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The Washington Humane Society
The Washington Humane Society (WHS), the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, has been the area’s leading voice for animals since 1870.
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Cats in DC need you to use your voice today to protect them! Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By: Rob Scarduzio and Tommy Rossman Last year, we adopted an awesome little guy from Washington Humane Society. It’s been a little over a year, so we thought we’d give you an update on our little Facebook star known as #Pete. We first met on opposing teams during the Summer 2013 season of Stonewall Darts, of which we are both now members of its leadership board. The following season we formed a team of our own and, since each team in our league plays for a charity of its choice, decided to choose WHS. We’ve owned rescue animals in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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Want to learn more about how to adopt from WHS or view our adorable adoptable animals? Visit the adoption page on our website at http://washhumane.org/adopt! Not ready to adopt? Consider Sponsoring an Animal! Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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The National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center offers safe, affordable, high-volume sterilizations in the DC Metro Area. Spay or neuter your pet to help us reduce the number of unwanted animals entering our adoption centers. Visit Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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Fun Fact: The second volume of Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reveals that the comic book heroes are red-eared sliders! Want to take home a teenage mutant ninja turtle? Well you can at WHS! Except our turtles are not teenaged, or mutants, or ninjas, but they are red-eared sliders. In honor of National Turtle Day, we will be waiving adoption fees on our turtles from May 23 to May 24! The red-eared slider is the most popular pet turtle in the United States. They are great companion animals and are relatively easy to care for compared to other... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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In honor of American Heart Month, the Washington Humane Society (WHS) is reminding pet owners about the importance of preventing heartworm disease in pets by providing a monthly preventative, available through a prescription from a veterinarian. Heartworm disease is very common in the DC region due to the high numbers of mosquitoes which spread the disease from affected to unprotected animals. Dogs who become infected with heartworm can have several hundred worms in their lungs, heart, and blood vessels. Left untreated, these worms cause severe heart damage and ultimately, death. WHS tests every dog who is made available for adoption... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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In honor of Valentine's Day, we are dropping our cat and dog adoption fees to $14 on February 14 and 15, giving you and our animals a chance to find love! Some of our fuzzballs are so excited that they decided to create their own dating profiles. Here is Clive's: 100%Match 100% Friend 0% Enemy StylishClive7319 3/Male/Canine/Looking for Forever Home WHS Georgia Avenue Adoption Center, Washington, DC My self-summary I've got a lot of confidence and know how to #werk. Make sure to check me out on Instagram @whsadoptabull, and check out my photoshoot with my friends over at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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In honor of Valentine's Day, we are dropping our cat and dog adoption fees to $14 on February 14 and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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The Washington Humane Society (WHS) wears many hats in advocating for DC animals, including providing superb Animal Care and Control for the city. In this function, WHS employs a dynamic team of 17 individuals: seven officers, four dispatchers, three investigators, one corporal, one sergeant, and one director. Together, they cover all corners of the District, all hours of the day and night, every single day of the year. On this day, Officer Cindy Velasquez has already been on shift for five hours, and it’s only noon. She heads out the door of the WHS New York Avenue Adoption Center to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Joe Waggle and Matthew McCartney At the beginning of this year, we adopted Constantine and Napoleon (but you knew them as Oscar and Gloves). They'll be a year old soon, so we wanted to update you on how well they've settled into our home - or, more specifically, we wanted to show you how well we've adjusted to their takeover of our homes and Facebook feeds. When they were kittens, they loved to cuddle. With us, with each other, with whoever walked through the door... it didn't really matter much. We expected them to grow out of it and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Bethe Almeras, WHS Adoptions Volunteer & Foster Human Sure, he was handsome. Anyone could see that. And yes, he was soulful. And well, what girl doesn’t want a soulful guy? But what really sealed the deal for me is that he was a stone cold dork, and well, his belly skin swung back and forth when he ran, which I love more than I can say. (To this day I try and not laugh when he runs. I don’t want him to be self-conscious, but the belly skin is swinging and he makes a funny noise that announces he... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Danielle Bays, Community Cat Programs Manager As we celebrate the 14th annual National Feral Cat Day, I think about how far we’ve come. At one time, those who advocated for feral cats often acted like them: slinking around alleys under cover of night. The concept of caring for the cats living outside (rather than removing them) was slow to be accepted, so caregivers often worked under the cover of darkness. Today, it is a different story. What we have come to find is just how many other people, including those who don’t self-identify as feral cat advocates, are involved... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By ChristieLyn Diller, Director of Marketing and Communications One of the great perks of my job with the Washington Humane Society (WHS) is seeing life-saving work in action. I recently had the pleasure of going out on the road with one of our distinguished Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Officers, Nick Lippincott. Officer Lippincott is one of the newer members of our HLE team, but has been working in animal welfare for 10 years. This is an account of our day, a glimpse into what this team does 24/7 to protect the animals in our communities. My day started out at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Alison Coates, Behavior and Training Manager Dogs aren’t the only ones who receive training at the Washington Humane Society (WHS)! At WHS, we take in all kinds of animals, so our behavior staff has to know how to train dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds – everything! Right now, we have a rabbit named Harper who is a little fearful and territorial, but with some determination and training, she is slowly but surely building her confidence and coming out of her shell. She would run and charge at people whenever they reached into her cage. As you can imagine... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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Since Dude found a home, he's traveled the country from coast to coast and is now living it up with his family California. His mom, Briana, wrote in to tell us about how he is doing, and about all the adventures they have had since meeting each other a year ago: "I have had Dude for a year and wanted to give you an update. We moved to Los Angeles, CA, and for his first adoptaversary and third birthday my family threw him a little surprise party! My mom baked him a birthday cake and all the family dogs were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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The 2014 DC Walk for the Animals & Pet-a-Palooza is coming up, and we know you’ve been thinking about participating, but haven’t quite gotten around to registering yet. Stop procrastinating! Here are the top 15 reasons you should Walk for the Animals: 1. Your dog has been dreaming about this day 2. Your cat is super excited to finally get some “me” time 3. It’s an awesome way to get some exercise with your pet 4. Walking is a great way to break away from the monotony of driving via imgur 5. The treadmill gets boring 6. You can walk... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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Denise and Shervonne couldn’t have predicted the importance of their visit to the Washington Humane Society. They certainly didn’t think that it would save their lives. In May 2014, Denise and her daughter Shervonne stopped by our New York Avenue Adoption Center to meet a few dogs. A three-month-old lab mix had recently arrived, surrendered by a previous owner who could no longer care for her. Slightly nervous, but very friendly, the small pup soon stole the hearts of the two women, and found herself on her way home for good. Aries, as she was soon named, quickly became a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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At the Washington Humane Society (WHS), we will proudly take in any animal in need of care. We share this fact often, but it doesn’t always resonate that we truly mean any animal – any species, breed, age, and medical or behavioral condition. This motto proved true on Wednesday, August 15, when an unexpected visitor was found lost in Washington, DC. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) was alerted to a Pygmy goat just running down the street! He had obviously taken a few wrong turns, and was calculating his next move when he was spotted on V Street, NE, between... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Bethe Almeras, WHS Adoptions Volunteer & Foster Human This post is part of a series on fostering shelter animals. I wanted to give people a glimpse into what it is like to foster and how important it is to both animals and communities. And really, what better way to do that than going straight to the source? There are lots of ways you can support your local foster program -- become a foster "human" yourself, donate money or needed supplies, help provide transport to spay/neuter clinics, or take on other volunteer jobs. Help save lives -- get involved in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Bethe Almeras, WHS Adoptions Volunteer & Foster Human This post is part of a series on fostering shelter animals. I wanted to give people a glimpse into what it is like to foster and how important it is to both animals and communities. And really, what better way to do that than going straight to the source? There are lots of ways you can support your local foster program -- become a foster "human" yourself, donate money or needed supplies, help provide transport to spay/neuter clinics, or take on other volunteer jobs. Help save lives -- get involved in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Bethe Almeras, WHS Adoptions Volunteer & Foster Human This post is part of a series on fostering shelter animals. I wanted to give people a glimpse into what it is like to foster and how important it is to both animals and communities. And really, what better way to do that than going straight to the source? There are lots of ways you can support your local foster program -- become a foster "human" yourself, donate money or needed supplies, help provide transport to spay/neuter clinics, or take on other volunteer jobs. Help save lives -- get involved in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Bethe Almeras, WHS Adoptions Volunteer & Foster Human Without a doubt, fostering an animal for your local shelter is one of the best things you can do — as an animal lover, a member of your community, and simply as a caring human being. Countless animals are saved across the country via foster programs each year, both the ones that are taken into loving foster homes and the ones that occupy the spaces that have been freed up in shelters. It's a win-win, as they say in business terms. Actually it's a win-win-win, because the people that foster win... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Helene Jorgensen, Volunteer trainer and owner of Happy Pack Dog Training With a chirpy voice I asked Fido to sit. Nothing happened. I then tried a treat over his nose while sounding even chirpier. Fido looked away. The next couple of tries were met with yawns and eventually he walked away. Some people might label Fido as lazy, but Fido was not lazy. Looking away, yawning, lip licking, and avoiding interaction by walking away are all signs of stress. Fido was clearly not having fun. The sudden motivation behind training my foster dog, Fido, was that I had met... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Bethe Almeras, WHS Adoptions Volunteer & Foster Humane Name: Jess Townsend Title: Operations Manager, Washington Humane Society New York Avenue Adoption Center How long have you been fostering: since 2007, since 2009 with WHS How many animals have you fostered: 100+ What type of place do you live: single family home Bethe: What made you decided to foster? You're a Washington Humane Society (WHS) staffer, don't you get enough animals at work? Jess: There are so many animals that need care outside of the shelter environment. I foster animals that have a specific reason that they cannot stay in... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Bethe Almeras, WHS Adoptions Volunteer & Foster Human Foster Profile: Name: Kat Bell How long have you been fostering: 7 months How many animals have you fostered: 1 What type of place do you live: Small 1 bedroom apartment Bethe: What made you decide to foster, and how did you get connected with Washington Humane Society (WHS)? Kat: A couple years ago, before I moved to DC, I discovered fostering while looking at my local animal shelter’s website. My cat had just died (Luna was the best cat ever!), and I wasn’t ready to adopt, but I knew someone... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog