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Puppies invade Georgetown at adoption event (Photos)

Monday - 6/18/2012, 10:20am  ET

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The Washington Harbour in Georgetown went to the dogs Sunday when dozens of canines stopped by for a pet adoption event. (WTOP Photo/Becca Pang)
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Heidi Gruber and Katy Stang, special to wtop.com

WASHINGTON - The Washington Harbour in Georgetown went to the dogs Sunday when dozens of canines stopped by for a pet adoption event hosted by Operation Paws for Homes.

The dogs are brought in primarily from high-kill shelters in rural areas of North and South Carolina, but some are from local shelters, as well.

Operation Paws for Homes takes them in and gets them ready for a new home. The organization accommodates special needs dogs like Willa, who suffered blunt force trauma to the head that resulted in the loss of an eyes.

Aside from arranging adoptions, the rescue organization also supports Military Working Dogs and their handlers by sending "K-Packs" - that include toys, treats and grooming supplies - to combat zones approximately twice a week. Donations can be collected at any adoption event or through Operation Paws' website

Anyone could apply for a dog on the spot to begin the application process, but some of those who had already done so online were able to pick up their dogs to bring home for Father's Day.

Operation Paws for Homes will be back in Alexandria June 24 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Olde Towne School for Dogs.

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