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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.”

WARL Offers Pet Photos With Santa At Holiday Open House

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -  Santa Claus is coming to town, and stopping by the Washington Animal Rescue League's Winter Holidays Open House! St. Nick himself will be meeting and greeting visitors at the shelter, located at 71 Oglethorpe St. NW, on Sunday Dec. 2 from noon-3 p.m.

Visitors will enjoy live seasonal music, delicious treats and yes, pet photos with Santa. He'll be ready to pose with your fur children, or the human kind too--and you could get into the picture as well! A $20 donation, with all proceeds supporting WARL's shelter animals, will get you a generously sized  4" x 6" photo as well as an electronic version, and if you'd like extra photos to send to Grandma, Aunt Kate and the other relatives and friends, an added $5 will pay for each of those.

Pet Of The Week: Honors

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -  She's in the spotlight as the Washington Animal Rescue League's choice for pet of the week. Here's what WARL told us about Honors:

A silky soft 4 1/2 year old domestic shorthair, Honors loves to curl up in a patch of sun. She can often be found relaxing in a cat tower at the Washington Animal Rescue League while other cats play underfoot.

Don't be fooled though. While she might look like she doesn't want to be disturbed, this beautiful white-and-gray girl with gleaming emerald eyes enjoys a nice scratch on the head, loves to nuzzle, rewards you with her world-class purr, and oh yes, she will play, play, play!

If you are looking for a cat who can keep herself contentedly occupied for much of the day on her own, but who will welcome and enjoy your attention when you are able to give it, come meet Honors.

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.

PHOTOS: S.C. Puppy Mill Rescues Arrive At WARL

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -  Some wagged tails, and others looked timid, uncertain of what life might bring for a rescued canine newly arrived in our nation's capital.

Two dozen dogs, all rescued from a South Carolina puppy mill, arrived Wednesday evening at the Washington Animal Rescue League. WARL's transport van and two staffers had made the trip to a temporary animal shelter in Columbia, S.C. to pick up the dogs.

They were among approximately 225 animals, including horses and fowl, rescued after suffering neglect and abuse at a Johnston, S.C. property.