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Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

Zoo celebrates International Cheetah Day

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Smithsonian's National Zoo is celebrating International Cheetah Day! 

Ten genetically valuable cheetah cubs were born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in November.

On November 12, first-time mother Miti gave birth to a litter of seven cubs. Six of her cubs, five female and one male, survived.

On November 26,  experienced mother Ally gave birth to a litter of four cubs. Animal care staff say they have not fully examined Ally's cubs yet.

Both litters are said to be doing well. The Zoo staff is watching the cheetah mothers bond with their cubs via closed-circuit webcams in their enclosures. 

Zebra bites zookeeper; gazelle death may be related

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A National Zoo spokesperson says that a keeper was bitten by a zebra early Monday morning, which likely led to the death of a gazelle.

The keeper was bitten multiple times by a 10-year-old male Grevy's zebra named Gumu, officials said.

The keeper was sent to the hospital because he was bleeding. Officials say he was talking and conscious. 

The zebra was unharmed and is in an off-exhibit holding area at the Cheetah Conservation Station.

National Zoo officials say a one-year-old male Dama gazelle named Tony also died Monday morning, likely a result of being spooked by the zebra incident.

"Initial necropsy reports showed evidence of fractured vertebrae which tells us he was likely spooked by the incident and ran into a barrier," officials said in a news release.

Zoo officials are investigating the incident and hope to have more information soon.

National Zoo welcomes Andean bear Cisco

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The next time you're visiting the National Zoo, stop by the Andean bear exhibit and welcome Cisco.

Twenty-year-old Cisco arrived at the Zoo in September based on a breeding recommendation from the Species Survival Plan.

Zoo officials say Cisco, who has a relaxed, laid-back personality, has settled in nicely.

Keepers are hoping that he will woo Billie Jean in spring 2014.

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Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Louis At 14 Launches Dog Contest in Celebration of Logan Circle's Dog Days Festival

Design Army creates Louis at 14th Dog Contest via Facebook event

In celebration of Washington DC's MidCity Dog Days Summer Sidewalk Festival last weekend, Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, https://www.facebook.com/MidCityDogDays, @MidCityDogDays, along 14th Street NW in the U Street Corridor, Louis at 14th has launched a nationwide Dog Contest via its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/events/551444418224193/, with more than 130 dogs entered to date.

Swank Designs brings locally-made custom panels and pillows to area homes

Swank Designs brings locally-made custom panels and pillows to area homes

 

Swank Designs' owners are inspired by world travels to create beautiful window treatments, accent pillows and children's bedding

After searching for decorative panels and accents and finding the available designs were just more of the same, Tabitha Mahaffey and Patricia Ulliman decided to combine their expertise and form Swank Designs, offering custom lines of pillows, panels and children's bedding. Together, they share a passion for using and incorporating fabrics in unexpected ways. 

Guardians of Rescue Offers 10 Tips for Taking Care of A New Puppy

Guardians of Rescue Offers 10 Tips for Taking Care of A New Puppy

 

Every holiday season, many people around the country get a new family gift that will last for the next 15 years or so. When they opt to add a puppy to the family, it may start out to be exciting, only to lead to numerous questions once the initial play-time wears off and it’s time to go to bed. Getting the right answers to those questions, however, can make a world of difference.

“Depending on where you get the answers to the questions, it can make a big difference in the relationship you create with your puppy,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. “You want to get things off to the right start and help everyone adjust well, so it is important to stick to a few basic guidelines to make it happen.”

Here are the top 10 tips for taking care of a new puppy, right from the start: