It also happens to be National Animal Shelter Appreciation week, the prefect reason to contact your nearest shelter for volunteer opportunities or to adopt a pet. Here are some area shelters:
Washington Humane Society
Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Montgomery County Humane Society
Humane Society of Prince George's County
Fairfax County Animal Shelter
The Pug, 1234 H St. NE. 202-388-8554.