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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - If you're weary of political rhetoric in the last month until the election, The Washington Animal Rescue League offers an alternative to the endless campaign ads and promises with its 'Paws to Vote' initiative.

WARL's very own straw poll for President features a faceoff between canine and feline, as Barrrk Obama and Mitt'ns Romney square off for votes.

In this first-of-its-kind dog vs. cat election, the bragging rights for the winner will be more than political hot air: by casting your ballot for Barrrk or Mitt'ns, you can help make a difference in the lives of these two as well as other potential pets (whose true nonpartisan hope is that someone votes them into a forever home!)

Cast your vote for your candidate of choice at www.warl.org/election2012 . For a $1 donation, you can vote for either Barrrk Obama or Mitt'ns Romney. But the best part is, unlike the "official" election, 'Paws to Vote' encourages you to vote early, vote often, as often as you like, for either or even both candidates. All donations are tax deductible, making every vote a win-win deal.

The mock election runs throughout the entire month of October. If you'd like to boost your political cachet and boast about having a presidential candidate in your family, you'll be intrigued to know that both Barrrk and Mitt'ns are available for adoption, along with other worthy candidates, whether dogs, cats or smaller animals, at the Washington Animal Rescue League.

Both Barrrk and Mitt'ns have noble goals, as their candidates' bios show:

Barrrk, a tri-color hound from South Carolina arrived in the nation's capital recently on a donor's jet, along with seven other canine companions. Like any good politician, he socializes well with everyone he meets, including dogs and humans of all shapes, sizes, and ages. (Like any good politician, he's kept his feelings about the opposition-- felines-- private. According to Barrrk, his one year of life has given him the kind of experience only time can bring. His goal: more public dog parks and dog-friendly eateries.

Mitt'ns, an eight-week-old orange tabby, is a mere youngster from the streets of D.C., whom many might consider something of an "underdog" in the political world, but savvy voters won't count him out. out. According to many cat fanciers, orange tabbies have the kind of magnetic personalities that attract people in droves, and Mitt'ns is no exception. He may be small in stature, with relative inexperience on the international-or even local-level, but Mitt'ns possesses the charm, energy and intellectual curiosity to get the job done. His goal: organic catnip and biodegradable litter for every feline.

Vote now, vote tomorrow, and remind politically responsible, pet-savvy friends to do the same.

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