Dec 22 2023


12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Silent Night in the Shelter

The Fredericksburg SPCA is hosting its 5th annual Silent Night in the Shelter foster event for the 2023 holiday season! In keeping with the belief that every animal deserves a loving home for the holidays, Fred SPCA staff and volunteers are working hard to pair potential fosters with furry friends to spend a few weeks outside of the shelter and in cozy homes!

The Fredericksburg SPCA provides all necessary supplies and medical care for animals while fosters offer love, care, and affection. Every shelter cat or dog will receive a goodie bag or stocking full of items that will help make spirits bright for their holiday break. As a benefit, fosters will be given priority if they choose to adopt their temporary guest and make them a permanent addition to their family. Not only will there be extended hours for foster pick-ups, but one of the most exciting additions to this year’s Silent Night in the Shelter is that several animal adoption fees have been sponsored for those who choose to adopt their furry guests!

Not looking to adopt? No problem! The Fredericksburg SPCA is hoping to give their longest-stay residents a rest from the chaotic communal environment of the shelter.
Research shows that temporary sleepovers begin lowering cortisol (stress hormone) levels in dogs in just 24 hours. The reduction in compounded stress greatly increases good kennel presence and thus their chance of adoption upon return.

No pre-registration is required to take part in Silent Night in the Shelter. Bring a valid form of ID and any other dogs in your home for a supervised meet-and-greet. We are hosting a holiday open house to kick off the first day of the event. Come eat, drink, and be merry, meet staff and board members, and pick up your foster animal! Pick-up dates are December 15th & 22 (1 pm-8 pm), December 16th (10 am-6 pm), and December 17th – 21st (12 pm-6 pm) The Fredericksburg SPCA is hoping for fosters to commit to their company for 2 weeks with drop-offs being the week of January 2. Give belly rubs, and get the warm fuzzy feeling of the season knowing that your new foster friend gets to enjoy a loving home for the holidays!