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DC Passes Restrictions On Masked Protesters

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wearing a mask while protesting outside a home could now get you arrested in D.C.

The D.C. Council has unanimously passed a bill that requires such protesters to inform police about their demonstrations.
The strongly worded bill is intended to target an animal rights group whose members have been known to wear masks and show up unannounced outside homes.

Residents have been complaining that they felt "terrorized" by the group in question, Defending Animal Rights Today and Tomorrow. But critics of the bill say it's too broad and infringes upon the First Amendment. The American Civil Liberties Union has come out against the measure.

D.C. Councilwoman Mary Cheh, who sponsored the bill, says the group has made people "feel like prisoners in their own homes." DARTT did not respond to requests for comment on the bill.


WHS Holiday Photos with your Pet

Bring your furry friend to see Santa and capture the unforgettable moment for a lifetime.  Each photo is $20 and all proceeds from the photo events will benefit the programs and services at WHS. We hope to see you at one or ALL of our four upcoming Holiday Photos with your Pet events!

Saturday, December 4th
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Dog Shop

1625 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Pigskin Rivalry Gone Too Far

Two young pigs were at the center of a football rivalry between Gonzaga College High School and Saint John’s college high school.

During a November 4th game at Gonzaga High someone spray painted ST. JOHN’S on both pigs and then released them onto the football field. The poor animals were frightened and in a panic. Luckily, students and staff members were able to safely corral the pigs into an equipment shed until Animal Control arrived. 

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Giving Thanks

WHS has a lot to be thankful for this year. We have found forever homes for thousands of pets, we have a dedicated staff of animal lovers, plus we have generous donors and wonderful volunteers and partners who support us year round. But what we are most thankful for are the animals. They are the life blood of this organization and now it’s our turn to give thanks to them for enriching our lives.

Please join us in giving thanks to these wonderful shelter animals. Here’s what you can do:

Running with the PACK

The rain and drizzle did not put a damper on the spirits of more than twenty Department of Labor (DOL) employees who, on Tuesday, November 16, participated in their second P.A.C.K. (People & Animals Cardio Klub) walk/run around the Nation's Capitol.  As part of the Obama administration’s "Feds Get Fit" program, the DOL employees spent their lunch hour on a PACK walk with WHS dogs available for adoption.  It was  a refreshing two mile trek near the National Mall.