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November 10, 2010

Washington Humane Society: Featured Shelter

In honor of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, we at CARES wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the work of some wonderful American shelters. Throughout the week we will be sharing some of our favorite shelters and admiring their work.  Today we feature the Washington Humane Society
Washington Humane Society - The Washington Humane Society is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States. It is the only shelter in Washington DC, providing comfort and care to nearly 30,000 animals each year in its programs including sheltering, adoption, spay and neuter, CatNiPP, Humane Law Enforcement, lost and found, human-animal therapy programs and Humane Education.  Heavily involved in animal welfare policies and legislation, in 2001 the WHS successfully lobbied for the creation of a law that makes cruelty to animals a felony.  One of its innovative programs is Dog Tags, a cooperative venture with the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  Wounded soldiers recovering at the Center are taught the basics of dog training, with a certificate-based curriculum that affords the opportunity for future careers in animal training, care and welfare.  Their charges are homeless animals, who are trained and socialized, greatly increasing the likelihood of successful adoption. 

A wonderful advisor, friend and supporter of Amazon CARES, Anissa Grossman, is also a Board Member for the WHS.  Thank you Anissa, for all the work you do on behalf of animals.