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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.  


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)!


“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.


Local Retirement Community Redefines Nursing Care

Local Retirement Community Redefines Nursing Care

Looking for a nursing care program for a loved one? Choose Riderwood retirement community.

Riderwood retirement community’s extended care neighborhood, Renaissance Gardens, offers a comprehensive restorative nursing program that has earned a Medicare Five-Star rating, and is redefining the scope of nursing care.

This program is very interactive, and requires all residents to have an appropriate five-day restorative nursing program each week with a rehab staff and therapists that keep detailed evaluations of the resident’s progress.

In this program, the therapist determines if the resident experiences a decline in function and, if so, a treatment plan is developed. This program maintains and develops physical functions, which improves the quality of life for residents.

In addition, the activity may play a role in Renaissance Gardens’ low rates of hospital transfers, and depression.

WHS Alumni Update: May 25, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: May 25, 2012

It’s a holiday weekend, so we’ll keep today’s post short and sweet. Catch up with two amazing WHS alumni!


Rocky went home yesterday! Rocky came to the Washington Humane Society emaciated with severe congenital skeletal deformations as well as calluses on both legs and a severely infected sore on one leg. He was being kept in a crate approximately half his size with no bedding for 15-20 hours a day. After a long recovery under the care of dedicated officers in our Humane Law Enforcement Department, he has happily found his forever family! Hooray for Rocky! (Check out all the love he received on our recent Facebook post!).


WHS Alumni Update: May 18, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: May 18, 2012

Check out more amazing alumni stories below. We love our WHS family!

“Peanut is a real blessing. I'm very happy that I took a chance on adopting a special needs senior Chihuahua. He's a really sweet dog and has adjusted very well, and he gets along well with Lil Missy Riverdale, another senior dog who was adopted from WHS the year before. Peanut loves the mini-rawhide chew bones and gets around well indoors and outside, despite his vision problem. He's like having a puppy around all the time.”
-Rita Pazzelli

Want to meet more great seniors like Peanut? We’re helping the “Class of 2012” graduate this weekend by offering fee-waived adoptions on all of our older and long-time pet residents! Visit our adoption centers May 18-20 to meet your new best friend! 

Golf For Good: Local Tournament Raises Funds & Awareness

Golf For Good: Local Tournament Raises Funds & Awareness

According to The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, every 14 minutes someone in the United States commits suicide.

Help raise awareness to this growing issue, and reach out to those affected by suicide at The AFSP National Capital Chapter 's Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 23rd.

Last year, the organization was able to raise $18,000, which benefitted the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and their dedication to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy programs.

The 18-hole golf tournament is located at one of the area’s nicest courses at Andrews Airforce Base in Md., and features a fully catered barbeque lunch and refreshments.

The tournament also incorporates contests and prizes including restaurant gift certificates, and paid vacations to Chicago, Florida, and San Francisco, as well as trophies for winning foursomes.