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WHS Waives Cat Adoption Fees in June


This notice comes to us from the Washington Humane Society:

To celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month this June, the Washington Humane Society (WHS), in collaboration with the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the makers of Fresh Step litter, is participating in a fee-waived adoption program to help find loving homes for cats. During the month of June, WHS will waive adoption fees on all cats over the age of 2 at both of its shelter locations.    


Improving The Perception Of Pit Bulls

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Wagging tails and grumbling stomachs will be brought together for the Best Friends Animal Society and Washington Humane Society's first ever Rescue Brunch on Saturday.

The event is part of a Best Friends Animal Society initiative to show the softer side of pit bulls, despite their bad reputation.

The project is meant to encourage responsible pet guardianship and reduce euthanasia of pit bulls and similar dogs. 

More than a hundred rescues have been invited to attend, with the hope that they will welcome some of the pit bull terriers into their shelters.

The Rescue Brunch will be held at 1201 New York Avenue from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.



Washington Humane Society Urges Public to Protect Pets from Extreme Heat


This story comes to us from Jacquie Toppings:

Washington D.C. – The Washington, D.C. area is under a heat advisory, and the Washington Humane Society (WHS) is reminding pet companions to pay special attention to their animals during extreme high temperatures.


“Pets are vulnerable in severe heat, and they depend on their caretakers to provide what is needed for them to stay healthy and cool,” said Scott Giacoppo, Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Programs Officer, Washington Humane Society. “When warm weather is uncomfortable for people, it can quickly lead to life-threatening heat exhaustion in pets.”


The Washington Humane Society offers the following tips to keep pets safe during the current heat advisory and upcoming warm summer months:


Baby Cheetah Gets 'Foster Mom' At National Zoo

FRONT ROYAL, Va. (WUSA) -- The two cheetah cubs at the National Zoo are sharing a mother. The thing is, the mother 'Zazi' only gave birth to one of those two cubs.

Both cubs were born to different mothers back in December. The cub born to 'Amani,' a first-time mom, wouldn't have gotten enough milk to stay alive from its mother.




That's why the cub was hand-raised for 13 days, then given to Zazi to be part of the two cheetah litter at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal.

You can watch a live camera of the cheetah cubs and Zazi at the National Zoo's website.

Hawk Stuck In Library Of Congress

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Library of Congress building is known for its majestic, domed, high ceiling and wonderful artwork. Now, library officials say, if you look up at the artwork, you may catch a glimpse of a majestic, large bird.

A Cooper's Hawk was spotted in the main reading room of the library on Wednesday, library officials said.

The hawk hangs out about 150-160 feet high, at the library's highest point.

"There are windows and some spaces up in the dome that small birds and pigeons sometimes squeeze through," library spokesman Matt Raymond said.  He believes the hawk probably squeezed through, chasing its next meal.

Workers at the library have tried to get the bird down, to no avail. That's why they've resorted to calling bird experts to come in and remove the bird. Preferably, safely and of course, quietly.