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Foster A Cat Month

Foster A Cat Month

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) works hard to find homes for every animal in our care. As the open-access shelter in DC, we take in an average of 30 animals every day into our often already full and busy adoption centers. One of the most vital services our volunteers can provide is foster care to animals awaiting their forever homes. By providing a place for cats or dogs to stay, along with a little TLC, foster caregivers fulfill a critical component of our life-saving work, and allow us to make room for more animals who need our special care and attention.

WHS Alumni Update: June 22, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: June 22, 2012

Hugo
Hugo, a star contestant in the recent Best in Shelter competition, found his forever family this week! Hugo had been recovering under the foster care of one of our amazing volunteers after he came to WHS with major medical issues. While we may not have won the contest, he is the biggest winner in our book. This is the best happy ending we could ask for!

Asia
Active Doga and PACK (People & Animal Cardio Klub) participant Asia found a forever home at a recent adoption event held at Rock Creek Sports Club! Her new pet parent is Michelle DeLucia, General Manager of the Club. A perfect match!

Velvet
“I adopted my cat, Velvet, from the DC animal shelter one week ago today. I'm so glad I did! She is a treasure.”
-Jacqueline Michele Richardson

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5 Ways to Make Backyard BBQs Healthier This Summer

5 Ways to Make Backyard BBQs Healthier This Summer

America is a country that loves to barbecue. In fact, according to the National Barbecue Association, the country can trace its barbecue roots at least as far back as George Washington, who documented hosting barbecue events in 1773. Since then, people across the nation have barbecued on a regular basis, most often during the summer months, especially around Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. For those looking to make this tradition a little healthier, there are plenty of options.

“Many people are looking for ways to eat healthier today,” explains Shawn Davis, otherwise known as Chef Big Shake, the founder of CBS Foods and The Original Shrimp Burger. “The good news is that there are so many great ways to make healthier choices that you won’t be compromising. Small changes can pay off big.”

Here are 5 ways to help make a backyard barbecue healthier, this summer:

Foster a Feline Friend, or Adopt a Cat for No Fee This Month!

Foster a Feline Friend, or Adopt a Cat for No Fee This Month!

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) invites you to be a part of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month! All cats age 2 and older are available for adoption for no fee throughout the month of June. Plus, all amazing cats of all ages living in “Kitty City” at our New York adoption center are fee-waived. Can’t adopt now? We are urgently seeking kitten and cat foster caregivers during our busiest time of year. Counselors and staff are available to answer questions to help you find your new best friend or help a cat in need by providing temporary TLC.  

Local Candy Store Offers Sweet Rewards For Good Grades

Local Candy Store Offers Sweet Rewards For Good Grades

Good grades never tasted so sweet for kids in the D.C. area.

Local candy store, The Sugar Cube, located at 1218 King Street in Alexandria, introduced a new academic appreciation program to reward a good report card this week.

Students in grades 2-8 can bring in their spring 2012 report cards any time before July 15, and then pick out a small treat of their choice. Children can choose from rainbow milk chocolate nonpareils, gummy alphabet letters, all-natural jellybeans, certified nut-free M&M’s, and sugar-free gummy bears.

“A celebration is in order when kids have worked hard all year and are looking forward to their summer vacations,” said sisters and Sugar Cube owners, Kimberly and Alyssa Theodore.  “How better to recognize their efforts than to kick off the summer with a sweet treat?”

Going Bananas: Which Grocery Store Sells The Cheapest Bananas?

Going Bananas: Which Grocery Store Sells The Cheapest Bananas?

Every morning I top my cereal or oatmeal with a banana and blueberries. As you can imagine, I'm in the grocery store often to make sure I am fully stocked.

I did a comparison between Trader Joes who sells bananas individually, and Giant, Safeway, and Whole Foods who sell them by the pound in Alexandria, Va.

I bought five bananas from each store with relatively the same weight, and saw which store was cheaper.

While the initial reaction when you see the per banana price, you would think it was more, but it turns out it was less!

Trader Joes offers the cheapest bananas, five bananas at $.95 ( $.19 per banana) ; Whole Foods was $1.24 for five bananas, and Safeway and Giant were both $1.50 for five.

In conclusion, paying the price for each banana at Trader Joes is cheaper.

 

 

 

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