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Paws for Celebration! League Partners with Friendship Hospital to Mark Its 75th Anniversary
October 12, 2011
On October 15 and 16, Friendship Hospital for Animals, the District of Columbia’s only 24-hour emergency veterinary facility, will mark its 75th anniversary with tours of their newly renovated facility, complimentary refreshments and activities, and a special pet adopt-a-thon. The Washington Animal Rescue League’s new mobile adoption vehicle will be there both days from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. with plenty of dogs and cats who are looking for new homes. For the occasion, there will be no adoptions fees charged for cats and kittens. Adoption fees for dogs—regularly between $150 and $250—will be reduced to 75 percent of the norm. And Friendship’s veterinarians will be available to give the newly adopted pets a free medical examination before they leave for their new homes.
“Friendship Hospital for Animals is such an asset to our community,” reflects Dr. Gary Weitzman, a veterinarian, chair of the D.C. Board of Veterinary Medicine, and CEO and president of the Washington Animal Rescue League. ”And they have always been a strong partner in animal protection work. So it’s not surprising that they chose to mark this important milestone in their history by helping shelter animals find the homes they need. For our part, we are delighted to be included and look forward to many more years of collaboration helping animals.”
Dr. Peter Glassman, Friendship’s director, adds, “This milestone is a source of great pride for me and for the more than 100 animal health care team members at Friendship. Friendship Hospital for Animals is proud of the care we provide and are dedicated to making a difference to our community. This is why our relationship with the Washington Animal Rescue League is so important to us. We are fortunate that the Washington Animal Rescue League is able to share the occasion of our 75th anniversary with us.”
The Hospital and the League are hoping to find new homes for a total of 75 dogs and cats, who will be available to meet the public inside the hospital and on the League’s adoption vehicle both days. Potential adopters should bring photo identification and a mortgage statement or landlord approval letter. Cat adopters should bring cat carriers; leashes and collars for dogs will be available for purchase at the event.