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5 Ways to Help the Animals of Hurricane Sandy

5 Ways to Help the Animals of Hurricane Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy struck the coast at the end of October it did damage that hit the news channels around the globe. The 80 mile per hour winds took lives, did billions of dollars in damage, and left thousands of people homeless. Many people are aware of the human impact of this tragedy, but few know about how the animals were in impacted in the area. As it turns out, many pets were lost, displaced, injured, and separated from their families.

“There is an element of tragedy here that many people have not even heard about and it is all the animals that have been impacted,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. “What we try to do is help raise awareness and to help as many animals as we can, but we really need the support of others in order to be more successful at our mission.”

Pet of the Week: Messenger

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - This week's Washington Animal Rescue League's pet of the week is a tail-wagging charmer. Messenger is a 4-year-old Siberian husky mix. She was rescued, along with 22 other dogs, from a South Carolina puppy mill. Messenger and more than 200 other dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds, were found existing in unacceptable, deplorable conditions.

Luckily for Messenger, those grim days are in her past.  Like most survivors of puppy mills, Messenger is a timid dog with a sweet nature who just needs time, patience and affection to help bring out her true personality. In a loving home, this lovely girl whose markings are striking and whose eyes are soulful, will truly blossom.

Pet Of The Week: Shakespeare

Pet Of The Week: Shakespeare

Looking to adopt a new friend? The Washington Animal Rescue League has a new pet of the week named Shakespeare.

 Shakespeare is an 8-year-old male Chihuahua mix who has gone from comedy to tragedy in a few short weeks. Picked up as a stray on the streets of DC, this little boy arrived at the Washington Animal Rescue League shy and timid. But thanks to the efforts of the League’s dedicated staff and volunteers, plus interaction with shelter visitors, he’s blossomed into quite the social butterfly. He eagerly solicits attention and affection and will willingly climb into a lap if it’s offered. Like tales by the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare isn’t really appropriate for young children but would love a quiet home with adults who appreciate classics like him.

DC Walk For The Animals Brings Out Pooches, People

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-  A sunshiny Saturday brought out dedicated humans and their loyal dogs for the second annual DC Walk for the Animals and the Pet-a-Palooza.

Hosted by the Washington Humane Society in support of rescued animals, the walk and a community festival that followed later raised funds to help animals in need. WHS programs helped by the day's generosity include pet adoption and animal rescue, as well as training and fostering--all the supportive nurturing needed for the welfare of our four-legged (and winged and finned!) friends.

The festival's local vendors, games and contests for pets and their people rounded out the day. For all those who attended and participated, the day's bright spirits and energetic vibe--along with just plain fun-- reminded them to invite even more friends to take part next time.

Celebrity Pets Come To D.C.

Celebrity Pets Come To D.C.

Socialize with celebrity animals tonight at the 15th annual Pet Night on Capitol Hill reception featuring the adorable Jack Russell Terrier, Uggie who starred in “The Artist” and “Buttercup” the cat from the popular novel and movie “The Hunger Games.”

This event, which takes place at the Cannon Caucus Room on First Street and Independence Avenue in D.C., coincides with the Cutest Pet on Capitol Hill election where members of Congress and Hill staffers have an opportunity to nominate their own pets to be the Cutest Pet on Capitol Hill.

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