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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

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

You can learn more about puppy mills here


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State of the Art Animal Shelter in Washington, DC


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

Dog Event

New Leash on Life Party at Dog Mountain

Dog Mountain, created by Stephen Huneck and his wife Gwen, is something of a dog paradise in New England.

“Dog Mountain is set on 150 acres on a private mountaintop spot in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The grounds are always open to people and their dogs. Stephen Huneck and his wife, Gwen, bought the property in 1995. They turned the barn into studio space. After Stephen’s unique visionary experience, the Dog Chapel soon followed. The Dog Chapelopened its doors Memorial Day weekend of 2000. The unspoiled haven is covered with hiking trails and dog ponds. Wildflowers abound in the summer and snow-shoeing is a favorite activity in the winter. Year after year, the Dog Chapel and the Stephen Huneck Gallery get more and more visitors from all over the world.

There is no leash law on Dog Mountain. Dogs are not just welcome here, they are cherished! Dogs are free to run, play, swim and best of all meet other dogs! It’s great to hear from tourists and local residents alike how much Dog Mountain means to them and their dogs.”

It is the place to go if you are a dog person, whether or not you have a dog with you does not matter. You are always welcome.

On June 22nd, 2014, there will be a new event:

“We thought, let’s host a day at Dog Mountain where nearby shelters and rescues can come and bring potential adoptees and info on their organizations, and people can come and support their work and maybe find a new canine family member to take home!”

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