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Humane Rescue Alliance

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) protects animals, supports families, and advocates for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive. We enrich the humanity of our communities by promoting compassion and encouraging people to find joy, comfort and companionship through the love and appreciation of animals. Through a broad range of programs, we touch the lives of more than 60,000 animals annually. HRA is the first end-to-end animal care organization in a major U.S. city, with programs that serve people and animals with many different needs and at all stages of life.

Target demographics: all animals, regardless of species, breed, age, or condition

Direct beneficiaries per year: 60,000 animals

Geographic areas served: the Washington, DC metro area

Programs: HRA is the first end-to-end animal care organization in a major U.S. city, with programs that serve people and animals with many different needs and at all stages of life. Our comprehensive set of animal care and protection programs include: sheltering and adoptions; Humane Law Enforcement; animal care and control; low-cost spay/neuter and other medical services; behavior and training classes for the public; humane education; The Cat Neighborhood Partnership Program (CatNiPP) , aimed at addressing the needs of the thousands of community cats living in the District and of the people who co-exist with them through Trap, Neuter, and Return; international and regional transfer to provide relief to overburdened animal welfare organizations across the world; and more.

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Shannon131

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The dedication and professionalism provided by this organization, as well as the friendliness of the staff and volunteers is unparalleled to anything you will ever experience. God bless them for the work they do!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The recently merged Washington Humane Society (WHS)-Washington Animal Rescue League is DC's primary nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection, welfare and well-being of DC's homeless animals, in an effort to help them find their new, forever homes . WHS-WARL's primary mission is to provide care for animals in need, and ensure they find loving, safe and secure environments. In an effort to raise critical funds for these animals in needs, WIHS-WARL, hosts a variety of fun, social fundraising events throughout the year, including Fashion for Paws, Bark Ball, Sugar & Champagne Affair, among many others. WIHS-WARL's staff is passionate and driven to help make a difference in these animal's lives. From animals that are forfeited for a variety of reasons, to animals that are in dire need of medical attention in life-threatening situations, WIHS-WARL has the capacity to help and provide proper care.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Washington Humane Society helped me to bring my cat home to her Forever Home. They truly are a wonderful organization with excellent programs, and adorable pets.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic group that addresses the homeless animal crisis from every possible angle: education, spay/neuter, medical attention, advocacy, rescue, humane law enforcement, community engagement, training, etc. The staff is completely dedicated to the cause and money donated is used responsibly and wisely. As a WHS volunteer, donor, and two-time adopter I can honestly say it is the best animal-related organization I have known. They have some of the most innovative programs you could imagine like the PACK program and an annual architectural competition for stray cat habitats. Can't say enough positive things about his group.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization that works hard to save the lives of thousands of animals in the DC area. I have been involved in supporting WHS for years and am immensely grateful for the work that they do.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Washington Humane Society is superb. I have been sponsoring cats through them for over a year. They are wonderful at socializing and then finding homes for abandoned cats.

William76

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of the organization for years. I've adopted, fostered, and volunteered for tho organization they are really wonderful.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization, committed to the welfare of the animal population of the Distrct of Columbia. I make an annual contribution.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our first family dog from the Washington Humane Society. She was a boxer, about a year old, had probably been bait in the training of pit bulls (so the staff thought -- based on her scarred front paws and animosity to other dogs) and had given birth to a litter. She had been found living on the streets and we could literally count every bone in her spine and every rib. Christmas was approaching, so she became Mistletoe or Missy. For the next 15 years, Missy was our attentive nurse whenever someone was sick enough to stay home for school or work, our protector when we met a bear at our mountainous Virginia weekend cabin (really), and our beloved companion even after we left Washington for New York City. If the staff at the Humane Society had not saved Missy from the streets or if they had not taken the time to explain her needs and issues while assuring us that her pathetic exterior and frightened demeanor hid a wonderful dog, we would never have been able to share her love and affection for all those years. When the end of her life finally came, our veterinarian would not believe Missy was over 16. "Boxes do not live that long," he said. We showed him her adoption papers and explained that we knew it was love that had kept Missy alive so many years -- ours for her and hers for us. We will always be grateful to the WHA for helping is to love a wonderful creature.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I completely adore WHS. My first pet was a loving, precious Tabby who was adopted from the WHS back in 1989 by my husband and me. She was our "first" child as a married couple and she became my reason for being! She lived 19 magic years and gave us so much happiness. As a way of giving back we have supported WHS by donating both time and money to their various events and causes. I have been a Fashion for Paws model for three years and raised over 10,000 my first year all in an effort to help out an organization that does so much for the animals and animal lovers in the DC area. I can't say enough about the WHS and their leaders and volunteers!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of WHS for years now. I adopted my two fur babies from one of their shelters and was so impressed with all that the manage to accomplish, especially on a limited budget. The organization as a whole, the shelter staff, the administrative officers, the Board -- every single one takes his or her role in protecting animals so enough good things!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a long time contributor to WHS I have been amazed at the wonderful progress they have made in the past years in sheltering, healing and sending increasingly large numbers of animals off to new homes. The percentage of animals that cross their doorstep and have happy outcomes has grown astronomically. They are the only shelter I know of that accepts and cares for all animals in need, and never turns an animal away. So, when I decided to adopt a pet, I adopted my beloved new friend there. I was so impressed with the care and caring of the staff and the professionalism of the adoption process that I soon became a monthly supporter, pet sponsor and a volunteer. I somehow don't think five stars are enough to describe the Washington Humane Society!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WHS serves and represents the whole of the animal population of the District of Columbia. I have adopted, donated and volunteered. The staff are dedicated, thoughtful and caring about the welfare of their "clients".

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Client Served

Rating: 5

There are many animal rescue leagues within the greater metro DC area, and Washington Humane Society is definitely a standout! I love how the staff really seems to enjoy what they do. It can be seen in how they care for, and interact with the animals and with the potential families searching for their furry kids.

We adopted a 4 &1/2 year old rescue cat (#Pete) from WHS during their special "Catnado" event, and he along with the professionalism and love shown by WHS staffers, has definitely inspired us to personally donate and help in an ongoing effort to raise funds supporting other rescues in their care waiting for their forever homes.

So, if you're thinking of adding to your family, you should definitely visit WHS! Our experience has been extremely rewarding, and we even volunteered to write a blog detailing our little guy which can be found here: http://washhumane.typepad.com/blog/2015/08/alumni-update-pete.html

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Washington Human Society (WHS) is simply amazing. My wonderful cat (who is in many ways like my soulmate - animal lovers will understand:)) somehow got out of our house while being cared for by an animal sitter and the sitter could not find him. We were frantic and half-way around the world. While we were en-route back home to try to find him, WHS helped out by looking for him, setting-up a humane cat trap, putting up flyers in the neighborhood and putting his information on their website. Eventually when we found him (after he had been outside for a total of 9 days without food or water) hidden in a back corner crawl space under our deck and could not get him to come out a WHS officer who was incredible climbed under the deck and retrieved him. WHS saved his life. I LOVE the WHS.

2 Liz_78

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer, donor, foster parent, and 2-time adopter from WHS I have had a positive experience in every aspect. I have only great things to say about WHS - what they do for the DC metro area and beyond is absolutely amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Washington humane society started a volunteer program called the people animal cardio club. This program allows volunteers to pick up a dog from the shelter and take the pup for a run in the park along with several others. This helps the animals socialize and gives all involved a great work out. We always have a great time and WHS has "adopt me" vets for all the dogs so that everyone around knows they are up for adoption. Excellent program!

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Former staff

Rating: 4

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is a great organization that plays an important role in DC. The staff is incredibly dedicated to the mission and cares deeply about animal welfare. I have worked here, volunteered here, fostered, and adopted. WHS takes great strides to ensure that animals are treated as individuals and receive the help they need - whether behavioral or medical. WHS regularly heals animals with diseases that would have been grounds for euthanasia at other shelters. As the open-access shelter in DC, WHS deals with an immense number of animals that come through the doors with extremely limited facilities and does it well. I am proud to support WHS and will continue to do so knowing that my money will be well-used to care for animals and their caretakers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

WHS is a spectacular organization that combines traditional and contemporary outreach platforms to maximize their ability to help animals, educate the public, and raise the awareness to all demographics in the DC, Virginia, and Maryland area. They are a 5 star organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had been looking to adopt a new pet to join my family. After a long search via online profiles and pictures, I finally found the one. He was not at one of the shelter locations but at a foster, so I was given the connection to deal directly with the foster. I set a date to meet the kitten at her home to see if the adoption would be a good fit for kitten & me. It was love at first site. A well cared for 3 month old BEAUTIFUL little boy. No typical kitten issues of messy litter box habits, or any illness, gooey eyes and/or snotty noses. I then went to the GA Ave Shelter to do my interview and be processed for adoption. Kitten was about due for another booster, so they processed that for me and gave it to him, so I wouldn't have to bring him back. A quick and painless interview to see if we were a good fit for each other and kitten was MINE!! Very reasonable $85 adoption fee as opposed to ther local rescues who ask upwards of $300.

It's been almost a month since he's joined his 2 older kitty brothers in his new home and everyone is adjusting WONDERFULLY!!! He's playful, sweet, loving, SUPER LOUD purrrererr, eats well, uses his box well and hasn't destroyed my couch :-) So happy to have had the opportunity to work with the great staff & foster staff to meet this guy and make him apart of my life!!!