Vote Pexit: Because Shelter Pets Deserve Their Independence

Vote Pexit: Because Shelter Pets Deserve Their Independence

There are difficult, important choices to be made.

Do you vote #remain, and doom these pets to a July 4th weekend in the shelter?

We urge you instead to make the right choice, that choice being #Pexit. In which pets leave the shelter.


The Pexit campaign originates from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter, in Northern Virginia.

“We’re hoping to draw attention to all our many available animals here with this unique (and timely!) theme,” explains shelter placement coordinator Amanda Novotny. “Plus, Pexit is just really fun to say.”


The declaration of independence theme even extends out to the adoption fees: $17 for cats, $76 for dogs. (Get it?)


Amanda tells us there are a couple of shelter residents who are especially eager for a taste of freedom — like Sassi, the shelter’s longest-term dog resident.

Sassi is 9 years old, and lost her previous home when her family moved and couldn’t take her with them.

She’s a great dog who loves people, loves hiking, enjoys other animals’ company — and holds these truths to be self-evident: all dogs are created equal, and this one especially would like to dissolve her bands from the shelter right now please.

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Freedom may be a complicated thing, in many contexts. For a dog, it’s simple, and good.

“Freedom for a dog means feeling the wind in their ears with the windows rolled down on a car ride, going on long walks with their human and being able to enjoy all the smells that life has to offer, having their own dog bowls for tasty snacks and maybe a comfy bed that’s all theirs,” says Amanda.

“And of course being a loved and valued member of their very own family. That sounds like a pretty good life for anyone, doesn’t it?”

It really does. Which is why we support Pexit, and urge you to do the same.


Check out the Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s freedom-loving adoptable animals here. Or, if you’re not in the area, we feel pretty confident your local shelter’s pets would also like to go home with you!

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