Humane Rescue Alliance

Advocating for animal-friendly communities. Strengthening the animal-human bond.

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Humane Rescue Alliance

Dedicated to Ensuring the Safety and Welfare of all Animals


Combating animal cruelty is a job we take very seriously. Our law enforcement officers are available day or night to help all species of animals. However, stopping animal abuse requires the assistance of caring people in the community.

If you see something, say something. To report suspected abuse or neglect, please call 202-723-5730. Recognizing and reporting animal cruelty is easy once you know what to look for. Learn more

The Enforcement Department investigates more than 1,800 complaints of animal cruelty each year. The program has five full-time humane law enforcement officers who respond to cruelty complaints 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These dedicated officers rescue hundreds of dogs, cats, and other animals each year from neglect and abuse. The most serious cases are brought to the attention of the United States Attorney's Office for prosecution.

Our Law Enforcement Department works hard to bring justice to abused animals in the city. Too often, an animal is beaten or otherwise abused by an unknown assailant. In the hopes of finding these abusers the Humane Law Enforcement Department maintains the Justice Fund from which rewards are offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of animal abusers. For information on donating to this fund as well as the general Humane Law Enforcement Fund, please visit our special funds donation page.

Anyone can report abuse, or suspected abuse, 24 hours a day. Reports can be anonymous; just tell us where the animal is and what the problem may be and we will send an officer to investigate. By law, people in the District of Columbia need to provide their animals with proper food, fresh water, shelter from the elements, adequate and clean space, and veterinary care when needed.

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