Washington Humane Society (The Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals)
Rating: 4.78 stars 64 64 reviews 1,775
7319 Georgia Ave NW Washington DC 20012 USA
The mission of the Washington Humane Society is to protect animals in the District of Columbia from cruelty and harm.
The Washington Humane Society's programs include Humane Law Enforcement, Humane Education, Low Cost Spay/Neuter, Community Outreach and an extensive Adoption program. We work to enforce the anti-cruelty laws in the District of Columbia through investigation and prosecution of animal abuse. Our Humane Education Department teaches compassion and respect for animals in schools everyday. WHS operates the District's only low cost Spay/Neuter clinic and spayed and neutered over 3,000 animals last year. Animal adoptions have risen every year for the last 15 years and over 3,500 animals found loving new homes last year.
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I am a former volunteer, and client served, and have mixed feelings about this organization. Undoubtedly they do a great job with adoptions, and clearly all the volunteers and staff at their facilities care about the animals, but operationally there are areas in serious need of improvement. The foster program here is incredibly robust, but with over 300 animals in foster care the facilities do not seem to have the staffing or systems in place to support the caregivers. It is difficult to schedule appointments for fostered animals, and difficult to even have a medical staff member call or email (their preferred method of communication) back within 24 hours, even in emergencies, i.e., tiny bottle-fed kittens losing fluids rapidly due to GI problems. And this is a repetitive issue, happening not just to me and not just one time. This inability for volunteers and fosters to communicate with staff does not serve the animals well, and must surely lead to a significant turnover in their volunteer rosters. The vets at WHS are overloaded, leading to their frustration levels matching the volunteers'. The services offered at the Spay and Neuter Clinic are terrific, and certainly needed and appreciated broadly in the community, but the phone line at that center seems to be staffed by an answering machine, making it very difficult for people to ask specific questions concerning the walk-in clinic services, before/without showing up in person. With a tiny waiting room, the public is left lined up waiting out on the sidewalk with their pets on Saturdays, often for over an hour. The need is so great that they have a free-standing take-a-number dispenser for patrons to use, and it is not a given that a volunteer or staff member will appear to check the line or see if there are any simple questions to be answered. I adopted my pet here, which was seamless--since I had fostered him, I was even able to complete the adoption over the telephone (when someone THERE called ME). But they told me they would mail me his microchip tag and information, which did not happen. I called and left a message a couple of weeks later about this, and I never received a reply or anything in the mail. So, I applaud the WHS mission and the low-cost services they provide at their Spay and Neuter Clinic/Walk-in Vaccination Clinic, but cannot give them a glowing review in terms of their ability to deliver their services efficiently, or to communicate with volunteers/fosters or with the general public when it comes to questions concerning the health or appointments needed for foster animals, or about services their clinic offers.
I am beyond humbled by the work and dedication provided by WHS. Though I live in VA I fostered and adopted my dog through WHS based on their mission, dedication, assistance and overall understanding of 'this' business. The dog I adopted had been severely abused. WHS stood next to me and assisted at any time I needed help. They took my calls, they met me at the Specialist office (!) and never let me down. I am at a point of considering getting a second dog and WHS will be my go to place. I have found their fund raising efforts to be innovative and humbling all at the same time. I know where my money is going and I know how it is being spent I am thrilled to have such a stellar organization available to me and I believe they have set the standard for other groups to measure themselves against.
WHS had taken the Live Release Rate from 20% to 90% during the present CEO's tenure. Using sound business practices and policies, it becomes the norm for animals to leave the shelter to a good home, often through foster care. Thank you!!!
The Team at WHS does great work caring for animals in our nation's capital. The continue to provide new and innovative ways to support the community. The best in class staff are always providing exciting and fun opportunities for their supporters to help them fulfill their mission as well.
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The WHS is one of the most effective animal groups I have ever know. My first experience with the WHS team was when I adopted my pup Ella. They were extremely helpful in guiding me quickly through the adoption process and provided a lot of support with the transition of my best friend into my new home.
Through the years I've been impressed with the effectiveness of the WHS operation and their efforts to continually innovate and provide the much needed resources to fund their mission.
They are clearing one of the leading humane societies in the country, and am thankful for the great staff that provides support compassion for our animal friends in the Capital every day.
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There are not many changes I could think the WHS could make.
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The Washington Humane Society's love and care shows through the kindness they show the animals they rescue. I've the proud "mom" of two rescues, one from the Georgia Ave. shelter and the other from the New York Ave. shelter. I'm especially happy that they conduct $5 pet adoption days (and other promotions) to encourage pet ownership -- that finding loving homes tops trying to recoup any costs. They carefully screen those who wish to adopt, ensuring lasting homes and managed expectations. Thanks for all you do!
As animal lovers, our family is grateful for WHS. The passion of both their volunteers and their staff is just astounding, and their commitment to helping their animals and the animals of DC is endless. Not only are they saving countless lives, but they are changing and molding how the DC community interacts with and understands their pets and animals in general. Our family has interacted with WHS through volunteering, adoption and attending many events, and they never disappoint. Their compassion is infectious, and they are helping to shape and better DC.
My company partners with WHS and their efforts in animal rescue. Once a month, they bring their Adopt Force One mobile adoption center to our office and we assist in manning it for a few hours, showing of adoptable animals, and introducing animals to the community. It's great to see animals find fur-ever homes but it's also great to show the community what loving creatures rescue animals are. In addition to the mobile adoptions, they have great events to raise money and awareness for animal rescue as well as Pack runs to get adoptable animals out and about on weekends. A wonderful organization that fights for a worthy cause!
I work with organizations that support and work in animal welfare, I volunteered for the WHS, I fostered for the WHS, and I adopted my pets from the WHS. Their commitment to supporting DC animals and the owners that love them exceeds all standards. Their network of volunteers is one of envy and the entire team works tirelessly to ensure all DC animals find love and a home. I am proud to play a small role and am grateful for their work.
I have been volunteering for Washington Humane Society for the past 6+ years. Most of my work has been in the Administrative Offices and I have seen it develop into the strong organization it is today. Leadership is evident and growth is to be expected when you have this level of dedication and experience of staff and volunteers. Monies given to Washington Humane Society are used wisely and always with the customer (animals/community) in mind. Washington Humane Society continues to excel in animal care, whether it is thru the day to day operations, events, community education, or law enforcement. The future looks bright and I am happy to play a small part in the development.
It always amazes me how much the Washington Humane Society staff truly cares about the mission of saving all animals, educating people about animal issues, and respecting all resources available to them. My personal volunteer experience has been positive and the growth I see in all departments is exciting and a testament of staff dedication to the mission. Each doing their part to build up the organization. The future is bright in our Nations Capitol for all animals.
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Last year when my dear cat of 18 years passed away, I found myself at the Washington Humane Society, looking for a new buddy. I had spent time looking at various rescue organizations and their cats on line, but I kept coming back to the Washington Humane Society - they do so much work for the community and community animals that I wanted to support them. I'm really glad I did. The volunteers and adoption staff couldn't have been nicer - they were thoughtful, patient and kind, and they knew about the animals in their care. I ended up adopting a sweet 1 year old female cat. She and I have been great pals, and she has brought so much joy into my and my family's life. Just a few months ago I went back to WHS and adopted a younger male cat. They are the best of friends. The whole experience seemed to be a perfect combination of what WHS does - care for the animals, work incredibly hard to find them good homes, and look out for their Washington DC community. I'll be forever grateful to them!