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For Lennox Barnes

By Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO, Washington Humane Society

Lennox Barnes’s life has come to a sad and bitter end. His story is heartbreaking and infuriating, with one part incomprehensible bureaucratic righteousness and three parts love, humanity and the shared will for profound change.

For those who haven’t heard, the details of his short life are achingly tragic. In May 2010, Lennox Barnes was taken from his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland. All indications are that he was a model citizen – he had no known history of bad behavior, and no aggressive or violent actions in his past.

City Duck Departs DC for Southern Living

City Duck Departs DC for Southern Living

By Diana Foley, WHS Volunteer


Early one Friday morning in June, Donnie the Pekin duck was preparing to fly south—via US Airways. Tucked inside a soft-sided pet carrier, we made our way through the airport, keeping our fingers crossed that Donnie would make it through check-in and security without any trouble. We had called the airline ahead of time to confirm that Donnie would be allowed in the cabin, but knowing that ducks probably aren’t an everyday sight for travelers and airline staff, we proceeded with caution.


Foster Monday: Tally

Foster Monday: Tally

Sweet Tally Seeks a Forever Home!

This week’s featured foster pet is the beautiful Tally. She is currently living with her foster caregiver Diane Barnes and family while she waits patiently to find her forever home. Help Tally meet her match this week by sharing her story and photos with your friends, family, and communities!

Diane shares some info about this great girl:

Meet the Rabkin Behind the Rubik

Meet the Rabkin Behind the Rubik

Ashby Ponds resident Dick Rabkin worked as a patent attorney who helped bring the Rubik’s Cube to America

(ASHBURN, VIRGINIA) – Dick Rabkin spent over 15 years working as a patent and trademark attorney for Ideal Toy Company, which manufactured and distributed toys, dolls, and games beginning with the Teddy Bear in the early 1900s.  “I had toys and games all over my office,” said Rabkin.  The Ideal Company’s largest competitors were Hasbro and Mattel before the company was dissolved in 1985 a few years after being purchased by CBS.  Some notable toys produced by the Ideal Toy Company include Mr. Machine, Chrissy, Betsy Wetsy, the Magic 8-Ball, and the Rubik’s Cube. 

WHUR 96.3-FM's All-White Dinner Dance Party Cruise

For a night of dining and dancing, join WHUR and Spirit Cruises on the Spirit of Washington for a special All-White Dinner Dance Party cruise.  In partnership with the National Hand Dance Association and the Metropolitan Steppers Association, Spirit Cruises is hosting a dinner cruise featuring great music, delicious food and, of course, lots of dancing.


WHS Alumni Update: July 6, 2012

WHS Alumni Update: July 6, 2012

We catch up with a few great alumni below. Help us complete more families by helping animals like Kit Kat and Dizzy find forever homes this week!

“My sweet girl, Luna, a Washington Humane Society alum, was a great flower girl in my wedding last weekend. Cute, no?”
-Anna Miller

We sure think so, Anna! Congratulations!