Happy New Year! 2013 Recap and Internships to Help Animals!

Happy New Year!

We hope everyone is having a lovely holiday break and we wish you all of the best for 2014! THANK YOU for all of your support of GW Animal Advocates during our first semester! We look forward to our next year together, where we will be bigger and better!

Please contact us at any time if you are interested in a board position or have any ideas for our events, causes and projects. We love making new friends and keepin’ it fresh! 

WHS Holiday Toy and Treat Drive!

It’s not too late to provide hope for homeless pets! The George Washington Law School, through their chapter of the Student Animal Defense Legal Fund (SALDF) has a box in the lobby of the law school where they are collecting items from old towels, to cat and dog toys to cans of pumpkin.

What to get the fur babies? View their wishlist here

Looking for an INTERNSHIP for next semester? Want to help animals? Check out these great opportunities.

In November we went to New Jersey! Want to help our efforts?

Make N.J. the 10th state to ban the worst kind of pig confinement

Earlier this year, New Jersey’s legislature voted to ban confining breeding pigs in gestation crates, metal cages so small the pigs can’t even turn around. The bill, S 1921, won overwhelming bipartisan support (60-5 in the Assembly and 29-4 in the Senate) and the backing of more than 90 percent of New Jersey residents.

Sadly, the governor vetoed this bill, but we can still make the cruel confinement of mother pigs illegal in New Jersey by asking lawmakers to vote for it one more time.

Pigs locked in crates are essentially immobilized for their entire lives. They are forcibly impregnated, made to churn out litter after litter, and suffer muscle and joint deterioration and crippling pain. Because these inquisitive, social animals are denied mental stimulation, many perform coping behaviors such as constantly biting the metal bars.
Pigs are smarter than dogs, man’s best friend! So why should we make them live their entire lives in a space that’s equivalent to us as an airline seat?


The vote will take place Jan. 9th. Contact NJ State Senators!

Read about Marissa and Neil’s experiences in Marissa’s blog. 

Winter DIY!
Just Add Water: Protecting Wildlife in Winter

In cold weather, a heated bird bath can be a bird’s best friend

The Humane Society of the United States


  • bird bathProvide water all winter long by adding a heating element to your existing bird bath. Janet Snyder/HSUS

Winter can be a particularly trying time for wildlife. Food becomes more scarce, and normally reliable water sources freeze over.

Check out the ways you can make the season a little more bearable for your wild neighbors.

h2o Vanishing act

When water suddenly disappears, animals expend valuable energy and risk dangerous exposure searching for other sources—which might mean the difference between life and death in the coldest season.

For birds, water is essential for drinking and for bathing—a year-round necessity to keep feathers in top flying and insulating shape. While animals will eat ice and snow, they benefit from a reliable source of water.

Hot tubs for birds

The easiest, most reliable way to keep water ice-free is to use a heat source. You can find birdbaths with built-in heating elements (generally set  to 40–50 degrees Fahrenheit) at online retailers and home and garden specialty stores. You can also purchase water-heating units designed to float on the surface of ponds or to rest on the bottom of birdbaths. These heaters usually cost little to run and safely shut off automatically when pulled out of the water.

Important Safety Tip:  Be sure your outdoor outlets are protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to cut off the electricity in case of a short.

If you don’t get many days of freezing weather, try regularly replenishing your birdbaths with hot (not boiling!) water to melt any ice; this should keep them nearly ice-free for a few hours.

Aerators and other options

If you already have a pond aerator, keep it running to prevent freezing. In warmer areas, you may be able to run a dripper—a device that releases droplets slowly into water—all winter. The sight and sound of dripping water is very attractive to wildlife.

Support from the sun

Use solar energy to your advantage: Put water sources on the south or southwestern side of your property, preferably sheltered from the wind. To capture even more heat, apply black latex paint or secure black rubber pond liners to the interiors of water containers. Never add anti-freeze chemicals to the water—they can poison wildlife.

Keep it clean

However you provide water, remember that sanitation is important year-round. Locating water sources close to your house makes cleaning and maintenance much easier—and you won’t have to carry buckets of water far. Be sure the containers are regularly cleaned and replenished with fresh water—more often as more animals use them—to prevent the spread of disease.

Rinse a birdbath daily before refilling it, and clean it once a week using a solution of one part chlorine bleach to nine parts water and a scrub brush to loosen debris. Rinse again thoroughly before refilling with fresh water.

Recent Animal Wins, News and Action Alerts!ACTION: Protect Animals Nationwide by Opposing Part of the Farm Bill

ACTION: Michigan Wolves Need Your Help

Thanksgiving Dinner FOR the Turkeys! 

Safeway Announces Progress in Eliminating Controversial Pig Cages from Supply Chain, Directs Suppliers to Provide Plans for Meeting Demand


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