Humane Rescue Alliance

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COVID-19 Update

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Humane Rescue Alliance

Updates & Guidance Related to COVID-19

The health and well-being of the animals in our care, our staff, and the community we serve are our top priority. The Humane Rescue Alliance continues to work with health officials and our community stakeholders to monitor, plan, and respond appropriately. Please continue to check this website for updates and information related to COVID-19 and changes to programs and services. For animal related emergencies 24/7 call 202-723-5730.

We have postponed or canceled the following until further notice:

  • in-person adoptions; learn more about virtual adoptions here
  • public spay/neuter services 
  • in-person supply donations
    • except donations of pet food and bedding, which ARE accepted
    • donations can also be made through our Amazon wishlist

Operational Status


Our traditional adoption center is temporarily closed, but we are very much open for adoptions. We are currently offering virtual adoption services. We have wonderful animals who still need homes and it’s imperative we continue to find adoptive families for the animals in our care. Essential staff will still be caring for animals not in foster homes, as well as providing essential assistance to the community impacted by the pandemic. Learn more about our virtual adoption process at

Vaccination Clinic

We are offering limited vaccine services by appointment only at our 71 Oglethorpe St. NW location. Please call 202-723-5730, ext. 205 or email [email protected] to be added to our waiting list.

Rehoming a pet

Please call 202-723-5730 to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet at HRA’s Oglethorpe St. NW facility. Visit to learn more about alternatives to surrendering your pet, as well as the surrender process. 

Pet Pantry

Our free pet food and supply distributions continue as it did throughout the pandemic with expanded dates and locations. For more information visit

Behavior & Training Classes

We are currently offering virtual training classes and private sessions as well as in-person classes. Learn more at

Lost or stray animals

If you find a stray animal, please try to keep it and notify the shelter here.

DC dog licenses

We have resumed issuing DC dog licenses 7 days a week from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at 1201 New York Avenue NE and Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. at 71 Oglethorpe St. NW.