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Monday, August 7, 2017

August 6 Marks a Very Special Anniversary for the Humane Rescue Alliance’s President and CEO Lisa LaFontaine

Roger Marmet on Lisa LaFontaine’s 10th Anniversary, By: Roger Marmet, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Humane Rescue Alliance

I’m excited to note that August 6 marks a very special anniversary for the Humane Rescue Alliance’s President and CEO Lisa LaFontaine, as we celebrate her 10th year in Washington, DC. 

But this is not only a notable anniversary for Lisa. This marks a watershed moment for animal welfare in the Washington, DC region. On this date in 2007, Lisa began her tenure guiding the future of the Washington Humane Society.  It is safe to say that animal welfare in the District of Columbia was forever changed that day, as Lisa brought her experience, progressive ideas, energy, enthusiasm, and outstanding leadership skills to our nation’s capital and transformed the cause of protecting the lives of our animals.

To read more on this story, click here: Lisa LaFontaine’s 10th Anniversary


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Octopuses Are Marine Animals and This One Proves That Land is Not a Problem When Hunting for Crabs

Octopuses are Marine animals, that live and breath underwater, so at low tide one would expect them to be imprisoned in rocky pools. This extraordinary species found in Northern Australia is like no other Octopus, and land is no obstacle when hunting for Crabs.


Washington, DC - Humane Rescue Alliance: Clear the Shelters Pet Adoption Fees to Be Waived Aug 19th at Nearly 700 Shelters

Clear the Shelters is only a few weeks away! HRA Vice President of Community Programs, Lauren Lipsey, spoke with NBC Washington's Sheena Parveen about the steps and benefits of pet adoption.

While fees are waived, Standard adoption procedures apply.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thousands of People Filled Herriman High School's Auditorium to Pay Tribute to Dingo, A K-9 killed in the Line of Duty

Herriman, Utah - Thousands of people filled Herriman High School's auditorium Saturday to pay tribute to Dingo, the 7 year old K-9 killed in the line of duty June 6, 2017.

“Dingo was so much more than just a dog to me. He was my fishing buddy, my confidant, my constant companion, my ever loyal partner, and my protector," said Chad Reyes, Dingo's handler. “I owe it to my partner, my hero, and the best friend I’ll ever have.”

Reyes and Dingo were tracking down a violent fugitive earlier this month when he was shot and killed.

“There’s no question in my mind that Dingo saved my life on two occasions,” Reyes said. “In the early morning hours of July 6, he ensured once again I’d go home to my children. Only this time, without him.”

The entire Reyes family had a special bond with Dingo.

“When I needed ears to listen without judgment, a hug, and a soft lick on my hand, or a warrior to defend me from harm, he always saw me through.”

As one of his final acts in office, Sheriff Jim Winder promoted Reyes to lieutenant.

"This is my last opportunity and I felt it really important to recognize Chad. Also to bring comfort to his family."



An Adorable Cat Captured Internet Hearts for a Very Unusual Reason - She Has Ridiculously long Legs

One fan joked the feline had the “legs of a catwalk model” after her photos were posted on social media.

Quenda was being cared for by Cat Haven WA, a cat welfare organization in Western Australia, earlier this year after being found without a collar and no microchip.

Cat Haven said Quenda is a “sweet and friendly” two-year-old pet who loves “pats and attention”.

Quenda was adopted by a family in May, but has since become a social media star after a fan posted her photos on Reddit.

One user joked the cat looked like a Salvador Dali painting, another joked: “Catty long legs.”


Meet Friar Mustache, a Homeless Dog Adopted by a Monastery in Bolivia

Friar Bigotón (Brother Mustache) is the newest brother in a Franciscan monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia. His brothers love him so, they created robes just his size. You could get a similar look by putting your dog in a Jedi robe costume .

The formerly homeless dog spends his days running and playing on the grounds, and “preaching to the fish” in the courtyard pond.

Friar Bigotón was adopted through The Cold Nose Project (Proyecto Narices Frias—link in Spanish), which hopes that other monasteries and convents will follow suit to save homeless dogs in the country. In many ways, it makes sense that the Franciscans have taken in this dog, as their founder was St. Francis of Assisi, who was associated with the protection of animals.


Puppy Starts Calling for Mom While Being Groomed

Oreo is hooked into her grooming harness when she begins making the cutest noise. It sounds like a mix between a baby crying and a young child calling for her mama.

The veterinary assistant holds the puppy and laughs hysterically at the puppy’s sounds. Oreo continues her high-pitched calls for mama.

“You’re so funny!” she says. “Are you mad at me because I’m laughing at you?” Oreo just keeps calling for mama.

No doubt this is one puppy that this groomer will never forget. Hopefully, her momma came back soon to get her and take her home.


Photographer is Using His Studio to Take Free Portraits of Rescued Pit Bulls: Aims to Dispel Breed's Myths

A Los Angeles-based photographer is using his studio to take free portraits of rescued pit bulls. Headshots Melrose owner Peter Michelena plans to publish the photos in a book with the hope that it demonstrates, despite common misconceptions, pit bulls are just as loving as other breeds of dog. Michelena adopted a pit bull and fell in love with the breed. Proceeds from sales of merchandise using the dogs' photos will benefit animal rescues and charities.