The Pets Bring Joy Mission Statement

Bringing joy to people and pets
through rescue and adoption

Pets Bring Joy's mission is to bring joy to people and pets through rescue and adoption of homeless animals in the Virginia/Maryland/Washington, DC metro area ... we do so by:
  • Rescuing and fostering animals from shelters and as strays, emphasizing often overlooked (older and/or special needs) pets;

  • Promoting fostered animals to prospective adopters through social media, the Internet, and face-to-face adoption events;

  • Orchestrating a formal adoption process to ensure their placement in qualified, loving forever homes;

  • Overseeing three adoption venues and a network of volunteer foster homes to care for the animals while with PBJ;

  • Educating volunteers, adopters, and the public at large on the plight of homeless animals -- especially the importance of spaying/neutering pets;

  • Mentoring youth to instill a love for animals and a passion for community service, so that they may serve as our next generation of non-profit entrepreneurs, volunteers, and philanthropists;

  • Bringing joy and meaning to the lives of seniors through our Fuzzies for Seniors foster and adoption program (visit for more information);

  • Mentoring small "grass-roots" rescues with regard to best rescue practices;

  • Encouraging collaboration within the local rescue community so that our combined rescue efforts have a greater impact on reducing the homeless animal population than any one of us might achieve single-handedly.
If you would like to learn how you can personally support the Pets Bring Joy mission by volunteering -- fostering -- adopting -- donating, please use the links provided at the top of the page, or click here to connect with us via email.