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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The HSUS Names the Washington Animal Rescue League one of the Top Ten Emergency Placement Partners of 2012

WARL Commended for Outstanding Dedication to Rescued Animals

Washington, DC - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has named Washington Animal Rescue League as one of its top ten Emergency Placement Partners of 2012. Emergency Placement Partners are local animal agencies that work with The HSUS to provide ongoing care and find permanent homes for animals saved during large-scale rescue missions. There are more than 200 Placement Partners nationwide.

“We are thrilled to recognize Washington Animal Rescue League for its enthusiasm and dedication to helping when animals are in need,” said Michelle Cascio, manager of the emergency Placement Program for The HSUS. “Emergency Placement Partners play a critical role in our important mission to end animal cruelty, and we are thankful to Washington Animal Rescue League for being involved in this life-saving program.”

Twice in 2012, Washington Animal Rescue League deployed their mobile adoption vehicle hundreds of miles to assist The HSUS’ Animal Rescue Team with the transport and placement of puppy mill survivors. In August, they responded to a Shelby, Ohio, property where the breeder surrendered more than 250 dogs. They returned to Washington, D.C., with dozens of Chihuahuas and a few Shar Peis and worked tirelessly to find them all good homes. In September, they deployed to an Edgefield County, S.C., puppy mill and took a number of dogs back with them to recover and find new families.

“We are extremely honored to be named to this remarkable list,” said Bob Ramin, CEO of the Washington Animal Rescue League.  “Being named as a top ten emergency placement partner of the Humane Society of the United States puts the Washington Animal Rescue League in elite company, and we’re very proud that we have earned this distinction.  Our partners at HSUS do absolutely outstanding work and our partnership has resulted in hundreds of  animals rescued from desperate situations and eventually placed in permanent, forever homes here in the Washington, D.C. area.  We sincerely appreciate this recognition.”

After The HSUS removes animals from cruelty situations or natural disasters and provides them the veterinary and other care they need to recover, the organization works with Emergency Placement Partners to help in their long-term placement. As local groups with access to local resources, these organizations provide the animals with continued veterinary care, rehabilitation, and ultimately, placement in new homes. The HSUS has donated equipment for the shelters as a thank you for their dedication to helping rescued animals recover and find their forever homes.

The 2012 Top Ten Emergency Placement Partners include:

  • Second Chance Animal Shelter, East Brookfield, Mass.
  • Humane Society of Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.
  • Virginia Beach SPCA, Virginia Beach, Va.
  • Dane County Humane Society, Madison, Wis.
  • Montgomery Humane Society, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Southern Pines Animal Shelter, Hattiesburg, Miss.
  • SPCA Albrecht Center for Animal Welfare, Aiken, S.C.
  • SPCA of Wake County, Garner, N.C.
  • Humane Society of Berks County, Reading, Pa.
  • Washington Animal Rescue League, Washington, D.C.

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