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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.

Operational Status


In order to limit COVID-19 exposure we will be switching to virtual adoption services only through our adoption center and robust network of area foster homes starting Friday, December 24 through mid-January. The health and well-being of the animals in our care, our staff, and the community we serve remain our top priority. 

From the comfort of your home you can select an animal, set up a virtual meet and greet, and even conduct a virtual adoption counseling session. Our traditional adoption center is temporarily closed, but we are very much open for adoptions. We have many wonderful animals waiting to meet you.

Learn more about our adoption process at humanerescuealliance.org/adopt.

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 humanerescuealliance.org/surrender-your-pet 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 humanerescuealliance.org/pet-pantry.

Behavior & Training Classes

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

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 temporarily paused issuing DC dog licenses. Please check back for updates.