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National Fire Dog Monument Arrives In DC

WASHINGTON, D.C., (WUSA)  - After a 2,000-mile, 12-city cross-country tour honoring the four-legged and two-legged heroes who keep our communities safe, America's newest national monument - the first-ever National Fire Dog Monument - arrived to a hero's welcome of its own in Washington, D.C.

Officials representing America's firefighters, arson dog teams, and advocates greeted the seven-foot-high, 450-pound bronze statue of a firefighter with his arson dog in a reception at the American Humane Association headquarters.

The monument toured the country thanks to the sponsorship of State Farm, the only North American company which provides funding for the acquisition and training of arson dogs in the United States and Canada.

Caring for All Animals

Caring for All Animals

Protecting animals and working with our community to prevent cruelty is what our dedicated field services team does day in and day out, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We believe that every animal matters—regardless of breed, size, age, or any other factor. Recently, one case surrounding one small reptile proved just that.  

In December, our Animal Care & Control Officers were assisting Metropolitan Police Department Officers with a search warrant at the home of Darnell Jones, 34, in Washington, DC, when they came across a snake. The snake was extremely underweight and appeared to be having difficulty shedding her skin which is indicative of significant husbandry and care issues. The subsequent investigation by Humane Law Enforcement Officer Michael Triebwasser revealed that the snake had been underweight for seven months and had never at any point during that time been taken to a veterinarian for proper care.

Foster Cat: Bermuda

Foster Cat: Bermuda

Today we introduce you to another great animal in our foster program, Bermuda. Bermuda is currently under the care of our foster volunteer Yolanda Thomas. We are asking for your help to find Bermuda a loving home this week. Please share her story and photos with your friends, families, and communities. We are thrilled to report that in just the last four days, after reaching out to our incredible WHS family, nearly 100 cats and kittens have left our shelter through foster, transfer, and adoption. This just goes to show that together we can make a difference and save more lives! Please help Bermuda and more WHS animals this week!

Foster A Cat Month

Foster A Cat Month

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) works hard to find homes for every animal in our care. As the open-access shelter in DC, we take in an average of 30 animals every day into our often already full and busy adoption centers. One of the most vital services our volunteers can provide is foster care to animals awaiting their forever homes. By providing a place for cats or dogs to stay, along with a little TLC, foster caregivers fulfill a critical component of our life-saving work, and allow us to make room for more animals who need our special care and attention.

WHS Alumni Update: June 22, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: June 22, 2012

Hugo
Hugo, a star contestant in the recent Best in Shelter competition, found his forever family this week! Hugo had been recovering under the foster care of one of our amazing volunteers after he came to WHS with major medical issues. While we may not have won the contest, he is the biggest winner in our book. This is the best happy ending we could ask for!

Asia
Active Doga and PACK (People & Animal Cardio Klub) participant Asia found a forever home at a recent adoption event held at Rock Creek Sports Club! Her new pet parent is Michelle DeLucia, General Manager of the Club. A perfect match!

Velvet
“I adopted my cat, Velvet, from the DC animal shelter one week ago today. I'm so glad I did! She is a treasure.”
-Jacqueline Michele Richardson

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