After winning second place in a speech
competition this past April, WHS volunteer Ashley McEntee donated her winnings
to help our DC animals and programs. This is the speech that moved the judges, and we hope it will move you, as well. Thanks for your help and hard work for
DC animals, Ashley!
Charity Speech by Ashley McEntee -
Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
I walk into the Washington Humane Society on Georgia Avenue, NW.
I walk through two locked doors,
past the cats nursery, to a narrow hallway with a white board.
More names have been added to the
board this week.
Every time we erase one name, we
add three more.
Maggie Moo went home last week,
but Manny, Malachi, and Septima are still downstairs.
The couple that seemed ready to
adopt Benny, a majestic blue dog, never came to pick him up.
WHS and SNAAP work closely with area domestic violence
service providers, because abusers often threaten, injure or kill pets as a way
of controlling others. Studies across the country have found an undeniable link
between domestic violence, child abuse and animal cruelty.
Takes on Bullying Problems for Animals & People Information
Contributed by Shakela Brown, WHS Humane Education Manager
Bullies often think they can pick on others, because they have no fear of
consequences. In urban communities; however, the term “bully” is rarely used or
“Bullying is not considered bullying in certain neighborhoods; it’s a way of
life,”said Shakela Brown, the
Washington Humane Society’s (WHS) Humane Education Manager. Because Brown works
with students and animals, she has experience with the toll that bullies can
take on both. While some may not see the comparison, Brown teaches that animal
bullying is the same as people bullying – the victims are always beings that cannot
speak for themselves.
Information Contributed by Shakela Brown, WHS
Humane Education Manager
about animal welfare with kids is especially difficult in urban communities
like Washington, DC, where many times, human welfare needs are not being
met. It’s not unusual to hear comments like, “Why should I care about that dog when
I get hit all the time?”
the next generation of animal advocates, and we must give them the tools they
need to continue the efforts of today and work toward a better future for all
animals. Talking to kids using a few of these tips from our Humane Education Manager
will help do this and increase awareness of why animal issues should be
important to them.
After seeing the great pictures of Trooper on our blog, today NBC 4 did a follow up story on Trooper's recovery. Reporter Jim Handly visited Trooper as she took a short afternoon walk outside Friendship Hospital for the Animals.
As Trooper embarks on the next phase of her recovery, WHS would like to once again thank everyone who donated to Trooper through Sophie’s Fund.Your contributions have not only saved Trooper, but many others like her. We call on Sophie’s Fund regularly to pay for the medical needs of the animals that come into our care and it only gets replenished through your generosity. Thank you for your kindness and your continued support.
Empathy is one of my favorite lessons to teach.It teaches students to put themselves in someone else’s shoes.Trooper’s story does just that.Children will be able to think about Trooper and what she endured before she was saved. Everyone throws stuff in the trash can, but a dumpster is a large smelly dark space.
Empathy can be taught everyday.Students can call us if they see an animal in need.They can think, “What if that was me, I would want someone to help me”.Kids can also help by simply doing good deeds.They could collect and donate items to their local shelters.
The Washington Humane Society also helps people.Many times the homes officers investigate are in need of other services, so WHS often contacts other agencies for assistance.
Teaching students to think about other people and animals is important, but we must also teach them to do something about it.This lesson will empower students and teach them to care about others.
The last lesson we can learn from Trooper is courage.It took courage for someone to call us about Trooper. Every day the Washington Humane Society receives calls from citizens who are concerned about animals in their community. The citizens are courageous and are heroes to the animals. We depend on the public to be our eyes and ears.
Trooper’s courage and determination also helped her survive her ordeal.Many times people fight through sickness and pain.Trooper definitely demonstrated to everyone that she is a fighter.She is getting stronger ev ery day.
We can teach students to have courage daily.Many students face difficult situations. We need to encourage them to be brave and to do the right thing.It is a hard lesson but it will help them mature and develop integrity.Students face a lot of peer pressure, to fit in, to be accepted and to be liked.
Students can also learn about courage by simply opening their history books. They can look up to those who stood up for civil rights. The District of Columbia if filled with museums, monuments and other enriching activities and sites that can help them understand the importance of having courage.Courage can also help build a student’s self esteem and self worth which helps them to not only stand up for people but for animals as well.