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12 Days Of Adoptable Animals: Pets Hope To Jingle All The Way To New Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Never mind the eight maids a-milking or five golden rings, there's a trendier holiday countdown this year courtesy of the Washington Humane Society, which announced its 12 Days of Adoptables, beginning Friday.

From Dec. 14 until the end of the year, 12 lucky animals can find their new home with no adoption fee to their potential new owners. They'll be fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and microchipped before going to their forever homes, and all adoptions include a free vet visit plus 30 days of free pet insurance.

See the attached photos to meet the eight cats, three dogs and one rabbit (sorry, no patridges in pear trees currently seeking homes). A new pet will be featured its Facebook page each day, all ready for their forever home....could it be yours?

5 Ways to Help the Animals of Hurricane Sandy

5 Ways to Help the Animals of Hurricane Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy struck the coast at the end of October it did damage that hit the news channels around the globe. The 80 mile per hour winds took lives, did billions of dollars in damage, and left thousands of people homeless. Many people are aware of the human impact of this tragedy, but few know about how the animals were in impacted in the area. As it turns out, many pets were lost, displaced, injured, and separated from their families.

“There is an element of tragedy here that many people have not even heard about and it is all the animals that have been impacted,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. “What we try to do is help raise awareness and to help as many animals as we can, but we really need the support of others in order to be more successful at our mission.”

Washington Humane Society Salutes Veterans' Day With Adoption Discount

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -  Marking Veterans' Day 2012 in a special way, the Washington Humane Society (WHS) is saluting and saying thank you to those in service by increasing its discount on pet adoptions for all members of the U.S. military.

Starting Thursday, November 8, U.S. military members showing military ID (active, reserve, or veteran) are eligible for a 50% reduction on adoption fees for all pets. This discount expands the previous 10% reduction under the Pets for Patriots program.

Any potential adopters who choose a new animal friend that meets one or more of the following criteria are also eligible for the Pets for Patriots program: A cat or dog over two years old, a dog weighing more than 40 pounds, or a cat or dog with special medical needs.

Halloween Special: WHS's Black And Orange (Pets) Promotion

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - In the spirit of Halloween, the Washington Humane Society hopes you'll consider adding some touches of orange and black to your home - orange and black pets, that is.

The special promotion waives adoption fees on all black and orange animals adopted from Oct. 25 to Oct. 30.

If you've ever thought about bringing an orange cat, like Charlie, pictured,  you'll be in for good luck, because orange felines, called ginger cats in many parts of the world, are known for bringing good fortune to their humans. Orange-coated dogs offer a bright spot of golden color that lifts spirits during shorter days that grow dark and gray.

WHS Celebrates Feral Cat Week Oct. 13-20

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Cats who ordinarily live in the shadows will be spotlighted during the week of Oct. 13-20 as the Washington Humane Society expands National Feral Cat Day (Oct. 16) to an entire week. Feral cats, often misunderstood and unwanted, will be a topic of awareness and education for those who may not realize their needs.

WHS will be reminding residents in the District and surrounding areas about the Cat Neighborhood Partnership Program(CatNiPP), and assisting them in finding ways to help the cats living in their communities.

Pet Of The Week: Shakespeare

Pet Of The Week: Shakespeare

Looking to adopt a new friend? The Washington Animal Rescue League has a new pet of the week named Shakespeare.

 Shakespeare is an 8-year-old male Chihuahua mix who has gone from comedy to tragedy in a few short weeks. Picked up as a stray on the streets of DC, this little boy arrived at the Washington Animal Rescue League shy and timid. But thanks to the efforts of the League’s dedicated staff and volunteers, plus interaction with shelter visitors, he’s blossomed into quite the social butterfly. He eagerly solicits attention and affection and will willingly climb into a lap if it’s offered. Like tales by the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare isn’t really appropriate for young children but would love a quiet home with adults who appreciate classics like him.