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Shelter Pets Take Over Capitol Hill for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

The ASPCA was back on Capitol Hill on Friday, and they brought along some furry friends! The second annual “Paws for Love” event, which honors shelter animals and rescue organizations, welcomed members of Congress and animal shelters from the Washington, D.C. metro area to celebrate shelter pets and find them permanent homes. Check out the photo gallery above for some great images of members of Congress cuddling with shelter pets!

Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations and Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) cuddle with shelter pets at the ASPCA's Paws for Love 2014 event.

The event was co-hosted by the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, a bipartisan group of U.S. representatives committed to advancing animal welfare legislation in Congress, and at least five animals were adopted, with many more application submitted for other animals. More than 1,100 members of the Capitol Hill community attended the event, including 19 members of Congress.

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and each year, the ASPCA urges supporters across the country to “Go Orange for Animals” during the month of April to raise awareness for their cause. In addition to the adoption event on Capitol Hill, this year’s schedule of events includes:

  • National Dog Fighting Awareness Day (NDFAD), April 8: The ASPCA will commemorate the very first NDFAD to advance the conversation about dog fighting and to encourage animal lovers across the country to take action against this brutal form of animal cruelty. To learn more about the ASPCA’s work to end dog fighting or RSVP to attend their NDFAD Google Hangout, moderated by Dan Harris of ABC News, click here.
  • ASPCA’s 148th Birthday, April 10: To celebrate, the ASPCA is encouraging everyone to go orange for animals;
  • ASPCA Help a Horse Day, April 26: Animal advocates are invited to honor horses by supporting their local horse rescues in the fight to end equine cruelty and neglect;
  • National Animal Advocacy Day, April 30: Animal lovers are invited to help the ASPCA enact meaningful protections for animals at the federal, state and local level by being an effective voice for animals in the lawmaking process.

For more information, or to join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade please visit

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