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.

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

Adoption Center Hours:

Tues - Sun 12 - 7pm
(closed Monday)

Adoption Center Locations:

1201 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002

71 Oglethorpe St NW
Washington, DC 20011
202 - 726-2556

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/Washington Animal Rescue League


Available Animals

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