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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Dog Paw Problems: What You Can Do About Them

The eyes are windows to the soul, but your dog’s paws might be windows to his well-being. They provide a prominent place for health issues to reveal themselves to you and your vet.

“Dogs feet are generally hardy, and minor cuts and abrasions usually heal quickly,” says Dr. Neil Marrinan of Old Lyme Veterinary Hospital in Old Lyme, Conn. But some injuries and conditions need your vet’s attention. Dr. Marrinan and Dr. Brett Levitzke, medical director of the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group, Brooklyn, N.Y., describe some common paw problems and what pet parents can do about them.

Fungal Infections

Yeast organisms (fungi) are normally found on your dog’s paws, but an underlying condition can cause them to multiply and cause problems. Licking excessively is a tell-tale sign of a yeast infection, Levitzke says, along with red nail beds, a reaction to salivary enzymes. Other symptoms include itching, redness and discharge.

Yeast infections are often secondary to allergy, the doctors say, with the most likely culprit atopic dermatitis. However, environmental or food allergies also could be to blame. “The vast majority of dog paw problems are skin problems that are worse at the feet,” Marrinan says.

Your vet can test the area to determine if yeast is the culprit and treat the infection with topical products, antifungal wipes and shampoos. If these treatments don’t do the trick, the underlying allergy may need to be addressed with antihistamines, steroids or anti-itch medications, Levitzke says. If a food allergy is suspected, elimination diets—where ingredients are taken out and then added back in—can help identify the trigger.

Ringworm, a fungus found in soil or brought in from other animals, plants or from dog parks, also can infect your dog’s feet, and is not actually a worm or a ring. “It can look like a swollen toe or an abscess,” Marrinan says. Your vet will examine a sample of hair or skin under a microscope or send it to a lab for diagnosis. You can treat ringworm and prevent its spread with medicated bath products and a thorough cleaning of your dog’s environment. Ringworm is contagious and may spread to humans or other pets.

Bacterial Infections

Like yeast, bacterial organisms also are normally found on your dog’s paws, but a secondary health condition can cause them to multiply excessively. Symptoms include licking/biting, redness, swelling, pain/itching and abscess. Your vet can take a sample tissue from the affected area and evaluate it to determine if bacteria are the problem and, if so, prescribe either oral or topical antibiotics and antibacterial shampoos and soaks.

Ingrown Toenails

Nails that are not trimmed properly or naturally worn down by walking outside can become painful ingrown toenails. Your vet can treat them with antibiotics and pain medication, but severely ingrown nails might have to be surgically resected, Levitzke says.

Torn Toenails

A torn nail is common in the emergency room, Levitzke says, often after a tussle with another dog or a paw snags on carpeting or other material. When the entire nail has been pulled off,  take your dog to the vet for immediate treatment to stop bleeding and manage pain. Antibiotics also might be prescribed. “If the nail has been incompletely removed, the treatment would be to remove the remaining bit,” Levitzke says.


Hot asphalt can hurt your dog’s paws, and burns need to be treated immediately. Bandaging usually is required as a protective barrier on the skin or paw pad affected, Levitzke says. Antibiotics and pain medication are also typically indicated.


Think of frostbite as a cold burn. As with burns from hot asphalt or pavement, these injuries need immediate veterinary attention. Treatment for frostbite includes bandaging, pain control and anti-infection measures. Avoid this injury by limiting your dog’s exposure to the elements.

Winter Salt

Prevention is the best way to avoid these injuries, Levitzke says. Put booties on your dog’s feet and use dog-safe salt. If your dog does get salt on his paws, wipe it off with a towel/paper towels. “We find that it tends to burn particularly when the paw pads with salt on them touch the snow, so try to avoid walking through salt and then snow, or wipe off feet between getting salt on them and walking through the snow,” he says.


“One of the more common places we find ticks hiding is between the toes,” Levitzke says. “It is best to have a veterinary medical professional remove the tick.” Never take a lit or recently lit match to the tick. If you can’t get to the vet, use tweezers to grip the tick from the head and gently pull it out. The head must become detached along with the body for successful removal, he says. Pet supply stores also sell special tick-removal tools.


Mites such as Demodex canis can present a frustrating problem and require a deep skin scrape or a biopsy to diagnose, Marrinan says. These mites can cause Demodicosis in which the mites that normally live in your dog’s hair follicles multiply and cause swelling, hair loss and scaling on your dog’s paws. Your vet will examine hair or skin samples under a microscope to accurately diagnose the condition, which is treated with medication, sometimes for several months.
Hairy Feet

Dogs with lots of hair on their feet can catch gum, sticky asphalt, burrs and thorns in crevices, which can be hard to find and painful to remove. Prevent these problems by having the hair clipped by your groomer. Ingrown hairs manifest in short-haired dogs as tiny pimples and can lead to furunculosis, an infection deep in the hair follicle that can abscess and cause tissue damage.

Dr. Neil Marrinan/Old Lyme Veterinary Hospital in Old Lyme, Conn. 
Dr. Brett Levitzke, Medical Director/Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group, Brooklyn, N.Y.


Dolphin's Spray Perfectly Presented a Rainbow

St. Petersburg, Florida  - Fort Desoto Park - Suncoast sea life seems to love the warm Gulf waters this time of year, and they're giving onlookers a show while they play.

A group of dolphins in the water near Fort Desoto swam ahead of Michael McCarthy's see through canoe, and luckily he had his GoPro camera rolling.

The group of six dolphins seemed casual as they led McCarthy's canoe forward, spraying water in the air with their blowholes.

In the center of the pack, a dolphin's spray perfectly presented a rainbow, seeming as if the dolphin created the rainbow.

McCarthy's camera also captured leaping dolphins, seeming to compete for which could jump highest above the water.

Finally, three dolphins swam side-by-side, swaying back and forth, before crossing perfectly under the front of McCarthy's canoe. With the see though bottom, he was able to capture the moment seamlessly.

The dolphins certainly seemed happy for an audience and McCarthy said he was glad to provide one.


Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 Election: Which Candidate is the Most Animal-Friendly?

The 2016 election has become one of the most heated and divisive primaries in American history.

But no matter which party you align with, all animal-loving voters should be aware of the stances their candidates take in regards to animal rights and humane policies that protect pets.  

So how do the presidential and vice presidential candidates stack up when it comes to historical pet-friendliness and all-around animal activism? Here are some of the major things to know: 

Hillary Rodham Clinton:

The Democratic presidential nominee has an entire page on her website about how she plans to "promote animal welfare and protect animals from cruelty and abuse."

One of the bullet points of Clinton's promises says that, as President, she would "Protect pets and domesticated animals by making sure facilities like animal breeders, zoos, and research institutions create plans to protect the animals in their care during disasters; strengthen regulations of 'puppy mills' and other harmful commercial breeding facilities; and support the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act."

During her time in the Senate, Clinton co-sponsored the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007, as well as a bill to amend the Horse Protection Act. 

Clinton, a pet parent to three dogs (Seamus, Maisie, and Tally), has previously recieved a perfect score from the Humane Society's Legislative Fund. In a press release in 2007 for the HSLF, Clinton said, "Our policies should reflect the important role that animals play in our lives and our environment. I believe we should treat animals humanely and that is why I support anti-cruelty laws."

To read more on this story, click here: 2016 Election: Which Candidate is the Most Animal-Friendly?


Causes of Scratching and Licking in Cats

In addition to allergies, there are other diseases which can cause your cat to scratch, lick, or pull on her hair. A short description of these conditions such as mange, cancer, behavioral problems, and infections, along with their diagnosis and treatment, are shown in the table below. Many of the more uncommon conditions are included as well. This large number of conditions helps you understand why a quick diagnosis may be difficult to make and various diagnostic tests may need to be performed. The most common conditions are color-coded gray in the table (some may be more common in certain geographical areas).

To read more on this story, click here: Causes of Scratching & Licking in Cats


Do You Know What Reverse Sneezing is in Dogs? Would You Know What to Do?

Reverse sneezing is a condition that affects all types of dogs, but more commonly smaller dogs such as miniatures, Terriers, and brachycephalic breeds. It is a "paroxysmal" respiratory response, meaning that it comes in spasm-like episodes.

What Is Reverse Sneezing in Dogs?

Reverse sneezing is a fairly common respiratory event in dogs, but is rarely seen in cats. It is suspected to be caused by irritation or inflammation of the nasal, pharyngeal, or sinus passages. It may be a way for the dog to attempt to remove foreign particles such as dust, powder or other irritants or allergens from its upper airways. It is also seen after periods of over-excitement.

Reverse sneezing is characterized by sudden, rapid and repeated inhalations through the nose, followed by snorting or gagging sounds. It can be alarming to an owner, but is not known to be harmful to dogs without any underlying conditions (such as heart disease), and most dogs are completely normal before and after a reverse sneezing episode. In dogs that exhibit reverse sneezing, it is not uncommon for them to have repeat episodes of reverse sneezing throughout their lives.

What Happens When A Dog Reverse Sneezes?

During a reverse sneeze, the dog will suddenly stand still, extend its head and neck, and produce a loud snorting sound.

This condition should be differentiated from a tracheal collapse (often seen in toy breeds), which is characterized by a loud "honking" sound.

A tracheal collapse is of a more serious nature than a reverse sneeze.

What Should I Do If My Dog Reverse Sneezes?

A common remedy is to hold the dog's nostrils closed for a second and lightly massage its throat to calm him. Lightly blowing in his face may also help. This should cause the dog to swallow a couple of times, which will usually stop the spasm of the reverse sneeze. Getting the dog in a cool area or outside with fresh air while trying to verbally calm him can also be useful.

Most dogs do not require medication, however, some veterinarians recommend antihistamines if the problem is serious, chronic, and allergy-related. An evaluation of the environment would also be helpful in determining possible causes of these events. Perfumes, carpet cleaners, etc. are often cited in these dogs' histories.


Maggie an Australian Kelpie Dog Who Was Considered the Worlds Oldest Living Dog Dies at Age 30

Maggie the Kelpie, an Australian dog that was thought to be the oldest in the world, died in April, 2016, at the age of 30 leaving her owner devastated.

She was the best friend of Victorian dairy farmer Brian McLaren who confirmed the news, saying that Maggie passed away peacefully on Sunday night.

The beloved dog was still wandering around the dairy in Woolsthorpe, west of Melbourne, and growling at cats in the weeks before her death.

But Mr. McLaren said that the Kelpie, who was more than 200 in dog years, went downhill in her last two days.

“She was 30 years old, she was still going along nicely last week, she was walking from the dairy to the office and growling at the cats and all that sort of thing,” Mr. McLaren told the Weekly Times.

“She just went downhill in two days and I said yesterday morning when I went home for lunch ... 'She hasn't got long now”.

“I'm sad, but I'm pleased she went the way she went.”
Maggie has already been buried beside the McLaren's other dog in a marked grave under a pine tree.

“We were great mates, it is a bit sad,'” he said.

Maggie was a contender for the oldest dog in the world, but Mr. McLaren lost the original paperwork for the dog, meaning that her age could not be independently verified.

The Western District owner previously spoke about the fact that his youngest son, Liam, was four years old when they bought Kelpie Maggie as a young pup. Liam is now 34.

Officially, the title of the oldest dog in the world still belongs to Bluey, an Australian cattle-dog from Rochester in Victoria, which reached 29 years and five months.

According to the Guinness Book of Records his owner bought him as a puppy in 1910 and he grew up to work among the sheep and cattle until he was put down in November 1939.

Maggie the Kelpie, an Australian dog that was thought to be the oldest in the world, has died at the age of 30 leaving her owner devastated.

Maggie the Kelpie, an Australian dog that was thought to be the oldest in the world, has died at the age of 30 leaving her owner Brian McLaren (pictured) devastated.

Mr. McLaren said that the Kelpie, who was approaching her third century in human years, went downhill in her last two days.

The beloved dog was still wandering around the dairy in Woolsthorpe, west of Melbourne, and growling at cats in the weeks before her death.


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Salisbury Zoo, Recently Received a Year-Old Ocelot Kitten Named Anahi from the Greenville Zoo in South Carolina

Salisbury, Maryland - There's a brand new ocelot kitten at the Salisbury Zoo.

The zoo announced on Friday it recently received a year-old ocelot named Anahi from the Greenville Zoo in South Carolina. She was one of two female ocelot kittens born on Aug. 15, 2015. The kittens were the first offspring for parents Evita and Oz. The Greenville Zoo was one of two Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions to breed ocelots in 2015.

The Salisbury Zoo lost its male ocelot, Ozzie, last winter. He was almost 17 years old, which the zoo says is old for an ocelot in captivity. Ozzie came to Salisbury from the Beardsley Zoo in Connecticut in 2009.

The Salisbury Zoo is part of the ocelot Species Survival Program, which strives to ensure the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse and demographically varied population through breeding programs with the AZA-accredited institutions. Working with the AZA and the Ocelot Species Survival Program, the zoo hopes to obtain a male in the near future to pair with Anahi.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

National Dog Day

National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and was founded in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Advocate, Colleen Paige, also the founder of National Puppy Day, National Mutt Day and National Cat Day and many more philanthropic days to bring attention to the plight of animals and encourage adoption. The date of August 26th is significant, as it's the date that Colleen's family adopted her first dog "Sheltie" when Colleen was 10 years old.

National Dog Day celebrates all dogs, mixed breed and pure. Our mission is to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day...for personal protection, for law enforcement, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage, now they're detecting cancer and seizures...things even humans cannot do.

National Dog Day is against any kind of "breed ban". Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American's have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders, the internet and newspaper ads. Rather, we encourage those seeking new canine companions, to consider choosing adoption first. If you'd like a pure breed dog, look into a pure breed rescue in your city, to see if they might have some little furry soul just waiting to make your life complete. Another great place to find a new best friend is at large chain pet stores that host adoption drives for local shelters and rescues.

To read more on this story, click here: National Dog Day


Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League Celebrates ‘National Dog Day’ – Friday, August 26th

Washington, DC  — Friday, August 26th is National Dog Day and the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League (WHS-WARL) is encouraging everyone to celebrate Man’s Best Friend. 

WHAT:           National Dog Day!
WHEN:           Friday, August 26th

WHERE:         Throughout the United States, dog lovers will be celebrating National Dog Day.  Here, in our Nation’s Capital, we have three great ways for people to celebrate:

WHS-WARL has great dogs available for adoption at two convenient adoption centers:

Washington Animal Rescue League
71 Oglethorpe Street, NW  
Washington, DC

Website: Washington Animal Rescue League

Washington Humane Society
1201 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

Website: Washington Humane Society

All animals available for adoption at WHS-WARL have been spayed/neutered, microchipped and are up to date on vaccinations.

Donate toys, blankets, towels or pet food!
WHS-WARL accepts donations of toys, blankets and towels for our shelter animals.  In addition, you can donate unopened pet food for use in our Pet Food Bank for families that may need assistance feeding their pets.  Donations are accepted at both of our adoption centers

Spend some quality time with your dog!
National Dog Day is a great day to spoil your dog with extra attention and affection, a healthy treat, a new pet toy and some quality play time.

Senior dogs available for adoption
As an animal advocate/lover, there is a special spot in my heart for senior animals. They are the ones that are over-looked at adoption events. Most people want a puppy, and have no idea what great love senior animals can bring into their lives.

I want to spotlight three senior dogs, Marzipan, Bailey and BB, who are looking for  loving homes to spend their senior years. If you have room in your home and in your heart, please consider adopting either, Marzipan, Bailey or BB, or any of the other animals available at the Washington Humane Society-Washington Rescue League!


Animal ID: 33080511 
Species: Dog 
Age: 10 years 24 days 
Sex: Female 
Color: Tan/White 
Declawed: No 
Site Oglethorpe Street 

Hey there! I'm Marzipan and I'm just as sweet as my name would suggest. I lived with the same family for over 9 years, but they couldn't take care of me anymore, so I ended up here at the shelter. That's OK though! I'm really enjoying all the walks and attention that I'm getting here while I wait for my forever home. I have previously lived in a home with small children and other dogs, so I may be a good dog for a family that's looking to add to their home. At 10 years old, I'm well past all the puppy nonsense, and while I still have a lot of life left to give, I'm definitely more of a mellow companion than a running buddy. I do really like going on walks and getting out of the house, but I don't need the kind of exercise that a younger dog would require. I can't hear very well, but don't worry - I have quite a talented nose, and if I smell some cheese in your hand I will pay very close attention to you, I swear. If you think I could be a good fit for your family, please come see me! I'd love to go to my new home soon!

To learn more about Marzipan, click HERE!


Animal ID: 16174059 
Species: Dog 
Age: 8 years 3 months 14 days 
Sex: Male 
Color: Brown/White 
Declawed: No 
Site: Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League 

Hi, I'm BB! I recently lost my home because of hard times after being with them for 8 years, but I'm trying to not let it get me down! Right now I'm staying with a nice family, who keep telling me that I'm a good boy and are taking care of me. My foster mom even told me I'm one of the easiest fosters she's ever had. Since I'm a bit older, I know my manners and am well behaved- no chewing shoes or peeing in the house from me! I mostly spend my days napping or keeping an eye out the window for everyone to come home; I would love a home where I can snooze on a big fluffy bed next to my humans. I get along with other pups too, right now I have a foster sister who I get along with great! If you're interested in learning more about me or would like to meet me, email my foster mom at

To learn more about BB, click HERE!


Animal ID: 31103508 
Species: Dog 
Age: 9 years 6 months 1 day 
Sex: Male 
Color: White/Brown 
Declawed: No 
Site: Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League 

*** I am in foster care!!! If you would like to meet with me please contact my foster parent at*** 
Bailey is a 9 year old Shepherd mix, he was a wonderful family dog for 9 years, before circumstances changed and they were no longer able to keep him. He loves other dogs, and would be most successful in a home where he can have another canine companion. He does have a prey drive, so he needs a home without small animals (cats). He's been good with kids and doing well with his training manners. He just loves to be outside and lay in the sun. If you would like to meet Bailey, come visit him at Oglethorpe shelter today!

To learn more about Bailey, click HERE! 

To learn more about senior pets, please read my posts:

Adopting The Senior Dog
November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month in MD, VA, DC and the World

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 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. 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

How About Some Chipotle for Lunch Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 23rd? Chipotle Will Dontate 50% of Proceeds the Help the Homeless Animals at the Washington Humane Society – Washington Animal Rescue League

Washington, DC — On Tuesday, August 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Chipotle Mexican Grill will host a Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League (WHS-WARL) fundraiser across all downtown D.C., Bethesda, Rockville and Silver Spring Chipotle locations. When customers dining at any of these locations mention the fundraiser at the register, Chipotle will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League.  

Chipotle Mexican Grill to donate 50% of proceeds tomorrow to Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League programs supporting homeless animals.

Tuesday, Aug. 23rd,  at Chipotle Mexican Grill Locations in D.C., Bethesda, Rockville and Silver Spring

WHAT:           Chipotle Mexican Grill Fundraiser for WHS-WARL
                        50% of all proceeds donated to rescue and care for 60,000 homeless animals annually
WHERE:         Chipotle Mexican Grill locations in D.C., Bethesda, Rockville and Silver Spring

WHEN:          Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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 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. 

 Can't do lunch? You can always do dinner...Don't forget to mention the Fundraiser!

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Meet Cygnus, a Maine Coon Kitten Who’s Luxurious Tail Breaks The World Record

Your kitty may have a lovely tail, but it probably can’t compare to the tail of a Maine Coon kitten named Cygnus. According to his human, the tail measures about 18.4 inches, breaking the world record by about 2 inches. Though the measurement isn’t yet officially documented by Guinness World Records, the pictures speak for themselves.

The current record is held by Stewie, another Maine Coon who also holds the record for World’s Longest Cat. His tail is 16.34 inches long. Cygnus’s incredible tail shatters that record if the measurements are accurate.

Cygnus hasn’t let his enormous anatomy make him cocky. He’s happy to share the fluff while cuddling with his two cat brothers, Arcturus and Sirius. You can follow the cat sibling on Instagram if you just can’t get enough of that luxurious tail. Hopefully, you’ll be seeing it in the record books soon!


A Cat, Named Batman, Who Was Born with Four Ears Has Found a New Home After He Was Brought Into a Shelter

The black feline with a rarely seen genetic mutation was cared for by the Humane Society in Western Pennsylvania for a month before his new owner adopted him.

The three-year-old cat with an extra set of ears is not the first of its kind.

The genetic mutation has been documented as far back as 1938 in Ashtabula, Ohio, with a four-eared cat named Toots.

“The mutation has been studied and is argued to be a recessive gene mutation needed from both parents in order to produce four ears,” the charity said.

Batman was unavailable for adoption when he first came into the shelter because he was being treated for an upper respiratory infection.

But on Tuesday, the shelter posted a video advert of him on Facebook.

“Batman would do well in a house with or without animals as he came from a house with several animals. He is a very friendly and love cheek rubs,” Hala Nuemah, managing director of the Western PA Humane Society, wrote.

Shelter veterinarian Dr Todd Blauvelt told CBS News: “He's a really cool cat. He's really nice. Really affectionate.

He has a very rare congenital defect. It doesn't really affect his hearing. He can hear just fine,” he explained.

Within a few hours he was snapped up by a young girl and her mother who gave him a permanent home.

“It was perfect because the little girl liked superheroes,” Caitlin Lasky, marketing communications manager for the Humane Society, told ABC News.

Three-year-old cat Batman has an extra set of ears due to a rare genetic mutation. Shelter veterinarian, Dr. Todd Blauvelt commented “it doesn't really affect his hearing.”

Batman was adopted after he was brought into the Humane Society by an owner who had several cats. Dr Todd Blauvelt said the cat (pictured) has “two little ear tufts behind his ears.”


WHS/WARL: The Transport of Louisiana Dogs Has Been Cancelled Due to Mechanical Problems with Transport Vehicle – Dogs Will Stay in Roanoke, Virginia

Washington, DC  — The transport of 20 homeless dogs to the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League (WHS-WARL)  has been cancelled due to mechanical problems with the HSUS transport vehicle. The dogs that were scheduled to arrive at WHS-WARL will stay in Roanoke, Virginia at the Angels of Assisi Adoptions Center there. 
To read the initial story, click here: WHS-WARL to Receive 20 Dogs from Flood-Stricken Louisiana: Scheduled to Arrive in DC on Sunday Afternoon, August 21st

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 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. 

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bei Bei, the National Zoo’s Youngest Giant Panda Cub, Celebrated His First Birthday on Saturday with a Giant Frozen Cake

Washington, DC - Bei Bei, the National Zoo’s youngest giant panda cub, celebrated his first birthday on Saturday with a giant frozen cake—as all pandas do.

The colorful cake—made of frozen apple, carrot and beet juice by the zoo’s nutrition department—took two weeks to create and weighs about 150 pounds. It was adorned with a giant number one.

Bei Bei will officially turn 1 on Monday. Saturday’s birthday celebration also included Bei Bei’s older sister, Bao Bao, who turns 3 on Tuesday, and Tian Tian, the cubs’ father, who turns 19 on Aug. 27, the Washington Post reported.

Early into the zoo’s Facebook Live broadcast on Saturday, Bei Bei had yet to approach his birthday cake, though his mother, Mei Xiang, was enjoying the frozen treat.

To see what the rest of the pandas are up to, check out the giant panda cam livestream.


WHS-WARL to Receive 20 Dogs from Flood-Stricken Louisiana: Scheduled to Arrive in DC on Sunday Afternoon, August 21st

Washington, DC - The Washington Humane Society – Washington Animal Rescue League will receive 20 homeless dogs being transferred from flood-ravaged Louisiana.  The Louisiana SPCA along with the Humane Society of the United States are transferring dogs from shelters at or near capacity in Louisiana to make room for dogs displaced during the flooding.  

Dogs Transported to D.C. from Louisiana Shelters to Make Room for Flood Victims

WHAT:           Transfer of 20 dogs from Louisiana
WHERE:         The Washington Humane Society/Washington Animal Rescue                              League
                       71 Oglethorpe Street, NW
                       Washington, DC

WHEN:            Arrival of transport:  Sunday, August 21
                       Exact time TBD.  Arrival will be Sunday afternoon.

                       We will update you on better ETA Sunday morning.

                       Contact Matt Williams, WHS-WARL for detailed arrival                                         information

WHO:             Homeless dogs from Louisiana

TBD: (To be determined)

WHS-WARL: Intake Team

The Louisiana SPCA in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States contacted WHS-WARL to assist in relieving crowded conditions at shelters in the flood-stricken areas of Louisiana.  WHS-WARL will receive current shelter residents from the Louisiana shelters to make room for pets made homeless by the flooding situations in the area.

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 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. 

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Retired FBI Agent, Jaquin “Jack” Garcia is Now the Director of Investigations for Guardians of Rescue

Guardians of Rescue has a reputation for helping animals, as well as veterans. But they are about to become even more effective when it comes to bringing animal abusers to justice. The animal rescue organization announces that they brought on Joaquin “Jack” Garcia, a former FBI agent, to head up the unit that investigates reports of animal cruelty.

“Bringing Jack Garcia on board is great news for us, and bad news for those who abuse animals,” says Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “Jack is the best there is at investigating such things and will get to the bottom of complicated animal abuse cases. This is one more giant step in helping the animals.”

Garcia spent 26 years as an FBI agent and was even dubbed by some as being the best undercover agent in the history of the FBI. He worked on over 100 undercover investigations, and his last case he went undercover as mobster “Jack Falcone” for many years, which helped get 39 convictions of Mafia figures. Today, he’s retired from the FBI, but ready to take on investigating those who abuse animals and help bring them to justice.

With the Guardians of Rescue, Garcia will be acting on larger complaints of animal abuse, cruelty, and neglect. As a investigator, he will be working with a group of licensed private investigators who are retired law enforcement that will aid in the investigations and assist with gathering information that can be used in animal cruelty cases. These cases may involve a range of issues such as hoarding, dog fighting, illegal breeding, etc. He will be working with the local state and federal authorities to investigate and document his findings.

“I’m happy to be able to put my skills and experience to use helping uncover animal cruelty,” says Jack Garcia. “Working with Guardians of Rescue I am confident we will be able to hold people accountable for the animal cruelty they are participating in. After years of investigating drug dealers, organized crime, murder for hire etc., the acts of violence on defenseless animals is as vicious as some of the crimes I’ve investigated.”

Guardians of Rescue provides assistance to animals out on the streets, helping to rescue them, provide medical care, food and shelter, and find foster-home placements. They are also instrumental in helping military members with their pets, and to provide service dogs to veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. To learn more, get involved, or to make a donation to support the Guardians of Rescue, log onto

About Guardians of Rescue
Based in New York, Guardians of Rescue is an organization whose mission is to protect the well being of all animals. They provide aid to animals in distress, including facilitating foster programs, rehabilitation, assisting other rescue groups, and providing support to families, both military and not, who need assistance due to economic factors. To learn more about Guardians of Rescue, visit the site at

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Dog/Cat Days of Summer Adoption Event: Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League - Fitzgerald Auto Mall - August 20th

We will be at Fitzgerald Auto Mall on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for fun, food, prizes, and lots of giveaways! If those aren't your type of thing, why don't you take home a new best friend while you're there?

Find all of our available animals on our website:

WHAT: Adoption Event

WHEN: Saturday, August 20, 2016

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Fitzgerald Auto Mall
114 Baughman’s Lane
Frederick, Maryland 21702

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Silverdale, Washington - The Kitsap Humane Society, Puppuccino Pals Program Treats a Dog a Week at Starbucks: To Help Them Get Adopted

The life of a shelter dog can be a lonely one. Waiting each day for someone to finally notice you and take you home is no doubt exhausting, and one shelter is trying to make the waiting game just a little bit easier.

The Puppuccino Pals program was established in April at the Kitsap Humane Society in Washington. Every Tuesday, volunteer Molly Clark takes one of the shelter's dogs to the local Starbucks for a delicious Puppuccino. (It's on the chain's "secret menu" and is just a small cup filled with whipped cream.)

Not only does the dog get to take a break from the shelter and enjoy a car ride and a treat, the Starbucks also posts signs telling customers about the dog of the week, in hopes that they might decide to adopt him.

Even though the program was officially established in April, Clark has been taking dogs out for Puppuccinos to give them a break from shelter life for quite some time.

"The dogs LOVE the shelter breaks, and they adore the Puppuccinos," Kimberly Cizek Allen, events and outreach assistant coordinator at the Kitsap Humane Society, told The Dodo. "You can see it in their little eyes as they lick the whipped cream out of the cup."

Even if a dog might not be a good fit for a Puppuccino outing, the shelter makes sure that they still get their treat — and the exposure.

"Should a dog not be suited for an outing due to some type of limitation, Molly will take another dog on an outing, and bring a Puppuccino back," Allen said. "That way the Puppuccino Pals dog can enjoy play yard time, or quiet room time, or whatever is most appropriate and still be featured in our program!"

The shelter also features each Puppuccino Pal dog on its Instagram account, to give them a little extra attention.

The Puppuccino Pals program is a great way to get shelter dogs out in the community, and to remind people as they grab their daily coffee that hundreds of amazing dogs are still waiting, every day, for the right home.

If you'd like to adopt a dog of your own, you can check out to get started.


Waldorf, Maryland - Last Chance Animal Rescue Needs Fostering Help for Dogs from Floods in Louisiana

Sharing from my friends at: Last Chance Animal Rescue.

FOSTER for LCAR! We urgently need short-term (2-3 weeks) puppy foster homes for pups who have been rescued from the floods in Louisiana. Transport arrives in Waldorf, Maryland this weekend!

Please email, or call (240) 412-5751 for more information. PLEASE SHARE!

We have FAQs below, where most frequently asked questions are answered!

We provide crates, food and medical care. You provide a warm home and extra love! A two to three week commitment is required and our foster coordinators will do their best to match you up with a litter of puppies that meet your breed and size preferences.


Q: How do I qualify?

A: Our foster coordinators will fill you in and email or fax you a FOSTER application. Please contact our foster coordinators at the above email or phone number, we can not send an application via Facebook. If you are having trouble getting through and do not want to leave a message, please private message us your telephone number and email and address and we will contact you.

Q: Is it possible to adopt a pup that I foster?

A: Yes, it is. The steps to do so are provided in the foster packets that you will get when you pick up your pup/s.

Q: Can I foster ONE of the pups?

A: We do not separate litters, however, many puppies come in without litter mates.

Q: I do not want to foster but I am interested in adopting, can I just adopt?

A: Yes, when the pup is ready for adoption in about two weeks. When available, the pup/s photo and bio information are posted to our Facebook page, in our adoptable dog album: Stay tuned! Note that a foster parent interested in adopting a puppy that they foster will have priority. Every dog photo caption has information on how to adopt and a link to the adoption application which has adoption fee information.

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