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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 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 7 days ago 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
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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 May 6, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Bethe Almeras, WHS Adoptions Volunteer & Foster Human This post is the kick-off of a series on fostering shelter animals, called The Foster 411 Series. 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... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at Washington Humane Society Blog
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By Denise Willard Blog: www.everythingdee.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeniseWillardinDC “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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Petfinder.com 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
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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