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Lisa LaFontaine



Continuing Our Critical Care

Through all the many challenges 2020 has brought to our doorsteps, HRA has been on the front lines, moving animals from crisis to care and supporting our neighbors in need. Last month, we celebrated an incredible milestone as we welcomed Andrea, our 15,000 th WayStation animal. Since the launch of the WayStation in 2016, our team has relocated thousands of animals from shelters struggling under the weight of pet overpopulation into communities with abundant adopters, but not enough animals.... Read More
at Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Horrific Truth of Animal Sexual Abuse

Our work is full of joy and of heartbreak. We see the best of what people and animals do for one another, but unfortunately, we sometimes have a front row seat for the worst. Last week, we responded to a report of an abandoned and injured puppy near Fort Dupont Park in SE DC. When our Animal Control Officer arrived on the scene, he found a sweet, brindle puppy lying on the side of the road; she had been discarded like a piece of trash. On closer inspection, he saw numerous wounds on her body... Read More
at Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Saving Lives Through Collaboration and Community

A year ago today, the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C. merged with St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center of New Jersey to create the first regional animal care, adoption, field services, and community support organization in the country. No animal or person is turned away from our doors.  Why is this so important? Through this merger, we now touch the lives of over 100,000 animals each year! Some of those animals – about 20,000 – come directly into our care... Read More
Posted by Dani Rizzo at Thursday, July 9, 2020

Our Continued Commitment

As we learn more about COVID-19 each day, and as our elected officials continue to issue community directives to best protect people during this pandemic, we are absorbing information, making decisions, and adapting quickly. You would be very proud to see our amazing team rising to the occasion and innovating in countless ways! Last week, the Mayor of Washington, DC issued an order closing non-essential businesses. HRA and our core activities are considered essential to the running of... Read More
at Monday, March 30, 2020

Stories of True Redemption – and Why Michael Vick Shouldn’t be Honored by the NFL

About fifteen years ago, when I was the CEO of New Hampshire’s Monadnock Humane Society , our director of operations called me at home and asked, “Are you sitting down?” Calls that began with that question typically meant bad news, but nothing could have prepared me for what followed. She told me that my former foster dog, a beautiful black shepherd named Cheyenne, had been shot in the head. First, I felt sick, then I cried, and then I was filled with rage. Cheyenne was... Read More
at Tuesday, December 17, 2019