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WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

Mocha
One-year-old foster pup Mocha found a forever home this week! We are so grateful to Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his DC staff, our first official Congressional foster office, for taking great care of Mocha and supporting our mission. We love our incredible growing team of life-saving foster volunteers!

Tom, formerly Pie
“Last summer I helped cat Pie find an adoptive family in College Park, MD. They have renamed him Tom because he looks like the 'Tom' in Tom and Jerry.  Pie quickly became friends with the couple's dog Sydney, and here are the two of them lying together on the bed.”
-Ann Curtsinger, WHS Foster Volunteer

Spiro
Spiro, a New York Avenue adoption center alumni, joined a recent PACK run!

Gretel

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Members of D.C. Council Announce Beginning of Playground Renovations

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Members of D.C. Council Announce Beginning of Playground Renovations

 

From Robert Marus: Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 6 Councilmember and Chairman of the Committee on Parks, Recreation and Libraries Tommy Wells, Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Director Jesus Aguirre, and Department of General Services (DGS) Acting Director Brian Hanlon today announced the beginning of the Playground Improvement Project to renovate existing playgrounds in the District of Columbia. The project is funded by $9.3 million in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, which was passed by the D.C. Council on June 5. 

 

Tails are Still Wagging from the 25th Annual Bark Ball

Tails are Still Wagging from the 25th Annual Bark Ball

Thank you to everyone who supported the Washington Humane Society’s 25th Annual Bark Ball! With more than 750 guests and 350 of their four-legged friends at the Washington Hilton, this year’s silver anniversary event made history, raising over $500,000 (a new record) to benefit the critical programs and services of the Washington Humane Society (WHS). We can’t thank our generous community enough for going above and beyond to show how much DC loves DC animals for an incredible two and a half decades.

Building Connections

Life is all about relationships, personally and professionally.  Lately, I’ve been giving life and career transition workshops that focus on how to ease through change. The most frequently stated fear by my individual clients as well as men and women seminar attendees is loneliness. People are afraid to be isolated or cut off from others. Here are some suggestions that will create deeper relationships and ensure that you stay connected with others.

* The first step is to acknowledge the value of your relationships; you must want to connect with others.

* Be proactive about getting in touch with others. When a visit is not possible, take time for a phone call.  While email has become a wonderful way to stay in touch, hearing another person’s voice is more personal and meaningful.

* Join groups, clubs or associations where you are likely to meet like-minded people.

One Pet Foster Volunteer's Experience

One Pet Foster Volunteer's Experience

The Foster Experience
By Kirsten Stade, WHS Volunteer

My boyfriend Florian and I have been fostering dogs in the DC area since early 2008, first with several rescue groups and now with the Washington Humane Society (WHS).  These four years have contained their share of urine-stained furniture; shredded electronics, upholstery, and a passport; uprooted landscaping; and seemingly futile efforts at peacekeeping in a household with what some would say is too many critters under one roof. But above the sometimes deafening chaos, I have never questioned what I believe is a defining truth: fostering animals is the most important thing I can do in this lifetime.

WHS Alumni Update

WHS Alumni Update

Meet wonderful Washington Humane Society alumni this week! Want a new way to see more happy endings? This month we are celebrating Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month. Adopt your new best feline friend for no adoption fee during June (cats age 2 and older)!

Bam

“It's been a long time since I gave you an update on Bam's progress—he is doing amazing as you will see in his picture! He visits the vet and scores great in all around health and he continues to amaze me each and every day. He is now without a doubt my perfect companion.”
-Andrew Thompson  

Read more about Bam’s story in our Winter Scoop newsletter.

Maya

Treat Dad to a Fabulous Father's Day Aboard Entertainment Cruises

Treat Dad to a Fabulous Father's Day Aboard Entertainment Cruises

 

From Elyse Goldberg: On Sunday, June 17, Entertainment Cruises will celebrate Father’s Day on the Potomac River aboard the Odyssey and the Spirit of Washington.  Fathers and families will delight in musical entertainment, dancing and delectable menus.  The cruises offer one-of-a-kind scenic views of Washington, DC, creating a unique and relaxing getaway to honor Dad.