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Some of the Most F*%#ed-Up Family Trees From Last Year’s Crufts Winners

If you know someone who is looking for a new pet in the family help them find one from a shelter:

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I don’t normally write 4 blogs posts in rapid succession on the same topic, but that’s just a measure of my heartache at the thought of those thousand upon thousand unwanted dogs in shelters in the UK, not to mention the 5,000 strays put down every year. I rescued my own gorgeous girl Holly from Manchester Dogs Home. She has been my loving, sweet, gentle companion for 15 years.

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This is Holly enjoying Lake Coniston two years ago.

Multiply the UK numbers by a factor of thousands in the US. Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters nationwide every year, with approximately 1.2 million dogs euthanised.

The Westminster Dog Show, the biggest in the US, takes place at pretty much the same time as Crufts and is plagued with the same kind of problems.

Another petition to sign about Crufts

Some of the Most F*%#ed-Up Family Trees From Last Year’s Crufts…

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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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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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Where Do You Find Your New Four-Legged Love of Your Life?

Photo: Animal Rescue Corps

Photo: Animal Rescue Corps

Photo: Washington Animal Rescue League

Photo: Washington Animal Rescue League

Every day, there are people looking to find a new four legged family member. Some immediately turn to a shelter, some find their new love of their life through family or friends, but there still are too many who – mostly due to ignorance or naivety – buy their new dog in a store or, worse, on-line. They do not question where the dog comes from, where the breeder is, they just look for size (mostly small), breed (dogs sometimes are a fashion statement), age (the younger, the better), and price (strangely, some will pay huge amounts of money without questions asked). This is why puppy mills still thrive.

The Washington Animal Rescue League helped save some of these dogs, again:

“They Gained Their Freedom, Now Help Them Gain Their Independence

At this very moment, 21 sweet, but scared, small breed dogs are receiving refuge at the Washington Animal Rescue League. These canines were among more than 100 that were the beneficiaries of a Tennessee puppy mill bust by the Humane Society of the United States.

This is probably the first time any of these beagles, pugs and other small breed dogs have tasted a moment of freedom from the pain, trauma and illness caused by the miserable existence of a life trapped in a tiny, filthy cage.

Yes, they now have their freedom from the puppy mill, but they haven’t gained their independence from it. The adverse effects of that life still haunt these innocent creatures.”

You can read more about the Washington Animal Rescue League here

http://warl.org

You can read more about the  Humane Society of the United States here

http://www.humanesociety.org

You can learn more about puppy mills here

http://animalrescuecorps.org/learn/puppy-mills/

 

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State of the Art Animal Shelter in Washington, DC

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Even thought the Washington Animal Rescue League is the oldest animal shelter in the District of Columbia it has one of the most innovative shelters in the country. Dogs get to stay in dens together, cats are found in their cat condos. If an animal needs to spend time in a shelter, this one is the next best thing to finding a forever home.

“For the abused, abandoned, and forgotten animals, The Washington Animal Rescue League’s new facility provides the perfect atmosphere for recovery as they make the transition from lives of hardship to being cherished members of the family. Every detail has been painstakingly designed to promote their physical, psychological, and social wellbeing. Steel-bar cages were replaced with comfortable and attractive doggie dens, cat condos, and puppy pads.”

Two dogs waiting for the their forever home.

Two dogs waiting for the their forever home.

Dogs get to go for walks outside with staff or volunteers - volunteers are always needed and always welcome

Dogs get to go for walks outside with staff or volunteers – volunteers are always needed and always welcome


For more information please check out the website
http://www.warl.org

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