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A Merger Perfect for Valentine’s Day

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There are many animal welfare organizations all over the world. And the numbers are – luckily – rising. And then there came this news: Two organizations in Washington, DC have decided to go the other way, they are merging into one. Thereby they will combine their strengths, their resources, their efforts, and together will be become stronger. A perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, because we all are stronger together.

“We have some very exciting news to share as we announce that the Washington Animal Rescue League and the Washington Humane Society are merging together to create one single, unified organization.

For over a hundred years, the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) and the Washington Humane Society (WHS) have collaborated to benefit the animals and people in the District of Columbia. Each of these outstanding organizations has a set of excellent programs and services to help rescue and protect animals, and to enrich the lives of the people who love and care for them. As we have collaborated more over the past decade, we have become more alike with regard to our philosophies and practices.

Both organizations have been on the leading edge of what are now considered best practices in the field of animal welfare, with customer- and animal-centric adoption policies; a strong commitment to saving lives; care assistance for pet owners in need; and a collaborative and open approach with community partners.

As we continued to grow and evolve, it became very apparent that we could expand our impact and reach if we created one dynamic, industry-leading animal welfare organization in the Nation’s Capital. In doing so, we would create something truly unique: the nation’s first end-to-end animal welfare organization in any major city.

As we announce this merger, our shared vision is finally a reality.

• Together, we will run every major animal welfare program in the nation’s capital, from rescue and adoption to animal control to humane law enforcement, low-cost vet care, spay-neuter services, behavior and training, humane education, and more.
• Together, we will be able to profoundly strengthen the safety net for animals in our region, offer subsidized vet care to every family in need, provide citywide behavior training to keep pets and families together, expand our spay-neuter efforts to end pet overpopulation, and protect every animal in our area from cruelty and harm.
• Most importantly, we can now create a unified vision, backed by powerful and creative programs, to establish a model urban community for all animals – pets and wildlife alike – and the people who love them.

Please join us in celebrating this historic moment in animal welfare. We are excited for what the future holds and look forward to sharing many more years of success with you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you, our devoted supporters and friends, for having done so much to make this day possible. We look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead to create a bright future for the people and animals of the national Capital region.”

You can read more here:

http://www.warl.org

http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=aboutus

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Scott Walker: Ban puppy mills in Wisconsin

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Saving One Being Helps Many

Here is a wonderful, uplifting and inspirational adoption story that should be copied far and wide. It is from the Washington Animal Rescue League, an animal shelter that tries to find forever homes for all animals that come through its doors.

Home is Where the Heart Is

They say, “Home is where the heart is.”

In this case, “home” is Malta House, an assisted living community in Hyattsville, Maryland. And the “heart” is Olivia, a German shepherd mix who now shares the residence with 31 senior citizens. The story of how this once homeless two-year-old  dog came to Malta House makes you believe that some things really are just meant to be.

Olivia as a puppyOlivia arrived at the Washington Animal Rescue League in December 2013 when she was six months old, one of seven dogs from an overcrowded partner shelter down south. Given her sweet disposition and cute scruffy “beard,” WARL staff were not surprised when she was adopted just one week later. Another successful adoption…or so we thought.

Fate, however, had other plans for Olivia.

Almost two years after leaving WARL, she was returned. It turns out Olivia had severe separation anxiety, which led to excessive barking and urinating and defecating indoors. She just couldn’t handle being left alone.

Not surprisingly given her sensitive nature, Olivia found shelter life extremely stressful and her anxiety only increased…to the point that she required medication. Staff began looking for a special foster home…one where someone was home most, if not all, of the time. They knew they faced a challenge.

Enter Elisabeth Orchard, director of Malta House.

From her years of experience in eldercare, Orchard knew that animals can positively impact the quality of senior citizens’ lives, especially those of people who have little if any contact with the outside world. She already had arranged for Pets on Wheels to periodically visit Malta House but as she explained, “It just isn’t the same as having an animal around all the time.”

So she began looking for a way to bring an animal into Malta House on a longer-term basis, both for the benefit of residents and to help an animal not doing well in a shelter.

Olivia with Malta House residentsWhen Orchard contacted WARL about the possibility of Malta House fostering a dog, fostering coordinator Mandie Worsley immediately thought of Olivia; what better place for a dog with separation anxiety than a community where someone was always there.

But before proceeding, Orchard had to get the approval of residents, so she presented the idea during a Residents’ Council meeting. Most of the residents were unreservedly enthusiastic. A couple, however, who had never lived with cats or dogs were less enthralled, but they said that if having a dog around made other residents happy, they would go along with idea.

Some staff members also had reservations. Yvonne Toukam, for example, was raised in Cameroun, where keeping dogs as pets was not the norm. Plus, her grandfather had died after being bitten by a rabid dog.

But Olivia quickly put everyone at ease. “Her gentle nature charmed everyone,” recalls Caesar Dudley, head of the Residents’ Council. And that includes Yvonne, who now describes Olivia simply as, “my friend.”

Olivia has even surpassed Orchard’s expectations.                 

“She’s very intuitive,” Orchard explains. “She makes the rounds every day, nudging residents gently for a bit of attention, which they are only too happy to give.

Her impact is felt by everyone, especially residents with dementia or mental health issues. “Some of our residents have lost some of their short-term memory,” Orchard explains, “but Olivia may bring back positive memories from years ago, which adds to their quality of life. She has a calming effect on  everyone.”

“We love Olivia,” says resident Eppie Fields. “She makes everyone happy. We didn’t want her to leave.”

So Malta House residents and staff chose to make the arrangement permanent. A mere three weeks after she arrived, they voted unanimously to adopt Olivia.

And that’s good news for both the dog and the seniors in her “care.”

Olivia on the floor with childHer living arrangement may be unconventional, but it’s obvious Olivia is thriving in an environment where she is with people all the time. When not making her rounds in the common areas, she relaxes in the front office, where she has a bed, food bowl, and water bowl. She enjoys regular walks, during which she has the opportunity to socialize with many of the neighborhood canines.

When Friday rolls around, Olivia takes a break from her responsibilities and heads home for the weekend with Orchard or Gary Randall, one of Malta House residents’ caregivers. But while she enjoys these breaks from her weekly routine, she’s always happy to get back to her adoring fans on Mondays. “She gets very excited as we approach the front door and runs in and greets all the residents right away,” says Orchard. And they can’t wait to see her.

As Dudley explains, “She has brought joy into this house.”

You can learn more about the Washington Animal Rescue League here:

http://www.warl.org

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At the Mall: Shopping, Restaurants and …. Animal Adoptions?

There seems to be a new trend developing in the animal shelter world. Shelters are expanding their shelter adoption places to the mall. At first it might seem scary to hear that people can stop by between buying a new pair of jeans and getting a cup of coffee to check out the kittens and puppies at the shelter’s space directly in the mall.

The Humane Society of Naples, Florida set up their first animal adoption space in a mall several years ago. Several other organizations have followed and so far, it seems to be a win-win situation. People who might otherwise have bought a puppy from a puppy mill supported pet shop see what the local animal shelter has to offer. They are then provided with information on adoptions, learn more about where the animals come from and some even decide against the baby dog in favor of a more mature dog waiting for a forever home at the shelter.

You can read more here:

https://hsnaples.org/mall-adoption-center

http://www.animall.org

https://www.cabq.gov/pets/shelters-rescue-groups/lucky-paws

http://www.retailsindy.org/adoption-center/blog

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Running for Fun, Not for Entertainment

photo: GREY2K USA

photo: GREY2K USA

photo: GREY2K USA

photo: GREY2K USA

Over the centuries, it has been a tradition in many countries to have beings race against each other for the amusement of the onlookers. The human being probably is the only being where running in a race is a choice, not a must.

As with other traditions there should come a time to think it over, to decide whether or not the tradition still is in any way useful, amusing or necessary.

Dog racing is a tradition that might have been amusing and even necessary to bring some entertainment into the lives of hard working people, where hardly any other forms of entertainment were available. But in the 21st century in developed countries there are millions of ways to be entertained. Hurting other beings for amusement should no longer be called a tradition.

Thanks to the consistent efforts of several humane organizations, dog racing will end in Texas. As of January 1st, 2016, there will no longer be any dog track in the whole state. It would be wonderful if more states would follow and dog racing would become one of the obsolete traditions.

You can read more here:

https://www.thedodo.com/dog-racing-to-end-in-texas-1316625572.html

https://www.aspca.org/fight-cruelty/greyhound-racing-faq

http://www.grey2kusa.org/eNEWS/G2K-082715.html

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Festive Food: A Wiener from a Wiener

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Different counties, different traditions. In the southern part of China each year the Yulin Festival is being celebrated and its main food is dog meat. Does this make the Chinese people savoring this food any worse than for example the visitors of the Virginia Pork Festival? Or the Main Lobster Festival? The Harrod Beef Festival or the Tunarama Festival in Australia?

The world would be a better place if all these festivals could be changed into something more humane.

“Tens of thousands of dogs—many of them stolen pets—are rounded up, crammed on top of each other in cages, and transported long distances under horrific conditions. Once they arrive at the Yulin Festival—a dog meat event in southern China—they’ll be slaughtered and eaten.”

You can read more here and sign the petition:

https://action.hsi.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=104&ea.campaign.id=38221&ea.tracking.id=email&ea.url.id=408042&forwarded=true

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Dogs Helping Elephants = Win/Win

2015-05-15

There are some dogs who love to play. And then there are some people who know how to give these dogs something to do. Together, they have the chance to help fight crimes against wildlife, especially against the ivory trafficking villains.

“We’re sniffing out wildlife crime.

Our Canine Detection Unit trains dogs to sniff out illegal wildlife contraband like ivory and rhino horn – and they’re really good at it.”

The African Wildlife Foundation gives more information here:

http://my.awf.org/page.redir?target=http%3a%2f%2fwww.awf.org%2fcampaigns%2fdogs-saving-elephants%2f%3futm_source%3d1505spring1rsad%26utm_medium%3demail%26utm_campaign%3dfy15spring&srcid=28444&srctid=1&erid=17919807&trid=3385c82c-5ee5-4e22-8d59-9a6c7a143c17

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