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.
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:
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 continue our virtual adoption services through our robust network of area foster homes. We have wonderful animals who 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, continue to experience hardships. Check-in on your neighbors and offer help with purchasing pet food or walking their dogs.
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 humanerescuealliance.org/adopt.
Out of an abundance of caution, and in line with CDC recommendations, we are suspending weekly 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.
If alternative options or HRA's rehoming resources do not address the circumstances you are experiencing, please call 202-723-5730 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.
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.
We are currently offering virtual training classes and private sessions as well as limited in-person classes.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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