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4Paws is still processing applications for cats. Meet and greets are available via FaceTime or Google Hangouts. Meow's Corner Cat Cafe has reopened! Make your appt to visit some of our cats today.

Applications can be faxed to 703-560-9795 or emailed to info@fourpaws.org. Approved applicants will be contacted and meetings with cats arranged. 4Paws is in dire need of foster homes! 

Some 4Paws adoption events are coming back. See our adoption locations page for information.  Our cats are also coming back to our partnering pet stores.

Adoption fairs are held once or twice a month at various pet stores in Northern Virginia. The adoption fairs are usually held on Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00. Between 30 and 60 cats and kittens are shown for adoption at each fair—with the larger fairs generally occurring April through October.

Shamrock KittensWhile they are waiting to find permanent loving homes, our cats temporarily live in foster homes. The foster families bring the cats and kittens to the adoption fairs to be seen by potential adopters. Applicants have the opportunity to handle the cats and in some cases, meet the foster parents who can provide additional insight into a cat’s habits and personality.

At the adoption fairs, if you meet a kitten or cat that you want to adopt, you will be asked to complete an application and contract and leave a check for the adoption fee ($120 for an adult or $145 for un-neutered kitten of which $50 is a deposit that is refunded after you provide 4Paws proof of sterilization). We ask that you pay the adoption fee up front at the fairs in order to “put a hold” on the cat until your application is processed. If your application is not approved, your check is returned to you.

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. Pre-approval is an option, though. To accelerate the adoption process, you can fax a completed application and contract to us at 703-560-9795 a few days before the fair. Adoption Applications are available on this website.

2021 Adoption Fair Dates and Locations
Dates & Times Store Location Store Phone
January 10th, 1pm to 4pm Petco Sterling 571-434-6562
February 21st, 1pm to 4pm Petco Sterling 571-434-6562
March 14th, 1pm to 4pm Petco Sterling 571-434-6562
April 11th, 1pm to 4pm Petco Sterling 571-434-6562
May 16th, 1pm to 4pm Petco Sterling 571-434-6562
June 13th, 1pm to 4pm Petco Sterling 571-434-6562
July 18th, 1pm to 4pm Petco Sterling 571-434-6562
August 15nd, 1pm to 4pm Petco Sterling 571-434-6562
September 12th, 1pm to 4pm Petco Sterling 571-434-6562
October 10th, 1pm to 4pm Petco Sterling 571-434-6562
November 14th, 1pm to 4pm  Petco Sterling 571-434-6562
December 12th, 1pm to 4pm Petco Sterling 571-434-6562

** Smaller adoption fair

Senior Companions for Seniors - reduced adoption fee of $60 on cats over 8 years for senior adopters (65+)

2021 Aluminum Can Collection Dates and Location
Dates & Times Store Location Store Phone
January 23rd, before 3pm Petco Fairfax 703-352-3300
February 20th, before 3pm Petco Fairfax 703-352-3300
March 20th, before 3pm Petco Fairfax 703-352-3300
April 17th, before 3pm Petco Fairfax 703-352-3300
May 15th, before 3pm Petco Fairfax 703-352-3300
June 12th, before 3pm Petco Fairfax 703-352-3300
July 17th, before 3pm Petco Fairfax 703-352-3300
August 21st, before 3pm Petco Fairfax 703-352-3300
September 18th, before 3pm Petco Fairfax 703-352-3300
October 16th, before 3pm Petco Fairfax 703-352-3300
November 20th, before 3pm  Petco Fairfax 703-352-3300
December 18th, before 3pm Petco Fairfax 703-352-3300

Aluminum Can Recycle Program

This recycling program raises much needed funds to help feed cats in store cages and pay vet bills. If you feed your cats with food from aluminum cans or consume beverages from aluminum cans, please rinse them and save them for 4Paws! 

Please put your rinsed aluminum cat food and other cans--with lids, and with paper labels removed--by the trailer behind the Fairfax Petco store by 3 pm on the above dates. Cans can only be left behind the store on the day they are to be collected. They cannot be left overnight. 

Note: Any aluminum product is fine—including pans and takeout containers as long as they’re clean. Cans with food residue cannot be accepted for recycling. 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. Soup cans, dog food cans, tuna cans, and vegetable cans are not aluminum.  

We are also collecting cardboard trays to give to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), the largest companion animal shelter in Maryland. They take in almost 7,000 cats a year and need a lot of litter boxes. BARCS uses these trays as "throw away" litter boxes. These are the sturdy boxes from cases of canned cat food. We usually collect the Fancy Feast and large can size boxes. 4Paws volunteer Claudia will be collecting and transporting them for us. Boxes can be left in her carport at any time. She delivers them when she picks up cats from BARCS that 4Paws is taking in to adopt out.

Cats in Petco Stores
Some of the 4Paws cats available for adoption can be seen on our online adoption fair. This web page has pictures and narratives about the cats providing such information as history, personality characteristics and home environment preferences (i.e., other pets, children, etc.). If you are interested in adopting one of the cats on our online adoption fair, you should download the application and contract then fax the completed paperwork to us at 703-560-9795. If you have questions, you can contact us at info@fourpaws.org.

 Cats in Petco Stores
Petco LogoAdopters can also meet 4Paws cats currently located at four local PETCO Stores. Cats stay in participating PETCO stores on a temporary basis until they are adopted into permanent, loving homes. Each day, 4Paws volunteers take care of these cats while they await adoption. PETCO employees assist in their care on an “as needed” basis and are available to help customers meet the cats if they are not busy with other PETCO customers.

If you would like to interact with a 4Paws cat that you met in a PETCO store, ask a Petco employee for assistance. If no Petco employee is available to assist you, please email info@fourpaws.org/call 703-715-6369 to arrange for a volunteer to meet you at the store. Application packets are available on top of the cages. After completing the application and contract, you should either fax the paperwork to us at 703-560-9795 or leave it at the store on top of the cat cages. Either way, please email info@fourpaws/call 703-715-6369 and leave a message indication the name of the cat for which you are applying.

4Paws cats can be seen during regular business hours at the following Petco locations:

Cats at Meows Corner Cat Cafe in Sterling

You can visit 4Paws cats at Meows Corner Cat Cafe. Make friends (human and animal!) and connect with all of the benefits cats bring: enhancing your mood, relieving stress, increasing joy and happiness.​ Browse books, cat themed swag, enjoy free WiFi and treat yourself to a variety of high quality teas, coffee and goodies.

Cats at Pet Supplies Plus

We also have cats located at Pet Supplies Plus in Falls Church near Tyson's Corner.  The process for meeting and applying for cats is the same as described for Petco stores.

Cats in Petco Stores
Local animal hospitals partner with 4Paws to help find loving homes for some of our homeless kittens. These kittens can generally be seen in the waiting areas of the participating hospitals. Hospital employees care for the kittens until they get adopted. 4Paws volunteers take care of the administrative aspects such as processing the applications.

If you meet a kitten at a participating animal hospital that you want to adopt, you should either fax the application to us directly at 703-560-9795 or leave the application at the hospital. Either way, please leave a message with your contact information and the name of the kitten on our voicemail at 703-715-6369. It generally takes 4-5 days for us to process an application since we are all volunteers.

4Paws cats can be seen at the following veterinary offices: