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5 Tips for Parents of BB Gun Owners

5 Tips for Parents of BB Gun Owners

Each Christmas, there are children around America who unwrap a new, non-powder gun. These guns include BB, pellet, and paintball. While many parents may believe such guns to be harmless, and even see them as a toy, statistics suggest otherwise. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over 20,000 injuries result from these types of guns each year, with four percent of them requiring hospitalization.

“These guns are not toys at all, and they can certainly do damage both to people and to animals,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. “In our line of work, we have seen it often – kids who shoot at animals just for fun, and leave them distressed and injured. These guns create problems that parents are not even usually aware of.”

Here are 5 tips for parents who may have a child with one of these non-powder guns, or who are considering getting one for them:


Hobie is Learning New Tricks

Hobie is Learning New Tricks

“Hobie (formerly Brinks) is just a darling. He sits, stays, shakes, and has a perfect ‘down,’ when not distracted, of course! He's learning to ‘fetch the paper’ and to ‘wait’ before charging through a doorway. He's playful, curious, very smart, and just a regular love. He loves big dogs, and now that he has his rabies vaccine, he is going to K9 Divine's farm two days a week, which is heaven for him. We also love exploring the woods behind our house and the Archbold Glover Trail. Hobie is now a part time lawyer and loves going to my husband’s law office.

5 Reasons to Get Your Dog Gourmet Baked Goods This Holiday Season

5 Reasons to Get Your Dog Gourmet Baked Goods This Holiday Season

Dog Krazy, a specialty shop featuring products for dogs, offers a full line of all-natural, allergen-free healthy dog treats.

Throughout America, there are roughly 78 million dogs. People love their dogs, calling them their best friend and treating them like their child. As many pet parents do their holiday shopping, they may want to add something for their furry family member, or friend, to their list. Although the dog can’t personally ask for it, the word on the street is that gourmet baked goods top the ‘most wanted’ list, this year.

“All dogs love gourmet baked goods,” explains Nancy Guinn, owner of Dog Krazy, located in Fredericksburg. “And why shouldn’t they? These treats are good enough for humans to eat, but made especially for the dogs in our lives. One bite and your dog will be hooked.”

5 Ways to Help the Animals of Hurricane Sandy

5 Ways to Help the Animals of Hurricane Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy struck the coast at the end of October it did damage that hit the news channels around the globe. The 80 mile per hour winds took lives, did billions of dollars in damage, and left thousands of people homeless. Many people are aware of the human impact of this tragedy, but few know about how the animals were in impacted in the area. As it turns out, many pets were lost, displaced, injured, and separated from their families.

“There is an element of tragedy here that many people have not even heard about and it is all the animals that have been impacted,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. “What we try to do is help raise awareness and to help as many animals as we can, but we really need the support of others in order to be more successful at our mission.”

Find A Forever Friend At AWLA's Black Friday Adoption Special

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - At last, a Black Friday deal that doesn't involve waiting in a line getting frostbite at midnight or battling crowds for a too-good-to-be-true discount.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is once again hosting a Black Friday Adoption Special at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. On Black Friday, Nov. 23,from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., you can name your adoption fee (minimum $10) for all animals age six months and older. This is a reduction on the typical adult dog/cat adoption fees of $150-120.

All animals are spayed or neutered before adoption, and have been examined by the shelter veterinarian, tested for heartworm (dogs) and FeLV/FIV (cats), are current on all basic vaccinations, and microchipped for permanent identification.

PHOTOS: AWLA's Doggie Howl-O-Ween

ALEXANDRIA,  Va. (WUSA) - Due to Sandy's arrival in the area, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria had to cancel its Doggie Howl O ween Costume Contest on Tuesday at the  Hotel Monaco Alexandria and Jackson 20. 

The event, an annual tradition in Alexandria, always features fabulous canines in costume, and its proceeds from the contest benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Disappointed dogs and their owners can be certain there will be another Doggie Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest next year, and maybe some special events before then. But if you can't wait to see some canines in costume, check out the attached photos of adoptable dogs residing at AWLA, posing in their most fun Halloween finery. Will one of them find his or her forever home with you so you can collaborate on an imaginative costume next time?

Leashes On! AWLA's Shelter Walk For Homeless Animals

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -  Grab your dog's leash and slip on your most comfortable walking shoes for Sunday's dog-and-family friendly event. 

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA)  is hosting the Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals starting at 9 a.m. Sunday. This fun weekend event will benefit the residents of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, and is the only walk to benefit Alexandria's homeless pets.

The walk helps increase awareness about the ever-present problem of pet overpopulation,and covers 1.5 miles, beginning and finishing at Market Square. For registration information and details about the walk route, go to www.AlexandriaAnimals.org/Walk .