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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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By Denise Willard Blog: Facebook: “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France My love of animals started at a young age when I climbed over a fence to save a little baby rabbit who was being pecked to death by a pack of chickens. After being pecked myself, I rescued the little guy and brought him back to my family’s campsite. I stayed up all night trying to save him. My mom and I used a dropper to feed him warm milk every few hours, but he didn’t make it.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
By Daniela Petrilli, Volunteer Leadership Committee member Pets bring so much joy to our lives, but at times, they also bring allergies. I know first-hand what it is like to live with pet allergies and how to combat them without giving up your pet. About three years ago, I purchased a home in DC and was finally able to bring a pet into my life. Having been a volunteer with the Washington Humane Society for almost five years, adopting from the shelter was a no-brainer. I remember one warm summer day in July 2011, I was volunteering at the New... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
By Tracy Speelhoffer, Adoptions and Behavior Supervisor This is a photo of my dog, Logan, now. 6 years ago, this was the only photo of him that existed. I remember finding Logan on the website of our local shelter. His description mentioned that he was heartworm positive, but that it was a curable disease and that after treatment he could live a normal life. My husband and I did a lot of research and learned that while heartworms can be tricky to treat, dogs who successfully complete the treatment can return to a normal, active life. We weren’t committed to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
By rescuing a cat or dog (or hamster or fish or bunny) you are giving them a second life. All of the animals that come into the WHS adoption centers come with a story; some of them are found as strays, some of them have to be taken from poor living conditions, and some are abandoned, kind of like Vintage here. Regardless of who you ultimately end up adopting, you are helping to turn their life around. Vintage was being boarded through our Pets at Home program, and was excited for his owner to pick him up and take him... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
By Bethe Almeras, WHS Volunteer and Guest Blogger When people come into the shelter looking for a cat, they often want a kitten or a cat no older than one year. Now don't get me wrong, I love a kitten as much as the next girl. They are ridiculously cute, make that fantastic "mewwww" noise, and are so tiny and adorable you kind of want to just gobble them up. You're smiling right now just thinking about kittens, aren't you? KIT-TENS! Sound about right? See, I totally get it. But I also get something else: mature cats (7 - 10... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
By Georgia, K-9 Myth Buster (as transcribed by her mom, Jean Campo) Hi there! I’m Georgia, Washington Humane Society (WHS) alumnus and K-9 Myth Buster, here to set the record straight about pit bull type dogs! Myth #1: “Pit bulls” represent a single breed. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASCPA) cites that the term “pit bull” is used to describe several types of breeds that have similar features, including the American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier and the American Pit Bull Terrier. This is why you’ll see lots of my adoptable friends at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
Using Dr. Karen Becker's 5 tips below consistently and working them into your everyday routines is not only a great way to progress your dog’s manners and social skills but also builds a relationship founded on trust and mutual respect. Second chance dogs may have had previous experiences that make them wary or avoidant of harsh tones and force-based dog training, so using only methods of training that promote trust is ideal. They will build confidence and learn to look to their new family for support when they are scared or unsure. The goal is to use very small-sized treats... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
By Helene Jorgensen, WHS volunteer trainer and owner of Happy Pack Dog Training. We were abruptly woken at 6 am by a bone-chilling, eardrum-puncturing, hair-raising scream from our Bichon, Biscuit. And Biscuit continued to scream as we jumped out of bed, when we touched him, when we picked him up, all the way in the car to the emergency vet, and in the exam room. The x-ray showed he had a damaged disc, and the vet recommended an MRI, spinal surgery, and morphine-induced sleep. Biscuit had been surrendered to the Washington Humane Society on New Years Eve, and did not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
By Bethe Almeras Naturally there are hundreds of good reasons to adopt a pet any time of year, but these are my top four for January and February, aka my least favorite time of the year. Somehow the stretch of time between January 2nd and when spring finally starts to hint at its arrival feels like it moves at a snail's pace. And I'm talking about a snail with a limp and no agenda or ambition. At all. 4 Reasons to Adopt Your New Best Friend 1. Your resolution to move more -- Each January, most of us make some... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
This big guy here is Plush Size. His previous owner loved him so much that he got all the food he wanted. Unfortunately, this led to Plush Size being obese. Like people, animals need to exercise frequently and eat in moderation. People tend to feel that by feeding their pet table scraps, they are showing them they love them. This not only leads to an overweight animal, but it can also lead to other issues like diabetes, arthiritis, pancreatitis and hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease). What does an ideal animal diet look like? Every animal's metabolism and activity level is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
By Abby Volin, Rescue Group Coordinator at the Humane Society of the United States We decided to sign up for the Foster a DC Pet program because we really wanted to foster, but couldn't commit to fostering indefinitely. This program seemed perfect as it allowed us to foster for a predetermined time, plus we love the concept of keeping pets out of the overburdened shelter system and with their owners. Too many people have to give up their pets, when all they really need is a little time to work through their situation. Between the concept and the time-limit, we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
Mackenzie “Here's a holiday update on our cat Mackenzie. Mackenzie was called Petunia when I adopted her at WHS. She was featured then in the WHS newsletter. I was looking to fill a void left by another female cat following her death in early December 2005, and wanted to provide a cat companion for our male cat. When I saw Mackenzie and her playful spirit, I knew she was the one. She had been rehydrated by WHS following abandonment in her carrier for five days when her former owner had to go to the hospital. Luckily, she was available. She... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
Washington Humane Society Animal Care and Control Officers and Humane Law Enforcement Officers work tirelessly to ensure the welfare and safety of animals in the District. Officers deal with calls concerning all different kinds of animals, from dogs and cats, to pandas and roosters. Here is a peek at some of the things they've accomplished just this week: NORTHEAST, 200 block of 14th Pl., 12/10/2013 – A Washington Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Officer responded to reports of a brown pit bull left outside with no shelter during rain and freezing conditions. Washington Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Officers arrived... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
By: Bethe Almeras, WHS volunteer and guest blogger Blogger's Note: Many people think of Washington, DC as a big city, but for those of us who live here it often feels like a small town, which is exactly how this interview came about. I have been active with the Washington Humane Society (WHS) since I adopted my cat there in October, 2012. One of the things I do is promote WHS's mission, events and adoptable animals across social media platforms. Enter fellow WHS advocate and social media enthusiast Doug Ratner who reached out to me via Twitter. We connected over... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
By Helene Jorgensen, WHS Volunteer Trainer and Owner of Happy Pack Dog Training It had not been a good year. Fulton, my faithful companion for eleven years, had passed away and I was sick with Lyme disease unable to work and some days too sick to leave my bed. I needed a new best friend desperately. Rufus seemed like the perfect dog according to his profile: old and mellow. So we adopted him. However, it quickly became apparent that Rufus was not as old as he looked, and definitely not mellow. He seemed to have little prior training and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
While we all want to share the Thanksgiving celebration with our furry family members, over feeding our pets some human foods can cause serious problems, including obesity. Here’s the 411 on keeping your animals safe this season: Pets who eat food outside of their normal diet, or large amounts of food, can suffer from serious medical problems, including GI upset with possible vomiting, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis. Holiday gatherings provide far too many opportunities for pets to snatch food off of counters or unattended plates. Consider putting your pet in a safe, comfortable place with enrichment to keep them occupied... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
When Three Cat Adoptions = Five We have to tell you how happy we are with the three kittens we recently adopted from the Washington Humane Society. We’re already head over heels in love with the little fur balls! We’ve renamed two of them. Molasses, the large male, is now Louis CK. Marshmallow, the runt of the litter, is now Jessie (Tyler Ferguson) (both Louis and Jessie are redheads). Mint is still Mint because we couldn’t think of anything we liked better. Thanks again for all your help. Your staff was very helpful and friendly. One more thing to report:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
Fuzzy Nation is looking for the next Super Model, and we think it should be Dombey! Not only do we love the fact that Dombey is a Washington Humane Society (WHS) alumnus, but if he wins, WHS will win $10,000! What are you waiting for? Click here to vote in their Facebook contest! When Joy R. adopted Dombey (then named Borris) two years ago from the Washington Humane Society, it was love at first sight. After the unexpected passing of her beloved cat of five years, Joy took a trip with her fantastic landlord to visit kitties at area shelters... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
By ChristieLyn Diller, Director of Marketing & Communications Across the DC metro area, thousands of members of our community are feeling the effects of the US government shutdown and the resulting furloughs of federal employees. At the Washington Humane Society (WHS) we have been impacted by the shutdown in varying ways. Fortunately for the animals we serve and protect, our Animal Care and Control division, operated under a partnership with the District of Columbia, has been deemed an essential service. This means that our officers are still available 24/7 to respond to calls and reports of animals in distress. Being... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
By: Barona Whiteing-Green Animals have always been a part of my life. After a year of marriage and finally moving into our first home, I brought up the idea of getting a dog to my husband. He was a little hesitant at first because growing up he never had a pet. He finally agreed and we got Sugar, a cute little 3-month-old liver and white colored Shih-Tzu. Sugar did not come from a shelter, but was given to us by a neighbor who had a litter of pups and was giving them away. Two years later we got Domino, a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
by Elissa Leibowitz Poma, WHS supporter and adopter Three days after we said goodbye to our rescued dog Sammy, a friend invited my husband and I to a party at her rural Virginia farm. Betty suggested it would be a good distraction from our grieving, so we decided to go and planned to spend the weekend. Sadly, our good intentions didn’t work out as planned. My husband and I didn’t feel like yukking it by the pool with the merrymakers. I had trouble making small talk—that part of my brain felt numb. We ended up isolating ourselves from the group,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
Six months ago, Morgan was sitting in her cage, watching the world go by. I was pondering getting a pet – I always had dogs growing up but didn’t have the time or space for a dog in my current apartment. I thought about getting a cat but didn’t know the first thing about caring for one. I went to the Georgia Avenue shelter and was so pleased to find the most welcoming and helpful staff and volunteers I could have ever hoped for; everyone was so kind and obviously cared deeply for the animals. All of my cat questions... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
I just wanted to send a big THANK YOU to the Washington Humane Society! This is Lola and our son Dominic. Dominic turned five months today. Every month I size him up to Lola with a pic to share with friends and family. We got Lola from the New York Avenue adoption center in January of 2011, and she has blessed us every day since we've had her. She was only with you guys for a short period, but I am so thankful she arrived at your shelter; otherwise, I wouldn't be so fortunate. Lola is incredibly well-mannered. She sits... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
Piglet and Monkey We've been so happy with these two, they have brought so much joy to our lives, and they love dressing up which is tons of fun! Thank all of you at WHS for realizing the potential these two have and allowing us the opportunity to bring them into our lives. - Ameli Malcolm and Finnigan We adopted Malcolm the Himalayan from WHS by way of Tails High back in 2010, and Finnigan the crazy orange kitten from WHS in fall 2012. They are both the most photogenic, spirited, intelligent cats in the universe (we are absolutely convinced... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog
From the WHS experts, here are a few great reads on animal behavior and training for both dogs and cats! Behavior Director’s Top Picks: Don't Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor (2002 rev ed) Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin & Catherine Johnson (2006) Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationship with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier (2002) The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs by Patricia B. McConnell, PhD (2002) The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson (2005 2nd ed) Reaching the Animal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at Washington Humane Society Blog