Humane Rescue Alliance

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Special Funds

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Humane Rescue Alliance

There are many ways to designate your support for a specific HRA program or cause, whether you are most interested in stopping cruelty, caring for sick or hurt animals, or helping cats or dogs.

If you would like more information, or wish to speak to us about designating your gift, please contact our Development Department, at 202-375-7745 or [email protected]


The Canine Companion Fund supports dogs who enter our shelter, including their medical care, enrichment and behavior training, fostering, and adoptions promotions. Help us find dogs their forever homes. 


The Feline Friends Fund cares for both cats who enter our shelter and community cats. It supports medical care, fostering, and adoption promotions, as well as our community-based Trap-Neuter-Return program.

The DC Cat Count is an innovative study being administered by the Humane Rescue Alliance. The knowledge gleaned from this study will help us develop effective and humane outdoor cat population management programs nationwide. HRA is the financial administrator for the DC Cat Count. Your contribution will be used exclusively to support the DC Cat Count program.

Veterinary Support

There are several ways to help ensure that all animals get the care they need, whatever their ownership status or owners’ financial means.

Ladybell's Fund for Emergency Medical Care enables us to provide special, life-saving care for shelter animals with extraordinary needs. In 2020, following a significantly impactful case involving Ladybell and her remarkable resilience and recovery, we decided to rename the fund in her honor. 

The Ann Brody Cove Fund provides support to families whose means won’t cover the care their animals need from the HRA medical center; it keeps animals healthy and in loving homes.

Stop Cruelty

HRA Humane Law Officers are the only professionals in DC who pursue cases against people who harm animals. They investigate thousands of cases each year to make our community safe for animals.

The Fund to Combat Cruelty in memory of Sophie Abrahams and Robby Watts supports all aspects of the Humane Law Enforcement team’s work, from medical care and equipment to holding animals that are living evidence in cases against abusers.

The Justice Fund enables us to offer rewards leading to the arrest and conviction of people who harm animals

The Safe Haven Program Fund enables HRA to care for pets of victims of domestic violence as they rebuild their lives. Many victims don’t leave because of fear for their pets. Ours is the only program of its kind in Washington, DC.


Endowments are truly the gifts that keep giving. Build our endowment to ensure HRA’s work continues for generations.

  • Income from the General Endowment supports all of HRA’s work, including the direct needs of animals.
  • Income from the William Blair III Fund for Humane Law Enforcement is used exclusively to support our Humane Law Enforcement program

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