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Bring Your Best Friend Home on Black Friday

November 19, 2012

“There is no greater addition to a family than a pet who desperately needs a home, especially during the holidays,” said Bob Ramin, Chief Executive Officer at the Washington Animal Rescue League.  “For one day only – the dreaded Black Friday – we will be offering pets to approved families at a reduced rate.  We are looking for qualified families that can provide a loving home for dogs and cats with nowhere else to go.”

Shea (Photo by: Shea

Animals adopted from the Washington Animal Rescue League are up-to-date on all vaccinations, have had a complete medical and behavioral assessment and have been spayed/neutered and micro chipped.   The League rescues dogs and cats from puppy mills, hoarding situations, natural disasters and overburdened shelters from around the country.  The League also takes in animals from partner shelters in the mid-Atlantic region.

Come see some wonderful animals available for adoption at special “Black Friday” reduced rates at the Washington Animal Rescue League.  On Friday, November 23rd only from noon till 7:00 pm, all dogs six months of age or older will be available at a 50% discount off of the normal adoption fee.  All cats six months of age or older will be available for only $10.   (This promotion applies to anyone that submits an application on Friday, November 23rd).

The oldest animal shelter in the District of Columbia, the League has a mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome animals who have nowhere else to go.  Its facility is painstakingly designed from the animals’ point of view to make it one of the most humane animal shelters in the world.  The full-service Medical Center serves the companion animals of low-income pet guardians, as well as shelter animals.

The League is located at 71 Oglethorpe Street, NW, Washington, D.C. . Visit Washington Animal Rescue League and lend  your support.

Cool Dude (Photo by: Cool Dude

Cool Dude is just that … a cool little dude. This 3-year-old beagle mix is sweet, gentle, and a bit timid. But once he gets to know and trust you, he’s not afraid to let his emotions show, and will happily snuggle and cuddle. Cool Dude enjoys the company of other dogs and would probably like living with a friendly canine companion as a playmate and role model. But most of all, he craves a loving, patient home where he can continue to blossom and build a lifetime of memories with his people.

New Hampshire (Photo by: New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a special little guy looking for a special home. At the age of 10, when he should have been settling into his golden years in an environment of love and security, this muppet-like terrier mix ended up at the Washington Animal Rescue League when his owner moved.  Despite this upheaval, New Hampshire is a happy, healthy, affectionate pup who still has lots of love to give and likes nothing more than to curl up in your lap and be cuddled. Like many senior citizens, he’s set in his ways and has a few idiosyncrasies that make him unsuited for life with children or other pets. But if one small canine is enough for you, New Hampshire just might be your perfect match. 

Doe (Photo by: Doe

Doe, a deer, a female deer …” Well, her face may look a bit like that of a deer, but the Doe currently residing at the Washington Animal Rescue League certainly isn’t built like one. With her long, short-legged body, we’re guessing one of her ancestors must have been a basset hound. And we can say with certainty that she’s adorable! When Doe arrived, she was sweet but a bit timid; today, thanks to the companionship of more outgoing shelter residents, this 1-year-old has blossomed into a happy, outgoing, and very energetic girl. Doe is looking for an active adult home where she can get lots of exercise. Could that be yours?

Quirky (Photo by: Quirky

Quirky is a 6-year-old pug/shepherd mix. In the world of exotic hybrids that would make her a “pugherd” or a “shug.” In any case, she’s a sweet, gentle, somewhat shy, medium-sized girl who craves human attention and affection. She’ll climb right into your lap and give you kisses with her little blue tongue. Quirky is one of nine dogs taken in by the Washington Animal Rescue League in partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the ASPCA after severe flooding in Mississippi following Hurricane Isaac caused an overload on the shelter system there. Like many dogs rescued from the South, Quirky is heartworm positive. Her exercise is currently being limited while she undergoes treatment, but once it’s complete, she can be active as she wants to be. Quirky is looking for a calm, loving home—without other dogs—where she can get all the attention she so richly deserves.

Messenger (Photo by: Messenger

Messenger is a 4-year-old Siberian husky mix who was rescued along with 22 other dogs from a South Carolina hoarding situation where more than 200 dogs of various breeds and ages were found living in deplorable conditions. Messenger is timid but also very sweet. She just needs a loving home where her true personality can blossom. Because she is currently being treated for heartworm, Messenger is on a restricted exercise regime at the Washington Animal Rescue League. Fortunately, she loves squeaky toys, so she’s not bored. And once her treatment is complete, she’ll be ready for a more active lifestyle.

Beauty (shown above) is a 4.5-month-old pit bull terrier. Although she is deaf, this little girl is very smart and has already learned how to sit following hand commands.  Beauty is very sweet and friendly, and  would fit into most homes very easily.  She’s hoping for an active home where she can burn off some of that puppy energy.

Jeremiah (Photo by: Jeremiah

Shea (shown above) is a true black beauty! A 1-year-old hound/retriever mix, she’s very sweet and very shy. She wants desperately to interact but needs gentle encouragement to trust. Once she does, she’ll crawl into your lap for some cuddling and ear fondling. Shea would love a quiet, adult home with patient people who will help her develop more self-confidence. Could it be yours? If so, stop by the Washington Animal Rescue League to meet her.

Trapeze (Photo by: Trapeze

Jeremiah is a true gentle giant! This 8-year-old Labrador retriever-Saint Bernard mix from West Virginia is sweet, calm, and even-tempered. He enjoys the company of other calm dogs and craves human affection, although he’s too big for young children. Jeremiah is a bit stressed by shelter life at the Washington Animal Rescue League and hopes someone will take him home soon. If you’re looking for a loving canine companion content to just hang out with you, look no further than Jeremiah.

Trapeze is a 6-month-old female hound mix from South Carolina. It seems that when ears were handed out, she got a pair that was one or two sizes too small; fortunately, they give her a cute look that’s all her own. Like her name suggests, Trapeze is an athlete…with lots of energy. So she’s looking for an adult home where she can get lots of exercise—at least two 45-minute walks a day.

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The Mayor At Bat

November 13, 2012

To celebrate his 70th birthday, Mayor Vincent  C. Gray was presented with a Louisville Slugger bat and a souvenir baseball at Nationals Park’s PNC Diamond Club which drew hundreds of fans on a brisk, windy Tuesday night.

The event also was a fundraiser for the mayor’s constituent services fund. The mayor, an avid Nats fan, plays first base for a recreational team in D.C. and rarely missed a game.

Among the celebrants were former Mayor Sharon Pratt, D.C. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Barbara Lang, D.C. Councilman Vincent Orange, DC Public School Chancellor Kaya Henderson, and Councilwoman Yvette Alexander.   The host committee listed nearly 200 people.

Food for the evening mainly consisted of hot dogs, hamburgers and cake.

Gray was born Nov. 8, 1942. His executive office is decorated with an array of sports memorabilia.

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D.C. Dems Rally for Victory

November 6, 2012

A victory rally for the D.C. Democratic National Committee was held Sunday evening, November 4, 2012, hosted by D.C. Democratic National Committeeman and Councilman-at-Large Vincent Orange, along with D.C. Democratic Committeewoman Estell Mathis Lloyd and D.C. Democratic State Committee Chair Anita Bonds.  With the crowd chanting VICTORY, the standing-room-only banquet room at Tony Cheng’s Restaurant was full of energy and enthusiasm shouting “Mayor for Life” when Councilman Marion Barry took the podium.

Marion Barry and Vincent Orange (Photo by: Stacey Lincoln) Marion Barry and Vincent Orange

Motivational speeches to elect a straight Democratic ticket on Tuesday from the local to the national level were delivered.   Voting for D.C. Council Chair Michael Brown was also encouraged, as his political colleagues referred to him as a “Democrat at heart” and an “independent Democrat.”

Councilman Jack Evans, Councilwoman Yvette Alexander, Councilman Michael Brown, Councilman Marion Barry and Councilman Vincent Orange encouraged everyone to vote Democrat on Tuesday. 

Estell Mathis Lloyd and Anita Bonds pointed out that Romney is waging war on women and that women should protect their rights over their body, as well as equal pay for equal work. 

Vincent Gray (Photo by: Sacey Lincoln) Vincent Gray

US Senator Michael D. Brown reported that he asked President Barack Obama to support DC Statehood and he agreed to it.  Brown stated that if Obama is re-elected to a second term that DC citizens can hold Obama to his word and finally achieve DC Statehood. 

Mayor Vincent Gray spoke enthusiastically about what he and the D.C. Council have achieved and the goals for 2013.  D.C. has a budget surplus of $140 million.  In 2013, the parking pilot program and rezoning of the city will be hot topics.

United States Representative Nate Bennett-Fleming (Ward 8), who gave a rousing speech, was described as a rising political star” by D.C. Councilman-at-Large Vincent Orange. 

Orange ended the evening by reminding everyone that they must first believe they are a winner themselves and to go out on Tuesday and vote as a winner.

Marion Barry, Yvette Alexander, Jack Evans and Vincent Orange (Photo by: Stacey Lincoln) Marion Barry, Yvette Alexander, Jack Evans and Vincent Orange

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