Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, residents across the District have enthusiastically adopted, fostered, donated and otherwise cared for animals in need.
When the Humane Rescue Alliance had to move its animals from its shelters and into foster homes in the wake of COVID-19, the organization was overwhelmed by the positive response from the community. Since March, nearly 2,500 people have signed up to become foster parents for HRA, and more than 2,000 animals have found loving homes through its virtual adoption program.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, HRA has been able to expand the services provided to the community to meet people and pets where they are, in their neighborhoods and in the safety of their living rooms. HRA has prioritized community-based solutions and services, including expanding its pet pantry locations and offering virtual adoptions, remote behavior and training classes, and veterinary telemedicine support.
The success HRA has experienced with increasing its capacity to house more animals in foster homes in response to COVID-19 has allowed the organization to transition many of its services into the community and consolidate others to its 71 Oglethorpe St. NW location; thus, reducing services at DC Health’s Animal Care and Control Facility on New York Ave. NE.
HRA, through its contract with DC Health, will continue providing the same excellent standard of care our community relies on 24/7, 365 days a year, now at its Oglethorpe St. NW location. Only a few, limited services will remain at the New York Ave NE 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.
The following operational changes are effective immediatly:
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