WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - In the season of gifting, the Washington Humane Society (WHS) asks you to remember the animals whose only holiday wish is the gift of a forever home. WHS is offering area residents four ways to help during its Hope for the Holidays promotion.:
• For Thanksgiving, WHS is calling on the community to open their hearts and homes to the many deserving animals who are seeking a loving family by offering $22 adoption fees for all animals adopted between November 19 and 26. (For more information on adoptions and available animals, visit www.washhumane.org.)
• For those who would like to give a special gift this season, there are gift certificates to cover the cost of WHS adoption fees, so rather than presenting an animal as a gift, a certificate for the right choice will offer a surprised potential pet owner the perfect opportunity to find the right animal match.
• When buying your own pet's present, remember that homeless pets would love to receive a gift too. WHS has set up collection bins at: The Big Bad Woof, Doggy Style, Dog-Ma Daycare, Wagtime, Metro Mutts, Paw Shop, and Pro Feed Nutrition Centers. For a wish list and locations, check the WHS website.
• And what's a holiday without a holiday pet picture? Hope for the Holidays offers your own pets a chance to tell Santa what they want under the tree (because, after all, you won't let them shop for themselves online!). For a $20 donation to WHS, your dog or cat can sit on Santa's lap and whisper those wishes, and you get to take home a special holiday photo. Pictures with Santa, like those shown from last year's happy pets, begin Nov. 17 and run through Dec. 15. Photos with Santa run from November 17 - December 15, and a full list of locations can be found on the WHS website.