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Dancing With The Stars, William Levy Promotes Latino Youth Grants

Cuban-actor William Levy, known for his role in Mexican soap operas and this year's Dancing with the Stars third runner up, is encouraging Latino youth across America to take advantage of educational grants and awards offered by the Washington-based Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF).

As this year's Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards spokesperson, Levy urges Latino high school students who serve as leaders and role models in the classroom to apply before the prestigious Youth Awards no later than July 6, 2012.

Students will be selected for their accomplishments in the classroom and community, which focus in various categories including: Math & Engineering, Education, Business, Healthcare & Science, Community Service, among others.   Three students will be selected from each of these categories in the following 10 markets: Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, San Jose/San Francisco-Bay Area, Phoenix, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and New Yo

Foster Cat: Bermuda

Foster Cat: Bermuda

Today we introduce you to another great animal in our foster program, Bermuda. Bermuda is currently under the care of our foster volunteer Yolanda Thomas. We are asking for your help to find Bermuda a loving home this week. Please share her story and photos with your friends, families, and communities. We are thrilled to report that in just the last four days, after reaching out to our incredible WHS family, nearly 100 cats and kittens have left our shelter through foster, transfer, and adoption. This just goes to show that together we can make a difference and save more lives! Please help Bermuda and more WHS animals this week!

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

Atlas

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.  

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