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WHS Waives Cat Adoption Fees in June


This notice comes to us from the Washington Humane Society:

To celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month this June, the Washington Humane Society (WHS), in collaboration with the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the makers of Fresh Step litter, is participating in a fee-waived adoption program to help find loving homes for cats. During the month of June, WHS will waive adoption fees on all cats over the age of 2 at both of its shelter locations.    


Future Uncertain For 80 Cats Because Of Foreclosure

SOLOMONS ISLAND, Md. (WUSA) ---  Pumpkin, an orange cat, circles around Jean Michaud's legs. The orange cat is one of about 80 cats living in a shed next to Michaud's foreclosed house.

"These guys are my guys and I've been taking care of them for years and years. And I'm devastated."

Michaud is fighting to keep her house that has been sold as a foreclosure. The legal battle has forced her family to file for bankruptcy, she says.

Roseanne Vogt from Circle of Angels Initiative, a faith-based community group, is helping Michaud and her husband. Vogt says Michaud and her husband had to close on their business and thus faced a smaller income. In the process of trying to get their house loans modified, the house was foreclosed, she says.

Michaud says she does not know what will happen to all of her cats, if she does lose her house.

Washington Humane Society Urges Public to Protect Pets from Extreme Heat


This story comes to us from Jacquie Toppings:

Washington D.C. – The Washington, D.C. area is under a heat advisory, and the Washington Humane Society (WHS) is reminding pet companions to pay special attention to their animals during extreme high temperatures.


“Pets are vulnerable in severe heat, and they depend on their caretakers to provide what is needed for them to stay healthy and cool,” said Scott Giacoppo, Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Programs Officer, Washington Humane Society. “When warm weather is uncomfortable for people, it can quickly lead to life-threatening heat exhaustion in pets.”


The Washington Humane Society offers the following tips to keep pets safe during the current heat advisory and upcoming warm summer months:


Neighbors Rescue Dog From Burning House

BELTSVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Kevin and Linda Kennedy say they feel lucky knowing their 11-year-old dog, Spencer, is alive. The family pet was the only one home during the house fire, Monday, April 11, 2011.

The two-alarm fire started in the garage of the single-family house in the 4100 block of Ulster Rd. around 10 a.m.

One neighbor called 9-1-1. As Prince George's County EMS were on their way, next-door-neighbor, Dan Stewart, cut his arm breaking through a first floor window trying to get to Spencer.

But the electrical fire was spreading too quickly from the garage to the attic.

"By the time I got in, there was so much smoke that I couldn't get him out," says Stewart. Spencer was in the basement at that time.

Kennedy says a neighbor's daughter worked on the outside of the house. She smashed a window to free Spencer, according to Kennedy.

Prince George's SPCA Honors Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and the Prince Georges SPCA has two Golden Girls ready to find new homes.

8-year-old Sophia has a wonderful temperament, and gets along with people and other dogs. She loves a good scratch and a long walk. Rose, at 10, is very calm and obedient. When you talk to her, she raises her eyebrows and tilts her head.

Find out more about them at pgspca.org/adopt or call 301-262-5625.

Participate in National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

The Department of Environmental Resources’ (DER) Animal Management Group (AMG) will join the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week from November 7 through November 13, 2010. 

The week-long event, designed to recognize and celebrate the lifesaving services provided by animal shelters, will conclude with an Open House held on Saturday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Animal Services Facility at 3750 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro.  Citizens and residents are encouraged to attend and meet the many wonderful pets available for adoption.

The Animal Services Facility provides many services to the citizens and residents of Prince George’s County.  These services include spaying and neutering homeless animals; placing them in loving homes; helping injured, sick, abused and orphaned animals; and teaching responsible pet care and ownership.