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Saturday, March 6, 2021

The Humane Rescue Alliance Monthly Outdoor Adoption Events! (Washington, DC)

Looking to adopt, but can’t do it today? The Humane Rescue Alliance, 1022 M Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003-3616. You can join them on the first Saturday of every month for an outdoor adoption event at their M Street location. PLEASE SHARE!

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Friday, December 11, 2020

Couple Cooks Special Thanksgiving Meal For Nearly 80 Shelter Dogs

The holiday season is a magical time. Even when things are at their worst, people find it within themselves to display incredible warmth, generosity, and compassion for others. This year we’ve all endured events that have torn us apart and isolated us from our friends and family, but yesterday, humans reached out to make the Thanksgiving holiday special for their friends, family, and neighbors.

To read more on this story, click here: Couple Cooks Special Thanksgiving Meal For Nearly 80 Shelter Dogs


Monday, November 23, 2020

Could Your Senior Dog Have Kennel Cough?

As the holidays approach, many people have to board their dogs. Like a child exposed to all the germs at school, senior dogs can be extremely susceptible to kennel cough.  Unlike a child that can cover their mouth when they cough, this is a highly contagious illness for dogs.

What is Kennel Cough?

Kennel cough is a respiratory illness that dogs can catch when they are around other infected dogs, whether it’s in a shelter, dog park, rescue center or boarding facility. Although most of us pet parents know it as kennel cough, the official name is canine infectious respiratory disease or CID. When a dog has kennel cough his trachea and bronchi are inflamed.

To read more on this story, click here: Could Your Senior Dog Have Kennel Cough?


Friday, November 6, 2020

If You're Thinking About Adopting a Cat, Here's Exactly How Much It'll Cost

If you're looking into adopting a cat, you're in for all the snuggles, special moments, and catching your new feline pal getting into nooks you never thought possible. Life will be so much sweeter – but it also comes with a multitude of costs and expenses. For some, cats might seem much more low maintenance than other pets, which can be true. That being said, the yearly costs of having a cat should be examined before adopting, that way, you avoid unpleasant surprises when presented with initial adoption fees, and the eventual veterinary expenses, food costs, and more. Having everything laid out beforehand will make the entire process of getting a cat much smoother, and you'll steer clear of upsets throughout the years as you focus on enjoying your furry friend.

To read more on this story, click here: If You're Thinking About Adopting a Cat, Here's Exactly How Much It'll Cost


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Texas Woman Rescues Shelter Dogs To Become Service Animals For Vets Struggling With PTSD

Cherry Jenkins is a big believer in second chances. This conviction has led the Texas woman to devote her life to rescuing and retraining shelter dogs to become service animals for veterans struggling to cope with the effects of PTSD.

The San Antonio, Texas, woman founded In Dog We Trust in 2012 after learning that veterans often adopt shelter dogs to become service animals, only to surrender those pups after learning they don’t possess the temperament for training. “I met someone who said they had seen so many veterans bringing dogs back to the shelter because they were rescuing dogs, going to a trainer and then finding the dog wasn’t suitable,” Jenkins

To read more on this story, click here: Texas Woman Rescues Shelter Dogs To Become Service Animals For Vets Struggling With PTSD


Saturday, August 29, 2020

What To Do (And Not Do) When You Find A Stray Kitten

Finding a stray kitten curled up under your deck or meowing plaintively on the side of the road can feel as exciting as finding a $100 bill on the sidewalk. Those tiny triangle ears! The blue eyes! Stray kittens are undeniably cute, but finding one outside by itself brings up a long list of questions—not to mention potential problems you now need to solve. How you choose to move forward could be the difference between life and death for that innocent little kitten. Whether you want to make the little one part of your family or not, there are steps you need to take to help that kitten survive.

To read more on this story, click here: What To Do (And Not Do) When You Find A Stray Kitten


Friday, August 28, 2020

A Dumped Dog's Prayer

I did not write this poem, the author is unknown. I am posting it hoping that it will touch someone who is thinking about abandoning their pet(s). I am hoping that they will try and find a place for them before dumping them in the streets.

Times are hard now for all of us, and some people can no longer care for a pet. Please consider checking with family, friends or your local animal shelter before leaving your pet behind.

                                              A Dumped Dog's Prayer

Don't close the door! Don't push me away. Why are you leaving? Don't make me stay. Slow down the car, I can't keep up. This pavement is hot and my pads are cut. I've got to quit running or my heart will pop. Every muscle is aching. Why don't you stop? I'm so hungry and thirsty. Darkness is near. But I shouldn't leave, he will come for me here.

Several weeks have passed, I am dead on my feet. They call me a nuisance because I eat off the streets. Every car that passes, I chase it to see If it's my master coming for me. Though I approach those that come near With trust in my eyes and no sign of fear. With hate in their voices and a cold, heartless stare, They threaten to kill me - they don't even care. Batter my body with rocks that they throw, I will not leave, he will come, don't you know? Overtaken with weakness, my body is numb. I'm sick and so lonely. Oh please, let him come! I will go back where he first threw me out. I'll wait for him there, he will come, no doubt.

My thoughts are fading. My chest feels like lead. I'm sleepy, so sleepy - I can't lift my head. It's so quiet, so peaceful -- all remains still. There is my master at my home on the hill. Yes, I can see him, he's calling my name. His voice is so gentle, his hands are the same. He decided he wants me. Things will be fine. I really do love him, that master of mine. My tail wags with pleasure. I can't catch my breath. He came in my dreams, but so did my DEATH!

Author Unknown

                                                 He found a place to sleep.


Monday, August 17, 2020

Dennis Quaid, The Actor, Adopts Dennis Quaid, The Cat

(CNN)Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid has a new furry friend -- a cute black rescue cat. Its name? Dennis Quaid.

The tale of two Dennises began when the actor heard from a local news report that a black rescue cat, also named Dennis Quaid, was resident in an animal shelter in Virginia and in need of a loving home.

To read more on this story, click here: Dennis Quaid, The Actor, Adopts Dennis Quaid, The Cat 


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

14-Year-Old Uses Free Time To Make Jackets For Shelter Dogs


A young girl living in South Africa found a way to turn her extra time in lockdown into a kind gesture for the dogs in her community. With South Africa experiencing their coldest winter in the last decade, she knew she had something special to offer the Kempton Park SPCA during this difficult time.

To read more on this story, click here: 14-Year-Old Uses Free Time To Make Jackets For Shelter Dogs


Monday, August 10, 2020

SPCA Of Anne Arundel County Has About 200 Adult Cats Waiting For Adoption

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD. (WJZ) — The SPCA of Anne Arundel County has about 200 adult cats waiting for adoption.

The SPCA said many are being overlooked due to so many kittens being born in foster or surrendered for adoption.

Between July 20 and September 20, all cats two years and older will only be $20.

“These felines have a lifetime of love to give. Could you open your heart and home to an adult family member?” they said in a Facebook post.

You can check out all of their available kitties at SPCA of Anne Arundel County, then call 410.268.4388 for details.

“The right match is waiting for you!” they added.

The SPCA has about 200 adult cats waiting for adoption. Many are being overlooked due to so many kittens being born in foster or surrendered for adoption. These felines have a lifetime of love to give. Could you open your heart and home to an adult family member? Check out all of our available kitties at, then call 410.268.4388 for details. The right match is waiting for you!


Sunday, August 9, 2020

Humane Rescue Alliance is Participating in NBC Washington's Clear the Shelters

HRA is participating in NBC Washington's Clear the Shelters, but it looks a little different this year. Instead of dedicating just one day to the event, we’ll be virtually celebrating all month long by sharing some of our favorite Clear the Shelters success stories, as well as dogs, cats, rabbits, and more who are available for virtual adoption!

On August 29, we will not be holding the in-person event at our shelters out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19. Instead, we’ll be celebrating the day online. Keep an eye on our social pages for more details about our digital celebration!

Can’t adopt but still want to participate in the fun? You can with a donation to HRA! Your donation will help support the animals in our care, from medical treatments to daily enrichment and beyond. Donate here: SUPPORT


Thursday, June 25, 2020

9-Year-Old Boy Sells Custom Pet Paintings For Food and Supplies For Shelter Animals

You don’t have to be supersized to do something wonderful. In fact, even the smallest of people can make a difference in this world. That is what you will see with this young child, who is stepping up to the plate and making a difference in a big way.

The nine-year-old Russian boy, Pavel Abramov, is doing his part to help animals at local shelters. He is an artist at such a young age who lives in the small city of Arzamas in Nizhny Novgorod. He has been busy painting pictures of pets but he isn’t collecting money to buy the latest gadget, he is exchanging the pictures for supplies and food to be donated to a local shelter.


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Police Officer Stays At Shelter Overnight With Stray He Rescued

Rescuing a stray puppy may not be a police officer‘s job, but some kind-hearted officers don’t do it for the job. Some genuinely want to help the little ones who can’t help themselves. Officer Kareem Garibaldi of the Lakeland Police Department in Florida is one of those wonderful people.

Officer Garibaldi worked an early morning shift one Saturday in May, 2016. As he drove his patrol car, he nearly ran into a small Pit/Boxer mix puppy. The 8 to 10 week old pup had no identification tags or collar and was just running around loose.

To read more on this story, click here: Police Officer Stays At Shelter Overnight With Stray He Rescued


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Are You Thinking About Getting A Rabbit As A Pet?

Are you thinking about getting a rabbit as a pet? The first thing that you must understand is that a rabbit is nothing like a cat or a dog.

Rabbits aren't for everyone, but make loving pets. You will need to spend time with them every day. If you leave them alone with only other rabbits for company, some tend not like human attention. You will need to make your home rabbit friendly.

Take time to think about what you are getting into. While they are cute in the pet store, you must look past the cuteness and consider the care. Do some research before making your decision.

Things To Think About Before Getting A Rabbit As A Pet:

1. Some have a very long life-span. Most live between 7 – 10 years, and some into their teens. Are you
prepared to devote this time?

2. They are very messy and can be destructive, sometimes burrowing into mattresses and furniture.

3. Pretty independent and could do without human interaction rabbits do not like to be picked up. The act of bending over them and grabbing them by their ribs to pick them up is very similar to being picked up by a hawk and is very scary to them. Please read the article below called, “Rabbit References”, it will tell you the proper way to pick up a rabbit.

4. They are prone to dental problems, as their teeth grow constantly during their life.

5. Male rabbits, especially make the best pets because they are more attentive and affectionate. They make the best pets for kids because they are interactive, curious, and easy to handle.

6. When a female rabbit reaches sexual maturity, she may begin to view her cage as her potential nesting space and become protective of it. A female rabbit that feels nature urging her to breed can become very testy.

7. Rabbits should always be kept inside. Their body temperature rises far more quickly than that of many other animals, and is already at a higher average than other animals. It is necessary to make sure that the area they are in is appropriately heated or cooled as warranted by the environmental conditions around it.

8. You should not leave them in the sun for long periods of time. Seems obvious, but if you put it in a cage near a window, make sure you provide some shade.

9. Vet visits are expensive for rabbits as compared to cats and dogs. You will need to find a good vet who has experience with rabbits.

10. A rabbit screaming is a sign that the rabbit perceives itself to be in a life or death situation.

11. Rabbits can be trained to use a litter box and some can learn to come when called.

Fun Facts About Rabbits and Hares:

A rabbit is different from a hare. A hare is usually born with hair and its eyes open. While a rabbit is born with no hair and its eyes closed.

Did you know that baby rabbits are called kits or kittens?

Baby hares are born above ground with fur and open eyes. They are called leverets. While rabbits are born underground, blind and naked.

The word Bunny is a nickname for rabbits. It comes from the word "coney" (pronounced like "honey"), which used to be the name for a rabbit. The word "rabbit" used to be the name for a kitten (that is, a baby "coney").

Pet rabbits kept indoors are referred to as house rabbits. House rabbits typically have an indoor pen or cage and a rabbit-safe place to run and exercise, such as an exercise pen.

A rabbit will teach you a new way of looking at the world! Although they can be ornery at times, rabbits are wonderful, fun, and loving companions.

Are you the right kind of person to live with a rabbit? 

If you have decided to get a rabbit as a pet, would you please consider checking your local animal shelter. They often have rabbits that are looking for a forever home!


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Deformed Front Legs of Puppy Saved Him from Becoming Fighting Dog

An adorable two-month-old puppy was surrendered to the Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter in Newark, New Jersey recently; the dog's front legs grossly deformed. Perhaps his birth defect or being locked in a too small kennel as he developed saved his life; his past owner decided the little one's deformity made him unsuitable to be a fighting dog.

Named Hulk by his rescuers, the staff at the Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter stated the eight-week-old little bundle of cuteness was the meanest, nastiest little critter anyone would have wanted to meet. From the moment he entered the shelter, Hulk would bite, growl and snap at everyone. It was evident he hadn't been socialized; chances are he was already being taught to fight and be aggressive.

According to the AHPPS, however the very young life of Hulk is making a positive turn:

"...the rough edges have smoothed down with loving hands that hold him. There are two matronly female dogs who play with him so he can perceive that affection and dominance are taught in a favorable and rewarding manner."

Hulk will be examined by a specialist this week in hopes of correcting his deformity. If you would like to help, please click here.

Follow Hulk's progress on Facebook by clicking HERE


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Christmas Puppy Surprise: Oklahoma Parents Secretly Adopt Dog Daughter Had Been Caring For At Shelter

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Christmas came early for one Oklahoma daughter whose father adopted the dog she was caring for at a shelter — and the moment was caught on camera.

Hallee Fuqua had been asking for a dog for years, her father, Lance Fuqua, said in a Facebook post. However, her parents had told her to wait until after she graduates to get one.

She began volunteering at the local Humane Society in Stillwater, Oklahoma, in during her Thanksgiving break. She quickly fell in love with Rambo, a Plott Hound and Mountain Cur mix.

To read more on this story, click here: Christmas Puppy Surprise: Oklahoma Parents Secretly Adopt Dog Daughter Had Been Caring For At Shelter


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Humane Rescue Alliance: We Have an Influx of Cats – Urgent Adoptions Needed. Fees For Cats 6 Months and Older Waived This Weekend – December 15th & 16th

WASHINGTON, D.C. –.  The Humane Rescue Alliance announced today that the organization’s two adoption centers and foster homes have an overabundance of cats six months and older up for adoption. In an effort to encourage cat adoption this weekend, the organization will waive adoption fees Saturday and Sunday. Part of the increased influx of cats is due to two back to back field services cases.

“We have more than 200 cats waiting in our adoption centers and foster homes, ready to go home with their new families,” said Becca Stern, HRA’s director of adoptions. “We encourage people to come and meet them.”

Those interested in adopting a cat this weekend should visit one of HRA’s two adoption centers:  71 Oglethorpe, NW and 1201 New York Avenue, NE.  Pets available for adoption from HRA have been spayed or neutered and microchipped. Check to see all animals available for adoption.  

About the Humane Rescue Alliance: 

The Humane Rescue Alliance has protected and served the animals of the community for more than 145 years and serves 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 and control, behavior and training, spay-neuter services, humane education, and many others. The organization is dedicated to ensuring the safety and welfare of all animals, bringing people and animals together, and working with all communities to support these relationships.  HRA is based in Washington, DC, the only major urban area in the country that has all of its animal protection programs and services unified in one organization, making the Humane Rescue Alliance a model for the nation.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Black Cats - Do They Get a Bad Rap?

Meet Razzy, this is my brother’s second black cat. Razzy was found near his home in South Carolina, and he and his wife took her in when she was just a kitten, she is now about 4 years old. He also had an all black cat named Blackjack that lived for 18 years. Razzy has a 3-year-old yorkie bother named Tiki…and they get along just find.

I have been around both cats, and found them to be the sweetest cats! My sister once had a calico that hid all of the time. Both of his cats would come out to greet you and rub up on your leg.

I think that movies, superstitions and old folklore has caused the scare in people not wanting black cats. One of the prevalent black cat superstition alive in our western culture today, is if a black cat crosses your path, it is considered bad luck. Interestingly, in most other cultures, the black cat is a prized possession and owning one is said to bring the owner good luck.

Did you know that in England the white cat is considered unlucky, the black bought  good fortune?

I have heard these sayings as a child, but as an adult, I realized they were not true.

Lucky 7 reasons to adopt a black cat:
  • You will truly save a life
  • They will love you unconditionally forever
  • When you love a black cat, luck is on your side
  • Their coat shimmers & their eyes will mesmerize you
  • They don’t care what you look like!
  • Holding a black cat is slimming
  • Black cats will match any decor
Good luck associated with black cats include:
  • Possessing a black cat.Having a black cat greet you at a door
  • Having a black cat enter your home.
  • Meeting three black cats in succession 
  • Touching a black cat.
Do cats really have 9 lives?

I don't think that cats have nine lives, that's just a metaphor. Cats seem to be able to pull themselves out of dangerous situations more than anything else. Example, landing on their feet. If something were to happen to your cat that it couldn't get out of, it would die the same as anything else would.


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Do Not Buy from Puppy Mills – A Must Read!

I did not write this story, but as an animal lover, I feel that I must share it: you know me??? I am a purebred Yorkshire Terrier. Pardon my appearance, maybe you didn't recognize me. I've been so busy making babies and it's hard to stay pretty when you live in filth and never bathe. Maybe you know one of my children, there are hundreds of them out there in the world. I know not where. They were taken from me so young. I hope they have forgotten me, anyway, and this horrible place I can never leave, this tiny cage with its wire floor is my world, I have never left it, it all I know. Is there something else? I know this cage, I know loneliness, I know fear, I know pain, I know sickness, I know hunger, I know thirst...I know I make babies. That's all I know. Is there more? Why are you here? I only know humans mean hurt. What do you mean help? What is Kindness? What is love? What is there beside what I know? Will you show me? Will you not forget me here? I want to know what else there is beside this hell I live in. Help me please, I can not help myself. ♥

There is a bill in the US Congress that will help dogs in puppy mills all over the country, the PUPS Act. House-HR835, Senate-S707. So far 25% of representatives have signed on in support.


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Cat

Bringing a new pet into your home is an exciting event, but it is important to be prepared for the commitment. Cats have a reputation for independence but still require an investment of time and money. There are several things to consider before making the decision to adopt.

Do you have other pets in the home? Don't assume your pet will accept the newcomer with as much as excitement as the rest of your family. Particularly if the pet is older, a new addition can be stressful for both animals. Unfortunately, this is the exact time many people choose to add to their pet family. As the existing pet ages, he may become less “fun,” and the idea of adding a cute kitten is appealing. The older pet, justifiably, feels territorial, and may express his feelings in a variety of ways, including aggression toward the new pet, changing his toilet habits, refusing to eat or becoming less social with family members. If you have an older pet in the home, carefully consider how he may react before adding a new cat to the family.

Who will take care of the pet? It is easy to say that kids will, but, until they are in their early teens, it is unrealistic to hand over the responsibility of your new cat's care entirely to a child. Encourage children to help and feel free to assign pet care chores, but, unless you or your spouse is willing to assume total responsibility for the cat's care, reconsider adoption.

Is your home cat proof? Before bringing your cat home, take the time to walk through the house and determine how safe the home is for your new addition. Kittens are extremely playful and will make toys out of unlikely household items. Toilet paper, tissue, electric cords and houseplants are all tempting, and are all potentially dangerous.

Gather the necessary supplies before bringing your cat home. Once your cat is home, you'll want to spend time helping him become acclimated and comfortable in his new environment, not running to the nearest pet store. Your cat will need a litter box, litter, food, dishes for food and water, brush, nail clippers, a few toys and a bed or blanket. Arrange your cat's possessions to give him the best chance of success. Place the litter box in a quiet, out-of-the-way location. Place his food and water near the litter box, but not so close that he will be averse to using the box.

By spending some time thinking about what your new cat may need and preparing for his arrival, you increase the chances he will fit into the family with few problems.