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 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 one 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 is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit fundraising partner of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. Friends funds programs that allow each pet coming through the Fairfax County Animal Shelters’ doors to receive the best possible care. 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. For more than 14 years, Friends has been able to help pets like Simona receive lifesaving care and go on to live healthy, happy lives. Visit us online to learn more about the important work we do at

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