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WHS Spay & Neuter Center Announces Expanded Hours

This story comes to us from Jacqueline H. Toppings:

Washington D.C. – The Washington Humane Society (WHS) National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center, a high-quality, low-cost facility located in the heart of Capitol Hill, is announcing new expanded service hours beginning in July. WHS has committed its staff and resources to solving the overwhelming issue of pet overpopulation by offering safe, affordable, high-volume sterilizations in the D.C. metropolitan area to reduce the number of unwanted animals entering our shelters.


Collars, Tags And Even Chips May Not Find Your Missing Pets

WASHINGTON (WUSA)--If you're a pet owner, you know how your dog, cat or other critter becomes part of the family.  And when that animal goes missing, it can be a heartbreaking experience.

But when your pet has a collar with tags, at least when it's found-dead or alive-someone will contact you, right? 9NEWS NOW's Andrea McCarren learned, that's not always the case.

"It's like losing a child to me," says Kaye Stoopmans, whose Boston Terrier, Zoe, disappeared from her Arlington, Virginia home three weeks ago.  "She's like my child. I don't have kids yet, but she's my baby. She slept with me every night so she used to keep me warm. And I'm so used to having this little ball of fur next to me. It's just not the same. I don't sleep as well anymore without her there."

WHS Waives Cat Adoption Fees in June


This notice comes to us from the Washington Humane Society:

To celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month this June, the Washington Humane Society (WHS), in collaboration with the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the makers of Fresh Step litter, is participating in a fee-waived adoption program to help find loving homes for cats. During the month of June, WHS will waive adoption fees on all cats over the age of 2 at both of its shelter locations.    


Washington Humane Society Urges Public to Protect Pets from Extreme Heat


This story comes to us from Jacquie Toppings:

Washington D.C. – The Washington, D.C. area is under a heat advisory, and the Washington Humane Society (WHS) is reminding pet companions to pay special attention to their animals during extreme high temperatures.


“Pets are vulnerable in severe heat, and they depend on their caretakers to provide what is needed for them to stay healthy and cool,” said Scott Giacoppo, Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Programs Officer, Washington Humane Society. “When warm weather is uncomfortable for people, it can quickly lead to life-threatening heat exhaustion in pets.”


The Washington Humane Society offers the following tips to keep pets safe during the current heat advisory and upcoming warm summer months:


Amazing Video: Brave Chicks And Geese Cross Intersection

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- It was a daring and brave attempt.
Two geese were leading four baby geese across a busy road near an interstate ramp at a four-way intersection.

9News Now's Brittany Morehouse caught the whole scene on camera around noon Thursday.

The geese were coming from the Southern Towers apartment complex in Alexandria.

They crossed Seminary Road - and barely made it to the Hilton hotel.

Even though they didn't use the crosswalk, they made it to the other side safely.

What you don't see on the video is Brittany Morehouse shooting video of the pavement when she saw the baby geese were in trouble.  At that moment, she ran into the street to signal  traffic to stop.



Can Pets Predict Bad Weather?

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Pet owner Steve Womack said his collie would pace back and forth and bark at the windows before the first rain drop.  He's a believer in his dog's sixth sense.

In fact, a poll conducted by the Associated Press and Petside.com found 72% of dog owners and 66% of cat owners are convinced of their pets' animal instincts.

At the Animal Welfare League in Alexandria, education and training manager Suzanne D'Alonzo agreed with scientists who believe it is connected to the change in barometric pressure.

"Because they rely on different skills, they are more aware of changes in pressure that we tune out," she explained.

Dogs are known to pace, pant, or drool in advance of a storm. Cats may sleep more or run and hide.