About Pets Bring Joy

Who we are ... what we believe in


Pets Bring Joy was launched as a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue organization in March 2013 to serve the Northern Virginia/DC/Maryland community.

Our mission is twofold:

To reduce the at-risk homeless animal population by taking in animals from overcrowded shelters, animals who are found as strays within our community, or animals who must be surrendered by owners when hardship overcomes them;

To bring joy to people by giving them a myriad of ways to enjoy the companionship of animals: through adopting, fostering, or volunteering with our organization.

We are Passionate About
Mentoring Youth


We are passionate about mentoring youth, to instill a love for animals and commitment to community service, for they are our next generation of volunteers, non-profit entrepreneurs, and philanthropists.

We Have a Soft Spot for Animals
Who Need Us the Most


We have a particularly soft spot for rescuing older animals and animals with treatable medical conditions from shelters, who are often passed over for younger, healthier pets.

We Have a Fabulous Team


We have built a dedicated team of over 100 volunteers and four part-time staff who work tirelessly seven days a week to keep our mission thriving in a variety of ways, from fostering, to working adoption events, to caring for cats at our adoption venues, to transporting. Non-profits thrive on volunteer power ... many thanks to EVERYONE on our team for enablng PBJ to accomplish great deeds!

Welcome, Everyone!


We believe that everyone in our community deserves the opportunity to experience joy from animal companionship, whether by adopting a new family member, welcoming a foster into your home, or communing with our kitties as a volunteer. We welcome everyone in our community to help us play a role in rescue!



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Pets Bring Joy is a member of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies.


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PBJ Pet Care Service is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.


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PBJ Pet Care Service is a member of Pet Sitters International.