Spotlight on a Rescue or Charity: We Honor The Washington Animal Rescue League

We are dedicated to spreading awareness about pet related causes such as pet adoption. So we are excited to announce our new Tuesday blog series “Spotlight on a Rescue or Charity“, to pay tribute and honor animal rescue & shelters, unsung heroes across America dedicated to enriching, saving and nurturing the lives of animals in need.  We hope you will champion our cause by barking the word about the importance of pet adoption and donating your time and finances to your local animal shelter or rescue. Be a voice, email us if you know of a deserving animal rescue or charity that should be spotlighted and recognized. With that said, we are proud to spotlight “ The Washington Animal Rescue League”

About The Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL)

Founded in 1914, the League is the oldest animal shelter in the District of Columbia.

The Washington Animal Rescue League, founded in 1914, opened the first animal shelter in Washington, D.C. for stray and abused dogs, cats, and horses.  Through the shelter, the League also provided free veterinary care for those who could not afford it and held an annual Christmas food drive for companion animals and working horses.

Having outgrown its O Street, NW, quarters, the League moved to 71 Oglethorpe Street, NW, in 1977.  The Medical Center was built in 1996 to serve the shelter animals and continue the League’s tradition of aiding the companion animals of the low-income community.

In 2006, the League completed a revolutionary transformation, making it one of the world’s most progressive animal rehabilitation centers. The shelter was re-designed entirely from the animals’ point of view to promote the physical, mental, and social healing of animals recovering from a previous life of trauma.


Its mission continues to evolve as conditions change and animals face new and different challenges, but the core of that mission remains unchanged: The mission of the Washington Animal Rescue League is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome animals who have nowhere else to go. They are committed to strengthening and preserving the human-animal bond by supporting animals in their homes through affordable veterinary care, community outreach, and education.

The Washington Animal Rescue League is known not only for its long history of compassionate care for animals, but for its innovative shelter, which is designed to promote the physical, emotional, and social healing of animals recovering from past traumas, and for the progressive programs that benefit animals and the community.

How can you help WARL?

The Washington Animal Rescue League is supported entirely through contributions of money, time, and in-kind gifts from the public. It does not receive any support from local, state, or federal governments.

1. Donate

Your commitment to the League enables them to carry out our mission to care for today’s homeless and abandoned animals and create a brighter future for those who have yet to be born

2. Adopt

Adopt a deserving animal from the Washington Animal Rescue League. They find homes for over 1,400 dogs and cats every single year (900 dogs and 500 cats in 2009); about 7,000 dogs and cats come through our doors for medical care and/or adoption annually! They  have a full staff of adoptions coordinators to help you find your perfect match, and our animals are worked with and handled by our staff of behavior and training specialists daily. We take every step possible to make sure our animals find loving, forever homes.

WARL Pets in need of adoption. You can easily search for a companion up for adoption via their database.  However, animals arrive and leave on a daily basis, so please visit the shelter to see all of their  furry friends. Come see them- your new best friend awaits you!

3. Honorary and Memorial Donations

4. Donor Opportunities

5. League Partners

Many businesses and veterinary professionals generously support the League through donations of money, time, and talent.

6.  Planned Giving

By making a planned gift through your will or estate plan to the Washington Animal Rescue League, you are extending your commitment to the animals of our community beyond your own lifetime.

7. Other Ways to Donate

8. Special Funds

The Washington Animal Rescue League maintains numerous funds to support different aspects of animal rescue and protection. Gifts to these funds are designated to provide critical support for these promising endeavors.

9. Thrift Store Shop

The Life4Animals Thrift Store, supports the Washington Animal Rescue League’s animal care programs.  Life4Animals is one of the League’s most generous supporters and contributors to their animal welfare programs. Stop by this Thrift store to donate your gently used items or shop for new-to-you treasures!

10. Volunteer

You can potentially become a volunteer at the Washington Animal Rescue League and help homeless animals by walking and training dogs, socializing cats, counseling adopters and performing numerous other tasks at their Medical Center.

Be a voice! Support the Washington Animal Rescue League bark-worthy causes, help save lives by becoming a Facebook Fan, “Like” their Facebook page. You can also follow them Twitter!

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