The Washington Humane Society (WHS) Field Services Officers have seen it all. From rescuing a cat stuck-in-a-tree to emus running down a city street, everyday holds never-before-seen challenges and situations. The officers put themselves on the line for DC animals on a daily basis and have to think fast and creatively to save lives.
WHS has two teams of officers – Animal Care and Control and Humane Law Enforcement. Animal Care and Control handles all calls related to animals and wildlife in danger or distress, while Humane Law Enforcement investigates cases involving animal cruelty and neglect at the hands of individuals. While we can’t thank them enough for all that they do, we’d like to take this opportunity to share a few kind letters of appreciation from lives they have touched in DC.
Please thank an officer this week in honor of National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week!
March 6, 2013 –
Investigator Owens has just left my home and I have provided the photos to him by email. He is an outstanding representative of your agency.
I thank you for your
continued patience with my inquiry and your dedication to your agency's
March 4, 2013 –
Our office issued a press release to the case of United States v. Eric Gaskin. Law enforcement personnel from your agency have been recognized for commendable service. Although not appearing in the press release itself, we have obtained the following name from the prosecuting Assistant United States Attorney: Officer Dan D’Eramo.
I would like to take this opportunity to pass along a copy of the press release and to ask you to thank Officer D’Eramo for his professionalism and assistance to this Office.
Ronald C. Machen, Jr.
United States Attorney
This afternoon I received a phone call from Marcus Sminkey DVM of Noank-Mystic Veterinary Hospital to compliment the excellent job you did today. We are receiving the accolades as being the best Animal Control Agency in the country because of the professionalism, dedication and hard work you and your fellow officers perform each and every day for the animals of the District and its visitors.
Thank you and keep up the great work!
Raymond A. Noll
WHS Director of Animal Control Field Services
January 31, 2013 –
I just wanted to write a letter to let you know that Officer LaCrosse was totally professional and helpful when she came to assist us with the removal of a bat in our home. She is a valuable employee and deserves to be commended for the good work she does.
January 28, 2013 –
This email was sent from the “Ask the Mayor” section of the dc.gov website.
Dear Mayor Gray,
I couldn't locate a link to the DC animal control agency to express my sincere appreciation for their assistance today in removing a trapped bird inside my house. I commend Officer Peter Martell for his quick response and effective effort to address the problem in exchange for nothing. I highly recommend this office in assisting DC residents. The high quality services provided make this city a wonderful & safe place to live in. I am truly grateful to be able to live here.
August 7, 2012 –
I wanted to let you all know that I just took a call from a local county administrator that is about to completely restructure their field services. The reason I was called was because she had spoken with many people and in each case, WHS FSD [Field Services Department] was mentioned as a “model of success.”
Keep up the great work, all of you.
Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Programs Officer
The enclosed donation is in appreciation for the safe removal of a bat from our bedroom last night by your Officer Peter.
The WHS Field Services Department is available 24/7 for animal emergencies in DC.
DC Animal Care and Control: 202-576-6664 X 1
Humane Law Enforcement: 202-BE-HUMANE (202-234-8626)
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