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WHS Encourages Pet Safety over July 4th Holiday Weekend


This notice comes to us from the Washington Humane Society:

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) encourages pet families to enjoy the upcoming July 4th holiday safely with their animals. Many D.C. area residents will celebrate the long weekend with family and friends, festive foods, fireworks and other outdoor activities. While pets can enjoy the celebrations, it is important to remember that some holiday activities can be potentially hazardous to their health. WHS offers the following tips to keep pet safe this Independence Day:

Baby Panda Watch At National Zoo

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--Is she or isn't she?  Is Mei Xiang--the National Zoo's giant female panda pregnant or not?

A spokesperson for the National Zoo tells 9NEWS NOW we could know tomorrow or in a few weeks.  "She is cradling objects and sleeping quite a bit more," says Lindsay Renick Mayer.  However this behavior is consistent with both a pregnancy or pseudo-pregnancy.


MORE:  Live Pictures of the Giant Pandas via PandaCam


Mayer tells 9NEWS NOW Mei Xiang did undergo an ultrasound Tuesday but it did not show anything.  But this really doesn't tell us much either way because detecting a pregnancy is very difficult in a giant panda.

You can watch Mei Xiang, and her male companion Tian Tian, live on the National Zoo's PandaCams

Washington Animal Rescue League - Every Dog Deserve

Washington Animal Rescue League - Every Dog Deserve

This story comes to us from Dana Metz:

On Tuesday, June 28 the Washington Animal Rescue League will receive a donation of 10,000 pounds of dog food from Pedigree as part of The

Every Dog Deserves program, in an effort to help feed dogs who need it most – those in shelters – and provide them the leading nutrition they

deserve, while they wait to find their forever homes.

IMPORTANTLY, This shelter is not using the donation to feed their own dogs. Since D.C. has been hit hard by the recession and many low-income residents have to choose between feeding themselves and their “beloved companions”, the Washington Animal Rescue League is sending this large donation to their Pet Food Bank where residents in need can get dog food free of cost.

WHS Spay & Neuter Center Announces Expanded Hours

This story comes to us from Jacqueline H. Toppings:

Washington D.C. – The Washington Humane Society (WHS) National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center, a high-quality, low-cost facility located in the heart of Capitol Hill, is announcing new expanded service hours beginning in July. WHS has committed its staff and resources to solving the overwhelming issue of pet overpopulation by offering safe, affordable, high-volume sterilizations in the D.C. metropolitan area to reduce the number of unwanted animals entering our shelters.


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.    


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:


Poodle-Mix Caged Behind Dumpster, Reward Offered

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--On Monday a male poodle mix was found behind a dumpster in a locked cage.  According to the Washington Humane Society, the six-year-old dog was soaked in urine and his coat was badly matted.  The WHS says the cage was filled with feces, "Indicating the dog had been housed in the cage for weeks."

The dog, now named Thomas, was behind a dumpster at the Douglas Knoll apartment complex which is located at 3331 22nd Street, S.E.

The WHS says a maintenance man at the apartment building found Thomas and called the agency. 

Thomas weights just 10-pounds.  Authorities say his ideal weight is at least 20.  The cage had a tan sheet draped over it and 2 bowls can be seen inside the cage.

Thomas has been checked out by a veterinarian and has been treated for malnourishment and ear infections.  Due to the state of his fur, he had to be shaved.