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Simona looks like she could be right out of a fairy tale, and we are grateful that Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter could help provide her happily ever after.

After serious complications with her pregnancy, Simona was surrendered into the care of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter for urgent medical assistance. She was rushed to the veterinary hospital and the vet staff determined that Simona needed an emergency spay surgery to remedy the complications. Friends quickly provided the funding for this treatment that would give Simona a fighting chance.

Simona’s case is a prime example of the risks associated with breeding and the necessity to act quickly during urgent situations such as this one. Simona spent a good deal of time recovering at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, receiving daily pampering by her officemate, and getting lots of rest. At a year old, we knew Simona had so much more of a life to live, and we are glad that we could provide that second chance for her. Simona found her home the same day she was made available for adoption.

Friends of the Fairfax

County Animal Shelter funds programs that allow each pet coming through the Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s doors to receive the best possible care. As the 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraising partner of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, Friends funds vital programs such as emergency medical care, dental maintenance and care, parasite prevention, and more for pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Each year, Friends holds community events that help raise money to support vital care for Shelter pets, just like Simona. For more than 14 years, Friends has hosted   

 Wine, Whiskers, and Wags as an annual fundraising event to bring the community together to celebrate the Shelter pets that are so dearly loved, all while raising money to save and improve more lives.

There is still time to purchase tickets for Friends of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s annual signature event, Wine, Whiskers, and Wags (& Beer!). Join Friends at The Farm Brewery at Broad Run, 16015 John Marshall Highway, in Haymarket, on May 15 for a day filled with good food, tasty drinks, and peaceful ambiance, all while supporting the pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. You are sure to enjoy the vast and eclectic space The Farm Brewery has to offer, including a serene pond, open landscape, and chicken coop.

Tickets for Wine, Whiskers and Wags (& Beer!) are $55 prior to the event, and $65 at the door. Admission includes a free drink ticket for a glass of wine, beer, cider, or wine slushie, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a raffle ticket, hefty swag bag, entertainment, and access to the silent auction, games, and more. Families and pets are welcome. Attendees are welcome to bring their own blankets, umbrellas, pop-up tents, and folding chairs. All proceeds for this event will benefit the pets at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. See you on May 15!

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