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Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Cool Schools: Chocolate on Mars?

POOLESVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- What do moon rocks, mars rovers, and chocolate all have in common? This week's cool school. 

The big yellow bus is stopping at Poolesville High School where teachers have found a way to peak their students' cosmic curiosity. 

How fast can microwaves travel through chocolate in outer space? That's just one of the things students at Poolesville High School are trying to find out. 

All of their experiments take place on the fictional planet Falconia, where teachers want them to think and act like scientists.

"Recently NASA sent a curiosity rover to mars, so we're trying to simulate that in our own imaginary planet here." 

Trial and error is how you learn. The students' rover is complete with a front loader and sensors to detect a change in magnetic field or even the presence of methane gas.

Both of those can help you find coal in outer space, but the larger picture is looking for life. 

#GiveJoy to a child for the holiday season

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- LOG ON TO http://www.wusa9.com/givejoy to donate a toy or money to children via "Volunteers of America." 

Jan Jeffcoat is out on assignment and it's a GREAT assignment! Jan's in Prince George's County helping to kick off our holiday virtual toy drive!

WUSA9 has teamed up with the Volunteers of America Chesapeake on a new one-of-a-kind holiday campaign called "Give Joy" and it gives you a chance to help needy kids and families this holiday season with the click of a button. We're calling it a JOY DRIVE and you can buy a toy, donate or just send a holiday message virtually - from home, from work, from anywhere!

Between now and mid December Jan and the whole team here at wusa 9 will be bringing you stories about the people you can help. If you follow her on Twitter @JanJeffcoat you can get live twitter updates.

Jan Jeffcoat makes her WUSA9 debut at 11 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- You told us you wanted something different, something fast and something that spoke to you, the viewer. We listened. 

On Sunday night, WUSA9 debuted its new anchor, Jan Jeffcoat, and its new 11 p.m. show format, which reflects more viewer-friendly segments. 

We at WUSA9 are always listening to your questions and comments on www.TellWUSA9.com as well. Click the link and tell us what you think about all the hottest topics in today's news, entertainment, weather and local sports. 

OCCASIONALLY CAKE RAISES MORE THAN $1,100 for MARCH OF DIMES

OCCASIONALLY CAKE RAISES MORE THAN $1,100 for MARCH OF DIMES

 

Occasionally Cake of Alexandria, Va. raised more than $1, 100 for the March of Dimes during their four-year anniversary, day-long celebration, while giving away more than 1, 500 cupcakes. For more information, visit www.occasionallycake.com or call 703.647.9638.

“Thank you to the community for helping us celebrate and giving back to the March of Dimes, an organization that is doing so much for moms and babies,” said Sabrina Campbell, owner of Occasionally Cake in Old Town Alexandria, Va.