General Shelter Information for Metro DC Area
Some shelters and rescue organizations, although based in one particular county, serve the entire Capital Region and are good sources of pet adoptions:
- Last Chance Animal Rescue, 4499 Leonardtown Rd., Waldorf, MD 20601, Office: (301) 274-9409, Clinic: (301) 885-0263, email@example.com—Last Chance rescues cats and dogs from high-kill municipal shelters and offers them for adoption. Adoptable animals can be seen at adoption events (listed on LCAR's Facebook page) and cats are available for adoption at specified locations in PetSmart and Petco stores in MD, VA, and DC. LCAR also partners with the Paw Prints Animal Hospital in Waldorf, MD to offer low-cost vaccinations and wellness exams and with the Spay Spot for reduced cost spay/neuter surgery.
- Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation, Phone: (703) 295-DOGS; for inquiries regarding general information: firstname.lastname@example.org; dogs: email@example.com; cats: firstname.lastname@example.org - Like Last Chance, Lost Dog & Cat recruits volunteers from around the area to foster animals that would otherwise be at risk for euthanization, and also holds adoption events at local PetSmarts and Petcos where you can meet a prospective family member.
- Shelter Finder, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), an online tool for locating shelters in your area.
- The Shelter Pet Project is an initiative of the Humane Society of the United States. It has a shelter finder tool, powered by Petfinder.com, on its home page and links to resources on pet care.
- Maryland SPCA, based in Baltimore, Maryland, this non-profit organization provides a web hosting service for individuals throughout Maryland faced with surrendering their pets, as well as an adoption and fostering service, medical care, spay and neuter clinic for both domestic and feral cats, behavioral training, and Kibble Connection, which provides food for owners that are unable to purchase food for their pets. Their office phone number is (410) 235-8826.
- Robocalls for Lost Pets-One option for finding a lost dog or cat is to place an announcement for a fee with one of the robocall pet-finding services such as Find Toto. A robocall is sent out to households in your area with a description of your lost pet and information on how to contact you. It can be an effective way to find and be reunited with your pet. See this article in the Washington Post for more information.
General Animal Care Resources
Here are some links to general resources on pet health and care:
- Pet Care resources, American Society for the Preventation of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), ASPCA, a national organization devoted to animal welfare, maintains online guides for the care of dogs, cats, horses, and small animals, as well as links to low-cost spay/neuter resources, pet nutrition, disaster preparedness, and other topics.
- Animal Health and Veterinary Medicine and Companion Animal Resource pages, Animal Welfare Information Center, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD, 301-504-6212, has links to online resources as well as publications by AWIC, a division of the US Department of Agriculture established as part of the Animal Welfare Act. AWIC also provides an online form where you can submit a reference question about animal health and welfare.
- The Animal House, a weekly radio program produced by WAMU (88.5 FM) a Washington-based National Public Radio station at American University. Dr. Gary Weitzman, a veterinarian from the San Diego Humane Society, answers callers' questions and emails about their pets. The show also features stories on many topics pertaining to both wild and domestic animals, and past episodes and stories are archived on its website.
- Companion Animal Health Resource Center, Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, has an online guide to common communicable diseases in dogs and information on vaccinations and disease prevention.
- Dog Star Daily, a blog dedicated to canine behavior and training.
- Feline Health Topics, Cornell Feline Health Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Cornell Feline Health Center is one of the nation's leading research and education centers for cat health. CFHC offers an online guide to common feline health issues and online and print brochures on health topics. Print brochures can be ordered by calling 607-253-3443.
- The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), has online guides on caring for companion animals such as cats, dogs, ferrets, fish, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, horses, mice, rabbits, and rats.
- The Latham Foundation is a private organization dedicated to humane education, animal-assisted therpay, and the human-companion animal bond. Their Research and Resources page includes articles on selecting a vet, clicker training for dogs, and animal-assisted therapy.
- Maryland Pet.com is an online resource for information about pets in Maryland and in surrounding areas in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington DC.
- The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy provides information online about pet overpopulation and statistics on animals in shelters. The results of the Shelter Statistics Survey, 1994-1997, is available on the website, as well as downloadable PDFs of articles on the findings of the survey.
- My Veterinarian.com, a free service of the American Veterinary Medical Association where you can locate a veterinary practice in your area.
- Pet Care, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), comprehensive and free online guide covering a range of pet care topics, including nutrition, spay/neuter, disaster preparedness, and animal poison control.
- Pet Lovers Companion, P.O. Box 239 Mount Vernon, VA 22121 703-780-4400, Although this is a commercial advertising website and circular, it provides comprehensive information and links on pet care and products, shelters, veterinarians, and other services in the Metro DC area.
- Pets and Toxic Plants web page, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, an online guide to common household plants that are toxic to dogs and cats.
- Petfinder.com is a national organization and online resource where one can search for adoptable pets by type and location. Many Metro DC area shelters and rescue organizations list their adoptable animals on Petfinder. Petfinder also provides pet care information and videos on its website.
- Pets911 is a free, nationwide website where pet owners can place announcements and photos of lost pets.
Recursos para Personas que Hablan Español, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). (Although intended for residents of New York City, this page provides information in Spanish about caring for pets/Aunque destinado a los residentes de la ciudad de Nueva York, esta página proporciona información en español sobre el cuidado de mascotas).
- VetLocator.com is a free online directory of general and specialist veterinarians.