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Washington Animal Rescue League

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: For more than 100 years, the Washington Animal Rescue League has set the standard for animal welfare. WARL’s mission continues to evolve as conditions change and animals face new and different challenges, but the core of that mission remains unchanged:  to honor and strengthen the human-animal bond by providing the best quality care for homeless dogs and cats, and supporting companion animals in their homes through affordable veterinary care, community outreach, and education.

Results: For more than 100 years, the Washington Animal Rescue League has rescued the dogs, cats, puppies and kittens that had nowhere else to go. As the oldest animal shelter in the Nation’s Capital, the Washington Animal Rescue League has rescued, cared for and adopted more than 100,000 animals in its history. The Washington Animal Rescue League’s holistic approach to animal care provides area residents and their companion animals with affordable pet care. We have highly adoptable animals available for adoption to area residents Veterinary care open to all, but with a mission to provide affordable/discounted veterinary care for income-qualified residents Pet Food Bank for area residents struggling to feed their pets Robust schedule of training classes open to the public Humane Education program for area school children/qualified residents, low cost vaccinations and spay/neuter, and the Washington Animal Rescue League Pet Food Bank for those that cannot afford to feed their pets, are examples of the organization’s connection and service to the community.

Programs: http://www.warl.org/about-us/programs/

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We spent months touring multiple animal shelters in the DMV in search of our new furry family member and finally found her at one of the most friendly, efficient, cleanest shelters in the area. You can tell that the staff really cares about their animals. They also have a constant flow of volunteers around to provide companionship to the animals so it feels even less lonely for them.
We found our 5 year old Foxy (Great Pyrenees) July 2014 and couldn't be happier! She was super shy/timid and scared of the foreign environment (shelter) that had become her home over the 2 weeks she had been there, but WARL staff made sure to take a tender hand with ensuring her comfort. They were also very good at making sure that we had all of the resources that we needed to be the best fur baby parents we could be.
On Foxy's gotcha day, the WARL staff had been kind enough to give her a bath (she has a TON of hair) so she was extra fluffy when we came to pick her up. While walking her out, everyone (including the vet staff and doctors) came to say good bye to her!
I can't express how WONDERFUL WARL is to both furry friends and their human companions alike. They really are the best!

Sizana E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are the best animal shelter I have ever been to! They know everything about your animal, they give you time to acclimate, provide discounted medical services(they even gave us a free medical exam), have toys/food supplies of those owners financially struggling, they have a store onite and numerous cheap training options on site. They treat all their animals with respect and the center is clean and beautiful. I plan to adopt from this shelter again.

Donor

Rating: 5

WARL is a fabulous rescue in the Washington Metro DC area. They an excellent at reaching out to find good homes for animals in need of a new place to live.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog, Chip, from WARL on July 17, 2015. In addition to having one of the lowest adoption fees in the area, they had already taken care of Chip's shots, heart worm test, as well as having her spayed. All of the animals were being well taken care of and the staff were so helpful in aiding us adopting our dog. Chip is so wonderful and we already love her very much. Thank you, WARL!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I had hard times struggling to care for senior dog and a stray I took in, WARL's lower cost medical services/shots were the difference between taking care of the dogs and having to skip shots, exams, meds. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our wonderful cat Dixon from WARL in February of 2015. When we decided to adopt, we felt that WARL was the best place to do it from. There are a few places in our area that adopt out, but when we toured WARL and saw their amazing facility, all the wonderful caregivers that took care of the cats, and the cat room itself, we were in awe. It may not be a forever home, but it is a wonderful place for an animal to stay while waiting for their forever home. When we got Dixon, he had been well taken care of, both emotionally, and medically. We fell in love with him the moment we saw him, and were guided to a purr park to let the kids play with him and see how he interacted with them. The staff was very knowledgeable, and helpful to us. We put in for an application, and were screened right away. The day we got to take him home was one of the happiest days of our family's lives! You see, Dixon is an emotional support animal for my daughter, who has autism. She and the cat get along famously. Dixon adores each and every one of us. We couldn't be happier with how everything was taken care of at WARL.

LaVee H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

WARL is an outstanding organization, filled with dedicated volunteers and staff who work diligently for the best outcomes for the animals placed in their care. About 9 months ago, after the heartbreaking death of my sweet kitty from cancer, I went to WARL to "look" and boy did I find! The animals were so well cared for and the volunteer & staff I dealt with were compassionate, knowledgeable, and committed to helping me find a good fit. I am forever grateful to them. WARL's then "Pandamonium" cat became my precious and much adored "Merry Moon," and she truly is living happily ever after, as am I. Thank you WARL.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

While volunteering at WARL, I saw first hand the impact of the work they did every day. I was thoroughly impressed with the knowledge and dedication of the staff, and how much each person involved with the shelter helped the animals find their forever homes. What impressed me most was seeing the work they did in rehabilitating dogs and cats that came from stressful environments. The staff really helped build the animal's confidence so that when they were adopted they were the best companion they could be.

Scarlet J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My partner and I adopted our dog in the Spring of 2012, as new pet parents we were very thankful for the awesome clinic and training staff and all of their help. WARL does great work and apart from being sustaining donors I also started to volunteer last year, its the best part of my week, not just because of all the cuteness but because the staff is so awesome and takes great care of all the animals :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

To be a volunteer at WARL is both a pleasure and an honor. The facility is exceptionally well designed, immaculately clean and very welcoming. Volunteers are given successive levels of training in dog or cat behaviors, and human compatibility variables. The staff members are professionally committed to the health and care of the animals, many coming to us from other shelters that are overwhelmed. The most important contribution of a volunteer is socialization of the rescues, to give them every opportunity to be re-homed with a loving family. I feel valued for my efforts in that regard. More often than not, animals are adopted quickly, and the joy of staff and volunteers is deeply felt. Having worked less happily in other animal rescue groups, I am thrilled that I found my niche at the Washington Animal Rescue League.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My fiancee and I adopted our cat Tom-Tom in June, 2014. He is the most loving, engaging, playful cat we have ever known. WARL was great during our adoption process! We would definitely adopt from them again if we ever wanted to adopt again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter volunteered with the Washington Animal Rescue League, and we almost immediately adopted a kitten / cat. The adoption process was very smooth, and included "play time" between the kitten and each member of our family. I was impressed with how concerned they were that there be a good match. The cat is now 1 year old. She absolutely loves being around people, and what we love most about her is that she has 4 different vocalizations and talks to us! I am now taking volunteer training to share this wonderful experience with my daughter. If we can't adopt them all (I wish!), then at least we can socialize them to be as special to another family as this cat is to us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Washington Animal Rescue League is an amazing place, and volunteers play a pivotal role in the organization's mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing dogs and cats. Isn’t that what we all want - to make a REAL difference? And as a volunteer at the shelter, I have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself. Animals here receive more than just food and basic care - they also have the chance for training, behavior modification, enrichment and medical care. I've learned so much and met so many wonderful people - staff, volunteers, trainers - who are generous and kind with their time and expertise. WARL creates a ripple effect, where the work done with and on behalf of the animals carries farther than just the present moment. While I wish for a world where every animal has a good home and family, I am grateful that places like WARL exist until that time. I like volunteering for an organization that is helping to make my wish a reality.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WARL is amazingly well run and it is a pleasure to volunteer there. I work with dogs and cats and at the medical center, and have fostered as well. All experiences have been just wonderful. I'm now retired, but spent much of my professional life in the the international corporate sector. They could learn something from WARL about running an organization efficiently, effectively, and with heart !

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have lived down the street from WARL for the past ten years & waited five of those years to be old enough to volunteer. When that day came they were unfortunately not taking on new volunteers & I had to wait another 2yrs for my big chance. I have now been a WARL Volunteer for about 2yrs and in that time I have helped train, foster, walk & socialize their cats and dogs. I have had some of the best experiences at this place, getting the chance to work with the amazing staff and other volunteers. Everything about this shelter helps you to become a more compassionate & knowledgeable animal lover/owner, from their free seminars to group training classes their resources are ever abundant. There are simply not enough words to express the joy that I have every time I walk through those doors, or the great love & appreciation I feel for the WARL staff and volunteers & all that they do.
If you love animals, a variety of activity, and genuine caring people, then I hope to see you at the Washington Animal Rescue League very soon :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at WARL about three years ago, and I absolutely love it. I volunteer at the shelter, and just placed my first foster dog in his forever home. The first of many, I hope. People often tell me, "Oh, I could never volunteer at an animal shelter, it must be so sad!" The reality is, the League is anything but sad. We actually do kids' birthday parties! It is a happy, welcoming place. The staff is wonderful, and really make it a point to know the animals. Understanding the animals' personalities and little quirks helps us all figure out what would be the best possible home for them. I brag about the League all the time, and treasure the time I spend there. Best volunteer gig ever! mmw