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Adoption Events

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Humane Rescue Alliance

Adoption Events

Can't make it to one of our adoption centers? That’s okay! Our mobile adoption vehicles transport animals to locations all over the DC metro area. Visit one of these events to meet adoptable cats and dogs, and go home with your new best friend! Friendly staff and volunteers will help find the right match for you.

Check out the calendar below to see where we’ll be next. Click on the particular calendar item to learn more about a specific event.

Interested in hosting our mobile adoption vehicle at your location? Please contact [email protected]


  • Middle School: HRA DAY

    Feb 20th, 2020
    9:00am - 2:00pm
    Humane Rescue Alliance, 71 Oglethorpe Street NW

    We are excited to invite middle schoo students to participate in our second annual Veterinary Medicine Exploration Day. Area veterinarians and veterinary technicians will discuss their jobs working in general veterinary medicine, emergency medicine, and shelter medicine. Additionally, the  experts will address topics such as preparing for college, applying to veterinary school, and the many career paths that someone with a veterinary degree may take. Bring your questions, concerns, and enthusiasm for exploring an exciting (and competitive) career in veterinary medicine.

    The program is limited to 16 middle school students currently in 6th, 7th, or 8th grades.


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  • Day-Long Veterinary Medicine Careers Exploration Day

    Feb 21st, 2020
    9:30am - 3:00pm

    The program is limited to 20 students currently in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades.

    Each registration includes a Day-Long program on February 21, exploring Veterinary Medicine Careers. 

    Learn what it is like to work in shelter medicine. Hear from veterinary professionals who work in emergency/critical care and general practice. 


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  • Apartment Living with Dogs Seminar

    Feb 22nd, 2020
    11:00am - Noon
    Humane Rescue Alliance Training Center | 15 Oglethorpe Street NW


    Apartment living can pose challenges for our dogs due to tight quarters and the constant exposure to other unfamiliar people and dogs. This can be difficult for dog owners and non-dog owners alike, who may have a different set of expectations for what that cohabitation should look like. This seminar will help to set you up for success in selecting the right dog, everyday living situations, and what to do if you find yourself in the middle of a conflict with one of your neighbors.

    Topics covered include:

    • What to consider when adopting a dog for apartment living
    • Understanding dog behavior for an apartment setting
    • Setting your dog up for success in your apartment community
    • Apartment etiquette: behaviors to help you and your dog to be courteous neighbors
    • What to do when conflict happens

    Positive Dog Solutions (PDS) is a dog behavior consulting company with a mission to build strong and healthy relationships between people, their dogs, and the community in which they live, employing proven, positive and practical solutions. PDS focuses on addressing canine behavior challenges, promoting positive child and dog dynamics, building fear-free vet visits, providing behavior assessments for rescue groups, conflict coaching when disputes arise, and providing legal support when disputes turn to legal action.

    This is a 1 ½ hour seminar offered by co-owners Vivian Levén, MS, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA and Jackie Maffucci, Ph.D., CPDT-KSA will lead the seminar.

    *This seminar is without dogs.

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  • Pasta for Pets

    Feb 29th, 2020
    4:05pm - 5:05pm
    Eastern Market | 225 7th St SE, Washington, DC

    Join us on Saturday, February 29 for Pasta for Pets! Over the years, Pasta for Pets has become one of the most popular family affairs with a night of pasta dinner and bingo. Guests of all ages purchase tickets early as this event consistently sells out. Featuring delicious food from local establishments and an assortment of homemade desserts. The meal is as enjoyable as the family-friendly games. Purchase your tickets to this exciting evening of bingo and you won't miss the chance to win wonderful prizes. Proceeds benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance.


    EARLY BIRD Discounted Ticket: $30
    *very limited quantity; get them while they last

    General Ticket:$35

    Family Four-Pack: $100

    *All tickets include pasta dinner, non-alcoholic beverages, and bingo cards. Wine and beer are available for purchase onsite, along with additional bingo cards. 

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