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Paws to Consider: Shelters and Resources for Pet Lovers in the Capital Region   Tags: animal rescue, animal shelters, cats, dogs, frederick county, montgomery county, no-kill shelter, pet adoption, pet care, pets, prince george's county, washington dc  

Paws to Consider is an online LibGuide and print resource for those in the Capital Region wishing to adopt a cat or dog as well as current pet owners.
Last Updated: Nov 30, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Shelters and Rescues in DC


Emergency Services

Report Animal Cruelty:

(202) BE HUMANE (234-8626)

Lost or Found a Pet? 

Call 202-576-6664

Emergency Care:

Friendship Hospital for Animals

(202) 363-7300

SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center


Shelters and Rescues

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  • Friends of Homeless Animals
    A no-kill shelter that rescues and places dogs and cats in the Northern VA and D.C. area.

    For directions, email for dog appointments, for cat appointments, or call 703-385-0224. Leave a message, and a volunteer will return your call shortly.
  • Washington Humane Society
    As the only open access shelter in the District, no animal is ever turned away for any reason. We also accept adoption applications on a first come, first serve basis.

    District of Columbia Animal Care and Control
    (New York Avenue Adoption Center - WHS is contracted by the Department of Health to operate this facility)
    1201 New York Avenue, NE
    Washington, DC 20002

    Georgia Avenue Adoption Center
    7319 Georgia Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20012
  • Washington Animal Rescue League  
    (Practices euthanasia)
    With as many as 150 dogs and cats available at any given time, the League is one of the largest companion animal adoption centers in the country.
    Surrenders are by appointment only. The League does not accept animals it considers aggressive.

    71 Oglethorpe Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20011
  • City Dogs Rescue
    City Dogs Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is not a 'shelter.' We are a network of volunteers (with full-time jobs) who foster dogs with volunteer families and donated boarding facilities.

    2121 Decatur Place NW
    Quaker House
    Washington, DC 20008
    (202) 567-7364

The Adoption Process Through a Dog's Eyes

Check out this video with Gary at the Washington Humane Society!


Pawsitive Outcomes


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