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Posted on: April 24, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Animal Shelter will be Closed Sunday, April 30, for Emergency Drill

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On Sunday, April 30, 2017, the Loudoun County Department of Animal Services will close the Animal Shelter in Waterford in order to conduct an emergency evacuation drill. The drill will replicate a scenario that requires a rapid response from department staff and volunteers. The drill will include a hypothetical situation that requires all shelter pets be placed into temporary homes in order to make room at the shelter for community pets in need. 

“We are excited for the opportunity to work with the Office of Emergency Management. This event will be an excellent learning experience for the staff and participating volunteers,” said Director of Animal Services Nina Stively. “For the shelter pets, it will seem like a normal day with the exception of some extra walks and playtime for the dogs.” 

The shelter will close to the public at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 29, and resume normal service at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 2. Residents who need to report wildlife or pet emergencies may still call 703-777-0406 during the time the shelter is closed.

More information about the Department of Animal Services, including a full listing of regular business and adoption hours, is online at

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