4Paws is processing an unusually high number of applications. But, we welcome new adopters and fosters! Virtual meet and greets are available via FaceTime or Google Hangouts. You can also meet some of our adoptable felines at Meow’s Corner Cat Cafe.

Some 4Paws Rescue Team adoption fairs are now scheduled for 2022. See the below table for information.  Our cats are also coming back to our partnering pet stores, including the Petco locations in Fairfax and Sterling, Virginia.

You can also bring items you’d like to donate to these events.

2022 Adoption Fairs

Date and TimeStore LocationStore Phone
August 14th, 1pm to 4pmPetco Sterling571-434-6562
August 20th, 1pm to 5pmPetco Fairfax703-352-3300
September 10th, 1pm to 4pmLoyal Companion Old Town Pet Store571-440-7000
September 18th, 1pm to 4pmPetco Sterling571-434-6562
September 24th, 1pm to 5pmPetco Fairfax703-352-3300
October 6th, 1pm to 4pmPetco Sterling571-434-6562
October 8th, 1pm to 4pmLoyal Companion Old Town Pet Store571-440-7000
October 22nd, 1pm to 5pmPetco Fairfax703-352-3300
November 13th, 1pm to 4pmPetco Sterling571-434-6562
November 19th, 1pm to 5pmPetco Fairfax703-352-3300
December 11th, 1pm to 4pmPetco Sterling571-434-6562
December 17th, 1pm to 5pmPetco Fairfax703-352-3300
Neither cats nor kittens are sent to their new homes on the day of the fair. It usually takes 4-5 days to process the application before the cat can go to his or her adoptive home. 

Know Before You Go

Between 30 and 60 cats and kittens are shown for adoption at each fair, with the larger fairs occurring April through October.

Cats temporarily live in foster homes while waiting for their permanent furever homes. Adoption applicants may have the opportunity to handle the cats and meet the foster parents at fairs. Fosters can provide additional insight into a cat’s habits and personality.

If you meet a kitten or cat that you want to adopt, complete an application and contract and follow our steps towards adoption. We ask that you pay the adoption fee when submitting your application at the fair to “put a hold” on your preferred cat. Fees vary. If your application is not approved, your check is returned to you.

It usually takes 4-5 days to process the application before the cat can go to his or her adoptive home. To accelerate the process, email a completed application and contract to us a few days before the fair. 

Aluminum Can Recycling Events

If you feed your cats with food from aluminum cans or consume beverages from aluminum cans, please rinse them and save them for 4Paws!

Our aluminum can recycling program raises much needed funds to help feed cats in store cages and pay vet bills.

On any of the dates listed above, place them by the trailer behind the Petco store by 3 pm on the above dates. Cans can only be left behind the store on a collection date. They cannot be left overnight. Cans with food residue cannot be accepted

Date and TimeStore LocationStore Phone
August 20th, before 3pmPetco Fairfax703-352-3300
September 24th, before 3pmPetco Fairfax703-352-3300
October 22nd, before 3pmPetco Fairfax703-352-3300
November 19th, before 3pmPetco Fairfax703-352-3300
December 17th, before 3pmPetco Fairfax703-352-3300
Cans can only be deposited on a collection date. They cannot be left overnight.

If you are not sure if you have an aluminum product, try sticking a magnet to it. Magnets do not stick to aluminum but will to steel. Any clean aluminum product will do, including:

  • Disposable pans
  • Food-free takeout containers
  • Rinsed soda cans
  • Unused pieces of tinfoil
  • Cat food tin (paper label removed)