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Washington Humane Society Names Mobile Adoption Center Adopt Force One


From Jacquie Toppings: The Washington Humane Society (WHS) has officially named its new mobile adoption center Adopt Force One. The pet transport vehicle brings DC animals throughout the Washington metro community to help them find loving homes in the neighborhoods where people live, work, and play, including to FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins, this fall. After recent visits to businesses including Big Bad Woof in Hyattsville, Rock Creek Sports Club, and the American Pharmacists Association for “Bring your Dog to Work Day,” 16 animals have already found their forever homes directly from the mobile adoption center. Adopt Force One will be part of an “Elect to Adopt DC—All Pawlitics is Local” campaign to encourage more local WHS adoptions, tying into the 2012 election. 


“After receiving great name suggestions from our staff and the community, we took a poll on our Facebook page so our fans could tell us what they would like our new adoption center to be called,” said Julie Conway, Chief Development Officer, Washington Humane Society. “As the only congressionally chartered animal welfare organization in the country and the open-access shelter in Washington, we agree that the name, a play off Air Force One, is incredibly fun and fitting for DC’s animals.”


As part of its mission to save animals’ lives and build more families in the nation’s capital, WHS hosts off-site adoption events at a variety of DC-area organizations to introduce pets to potential adopters. When people have the opportunity to meet dogs outside the shelter environment it is easier for them to get to know them in a more personal way, outside the shelter setting. The new vehicle has been incredibly popular, and is booked to be at community events from DC Department of Health Fairs to FedEx Field. Adopt Force One will make its debut at the Washington Redskins’ home turf during the team’s first pre-season home game against the Indianapolis Colts on August 25, and will be present in a designated area of the parking lot for “tail-gating” at every home game this season.


The public can view a regularly updated schedule at www.washhumane.org and look for the Adopt Force One logo next to event listings, and follow the vehicle on Facebook and Twitter, using the hash tag #AdoptForceOne. Periodic adoption discounts and other promotional opportunities will be available when visiting Adopt Force One throughout the summer and fall.


The vehicle was acquired in May thanks to a $150,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation, a New York based foundation created by Dr. Frank Stanton, a media pioneer and lifelong dog owner and admirer.