By ChristieLyn Diller, Director of Marketing & Communications
Across the DC metro area, thousands of members of our community are feeling the effects of the US government shutdown and the resulting furloughs of federal employees. At the Washington Humane Society (WHS) we have been impacted by the shutdown in varying ways.
Fortunately for the animals we serve and protect, our Animal Care and Control division, operated under a partnership with the District of Columbia, has been deemed an essential service. This means that our officers are still available 24/7 to respond to calls and reports of animals in distress.
Being in the heart of our Nation’s Capital, we have seen an increase in availability of several federally employed volunteers, who fill their time chipping in at our adoption centers. While the animals in our care greatly appreciate this added attention, not all are cheerful.