WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Animal Shelters Swell During Summer Swelter

Play associated audio
The Washington Humane Society is waiving adoption fees during some of August.
Jessica Gould
The Washington Humane Society is waiving adoption fees during some of August.

For animal shelters, the dog days of summer have a special meaning.

"The spring and summer is when a lot of animals are having litters," says Jennifer Gardner, of the Washington Humane Society. "So we're seeing a lot of kittens coming in, puppies coming in."

"People going on vacation decide they don't need their animals anymore," she says. "And on the flip side, because a lot of people are vacationing, they don't think this is really the best time to adopt either."

But she says summer can actually be a good time to adopt.

"You can get outside, start doing the leash walking, work on house breaking your animal," she says.

The Humane Society is waiving adoption fees whenever the temperatures top 100 degrees this month.

NPR

A Love Letter To Literature: Reading Gabo In 'The Paris Review'

Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday. It would be hard to overstate the importance of his novels, but author Gustavo Arellano recommends getting to know him in a different medium.
NPR

Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.
NPR

Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?

Top Democrats have said recently that some GOP opposition to President Obama and his agenda is based on race. It's an explosive message that might drive Democratic voters to the polls.
NPR

Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction

Fears of a bubble continue as tech titans reported their quarterly earnings; the culture of digital distraction finds more critics; and fallout from the Heartbleed bug raises questions for government.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.