Pets Bring Joy in Our Community

Keeping Pets with Families


We believe in keeping people and pets together, and are happy to share the following resources for families seeking low cost spay/neuter, dentals, surgery and vaccines if medical costs are of concern.
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If you feel that surrendering your pet is the best plan for your family and your pet, we stand ready to discuss your situation - please visit our rehoming page.

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Found a Friendly Stray?


If you find a friendly stray and would like to help him/her, start by reporting the found cat with your local shelter. Fairfax County residents should email with a subject line of "Need assistance with a stray cat."

Have the cat scanned for a microchip at the local shelter or a veterinarian's office.

Create a "found cat" poster/flyer and distribute/display in your immediate neighborhood, as well as on your neighborhood listserv.

If after completing the steps above, you would still like to discuss finding him/her a new home, please visit our rehoming page.

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If You've Lost a Pet


The best time to find a missing cat is at dusk or dawn ... cats will often hide near the door that they left from until they feel safe to come out of hiding, so be sure to give your cat the opportunity to reenter your home by leaving that door open and monitoring.

Familiar scents: put warmed canned food or tuna fish out at dusk as well to draw your cat home. Consider putting some soiled litter from your cat's litter box (or the whole box) just outside the door to draw them via that scent as well.

Report a lost cat with your local shelter.

Create a "lost cat" poster/flyer and distribute/display in your immediate neighborhood, along with posting to a neighborhood listserv.

Use the database provided by Petco Love Lost to search across regional shelters and rescues for your missing pet.

Providing Temporary


If you and your pets are experiencing a housing crisis, please email ... Pets Bring Joy may (pending availability) provide short term pet housing for little or no cost to families in crisis. If both you and your pets need temporary housing, here are some pet-friendly options to consider:

Extended Stay America
Red Roof Inn

Supporting TNR and Community Cats


Pets Bring Joy has the utmost respect for the Trap Neuter Return (TNR) community. We assist them by: helping to find homes for friendly strays, subsidizing medical expenses, providing food and shelters, and helping to recruit volunteers to help with feeding community cat colonies. To learn how you can get involved in this important community initiative, please email

Helping Paws
Food/Supply Resources


We believe no pet should go hungry, and so we offer (when available) nutritious cat food to those in need of a helping paw. We can also connect community cat feeders with resources to donated cat food. Please email if you would like to request assistance or to donate food at our annual food drive or at one of our adoption centers.

Youth Internships


If you are a student aged 18 or under looking for animal-related experience in the DC area, Pets Bring Joy offers high school internships in partnership with PetMAC DC. Please email for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions


We maintain a frequently asked questions (FAQ) page on a variety of topics, ranging from how to best introduce a new pet into your home and family, to pet nutrition and behavioral questions, to information about caring for special needs pets.

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