Aries the Hero Pup
Denise and Shervonne couldn’t have predicted the importance of their visit to the Washington Humane Society. They certainly didn’t think that it would save their lives.
In May 2014, Denise and her daughter Shervonne stopped by our New York Avenue Adoption Center to meet a few dogs. A three-month-old lab mix had recently arrived, surrendered by a previous owner who could no longer care for her. Slightly nervous, but very friendly, the small pup soon stole the hearts of the two women, and found herself on her way home for good. Aries, as she was soon named, quickly became a loving and loved member of her new family.
Then on July 7, around 2:00 am, the unexpected happened. Denise was awoken by ear-splitting barking. Aries was barking as loud as she could! On alert, Denise feared there might be an intruder in the house. She looked up, and noticed that the ceiling vent was on fire!
Despite their panic, the family quickly gathered together and ran outside, just as all the lights and the power went out in the house. Aries’ keen detection and ability to alert her family gave them just enough time to escape the fire safely. Somehow her senses told her that something was wrong, and that she needed to alert her family. She was able to do this all before the smoke alarms ever went off. Blog - damage
Today, the family is in a temporary apartment, waiting for their house repairs to be complete. They are hoping to be back at home before the end of the year. Thanks to Aries, the family all made it out safely and Denise tells us that, “She is our hero, and brings us so much joy.”
While the family made it out OK, many of their belongings did not, including Aries’ new collection of toys. As a token of our appreciation, WHS is hosting a toy and treat drive for Aries and her friends still waiting for their forever homes. Stop by to visit our animals and drop off your gifts at our New York Avenue Adoption Center, located at 1201 New York Avenue, NE.
With your help, we will present Aries with a bountiful thank you gift for her heroism!
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