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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.

RECENT COMMUNITY MESSAGES:


Operating Status

As we continue to navigate these unprecedented times, we are committed to doing all we can to keep our community of animals and people safe and healthy. We are continuing to operate animal care and control, virtual adoptions, foster services, and HRA's Pet Pantry program.  

We have postponed or canceled the following until further notice:

  • in-person adoptions; learn more about virtual adoptions here
  • vaccine clinics
  • public spay/neuter services 
  • issuing of dog licenses and pet medical documents 
  • in-person supply donations; click here for our Amazon wishlist
  • in-person behavior classes; virtual classes available here.
  • monthly community cat surgery days
  • if you need to give up your pet, you must first call to make an appointment: # (202) 576-6664 
  • if you need resources to rehome your pet, click here
  • If you find a stray animal, please try to keep it and notify the shelter here.
  • for animal related emergencies 24/7 call: 202-576-6664 


Many people have asked how they can support our work during this time of crisis. Here are a couple things you can do to help right now:  

ADOPT: We are excited to announce the launch of virtual adoption services through our robust network of area foster homes. We have wonderful animals who still need homes and it’s imperative we continue to find adoptive families for the animals in our care. Learn more about our virtual adoption process at humanerescuealliance.org/adopt.

DONATE: Please consider making a direct contribution to support our essential operations of adoption, medical and animal care, and field services at humanerescuealliance.org/donate. We are also accepting supply donations via our Amazon Wishlist.

LEND A HELPING HAND: Many people in our community, particularly seniors and those with underlying health issues, are experiencing hardships right now. Check-in on your neighbors and offer help with purchasing pet food or walking their dogs. 


 

ADOPTIONS

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, HRA will be closing its adoption centers until further notice. We are excited to announce the launch of virtual adoption services through our robust network of area foster homes. 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 humanerescuealliance.org/adopt.

Vaccination Clinc & Spay/Neuter Services

Out of an abundance of caution, and in line with CDC recommendations, we are suspending vaccine clinics and appointments for spay/neuter. We feel that this in the best interest of our staff, volunteers, animals, and the public. Please continue to check our website for additional updates.

Surrender Appointments

If alternative options or HRA's rehoming resources do not address the circumstances you are experiencing, please call 202-576-6664 to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet to the Humane Rescue Alliance.  Visit humanerescuealliance.org/surrender-your-pet for more information and important steps on how to begin the surrender process. Thank you for helping HRA minimize walk-in surrenders during this time. 

Pet Pantry

Currently, Pet Pantry hours continue as normal. As the situation continues to evolve, the HOPE Program may be required to make additional adjustments to the Pet Pantry. Please check back for additional updates or call 202-735-0334. 

Online Training Classes

We have temporarily suspended registration for on-site training classes and are currently offering virtual training classes and private session. 

Events

Due to the risk posed by COVID-19 we have postponed or canceled the following events and group gatherings: vaccine clinic, Mid-Atlantic Animal Care & Field Services Conference, Kitten Yoga (April 11 event postponed to June 13).


FAQ

How can I adopt?

Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, HRA will be closing its adoption centers until further notice. We are excited to announce the launch of virtual adoption services through our robust network of area foster homes. 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 humanerescuealliance.org/adopt.

How can I help?

Many people have asked how they can support our work during this time of crisis. Here are several things you can do to help right now:

  • Keep your animals safe: Please keep your pet in mind when you plan your COVID-19 response and be prepared with a several week supply of pet food and medication. Identify a backup caregiver should you be faced with an emergency. Both the CDC and the World Organization for Animal Health have issued advisories saying there is no evidence that pets can spread the virus. For more information, refer to our Preparing for Emergencies Guide.
     
  • Adopt: We are excited to announce the launch of virtual adoption services through our robust network of area foster homes. We have wonderful animals who still need homes and it’s imperative we continue to find adoptive families for the animals in our care. Learn more about our virtual adoption process at humanerescuealliance.org/adopt.
     
  • Donate to support animals in-need: Please consider making a direct contribution to support our essential operations of adoption, medical care,  animal care, and field services. We are also accepting donations via our Amazon Wishlist.
     
  • During shortages of disposable personal protection equipment (PPE), fabric face masks are a great alternative. Help protect our staff and volunteers who continue to provide daily care to HRA animals through any crisis. Click this link for simple, step-by-step instructions.
     
  • Lend a helping hand: Many people in our community, particularly seniors and those with underlying health issues, are experiencing hardships right now. Check-in on your neighbors and offer help with purchasing pet food or walking their dogs.

What happens to my pet if I get sick?

Keep your pet home with you, avoid close contact and follow good hygiene.

The CDC recommends the following: “You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.”

How can I prepare now in case I get sick?

It is important to have a plan in place for all members of your household to respond to any emergency, including illness. In addition to preparations typically recommended for any natural disaster threat, put a plan in place if you become ill and need to be hospitalized.

Please visit our emergency preparedness guide and think through what provisions you would need for you and your pet if you were quarantined for an extended period of time and also if you needed to find temporary alternate housing for your pet should you become unable to care for your pet.

Can I catch the virus from my pet or vice versa?

Both the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the World Organization for Animal Health have issued advisories saying there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the virus and “there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.”

This is a rapidly evolving situation and we encourage you to regularly consult the websites for the CDC and DC Health. As always, contact your veterinarian and your physician if you suspect that you or your pet has been exposed to the virus.

The Humane Rescue Alliance is taking all the necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of the animals in our care, our staff, and the community we serve.