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Winter can be difficult – it’s dark because the sun sets so early in the day and rises so late in the morning, it’s cold, and often, it’s rainy or windy. It can be hard to get up the motivation to get out of bed, much less go outside. Once the magic of the holidays wears off, and the obligations to leave your home diminish, so does the motivation to go out and do things. 

There are a few other little beings who also want to be home. Consider adopting a pet! They’re warm and soft and can bring joy and laughter to your life. Adopting a dog makes it easier to go outside and get exercise, while adopting a cat can improve mood exponentially, as purring has been shown to be medically therapeutic, promoting many different types of healing in humans. Petting any kind of animal can lower anxiety levels and boost mood, so don’t feel limited only to cats and dogs.

Urban Brokers has compiled a list of upcoming adoption events in Washington, D.C. Select any of the links below to be directed to the organization or event’s site. Adopting a pet is rewarding for you, and can be life-saving for the animal. Consider giving a warm, furry friend a warm, loving home this winter. 

If you can’t adopt a pet, don’t worry! You can still support animal welfare by attending events like the Humane Rescue Alliance’s “Pasta for Pets” event on February 29, 2020. General admission is $35, while the family of four value pack is $100. The price of admission includes a pasta dinner with salad and non-alcoholic drinks. All donated food is vegetarian or vegan, too! Proceeds benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance.

For those who want to or can adopt, here is a list of events this winter to do so. It’s best to meet an animal to give it a fair chance. Some of the animals may have lived difficult lives, so make sure to spend a little time with them to ensure you’re getting a better idea of their personality and temperament. 

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue’s Cat Adoption

When: Saturday, January 11, 2020 12:00 PM

Where: Friendship Hospital for Animals, 4105 Brandywine St NW, Washington D.C. 20016

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue’s Dog & Cat Adoption Event in NE DC

When: Sunday, January 12, 2020 12:00 PM

Where: Petco, 1503 New York Ave Ne, Washington D.C. 20002

Adoption Event: Old Town Alexandria – The Dog Park

When: Saturday, January 25, 2020 12:00-2:00 PM

Where: 705 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314