Lawmakers promote pet adoption at Paws for Luck
© Kaitlin Milliken

Lawmakers cuddled up with puppies and kittens on Thursday during Paws for Luck, an event to promote pet adoption.

The event, hosted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, featured five Beltway rescue groups that house animals in need of permanent homes.

Reps. Vern BuchananVernon Gale BuchananMORE (R-Fla.) and Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerDems introduce bill to eliminate ICE, shift duties elsewhere 'Paws for Celebration' event brings rescue animals to the Capitol The farm bill fails animals in need MORE (D-Ore.), co-chairs of the caucus, attended the afternoon event at the Rayburn House Office Building.

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“[Paws for Luck] is something that brings people together in a positive way,” Blumenauer said. “It provides greater awareness to the resources in the region that are providing services for these animals.”

Former Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) snuggled with Ozzy, a puppy from the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation. According to the organization, Ozzy was rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm. Dole said Ozzy would make a great pet, either for herself or for one of her friends.

“I already have two miniature schnauzers, but I’m very tempted,” she said, as the puppy fell asleep in her arms.

Rep. Peter DeFazioPeter Anthony DeFazioProgressives poised to shape agenda if Dems take back House Transportation Department watchdog to examine airplane cabin evacuation standards House passes bipartisan water infrastructure bill MORE (D-Ore.) kissed a puppy’s head before posing for a picture. He said that he too “might be in the market” for a new pet to join the dogs he has at home and brings to the office.

“It just makes this place a little more livable when you have animals around,” DeFazio said. 

Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) praised the ASPCA for rescuing animals after natural disasters. Carbajal’s district, which includes parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, has experienced devastating fires and flooding in the past year. Carbajal said the ASPCA helped rescue pets after the disasters.

“They not only advocate for the rescue of animals but they actually roll up their sleeves and take action to make sure animals’ wellbeing is taken care of,” he said.  

Two Paws adoption events are help on Capitol Hill each year. One takes place in either February or March. The second, Paws for Celebration, will be held in July.