Attention: Bob Dole is inviting pet lovers from across the political spectrum to mingle Thursday with homeless critters on the hunt for bipedal companionship. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is helping coordinate the fourth annual “Paws for Celebration” adoption event, in conjunction with the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus. The opportunity to find a furry bestie is scheduled to take place in Cannon 345 from noon until 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
In addition to locking down CAPC Co-Chairmen Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Michael G. Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., for the midday play date, the ASPCA is adding former Senate majority leader to the leadership mix. The Kansas Republican is a newly minted special adviser to the Humane Society of the United States.
“The ASPCA is honored that Senator Bob Dole, author of critical amendments to the Animal Welfare Act, will join us … to raise awareness of animal welfare issues in Congress,” Nancy Perry, ASPCA senior vice president of government relations, said in a statement.
Local animal rescue groups are expected to bring in puppies and kittens eligible for adoption, while horse handlers have been tasked with dispensing information about equine therapy.
Plus, Pinups for Pitbulls should have some interesting stuff to share with art aficionados.
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