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 National Capital Area Spay and Neuter Center.

Come Visit Us

Washington Humane Society operates two adoption centers.


Our smaller adoption center is on Georgia Avenue, one mile south of downtown Silver Spring, across from the old Walter Reed medical center.

7319 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20012
Adoption Hours
12:00pm – 7:00pm every day except Wednesdays

Our larger adoption center is on New York Avenue, 1 mile from the New York Ave/Florida Ave metro stop. You can see adoptable animals from New York Avenue here: http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?shelterid=DC03

1201 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Adoption Hours
12:00pm – 7:00pm every day except Wednesdays

Contact Washington Humane Society - Georgia Avenue


Available Animals

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