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If you can talk the talk, you can walk the walk – for the animals

If you can talk the talk, you can walk the walk – for the animals

You’re always telling your friends how much you love your pet, but maybe you’re looking to take a step beyond caring for your dog or cat to supporting all animals across Washington, DC. This September 29, go the extra mile with the Washington Humane Society (WHS) and be a part of the DC Walk for the Animals & Pet-A-Palooza. Join us in celebrating our community’s animals and walking to end pet homelessness in DC.

Retirement Community Volunteers To Help Extended Care Neighborhood Residents

Retirement Community Volunteers To Help Extended Care Neighborhood Residents

“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another, when we are there in the most attentive or caring way. This simple and profound intimacy is the love that we all long for.”  These words appear in the brochure that describes the Caring, Comfort and Companionship Visitation Program for residents of Renaissance Gardens (RG), the extended care neighborhood at Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring, MD These words describe the efforts of volunteers, most of whom live in Riderwood’s independent living apartments, who on a continuing or occasional basis reach out to the extended care residents, who may be unable to be as active as they once were.

Martha Vayhinger, a social worker by profession, developed this volunteer program soon after RG opened in 2003.

For Lennox Barnes

By Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO, Washington Humane Society

Lennox Barnes’s life has come to a sad and bitter end. His story is heartbreaking and infuriating, with one part incomprehensible bureaucratic righteousness and three parts love, humanity and the shared will for profound change.

For those who haven’t heard, the details of his short life are achingly tragic. In May 2010, Lennox Barnes was taken from his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland. All indications are that he was a model citizen – he had no known history of bad behavior, and no aggressive or violent actions in his past.

WHS Alumni Update

WHS Alumni Update

We celebrate a few of this week’s alumni below. Please help us make more alumni this weekend—check out our end of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month Meow Mixer on Saturday for your last chance to adopt a feline friend for no fee! The event will take place at our Behavior & Leaning Center at 7315 Georgia Avenue NW, from noon to 5 p.m. If now isn’t a good time to adopt, consider joining our life-saving foster volunteer team.

Mahogany
Katarina Vilkman has kept up with us through the years after she adopted pup Mahogany and took several WHS Behavior & Learning classes and private training sessions. Her latest happy update—the family is officially growing:
“Dan and I got engaged and we included Mahogany in our engagement photo session! The photographer just loved her!”

Woody Guthrie Centennial Tribute Concert Featuring The U-Liners And Magpie

Woody Guthrie Centennial Tribute Concert Featuring The U-Liners And Magpie

TAKOMA PARK, Md. - Celebrate Woody Guthrie's 100th birthday with a concert by root rock artists The U-Liners and folk artists Magpie at the Takoma Park Civic Auditorium on July 14.

Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie, is an iconic American singer-songwriter and folk musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, chiltraditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised works.

Beagle is Newest Resident at Riderwood Retirement Community

Beagle is Newest Resident at Riderwood Retirement Community

SILVER SPRING, Md.  -- Riderwood, a continuing care retirement community in Silver Spring, MD, has a new part-time resident who can actually make delivery truck drivers exit their vehicles to greet her – and she never leaves paw prints on them.

 This particular resident is an eight-year-old beagle named Ginger who has completed her orientation to be a Pets on Wheels dog, which means she is officially approved to help in Renaissance Gardens, the extended care neighborhood located at Riderwood..

Ginger’s duties include visiting residents to help them build friendships. She also make residents and staff laugh and smile. Who knows…she might even help to lower blood pressures.

Ginger is owned by Karen Spicer, a Community Resources Coordinator at Riderwood who lives in Ellicott City, MD. Spicer met Ginger nearly four years ago when she began dog-sitting whenever Ginger’s family, who raised the dog from a pup, would go on vacation.