Animal Rescue Corps Animal Rescue Corps (ARC) is a 501c3 nonprofit animal protection organization that takes direct action in three ways.  First, we conduct rescues of animals who fall victim to abuse and natural disaster.  Second, we create public awareness of animal suffering.  Third, we offer training and assessments for animal shelters, professionals and volunteers.

Atticus visiting kittens at WARL

Atticus visiting kittens at WARL

Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue ~ The Apalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue Association, Inc (AGPR) has an active rescue group throughout the greater DC Metropolitan area.

Alley Cat Rescue ~ Helping to solve the crisis and tragedy of unwanted and abandoned cats. Alley Cat Rescue (ACR) works to protect cats on several levels: locally through rescue, rehabilitation and adoption of cats and nationally through a network of Cat Action Teams. ACR is dedicated to the health, well-being and welfare of all cats: domestic, stray, abandoned and feral. ACR also assists the international animal community.

Capital Cats – Capital Cats is a group of foster households on the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC. We primarily assist cats (and kittens) who have lived among people at some point in their lives, but then were abandoned and struggled to survive. This group fosters the cats & kittens until they go to their forever homes.

Community Cat Care ~ Many articles and tips on how to care for Community Cats

Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe – Crumbs & Whiskers brings together some amazing things. Specifically coffee, tea, desserts, and you guessed it…cats! DC’s cat cafe will serve as a foster home for the Washington Humane Society’s shelter cats and as a really fun place to hang out for DC residents.

Days End Horse Farm Rescue – Since 1989, Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR) has gone from a small non-profit sheltering a few horses to a full-scale, well respected national rescue and rehabilitation facility sheltering 110 to 150 horses annually. All horses come through animal protection authorities from across Maryland and surrounding states.

Dogs XL Rescue – Dogs XL operates like a social networking service for dogs, designed to match people and pets based on the principles of compatibility and compassion. As the name implies, Dogs XL specializes in finding homes for large dogs (typically 50lbs+).

Greyhound Welfare – (301)-949-0615 Greyhound Welfare is a greyhound rescue and placement group. We place ex-racing greyhounds throughout the metropolitan Washington DC area (MD, VA and DC). Our goal is to make excellent placements, even if that means fewer placements.

  • Greyhound Welfare Meet & Greets occur the first Sunday of every month from 12 – 2pm.

K-9 Lifesavers ~ K-9 Lifesavers, a 501c(3) non-profit organization, rescues homeless and abandoned dogs from high-kill shelters, owners who can no longer care for them, and other high-risk situations.

Metro Ferals ~ Helping Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland with their feral cat population. Metro Ferals is an all-volunteer organization that was established in 1997 to promote non-lethal alternatives to feral cat population control.

Operation Paws for Home – Operation Paws for Homes, Inc. rescues dogs of all breeds and ages from high-kill shelters reducing the numbers being euthanized. Most of our dogs come from rural shelters in South and North Carolina, as well as Virginia. We also partner with local shelters as needed. Our organization provides pet adoption services to families located in Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania and neighboring states.

Prince George’s SPCA – (301) 262-5625 We are an all-volunteer group dedicated to the protection of animals in Prince George’s County. We do not operate a shelter, but fulfill our mission through our spay/neuter clinic, our cruelty and neglect investigations, an active foster/adoption program, and humane education and outreach.

Rural Dog Rescue ~ (410) 604-3935 Rural Dog Rescue is a non-profit organization whose mission is to save the lives of dogs in high kill shelters that usually have an euthanasia rate of 80% or higher.

Washington Animal Rescue League – Shelter (202) 726-2556 / Medical Center (202) 726-2276 Founded in 1914, the League is the oldest animal shelter in the District of Columbia. Its mission is to rescue, rehab, and rehome animals that have nowhere else to go. Services include a shelter store, medical center for low-income DC residents, and innovative shelter.

The Washington Humane Society ~ 202- BE HUMANE (202-234-8626)
We accept donations of foods, blankets, towels, bedding and toys on behalf of the Humane Officers for their animals. Please drop them by our store or located at 7319 Georgia Avenue, NW (Across from Walter Reed) between Fern and Geranium Streets.