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HRA expands in-person programs and services

A year of resilience and creativity

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we never stopped providing our lifesaving services. Over the past year, we’ve prioritized community-based solutions and services, like expanding our pet pantry locations, remote behavior and training classes, veterinary telemedicine support, moving most of our adoptable animal population into foster homes, and offering virtual adoption services. 

The success we experienced with increasing capacity to house more animals in foster homes allowed HRA to transition many of our services into the community and consolidate others to our 71 Oglethorpe St. NW location after the closing of the New York Ave. NE location in October 2020.  

Expanded in-person programs and services 

HRA, through its contract with DC Health, provides the same excellent standard of care our community relies on 24/7, 365 days a year, at our Oglethorpe St. NW location. Whether you have an animal emergency or need to drop off a stray animal, you can reach HRA around the clock at 202-723-5730. A summary of current and future operational status' are available below.  

  • Adoptions: Beginning Thursday, Aug. 12, our 71 Oglethorpe St. NW adoption center will be open for in-person adoption visits by appointment, with same-day appointment availability. Virtual adoptions will continue for animals in foster homes. Visit humanerescuealliance.org/adopt to view our adoptable animals and learn more about the adoption process.  
  • Vaccinations: We know the need for affordable veterinary care is urgent. Weekly vaccination appointments started again and are currently available on Wednesdays from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Our goal is to double available appointments by September. We have also held vaccination and community outreach events with more events planned for the fall. Please call 202-723-5730, ext. 205 or visit humanerescuealliance.org/vaccination-clinic for more information.  
  • Pet Pantry: Our free pet food and supply distributions continue as they did throughout the pandemic with expanded dates and locations across the District. 
  • Rehoming a Pet: Surrender appointments continue by appointment. Please call 202-723-5730 to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet at HRA’s Oglethorpe St. NW facility. Visit humanerescuealliance.org/surrender-your-pet to learn more about alternatives to surrendering your pet, as well as the surrender process. 
  • Lost or Stray Animals: We are encouraging the public to help get animals home faster by working with HRA to find the animal's owner themselves rather than immediately bringing the found animal to our facilities. We will always welcome a lost pet but prefer to get them home from the finder if possible. If you encounter a lost or stray animal, please report it to HRA at 202-723-5730. More information is available here. 
  • Reuniting Lost Pets: If you have lost your pet, please call 202-723-5730 to file a lost report. Be prepared to provide our staff with a detailed description of your pet, including where your pet was last seen, color of collar and type of identification tags. Please also check humanerescuealliance.org/lost-found, where photos of found pets are posted in real time. You can also file a lost report online. 
  • Animal Control: Animal care and control continues to serve the community 24/7, 365 days a year. For animal emergencies, call 202-723-5730. 
  • Licenses: We have resumed issuing DC dog licenses 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 1201 New York Avenue NE and Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at 71 Oglethorpe St. NW.  
  • Owner-Requested Euthanasia: HRA is proud to assist our community through every aspect of pet ownership, including compassionate end-of-life services, which we provide without a fee. 
  • Behavior & Training: Both in-person and virtual training classes are available. Learn more at humanerescuealliance.org/training
  • Humane Education: We are continuing virtual summer programming with plans for the fall semester in progress. 
  • Volunteers: We are thrilled to have more volunteers back in person and in-person volunteer orientation has resumed. Interested in volunteering? Learn more at humanerescuealliance.org/volunteer

Have you missed us?

Come take a look at our life-saving work and learn more about the daily operations at the Humane Rescue Alliance. Our operations chief of staff, Claudia Roll, will take you on a tour of our facilities, from our turtle lagoon to the medical center to our bark parks.


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