UPDATE: Pumpkin has been adopted, and Goldie is now in foster care!
By Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO
Thanks to our Humane Law Enforcement Officers, two seriously abused cats have been rescued and will never again face cruelty at the hands of uncaring individuals.
Pumpkin, a year-old orange tabby cat, was severely beaten by his owner’s boyfriend when he walked on the kitchen counter. Among other things Pumpkin was thrown against the wall, which has left him with severe soft tissue damage and a dislocated hip.
Goldie, a three-month-old orange tabby, was beaten after it was discovered that he went to the bathroom on the floor. A kitten received six broken ribs simply for missing the litter box.
Now recovering with officers in our Humane Law Enforcement Department, both of these cats are sweet, playful and outgoing. For now their physical activity levels need to be restricted, but they are available for adoption by someone who is willing to provide specialized care for the first few weeks. Now that we have gotten to know them we can be sure they will bond with their new people as they heal over the next month.
We are determined to bring justice to abused animals in the city. Our four full-time Humane Law Enforcement Officers respond to cruelty complaints 24 hours a day every day of the week, and investigate over 1,300 complaints of animal cruelty each year. These dedicated officers rescue hundreds of dogs, cats and other animals each year from neglect and abuse who are subsequently adopted into loving new homes.
People throughout the community make this work possible, and there are several ways in which you can help WHS combat cruelty. First and foremost, don’t ever look away from animal cruelty; report it immediately. If you have any question in your mind, contact us. To learn how to recognize and report animal cruelty, please visit our Report Cruelty page.
Preventing cruelty can only be done to the extent current laws allow. WHS has a long history of working with the DC City Council to help ensure the District has some of the most progressive laws in the country. Our Animal Advocacy Team volunteers help by writing letters and scheduling meetings with City Council members to help strengthen the animal laws here in the District. Click here to learn more about our legislative efforts.
Don't look away from animal cruelty. Do something. Report abuse or suspected abuse to the Washington Humane Society 24 hours a day by calling 202-BE-HUMANE (202-234-8626). To learn more about our Humane Law Enforcement program, click here.
The cases against Pumpkin’s and Goldie’s abusers are still under investigation, and as we seek justice we have assured these wonderful cats that they will never have to be scared of their family again. If you could help us fulfill our promise to Pumpkin and Goldie by adopting either or both of them, please contact Claudia Roll, Shelter Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org