About Us

Adopting A Friend

If you want to adopt, please come down to our shelter with:

  • A photo ID
  • Any household members who should meet the pet (children, roommates, etc.)
  • If you will need a dog introduction with a current pet, please call ahead to schedule.
  • Be prepared to take home your new companion SAME DAY! We strive for same day adoptions except in cases where the animal is waiting on medical work.

After you meet your preferred pet, we''ll ask you to fill out a questionnaire and have a conversation with one of our adoption counselors to ensure the best possible adoption for you.

Our current adoption fees are:

  • Dogs: $170
  • Cats: $85
  • Rabbits: $45
  • Guinea Pigs: $20
  • Ferrets: $35
  • Animals smaller than Guinea Pigs: $10
  • Small birds: $10
  • Birds larger than a Budgie: $25

Cat and dog adoption fees include:

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Applicable vaccinations
  • Microchip
  • Heartworm test (dogs), FIV/FeLV test (cats)
  • 30 days of pet health insurance
  • An adoption packet with helpful information and coupons

Who We Are

We are DC's only open-access shelter. We are always available to help any animal in the District of Columbia. We have cats, dogs, rabbits, and more available for adoption out of our two shelters and also run the Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center.

Come Visit Us

All of our animals, including those in foster care, can be viewed online at: washhumane.org/adopt

Adoptions at our two adoption centers are:

12:00pm – 7:00pm
(closed Monday)

Adoption Center:

1201 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Animals in our foster care system can be viewed by visiting our website: washhumane.org/adopt and searching by site: Foster.

Contact Washington Humane Society


Available Animals

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