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For Lennox Barnes

By Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO, Washington Humane Society

Lennox Barnes’s life has come to a sad and bitter end. His story is heartbreaking and infuriating, with one part incomprehensible bureaucratic righteousness and three parts love, humanity and the shared will for profound change.

For those who haven’t heard, the details of his short life are achingly tragic. In May 2010, Lennox Barnes was taken from his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland. All indications are that he was a model citizen – he had no known history of bad behavior, and no aggressive or violent actions in his past.

Renovations Underway at S Street Dog Park

From Andrew Huff: The DC Department of General Services (DGS) began repairs this week at the S Street dog park in Dupont. The park is located at 17th Street, S Street, and New Hampshire Avenue, NW.During the repair period, the park will remain closed to the public and is expected to re-open in three to four weeks. Work at the park will include turf repair and cleaning, landscaping, the removal of dead trees, and the addition of new trees."This is one of the most used dog parks in the city and as a result requires some serious work," said Evans. "I am pleased that DGS is making these improvements and thank Mike Silverstein from the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission and other residents for all of their work to keep the park in top shape."The closest dog park to S Street is the Shaw Dog Park near 11th and Q Streets, NW. More information on the Shaw Dog Park can be found here.

City Duck Departs DC for Southern Living

City Duck Departs DC for Southern Living

By Diana Foley, WHS Volunteer


Early one Friday morning in June, Donnie the Pekin duck was preparing to fly south—via US Airways. Tucked inside a soft-sided pet carrier, we made our way through the airport, keeping our fingers crossed that Donnie would make it through check-in and security without any trouble. We had called the airline ahead of time to confirm that Donnie would be allowed in the cabin, but knowing that ducks probably aren’t an everyday sight for travelers and airline staff, we proceeded with caution.


Foster Monday: Tally

Foster Monday: Tally

Sweet Tally Seeks a Forever Home!

This week’s featured foster pet is the beautiful Tally. She is currently living with her foster caregiver Diane Barnes and family while she waits patiently to find her forever home. Help Tally meet her match this week by sharing her story and photos with your friends, family, and communities!

Diane shares some info about this great girl: