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Washington Humane Society Celebrates Volunteers
Washington Humane Society Celebrates Volunteers

It is officially National Volunteer Week and we are celebrating our unsung heroes. For more than two decades, Points of Light Institute, an organization that advocates and organizes civic engagement and service opportunities, has been commemorating National Volunteer Week.

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is extending a tremendous thank you to our incredible volunteer workforce of more than 300 committed community members. It is in thanks to these amazing volunteers that WHS is able to provide protection and care to more than 30,000 animals each year through our many programs and services. As the open-access adoption center in Washington, DC no call for help goes unanswered and no animal is ever turned away. WHS takes in an average of 30 animals every day and our staff works around the clock to care for each and every animal under our watch. But our space and resources are limited, making the need for volunteers that much greater. Because of our dedicated group, WHS is able to help thousands more animals and allow us to better fulfill our mission.  

On any given day our volunteers may be found:
* Assisting busy caregivers by helping to provide basic care for animal residents
* Playing matchmaker by introducing animals to their new families in our adoption centers
* Helping to socialize shy animals by spending time with them and taking them for walks
* Teaching elementary school children about compassion and how to report animal abuse through WHS’s Humane Education Program
* Trapping feral cats so that they can be vaccinated and spayed or neutered, and monitoring cat colonies on an ongoing basis
* Working at one of WHS’s many special fundraising events: Fashion for Paws, Sugar & Champagne Affair, Bark Ball and the DC Walk for the Animals
* Handling adoptable dogs at community adoption events held at different locations throughout the Metro area
* Aiding WHS’s efforts to spread the word on how to help the District's homeless, abused and neglected animals
* Assisting staff at WHS’s low-cost National Capital Area Spay & Neuter Center in everything from aiding in surgery to answering phones
* Training the animals enrolled in WHS’s shelter enrichment program in behaviors that will help them to succeed in their new homes
* Fostering an animal while he or she waits to find a forever home, fulfilling a critical component of our life-saving work

Just this past weekend, more than 100 volunteers assisted at our 1,700-participant Fashion for Paws event that helped WHS raise over $700,000 to serve DC’s animals. And countless more invaluable volunteers have aided and continue to help WHS across all aspects of our work. The lifesavers, banners and signed posters thanking our volunteers at our facilities do not come close to expressing how grateful we are to this team – a critical part of our WHS community. We appreciate all you do and recognize that we truly couldn’t do it without you. THANK YOU, volunteers!

To learn more about the WHS volunteer program, visit www.washhumane.org/volunteer.