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Friday, April 29, 2016

Prince George’s County, Maryland - Prince George's County Animal Shelter: We Could Sure Use More Washable Stuffed Animals for Our Four-Legged Friends Here

We could sure use more washable stuffed animals (not beany-baby type) for our four-legged friends here. Gather them up from your grown kids' room and donate them. The animals here cuddle and love them, or they tear them up and we clean up after them. It's a chance we love to take.


 We also need your empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls. . . just place an extra bag under your bathroom cabinet and save them for us instead of throwing or recycling them. We have a great idea for their use!

Oh, and one more thing . . . plain yogurt -- any brand! Thank you to our generous community for helping out whenever you can.

3750 Brown Station Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
(301) 780-7200






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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

UPDATE - WHS/WARL: Stolen Kitten, Princess Jazzy Returned, Thanks to the Swift Actions of the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department

WASHINGTON, D.C. –.  Three days after her disappearance from the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League (WHS/WARL) New York Avenue Adoption Center, three-month old kitten Princess Jazzy is safely in the caring hands of WHS/WARL staff.

“We are thrilled that Princess Jazzy is back with us safely thanks to the swift actions of the Metropolitan Police Department and alert WHS/WARL staff,” said Lisa LaFontaine, WHS/WARL President & CEO.   “This case is another example of how we will do everything possible to protect the animals in our community, regardless of their size, species or age.   We are especially relieved because Princess Jazzy was under medical treatment prior to the theft and she will now continue to get the care she needs as she awaits adoption into a responsible and loving home.”

WHS/WARL staff members on duty Saturday were able to record a license plate number from a vehicle leaving the Adoption Center shortly after the kitten was reported missing.  The Metropolitan Police Department tracked down Princess Jazzy with the license plate information and returned the kitten to the New York Avenue Adoption Center.

The incident remains under investigation.


About Washington Animal Rescue League/Washington Humane Society (WARL/WHS)

The Washington Humane Society -Washington Animal Rescue League combined organization cares for more than 60,000 animals annually. The merger of the two organizations created the first end-to-end animal care organization in a major U.S. city.  The broad range of programs offered include: rescue and adoption, humane law enforcement, low-cost veterinary services, animal care & control, behavior and training, spay-neuter services, humane education, and many others.  Operating four animal-care facilities in Washington, D.C., the organization occupies a significant footprint in the District, and serves as a resource to current pet guardians and prospective adopters across the region.  Together, the organizations offer one, dynamic, industry-leading animal welfare organization in the Nation’s Capital; creating a unified vision for a model urban community for all animals – pets and wildlife alike – and the people who love them.





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Monday, April 25, 2016

Washington, DC - $1,000 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest and Conviction of Person(s) Responsible for the Theft of a 3-Month-Old Kitten from a Local Animal Shelter (WHS/WARL)

Washington, DC - A three-month old female, brown tabby kitten named Princess Jazzy was stolen from the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League (WHS/WARL) Adoption Center on New York Ave in NE Saturday afternoon. WHS/WARL is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the theft.

“It is hard to believe that someone would commit such a crime,” states Scott Giacoppo, Chief Community Welfare Officer for WHS/WARL.  “In addition to breaking the law, they have put this kitten’s health in jeopardy by circumventing our easy adoption process, and denying the kitten needed medical care.”

WHS/WARL is now appealing to the public to help get Princess Jazzy back to the Adoption Center so that she can receive all the medical procedures that go into the adoption process and to ensure that the family that takes her fully understands her needs. Anyone with information is urged to call 1- 202-576-6664.

About Washington Animal Rescue League/Washington Humane Society (WARL/WHS)

The Washington Humane Society - Washington Animal Rescue League combined organization cares for more than 60,000 animals annually. The merger of the two organizations created the first end-to-end animal care organization in a major U.S. city.  The broad range of programs offered include: rescue and adoption, humane law enforcement, low-cost veterinary services, animal care & control, behavior and training, spay-neuter services, humane education, and many others.  Operating four animal-care facilities in Washington, D.C., the organization occupies a significant footprint in the District, and serves as a resource to current pet guardians and prospective adopters across the region.  Together, the organizations offer one, dynamic, industry-leading animal welfare organization in the Nation’s Capital; creating a unified vision for a model urban community for all animals – pets and wildlife alike – and the people who love them.


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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Humane Society of Wicomico County Need Your Help: Donations Needed for the 300 Dogs Rescued from Puppy Mill

Wicomico County, Maryland - After rescuing more than 300 dogs from a property in Eden, the Humane Society of Wicomico County is asking for donations to help care for the dogs. The Humane Society is asking for donations to help lessen the burden for the care of the newly rescued pups. The current needs for the Humane Society of Wicomico County are the following items:

Wet/Canned Dog Food  (NO DRY BAGGED DOG FOOD)
Dog/Puppy Treats
Fabuloso Cleaner (Purple)
Gallons of Bleach 
Chlorox Cleaner
Spray Bleach  
Paper Towels 
Liquid Dishwashing Soap  
Liquid Laundry Detergent 
 Puppy Pads for lining kennels (NO NEWSPAPERS)  
These items can be dropped off at the following locations and times:

Humane Society of Wicomico County 5130 Citation Drive Salisbury, MD 21804. At the front doors from Monday to Saturday 11 am to 4 pm.

Wicomico County Government Office Building 125 N. Division Street, Salisbury, MD 21801. First Floor Foyer - Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

Wicomico County Civic Center 500 Glen Avenue Salisbury, MD 21801. Box Office Entrance Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

Wicomico County Solid Waste 6948 Brick Kiln Road Salisbury, MD 21801. At the scale house Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm.

Monetary donations are also welcome, and appreciated. Those can be placed through the Humane Society's webpage using the Pay Pal link. Officials are asking that those looking to donate use that link, as this ensures the funds go directly to the Humane Society of Wicomico County. The money raised will reportedly be used for the overwhelming expenses of medications, grooming, and other care for the animals.

The Humane Society says they will be updating their website, as the animals become available for adoption. They are asking that those who are interested, be patient, and not call the shelter at this time.


Update:

Humane Society of Wicomico County:
Thank you for your overwhelming support to help our animals. At this time we kindly ask that you check our website for our needs. We no longer need dry/bagged dog food. We can use wet/canned food. Please no more newspapers but only puppy pads. Cleaning supplies are the most urgent need with bleach, paper towels, liquid dish detergent and liquid laundry detergent. Hand sanitizer can always be used also.



  
Humane Society of Wicomico County Website

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Inky the Octopus Slipped Through a Gap at the Top of His Enclosure: Escapes Down Pipe to Ocean

By the time the staff at New Zealand’s National Aquarium noticed that he was missing, telltale suction cup prints were the main clue to an easily-solved mystery.

Inky had said see ya to his tank-mate, slipped through a gap left by maintenance workers at the top of his enclosure and, as evidenced by the tracks, made his way across the floor to a six-inch-wide drain. He squeezed his football-sized body in — octopuses are very malleable, aquarium manager Rob Yarrall told the New Zealand website Stuff — and made a break for the Pacific.

“He managed to make his way to one of the drain holes that go back to the ocean. And off he went,” Yarrall told Radio New Zealand. “And he didn’t even leave us a message.”

The cephalopod version of “Shawshank Redemption” took place three months ago, but it only became public Tuesday. Inky, who already had some local renown in the coastal city of Napier, quickly became a global celebrity cheered on by strangers.

Inky had resided at the aquarium since 2014, when he was taken in after being caught in a crayfish pot, his body scarred and his arms injured. The octopus’s name was chosen from nominations submitted to a contest run by the Napier City Council.

Kerry Hewitt, the aquarium’s curator of exhibits, said at the time that Inky was “getting used to being at the aquarium” but added that staff would “have to keep Inky amused or he will get bored.”

Guess that happened.

This isn’t the first time a captive octopus decided to take matters into its own hands — er, tentacles. In 2009, after a two-spotted octopus at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium in California took apart a water recycling valve, directed a tube to shoot water out of the tank for 10 hours and caused a massive flood, Scientific American asked octopus expert Jennifer Mather about the animals’ intelligence and previous such hijinks at aquariums.

“They are very strong, and it is practically impossible to keep an octopus in a tank unless you are very lucky. … Octopuses simply take things apart,” Mather said. “I recall reading about someone who had built a robot submarine to putter around in a large aquarium tank. The octopus got a hold of it and took it apart piece by piece. There’s a famous story from the Brighton Aquarium in England 100 years ago that an octopus there got out of its tank at night when no one was watching, went to the tank next door and ate one of the lumpfish and went back to his own tank and was sitting there the next morning.”

Yarrall said the aquarium has no plans to replace Inky, but it does intend to better secure the tank where now just one octopus remains.

“They are always exploring and they are great escape artists,” Yarrall said, according to Hawke’s Bay Today. “We’ll be watching the other one.”


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300 Dogs Discovered in Cramped and Deplorable Conditions During a Routine Kennel Check by County Officials

Eden, Maryland –  Nearly 300 dogs were rescued during a puppy mill bust at a Maryland home.

The dogs were discovered in cramped and deplorable conditions during a routine kennel check by county officials, last week.

Officials said 100 dogs were found inside the home; the other 200 were in an outbuilding on the Coopers Road property, in Eden.

“There were pregnant dogs, there were puppies. They were not in good condition, matted fur, and their living conditions were not good at all. There was no air flow in the room. And there was feces and things like that everywhere,” said Aaron Balsamo, Executive Director of The Human Society.

It took animal control more than 14 hours to rescue all the dogs, WBOC reported.

Today, efforts are underway to nurse the dogs back to health.

No charges have been filed. The case remains under investigation.










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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Meet Kora, the 120 Pound Great Dane that Had to Be Rescued from 20 Feet Up in a Tree

When the Plattsmouth Fire Department got a call Saturday night that a 120-pound Great Dane was stuck 20-feet up in a tree, the department didn't believe it.

"We kind of looked at each other ... they can't be serious," said Jon Hardy, a lieutenant with the department.

The department was covering calls for Louisville, Neb., that night because the area's emergency teams were attending a recognition dinner. Members of Elmwood Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Cass County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the call.

And, sure enough, a big dog up a tree is what they found.

No one saw how Kora, the Great Dane who is a quarter Mastiff, got up the tree, but there's suspicion she was chasing a raccoon. After her owner got home from dinner, she couldn't find the dog. Sounds of whimpering led her to a tree in her backyard, where she spotted her stranded pup. A friend of the owner climbed the tree to comfort the dog until the fire and rescue teams arrived.

First, the 15 responders tried to help Kora down the same way she got up with the assistance of a chest harness and a ladder. Kora wasn't having it.

Next, someone attached a leash to the harness. Then, rescuers stretched out a tarp as a safety net. They nudged the dog off of the branch.

"She never hit the ground," Hardy said. "It worked like we hoped."

The dog ran into her house like nothing happened, he said. It's a rescue he will never forget.

"I’ve been doing this 12 years and this is first dog we got out of a tree," Hardy said.




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Monday, April 11, 2016

Today is National Pet Day: What Plans Do You Have for Your Pet(s)?

Pet Day is a chance for those of us who own pets to show them how much we love them. Now, we all can think of the traditional things: a new toy, some tasty treats, or a long walk in the park, maybe a game of fetch, assuming you have a dog! But, think outside the box and come up with some ideas to celebrate your relationship with your pet. Once you have indulged your own animals with their favorite treats, why not consider donating to a shelter or other animal welfare organization?

There are so many neglected and unwanted animals waiting for some love and attention. You can donate your time, or you can donate food or other supplies. Every little bit helps. If you don’t already own a pet, what better time to adopt one? A good phrase to keep in mind is “adopt, don’t shop.”



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