From the Washington Humane Society (Washington, DC 20012)
As the only open access shelter in Washington, DC, WHS takes in an average of 30 animals every day. The WHS team works around the clock to provide comfort to all of the animals in our care, but our space and resources are limited. Thanks to the hard work and determination of the WHS team, the New York Avenue shelter facility is undergoing major renovations in the coming months to help us provide a better environment for all of our animal residents while they are in our care.
A construction project is currently taking place in the main holding kennel. The maintenance team is working on improving a few kennels at a time, but due to the noise and fumes of construction, the rear section of the kennel, home to about 10 animal spaces, had to be cleared completely. WHS continues to experience a steady stream of dogs daily, so the loss of 10 kennels impacts us tremendously.
WHS is seeking the support of our community to help DC’s animals; we are seeking short-term emergency foster homes for some of our dogs. Foster volunteers are vital members of the WHS community, and they fulfill a critical component of our life-saving work. By opening their hearts and homes to animals in need on a temporary basis, fosters expand the number of animals who are receiving care on any given day. Each time an animal is taken out of the shelter and placed into a foster home, it provides space for another animal who needs our special care and attention. Thanks to our dedicated foster families, WHS was able to help hundreds more animals find loving homes in 2011, and the WHS foster program is set for expansion in 2012. We hope you will be a part of it starting with this most urgent opportunity.
More information on fostering can be found on our web site; click here for an application.