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Pets: U.S. Humane Society Lobby Day in Richmond - January 22, 2015

If you love animals like I do and want to help them join other animal lovers in Richmond, VA! It's Lobby Day for the U.S. Humane Society! Please consider volunteering your time. It is one wonderful day a year to help these animals that we all love who cannot speak for themselves. Here is a copy of what the U.S. Humane Society has sent as information to those of interest! So please, consider volunteering and lobbying with your local area if you cannot join us in Richmond, VA! (My comments were on the card sent out under the name of Heidi from last year as it was my first lobby day! See how easy it can be!) Invitation from the U.S. Humane Society: This is it! It's time to come together with other advocates across Virginia. Sign up for Humane Lobby Day now and you'll be joining us for this special event dedicated to protecting the animals we love so much. They deserve it, don't they? Thursday, January 22, 2015 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. General Assembly Building, 5th floor conference rooms 201 N. 9th Street, Richmond, VA 23219 RSVP Whether you come by yourself or with a caravan of friends, family or co-advocates, Humane Lobby Day will be an unforgettable, transforming experience. Take a look at what these folks had to say after going to their Humane Lobby Day. Heidi: I wanted to make a difference for animals, but I wasn't sure how to get involved. I had never lobbied before, so Humane Lobby Day was my chance to learn the process. I felt like I made a difference for suffering animals, and I discovered that I loved lobbying. Jack: Humane Lobby Day gave me the confidence I needed to lobby. To my surprise, it was easy and fun! Now, calling my state representative and state senator is a breeze. Sharlene: At Humane Lobby Day, many of us are making our voices heard; it's empowering! Even when you're back in your own community and may feel like you're the only animal welfare advocate around, Humane Lobby Day provides a reminder that you're really not alone at all, and that there is strength in numbers. No prior experience is required! We'll be with you every step of the way. Find out more and RSVP for Humane Lobby Day. Source: "Humane Society of the United States" <humanesociety@hsus.org>
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