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One furry representative for the Washington Animal Rescue League appreciates a good belly rub.
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One furry representative for the Washington Animal Rescue League appreciates a good belly rub.

There's always a lot of political yapping in the marble halls of Capitol Hill, but on Tuesday, lawmakers and their staffs got a temporary break with some furry visitors who showed up to raise awareness about animals in need of permanent homes.

Normally serious politicos melted a tad as they pet, fed and coddled little pups like Madagascar, a curious but shy hound mix no more than three months old, held by volunteer Rebecca Cardoso. The event was hosted by the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers who focus on passing animal welfare laws.

Matt Williams of the Washington Animal Rescue League says they're constantly receiving abandoned and mistreated animals. "This is a problem and an issue nationwide, you know," said Williams. "There are a lot of animals out there that really have no place to go without human help, and there are a lot of great organizations out doing that now. People open up their homes to animals and it's a great thing and we're just trying to encourage that."

All of the fifty animals at the event are up for adoption, and it seemed like many staffers and lawmakers wanted to take one home.

Who knows? Dogs can be a man's best friend, why not a politician's?

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