Showing posts with label WHS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WHS. Show all posts

Monday, March 10, 2014

Fashion for Paws 2014!

Spring is finally here! That means it is time for the dogs of DC to get ready to strut down the catwalk for the 8th annual Fashion for Paws Runway Show on April 12th at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.  Last year my Labradoodle Frank and I had a great time walking the runway and were thrilled to raise over $17,000.  Since its inception Fashion for Paws has raised more than three million dollars for the Washington Humane Society (WHS).

All proceeds from the event benefit the nearly 43,000 lost, abused and neglected animals WHS cares for every year need your help.  Friendship often provides emergency care for the animals of WHS and I have personally treated many of the animals WHS Humane Law Enforcement Officers have brought in for treatment.  I also volunteer at the monthly CatNiPP spay/neuter clinic for feral cats.  This has given me a first-hand view into the critical work that WHS provides for the animals and people of our community.

Here is an example of how your donation can directly improve the lives of animals in our community:

$35- Provides microchips for 6 animals
$50- Covers costs to spay or neuter a stray animal
$75- Buys 50 cat scratching posts
 for shelter kitties to play with
$100- Buys 10 Kong Dog toys for shelter pups to play with
$150- Pays for the average cost of one homeless animal's stay
$250- Helps fund medical examinations for 2 rescued animals
$500- Helps WHS Officers conduct a cruelty inspection
$1,000- Helps provide Heartworm tests for 150 animals

If you would like to support Frank in his dreams of runway domination there are many ways to get involved.  You can purchase a ticket to the event or make a direct donation by visiting my fundraising website.

Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Volunteering for WHS

This month I accomplished something I have wanted to do for quite some time; volunteer at the Washington Humane Society’s Cat NeighborhoodPartnership Program (CatNiPP) monthly spay/neuter clinic.  This WHS program provides care for the thousands of stray and abandoned cats in our community.  Known as feral because they are not socialized to humans and unable to be adopted into a home, these cats separate themselves into groups called a colony.  Volunteer caregivers provide food, water and shelter for these often forgotten animals. 

The caregivers humanely trap the cats and bring them into the National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center one Sunday a month.  The cats are sterilized under anesthesia by volunteer veterinarians then vaccinated and treated for fleas.  Additionally each cat’s left ear is tipped which is an indication that this cat is part of a colony and has been spayed or neutered.  Once the cats have recovered fully they are released back into their same colony.

CatNiPP is a critical program to humanely reduce the population of feral cats by spaying and neutering them so they cannot reproduce and make more feral cats.  Even with these efforts there are still too many kittens being born but these tiny helpless babies are not left out to fend for themselves and repeat the cycle.  CatNiPP will collect them and care for them until they are old enough to be adopted into indoor homes with a family that will love them. 

This month we treated about thirty cats, although I hear that by the end of last year they were helping around seventy each month.  I learned a new surgical technique for cat spays which was exciting for me and I got to make things a little better for a few kitties who have a pretty tough life.  I am already looking forward to next month’s clinic.  For more information please visit CatNiPP’s website

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Spay and Neuter!!!

If there’s one topic that I’m extremely passionate about, it’s the importance of getting our pets spayed or neutered. I can’t stress enough how much this matters. Just the other day, a good friend of mine from veterinary school who practices in South Florida sent me the following statistics:

Miami Dade Animal Services statistics for fiscal year (October 1st- Sept 30th). 

Intake: 35,924 (465 were diseased pets and 1,149 were owner requests euthanasia)

Adopted: 8,334 
Euthanized: 20,113
Rescue: 4,074 
Returned to owners: 1,534

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Fashion for Paws!

Today marks the start of the eight weeks I have to raise money for the Fashion for Paws event benefiting the animals and programs of the Washington Humane Society. For the next two months I will be highlighting all of the great work that WHS does to save the abused, abandoned and neglected animals of our community.

WHS is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States and has been the leading voice for animals in the District since 1870. In addition to running both the Georgia Avenue and New York Avenue shelters, WHS funds the Humane Education Program, Humane Law Enforcement, and many other programs that help strengthen the bond between people and their pets.

On April 10th at the Italian Embassy I along with sixty others will walk down the runway wearing the latest spring styles accompanied by fashionably dressed dogs. I am very honored to be representing Friendship and the only veterinarian to be participating in this exciting event.

If you would like to show your support for WHS and specifically my fundraising campaign we have many options available for you. Friendship is donating all proceeds from sales of our canvas tote bags from now until March 31st to my fundraising efforts. In addition, we are having a raffle at Friendship with many exciting prizes such as:

* $200 gift card to Friendship

* Nutramax gift basket with Dasuquin Soft Chews and their NEW omega-3 supplement Welactin

* Dog and cat wellness gift baskets from Butler-Schein filled with everything you need to keep your pal healthy

* 6 month supply of Hill’s Science Diet or Hill’s Prescription Diet food

* 1 week of Doggie Day Care from Happy Paws

* $50 gift card to Pet Mac

If you would like more information, to make a direct donation or to purchase tickets to the event please click here to visit my personal fundraising page.

Check back on Tuesday to read my post about the horrors of puppy mills and how your support of organizations like WHS can help end the suffering of these innocent dogs.