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HRA rescues Darwin, a puppy on the brink of death

The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) is caring for Darwin, a 4-month-old puppy who was near death when we found him on the 300 block of K Street NW on August 12th. Weighing just 8 pounds, Darwin was severely emaciated and barely responsive when we rescued him. 

We rushed Darwin to Friendship Hospital for Animals, where veterinarians determined his breathing was unstable and he was on the verge of organ failure. Darwin most likely would have died during the night had we not reached him when we did. At FHA, Darwin received emergency treatment for pneumonia, dehydration, severe emaciation, and dangerously low blood pressure through antibiotics, IV fluids and a slow reintroduction of food. By the next morning, Darwin had an appetite – a great sign.  

On the morning of August 13th, we brought Darwin back to HRA, where our medical team continues to care for him. While Darwin is still very weak, he is eating regularly and is now able to stand up and take a few steps around his kennel. While Darwin has a long road to recovery ahead of him, his prognosis is positive, and we look forward to learning more about his personality as he regains his strength. 

Given the severity of his condition, HRA is investigating and offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an identification, arrest, and conviction in Darwin’s case. We’re especially interested in hearing from anyone who saw anything unusual around 6 p.m. on Friday, August 12th near the 300 block of K Street NW and the southbound ramp of 395 just before the 3rd Street Tunnel. If you have information related to Darwin, please call HRA at 202-723-5730. 

At HRA, we understand people in our community and beyond face barriers to providing care to their animal family members and that sometimes people don’t know where to turn when they need help. HRA’s Pet Help Center offers judgement free services and supplies for pet parents who need our help so no one feels as though they can’t care for their pet in times of crisis.  

To help with Darwin’s extensive medical care, we are asking people to donate to HRA's Ladybell Fund, which is specially designated for emergency medical care of homeless animals. Your gifts will help us to care for Darwin and other animals like him who urgently need our help. 


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