The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is constantly seeking new homes for cats and dogs, but now it needs families for a pig and a goat. Squirt and Kowala are working their charm on prospective parents.
You have to meet the zoning requirements to shelter farm pets in Fairfax County. That’s about two acres.
Tucked inside a barn behind the animal shelter are two big personalities itching for affection.
“They just bring a smile to your face,” says Lucy Caldwell of the Fairfax County Police Department.
“He loves to follow you around, watch what you’re doing. He’s all in your business,” Theresa Hawkins says of Squirt.
“He’s a little more mischievous, also likes to know what you’re doing because he wants to interrupt it so that he can play with you,” she says of Kowala.
Both animals arrived at the shelter within days of each other last month. Squirt the pig was scooped up by Animal Control after he was found wandering the streets of Great Falls.
“Apparently a church had gotten the goat for some type of function at the church and eventually they couldn’t take care of him any more so they surrendered him,” says Caldwell.
The barn mates won over Caldwell the second she met them.
“You can’t help but fall in love with them, but don’t get me wrong, they’re a lot of work, too. There are certain things that go along with owning any kind of livestock so be aware of those and do your homework before you even bother to come on our and meet them,” she says.
Lindsey Lange and Dustin Fox of Manassas did their homework.
“One of her friends had a picture of the pig and showed it to me and that was the first mistake because I’ve had farm animals for my whole life. I’ve had a few potbellied pigs in my past,” says Fox.
And now this mechanic is adding Squirt to his family tree.
Fox meets all of Prince William County’s requirements necessary to house livestock. Lucky for him, his new pet has already made a new best friend.
“How do you not love that face?” asks Lange. “He’s got chubby little cheeks and you can see his eyes. They have the best eyes.”
At last check, the goat is still waiting for a loving home. The adoption fee for livestock in Fairfax County is $20. An animal caretaker at the shelter says in her three years working there, only three pigs and two goats have come through.