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Washington Capitals Charities Donates More than $30,000 to the Washington Animal Rescue League

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Caps Better Halves presented a $31,320.00 check to the Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 18. These funds were donated by Washington Capitals Charities and were raised through the sale of the 2012 Caps Canine Calendars.

Carmen Brouwer, Mandy Flemmer (Karl Alzner’s fiancée) and Mackenzie Keeley (Jeff Schultz’s fiancée) were led on a tour of the Washington Animal Rescue League by chief operating officer Mary Jarvis. The Caps Better Halves learned about the facility and the organization and spent time with the dogs and cats currently available for adoption. After the tour Brouwer, Flemmer and Keeley presented Jarvis and the League with a check in the amount of $31,320.00.

The Caps Better Halves enjoyed the tour and resisted the temptation of taking home new pets as the Brouwers and Keeley and Schultz already have two dogs and Flemmer and Alzner have three.

“We were under strict orders not to bring home any new additions,” said Flemmer. “Although the animals here are so cute, there were definitely a few I would’ve liked to bring home.”

The 2012 Caps Canine Calendar was sold at Caps home games, at the team store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and online at The calendar features photos of Capitals players Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, Jeff Halpern, Roman Hamrlik, Matt Hendricks, Michal Neuvirth, Jeff Schultz and Dennis Wideman with their dogs as well as Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Mike Green with dogs from the Washington Animal Rescue League. The Caps Better Halves sold the calendars during the month of December at the community relations table at Verizon Center.

Washington Animal Rescue League
The oldest animal shelter in the District of Columbia, the Washington Animal Rescue League has a special mission to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals that have nowhere else to go. Its facility is uniquely designed from the animals’ point of view to make it one of the most humane and welcoming animal shelters in the world. The full-service medical center serves the companion animals of low-income pet guardians, as well as shelter animals. At any time, the League has about 200 dogs and cats available for adoption. All animals receive thorough medical and behavioral assessments prior to being made available for adoption. The League is located at 71 Oglethorpe Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011. For more information, visit

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