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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:


'12 Strays Of Christmas' Encourages Pet Adoption

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)  The Prince Georges County Department of Environmental Resources Animal Management Group is celebrating December with a Twelve Strays of Christmas Holiday Adoption Event at its Animal Services Facility in Upper Marlboro.

During the month of December, six stray dogs and six stray cats will be highlighted and offered for adoption at $80 off the regular adoption fee.

The featured animals can be seen on the Animal Management Group's website until December 31st.

AMG Associate Director, Chief Rodney Taylor, is encouraging people who've thought about adopting to offer a pet a loving home this holiday season.

Prince George's SPCA Honors Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and the Prince Georges SPCA has two Golden Girls ready to find new homes.

8-year-old Sophia has a wonderful temperament, and gets along with people and other dogs. She loves a good scratch and a long walk. Rose, at 10, is very calm and obedient. When you talk to her, she raises her eyebrows and tilts her head.

Find out more about them at pgspca.org/adopt or call 301-262-5625.

Participate in National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

The Department of Environmental Resources’ (DER) Animal Management Group (AMG) will join the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to celebrate National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week from November 7 through November 13, 2010. 

The week-long event, designed to recognize and celebrate the lifesaving services provided by animal shelters, will conclude with an Open House held on Saturday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Animal Services Facility at 3750 Brown Station Road in Upper Marlboro.  Citizens and residents are encouraged to attend and meet the many wonderful pets available for adoption.

The Animal Services Facility provides many services to the citizens and residents of Prince George’s County.  These services include spaying and neutering homeless animals; placing them in loving homes; helping injured, sick, abused and orphaned animals; and teaching responsible pet care and ownership.

Mayor Questions Sheriff Over Shooting Death Of Rottweiler

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- Prince George's County Sheriff's Deputies shot and killed a 2-year-old Rottweiler during an eviction. Mayor Cheye Calvo, Berwyn Heights, says deputies should have allowed Animal Control to get the dog first.

Donya Williams admits she was overwhelmed, and late paying her rent. But it's her 2-year-old dog Kato that paid the price.

Sheriff's Deputies shot and killed Kato Friday when they entered Williams' home to serve a court-ordered eviction notice. Williams and her four children weren't at home.

"He would have barked," Williams says.

Sgt. Yakeisha Hines says Kato did not bark, and officers weren't sure whether the dog was home, until he charged at them during a safety sweep of the home.

She says the deputies recently went through mandatory training about how to respond to dogs. She says the deputies made a commotion while entering the home, but the dog did not respond.