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Foster Cat: Bermuda

Foster Cat: Bermuda

Today we introduce you to another great animal in our foster program, Bermuda. Bermuda is currently under the care of our foster volunteer Yolanda Thomas. We are asking for your help to find Bermuda a loving home this week. Please share her story and photos with your friends, families, and communities. We are thrilled to report that in just the last four days, after reaching out to our incredible WHS family, nearly 100 cats and kittens have left our shelter through foster, transfer, and adoption. This just goes to show that together we can make a difference and save more lives! Please help Bermuda and more WHS animals this week!

Foster a Feline Friend, or Adopt a Cat for No Fee This Month!

Foster a Feline Friend, or Adopt a Cat for No Fee This Month!

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) invites you to be a part of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month! All cats age 2 and older are available for adoption for no fee throughout the month of June. Plus, all amazing cats of all ages living in “Kitty City” at our New York adoption center are fee-waived. Can’t adopt now? We are urgently seeking kitten and cat foster caregivers during our busiest time of year. Counselors and staff are available to answer questions to help you find your new best friend or help a cat in need by providing temporary TLC.  

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Alexandria Seaport Foundation receives $50K grant at Economic Club event with guest Warren Buffett

Buffett and David Rubenstein, The Economic Club of Washington, DC's President, are among business leaders at 25th anniversary celebration on June 5th where 10 community organizations, including the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, received a total of $500,000 in grants

The Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF), which offers disadvantaged youth and young adults a paid, work-based apprentice program in boat building that prepares participants for careers in the building trades, received a $50,000 grant from The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. at its 25th anniversary on June 5th at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

Working Your Way Through Transition with Dr. Seuss

How many of you are going through some type of transition? Have you recently met an inspiring person or read an inspiring book? Why am I asking?

Recently I was going through one of my many bookcases and came across a timeless classic…Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss. What a great book for any age!

If you want to be inspired or if you’re going through a transition, big or small, Dr. Seuss addresses the Great Balancing Act of life itself and the ups and downs it presents. So go out there and find what lights you up and you will find the “success that lies within.”

Here are two steps to take when you’re in transition:

1) Awareness: Be aware and notice the resistance you may feel when change is occurring. Don’t let it stop you.

2) Action Step: Take a baby step and keep moving forward so you don’t get stuck.

For More Information contact:

Susan Samakow, PCC, CPCC

Certified Resilience and Confidence Coach

WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: June 8, 2012

One-year-old foster pup Mocha found a forever home this week! We are so grateful to Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his DC staff, our first official Congressional foster office, for taking great care of Mocha and supporting our mission. We love our incredible growing team of life-saving foster volunteers!

Tom, formerly Pie
“Last summer I helped cat Pie find an adoptive family in College Park, MD. They have renamed him Tom because he looks like the 'Tom' in Tom and Jerry.  Pie quickly became friends with the couple's dog Sydney, and here are the two of them lying together on the bed.”
-Ann Curtsinger, WHS Foster Volunteer

Spiro, a New York Avenue adoption center alumni, joined a recent PACK run!


Building Connections

Life is all about relationships, personally and professionally.  Lately, I’ve been giving life and career transition workshops that focus on how to ease through change. The most frequently stated fear by my individual clients as well as men and women seminar attendees is loneliness. People are afraid to be isolated or cut off from others. Here are some suggestions that will create deeper relationships and ensure that you stay connected with others.

* The first step is to acknowledge the value of your relationships; you must want to connect with others.

* Be proactive about getting in touch with others. When a visit is not possible, take time for a phone call.  While email has become a wonderful way to stay in touch, hearing another person’s voice is more personal and meaningful.

* Join groups, clubs or associations where you are likely to meet like-minded people.

One Pet Foster Volunteer's Experience

One Pet Foster Volunteer's Experience

The Foster Experience
By Kirsten Stade, WHS Volunteer

My boyfriend Florian and I have been fostering dogs in the DC area since early 2008, first with several rescue groups and now with the Washington Humane Society (WHS).  These four years have contained their share of urine-stained furniture; shredded electronics, upholstery, and a passport; uprooted landscaping; and seemingly futile efforts at peacekeeping in a household with what some would say is too many critters under one roof. But above the sometimes deafening chaos, I have never questioned what I believe is a defining truth: fostering animals is the most important thing I can do in this lifetime.