Tuesday, April 20, 2010

found dog on unit block of U Street NW yesterday; picked up by Washington Humane Society


A U Street NW reported a found dog yesterday evening.
Here is a pic of the dog.

The neighbor who found the dog has this comment: “I had the dog picked up by the Washington Humane Society.”

7 comments:

  1. This is a note to everyone who may read this: Please know that the Washington Humane Society runs the DC animal shelter, which is a kill shelter. Although small dogs usually get adopted, they also have a high rate of euthenasia. If you take an animal there, you are risking that animal being put to sleep due to overcrowding at the shelter. I would encourage people to try and find the owners or place the animal with a rescue group prior to handing it over to the Humane Society.

    What a cute dog! I am sure many people in the neighborhood would have agreed to foster the dog until a new home - or a rescue group - was found. My family def. would have.

    That said, we are lucky to have the Humane Society run our shelter - as opposed to some DC agency.

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  2. You can still foster the dog! The Washington Humane Society has a foster program. I'm sure they will let you foster this little guy especially if he runs the risk of being put down due to space.

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  3. Hello! Thanks for the suggestions about shelters. (I am the one that found him yesterday). I thought the Humane Society was no-kill but I guess I was wrong. They seemed pretty confidant he would be claimed or adopted quickly since he's a well-cared-for, healthy little guy. I plan on following up to intervene if he's not claimed or adopted, but for financial reasons and time (i'm a grad student), I couldn't keep him last night. Def call up to be a foster though.

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  4. You have to apply to be part of the foster program, which takes a while. But, it is true that small, well-cared for dogs either are claimed by their owners or are quickly adopted.

    But I really wanted the community to know that it IS a kill shelter and keeping animals out of there, as much as possible, is the safest approach.

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  5. Please microchip your pets so when the pet accdentally escapes the DC Animal Shelter will be able to return the pet to the owner. The shelter checks the pets for a chip when they pick it up. The chip is also important in identifying the owner if someone in the neighborhood decides to keep your pet and will not return it. I learned the hard way so my pets have a chip.

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