The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is teaming up with a regional animal rescue group to offer special holiday viewing hours, in hopes that people seeking to add a pet to their household will adopt a homeless animal from a shelter or rescue organization.

The county shelter will be open for adoptions from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays in December, except Christmas, in addition to its usual hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

DC Metro No More Homeless Pets and the shelter have dubbed the campaign "Home 4 the Holidays." This is the first time the shelter and a private nonprofit organization have worked together on a comprehensive adoption program and the first time the shelter has been open to the public on Sundays.

The shelter's goal for this program is to increase pet adoptions during December by 10 percent, according to a news release.

"Since its inception in 1999, the international Home 4 the Holidays adoption campaign has resulted in hundreds of thousands of animals finding new homes, and this year that number is expected to top 1 million," said DC Metro No More Homeless Pets President Michelle Hankins. "We wanted to bring the success of this campaign to Fairfax County to help local residents find special pets to add to their family, especially those pets that are at the shelter this time of the year and are in need of good homes."

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