectual disabilities, and early intervention for infants and toddlers with developmental delays.

The CSB has faced some severe budget challenges in the past year, requiring an emergency influx of cash from the county. The agency is continuing to evaluate all aspects of its service delivery as it tries to remain on a sustainable budget path going forward.

Take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FVKV2GB

Try your hand at balancing the county budget



Ever wished you had the power to control a government budget? The office of Fairfax County Supervisor John Cook (R-Braddock) has developed a budget simulation worksheet to allow residents to experience what county supervisors go through in trying to make the numbers add up.

Cook is encouraging those who complete the worksheet to share their results with his office as part of the community input process on the budget.

Download the worksheet at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/braddock/pdfs/letter-simulation.pdf.

Chopra and Herring win straw polls at Connolly event



Lieutenant governor candidate Aneesh Chopra and attorney general hopeful Mark Herring won straw polls at U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly’s annual St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser.

More than 1,400 Democrats, and reportedly some Republicans, and dozens of elected officials from across Northern Virginia attended the event, according to Connolly’s office.

Chopra took 70 percent of the vote in the lieutenant governor straw poll against primary opponent Sen. Ralph Northam. In the straw poll for attorney general, Sen. Mark Herring won 52 percent of the vote, while Justin Fairfax secured the support of 48 percent of those in attendance.

Chopra, who was the nation’s first chief technology officer during President Barack Obama’s first term, is an Arlington resident. Northam represents the eastern shore of Virginia in the state Senate.

Herring is a state senator representing parts of Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Fairfax, also a Northern Virginia resident, is a former federal prosecutor.

Connolly began hosting the St. Patrick’s Day event when he was first elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1995 and has continued the tradition ever since through his 10 elections.