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Lacey and her brother, Lynx, are a 10-year-old bonded pair of cats who need a loving human who will take them in.
Meanwhile, they are being well cared for at the cat shelter at Chico’s Natural Pet Market in Barcroft Plaza by volunteers from Fancy Cats, a pet adoption agency.
Lacey is a sweet and playful cat who can be a bit shy at first. She loves to cuddle when she gets to know someone and likes to sleep with a human and will even hide under the covers.
Lynx is more outgoing than his sister, but they are both lap cats and inseparable, says Armstrong. “They love each other.”
Lacey and Lynx are a little harder to find homes for because of their age and because they need to be adopted together, she says. They are in the shelter because their owner in Maryland could no longer keep them.
You can visit them any time at Chico’s. The store, at 6349A Columbia Pike, is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Fancy Cats is hosting an adoption fair at Chico’s July 28, 1-5 p.m.
Fancy Cats is the largest cat rescue organization in the state. It finds homes for about 1,200 cats a year and operates nine adoption centers in Northern Virginia. It also has dogs available for adoption.
If people love cats but can’t adopt one – if they travel frequently, for example – fostering is a great option, Armstrong says.
There are two types of fostering. A regular foster takes a cat home until it can be adopted on a permanent basis and brings the cat to adoption events. A “cage break foster” takes a cat who had spent a long time in a cage for 30 days to provide a respite. During that period the cat must be kept in a separate room from other pets.
People who can’t keep a cat at home can help Fancy Cats in other ways. They can volunteer with fundraising, marketing, or educational programs or take care of cats at adoption centers.