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Humane Rescue Alliance

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Nonprofit Overview

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!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really love this organization and all that they do for the animals of WDC. The staff are wonderful and truly care about the animals that they work with and connecting adoptable animals into their forever homes.
After volunteering in their offices, I finally adopted a cat 2 years ago at an event. Everything was really easy and I appreciated that they took the time to ensure that you did understand what you are getting into and ensuring that you live in an environment conducive to adopting an animal.
I cannot say enough great things about them and support them whenever I can with donations or volunteering my time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved as a volunteer fundraiser for the WHS and have always been impressed with the new and innovative ways that the WHS raises funds for the animals that they love so much. I then became a foster parent and later adopted a dog of my own. The WHS did a terrific job to find me a dog that suited my desires as well as knowing what the dog needed in a home. It was a perfect match which is hard to come by.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Can't say enough good things about WHS. The 90%+ live release rate says it all. They truly believe every animal deserves a chance.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a proud board member. An outstanding top notch organization that does truly amazing work to care for the animals in our nations Capitol.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog from WHS. We talked with the staff about our needs, since we have small children in the house. They did a great job telling us about the dogs in foster care and in the shelter. Their matchmaking worked and we adopted the sweetest velcro pitbull.

The care they give the animals is extraordinary. Our dog had been turned in by her family after it was hit by car and they could not afford to pay for her care. We were impressed that WHS tried to help the family work out payments or other financial options, rather than just rehoming the dog.

WHS has challenges as an urban shelter with fewer resources and a smaller potential adoptive population than some of their suburban counterparts. They overcome these challenges by being highly visible in the community, including a clever idea to take animals out to places of employment (for those who live in the suburbs) and shopping centers. We have been so very pleased to support their challenging and important work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The success and dynamic evolution of this organization relative to its ambitious goals are well documented. Credit must be given the WHS professional staff that have an incredible commitment to the mission, are also top tier professionals in their fields and bring a collective level of energy, professionalism and team work that should be the envy of any non-profit organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 2

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.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Nancy199

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Natalie57

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ENTIRE team at WHS - from the volunteers, to staff , to Fosters, to board members, were so wonderful with our adoption process. They helped with every detail and question to ensure that we found, and were prepared for, the most perfect furry family member. Even post-adoption, WHS checked in on us and provided resources to help us with our pup’s transition. We could not be more pleased with the process and so thrilled with our new dog. She is a joy to be around and was clearly very loved before coming to her forever home. WHS also offers a cadre of services once you are part of the WHS-family. The assistance with training, vaccinations, and dog friendly events is such an added bonus to this wonderful organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for years, and even run the volunteer program for my large organization, so I'm sensitive to how volunteers are treated when donating their time. My involvement with the Washington Humane Society (WHS) has only grown in the past two years not just because I love animals, but because the programs that allow me to be involved in any way I am able and willing is well executed, thoughtful, appreciated, and supported. The staff does great work, under the strong leadership of the organization, and as a volunteer I feel very much a part of the mission to help all animals in our community. It is hard work, and can be emotionally draining, but even with very little, the WHS family continues to do everything possible to make lives better for all animals in our community whether under WHS care or in a loving home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopting my pet from the Washington Humane Society was a tremendous experience. The staff is knowledgeable, compassionate and take the time to connect potential adoptive families with the perfect animal.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my new dog, Betsy Ross, from the Washington DC Humane Society. The staff of the WHS were knowledgeable, kind, and walked me through the entire process with a caring and professional hand. It was a terrific experience. I was also extraordinarily impressed with how devoted the staff was to the care and well being of every animal at the shelter. it was heart warming to see. The welfare of each creature in their care is clearly paramount in every decision they make.

Donor

Rating: 5

WHS connected me with my perfect little pup in 2012. Ever since, I have been proud to help such a wonderful organization in any way I possibly can. The team at WHS is beyond tireless and dedicated to their cause. My favorite thing about WHS is that EVERYTHING is always about the animals first and foremost; they never stray from that focus, even during black tie fundraisers! I truly believe in the work that WHS does and will continue to do my small part to help them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with WHS is so rewarding. I know that I'm helping the dogs find their forever homes and, since I can't have a dog myself, I really value any time I can spend with the pups. There's nothing quite like the joy of witnessing an animal be adopted. The staff at WHS are truly dedicated and I love volunteering with them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Words can't begin to express my respect for the staff and volunteers at the Washington Humane Society. Every single staff member and volunteer are wholeheartedly committed to their mission -- to protect and care for our nation's neediest animals.

It never ceases to amaze me the tireless energy and passion each WHS person brings to their job. Their commitment is evidenced by their engagement with Washington DC community at large.

It's been a privilege of co-chairing one of their largest fundraising events for the last five years -- it's a check I happily write every year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating to WHS for the last five years through one of their biggest annual fundraisers. Every year I continue to be amazed by the great work they provide this community 24/7. From their executive team to their most committed volunteers, the team at WHS are wholeheartedly devoted to the wellness of every animal in their care. They are inspiring.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently, after the death of our long time rescue dog, we set about the process of finding our next pup. After a negative experience with another rescue organization not based in DC, I turned to a friend who is a long time member of WHS leadership and she of course recommended WHS and boy was she right. Our entire experience from our first browsing visit through the post-adoption period Has been professional caring and thorough. The volunteers love the animals they are there to help. The staff provides accurate and complete information. They follow up to make sure all is going well and provide additional support when needed. We have a loving new member of our home thanks to WHS and their work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with what WHS has been able to do in policing animal abusers. I always thought WHS was just to house and care for animals before they were to be adopted, but this organization does so much more, and I am so happy to support them as they provided me with one of my most precious gifts - my canine daughter, Roux.

Donor

Rating: 5

WHS is a great organization. As a Donor and event volunteer, I see firsthand the difference they make in animals lives. The staff is kind, professional, and remember people and their animals. They rescue every animal known to man and work with the local law enforcement to help prosecute those who commit animal cruelty.

I have seen where my money has gone and I am happy to give it to such a well-run organization. You can see that they all care about the animals, from the people with the fancy titles to those helping hold/console an injured animal when they are brought in. I am a big fan of WHS and I thank them for rescuing our adopted dog.

Andrew77

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Washington Humane Society for more than ten years, and I am honored and privileged to serve on its board of directors. WHS has become one of the nation's leading animal welfare organizations, with programs that touch thousands of member of the Washington community, both animal and human. From Dog Tags training for wounded soldiers to humane education, animal protection, sheltering, spay-neuter and dozens of other programs, WHS works year round to strengthen the animal-human bond. There are a lot of good non-profits out there, but this one is a true superstar.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Kind, devoted staff but I always sense that something is incredibly off at this place. No real transparency. And the devoted staff? - they can't seem to hang onto them. Otherwise, I commend their efforts.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with WHS was over 12 years ago when we adopted our pup from them. Since then, I have volunteered with them to help in whatever way I can. The work they do in the community is tireless and needed - they advocate for all animals, save lives, and do everything possible to reduce violence toward living beings in our community. I can't say enough positive things about them!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a former board member and volunteer, I have seen this organization grow from what was perceived in the community to be the "animal shelter" become one of the most effective animal welfare organizations in the U.S. While it runs the D.C. animal shelter for the District of Columbia, it has numerous other programs that benefit animals and the larger community. Adoptions, animal behavior training, humane education, spay and neuter and Humane Law Enforcement.

What sets WHS apart from other rescue organizations and non-profits -
- it carries out is mission effectively
- it constantly reviews its performance and makes changes wherever possible to make it better
- It has improved its performance in measurable ways. For example, the number and percentages of animal adopted from its shelters has increased significantly over the past several years
- It is fiscally responsible
- It has a dynamic, dedicated team of staff and volunteers and an engaged and qualified board of directors

Much of the credit for the organization's remarkable performance belongs to its current president, Lisa LaFontaine. While she is charismatic, hard working and an excellent spokesperson for WHS, perhaps her most impressive but least-noticed accomplishment has been to put in place a team of exceptionally qualified and dedicated senior managers. This has enabled her to focus on many important matters besides day-to-day staff and program management.

Overall, a first-rate organization in every way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a 20 year nonprofit veteran, I am blown away by the level and quality of work WHS does for the animals and community of Washington, DC. From cruelty prevention and humane education, to controlling the community cat population, to offering low-cost spaying and neutering to the public and providing loving care for thousands of stray and abandoned animals, WHS is everything an animal welfare organization should be. The staff is dedicated, passionate, and caring and they are always looking at ways to improve and innovate.

I started out my relationship with WHS as an adopter (yay Mr. Kitty!), then as a donor, and finally became a weekly volunteer at their New York Avenue shelter. WHS is a part of my community and my life and DC is lucky to have such a great organization. - Bethe Almeras

Volunteer

Rating: 5

washington humane society is just the best!!! i have been volunteering with them since the early 90's in
different capacities. it is not easy to run the city shelter and they do an amazing job. their fundraising has gotten to an amazing and fabulous level. i have just raised $1200 for them for the "walk for the animals". so easy. just email all your friends and family. go for it!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported WHS through donations (money and also supplies) for several years, but finally volunteered to be a foster parent this summer. The WHS staff were excellent and walked this first-time foster through the process and made sure my kittens were taken care of. WHS does so much with so little and I plan to continue my support of this very worthwhile organization.

Sacha C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been involved with WHS now for several years as a volunteer and supporter. They provide critical services to all animals in the DC area and are a truly dedicated group of individuals who love and care for needy, hurt, and homeless animals. The people who run and work at WHS are incredibly passionate about what they do and it shows. I've been in DC for many years and have seen an incredible improvement in the Washington Humane Society over the past several years in terms of impact. I would definitely recommend becoming involved with WHS as either a volunteer, foster, or donor.

Daniela4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a WHS volunteer for 5 years. The staffers and fellow volunteers are wonderful people who truly believe in advocating for animals. I look foward to continue volunteering to help fullfill the WHS mission and be a voice for animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began by supporting WHS by adopting my two doggies from WHS 13 and 9 years ago. Now I am a volunteer. Each time I interact with someone at WHS I am amazed by their dedication to the saving the lives of animals. I wish I could figure out a way to thank them for all that they do. Amazing people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are not enough adjectives to describe the amazing experience I have had with the Washington Humane Society. I was asked to foster a dog that had many issues related to abuse. Having lost my beloved soul mate, Tucker a year earlier I felt it was a way of healing my broken heart. My experience with WHC has been humbling to say the least. My foster and I were given such guidance, wonderful resources and amazing doctors to help her heal. I often felt as though I was their only case though in reality I knew they were dealing with so many similar sad stories. Never were we just a number or just another dog that was found on the street. If only all organizations took their mission statement and truly walked the walk as the Washington Humane Society does.

My 'foster' and I now share the same last name...I'm a foster fail and that is in great part to the guidance and assistance I got from WHC. I'm a fan for life and will spend my spare time supporting their cause both financially and any volunteer opportunities I can participate in; that is how passionate I feel about this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful dog from WHS, and I had him for 14 years. I'm so grateful the staff let me adopt him -- he changed my life. I'm a better person because I had this dog. People shouldn't forget the base of the word "humane" -- "human." WHS helps humans as much as animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a volunteer for the past six years. This year has been a banner year for volunteers. The program has been restructured to offer a better volunteer experience. By creating set schedules, volunteers work together more. We are able to get many more dogs out in the yards. This activity of exercise and attention enriches their stay.

Anne74

Donor

Rating: 5

The Washington Humane Society is an outstanding group. I have been involved with the organization mainly through donations but have had behind-the-scenes experience with the staff and employees. The care and attention that is given to the animals is top-notch. And not only does the Washington Humane Society become involved in domestic animal rescues but with zoo animals and wildlife as well. Our city is well served by WIHS and our animals deserve the love and help provided.

Dora R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the good fortune of finding the most wonderful young cat to adopt at the Washington Humane
Society on New York Avenue a few months ago and I want to sing their praises for making it a very
pleasant experience. All the animals I saw were well groomed, healthy and happy looking and the staff were anxious to give one time to visit with the animals, explain why there were there and what shots they had etc. It's a big decision to adopt and I can only say that finding my "Mollie" was one of the wisest decisions I ever made. Making this choice is a lot easier if you have some guidance from the staff and lots of encouragement too. They do a wonderful job with both clients and pets and I am one of their biggest admirers. I absolutely adore my cat and after having had cats all my life (I'm 82), I never thought I could be attached so deeply by a new cat after all of mine had gone to a better world. I was wrong ! Help support this wonderful organization. The animals need us as do we need
them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Darcy sees to it in a very talented and personal way that each volunteer is appreciated and motivates us to do better for God's creatures - each and all.

Donor

Rating: 5

First of all I am so pleased to be able to provide feedback about the great work being done at the WHS. I am a donor and have supported WHS for many years. Recently I lost one of two pets and was considering a new companion for both me and my remaining pet. Because of work complications and pet personality reasons (read difficult), I was extremely hesitant to jump into a new pet at all. I had the good fortune to be speaking with an individual at WHS who suggested I connect with one of their adoption specialists. I did and we discussed my situation, both with regard to my remaining pet (the difficult one) and my home and work life. It was a very informative experience and my eyes were opened to many possibilities. The specialist guided me through various options for adoption from WHS and I am pleased to report that I took the plunge and adopted not one, but a bonded pair of pets. My new family could not be happier which would not have happened absent the care and consideration I received from WHS. Thanks WHS, you are the best!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Washington Humane Society does a fabulous service to the animals and humans of Washington. I'm too soft hearted to volunteer at the shelters (I cry at tv commercials and can't take in another animal) so I go to the administrative office and do what I can to help there. The staff all bring in their rescues so I get my puppy fix every week. Without WHS there would be many suffering animals all over the city with no voice, no protection. Kudos to this wonderful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Washington Humane Society plays a large role in my life. I adopted my dog from their shelter last year and have become a volunteer and donor ever since. Their staff is professional, responsible, and, above all, caring for all of the animals that fall under their wing. As the only open-access shelter in the District of Columbia, they take in over 30,000 animals a year - an astounding feat. Knowing how they run their operation, I feel confident that my donation is going towards responsible spending and my volunteer hours are appreciated and well utilized.