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Sheltering & Rescue

If You Lost or Found an Animal in DC

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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.

We work closely with government institutions, law enforcement agencies, other animal protection organizations, and communities to improve and strengthen relationships between humans and animals.

Animal Rescue Corps seeks to inspire a fundamental idea: that our responsibility to animals is vital, and all lives have value.  This ideal benefits us all in many ways — our physical safety, our economic systems, our mental health, our emotional well-being and our environment.ARC in Action

Alley Cat Allies

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.

Community Cat

ACR promotes compassion and humane care for all cats

Cat Action Teams assist groups and individuals to help domestic and feral cats
We assist cat caretakers with cat behavioral problems
ACR promotes a better understanding of feline diseases
Provides hospice care for terminally ill and older cats
ACR programs keep cats out of the shelter system, thus reducing euthanasia
ACR promotes neuter-before-adoption
Promotes early-age spay/neuter
Promotes TNR programs for feral cats.

Greyhound Welfare

Greyhound Welfare is a racing-neutral, non-profit greyhound adoption group. We place retired racing greyhounds throughout the metropolitan Washington DC area, to include DC, Northern Virginia, and Central/Southern Maryland. Our goal is to make excellent placements, even if that means fewer placements.

Greyhound Welfare is staffed entirely of unpaid volunteers who are dedicated to the welfare of greyhounds.

Our retired racers come to us from tracks in the Mid-Atlantic and South, and the dogs are transported to our area by truck. Greyhound Welfare is a 100% foster home group, which means that all our greyhounds live in real homes until they are placed. This helps us teach the dogs about their new world, and learn more about the individual dogs. 

Humane Rescue Alliance

With the creation of the Humane Rescue Alliance, we’re combining our proficiency and knowledge in all aspects of animal care, from providing quality, affordable medical services to creating families with each adoption. Most importantly, we’re here to tenaciously protect and advocate for the animals in our community, and support and celebrate people’s love and compassion for them. We are the Humane Rescue Alliance.

BRINGING PEOPLE AND ANIMALS TOGETHER

A cornerstone of our work is to match people with companion animals of all kinds—from cats and dogs to fish and rabbits. VIEW AVAILABLE ANIMALS

PROVIDING AFFORDABLE VETERINARY CARE

The Humane Rescue Alliance is dedicated to providing affordable veterinary care to our community. 

KEEPING PETS IN THEIR HOMES

By comprehensively addressing the lack of accessible, affordable pet care in under-served communities, the Humane Rescue Alliance works to keep pets in the homes they already have, improving their quality of life and elevating the human-animal bond.

MAKING OUR COMMUNITY BETTER FOR ANIMALS & PEOPLE

At the Humane Rescue Alliance we're dedicated to ensuring the safety and welfare of all animals and our animal protection teams are available day or night to help.

 

Red Rover

Founded in 1987, the mission of RedRover is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. RedRover accomplishes its mission by engaging volunteers and supporters, collaborating with others and maximizing the use of online technology.

Red Rover Responders

Since 1987 RedRover Responders has worked in cooperation with law enforcement, local agencies, and animal organizations to shelter and care for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises, such as criminal seizures, puppy mills and hoarding cases, in the United States and Canada. If you need sheltering assistance, please call RedRover at 916.429.2457 or email Responders@redrover.org.

Red Rover Relief

Provides financial assistance, resources and emotional support to pet guardians struggling with economic hardship when pets are in need of urgent and emergency veterinary care, as well as support and resources to help victims of domestic violence escape abusive environments with their pets.

 

Animal Shelters

  • Days End Horse Farm Rescue
  • Greenbelt Animal Shelter
  • Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Facility
  • Humane Rescue Alliance, Washington DC
  • Montgomery County Humane Society
  • Prince George's County Animal Services Division

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.

The Animal Control Division prides itself on being ethical and humane in its treatment of animals, including providing positive reinforcement training techniques. The City of Greenbelt uses two veterinarian practices to assist us in providing care and treatment of animals. 

Greenbelt Animal Control operates a no kill for convenience organization. Every effort is made to place adoptable animals with appropriate adoptive homes. Adoptable animals can be visited at any time by appointment.

The Greenbelt Animal Control Facility/Shelter is located at 550A Crescent Road, at the rear of the Greenbelt Police Station. 

Open Visitations are Wednesdays from 4pm-7pm and on 
Saturdays from 9am-12pm.
Please call 301-474-6124 or 240-508-7533.

 

Howard County Animal Control investigates animal cruelty cases, rescues endangered animals, accepts unwanted pets, administers a pet adoption program, conducts humane education programs and operates the county’s animal shelter. Volunteers assist with operations by taking the animals for walks, giving the animals personal attention and assisting with the adoption process.

Howard County Animal Control shelters all types of homeless animals until new homes and new lives are found through adoption. Everyone wanting to adopt a pet must complete an adoption application and meet specific requirements before the adoption of an animal can occur.

 

Animal Control also responds for injured or deceased deer on county roadways and on private property, if the deer is within 250 feet of a dwelling. Residents should call 410-313-2780 during business hours or 410-313-2929 after hours.

Howard County Animal Control and Adoption Facility
8576 Davis Road (Off 108 E) 
Columbia, Maryland 21045 

The Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League have each served the animals and people of the District of Columbia and the National Capital region for over a century. These two great forces for animal protection came together  to form an even more powerful organization, The Humane Rescue Alliance

Together, we’re combining our proficiency and knowledge in all aspects of animal care, from providing quality, affordable medical services to creating families with each adoption. Most importantly, we're dedicated to protecting animals and to placing and keeping them with caring families. We deliver on that promise through our broad range of vital services.


BRINGING PEOPLE AND ANIMALS TOGETHER

A cornerstone of our work is to match people with companion animals of all kinds—from cats and dogs to fish and rabbits. VIEW AVAILABLE ANIMALS

The Montgomery County Humane Society is the pre-eminent animal welfare organization in Montgomery County, helping animals find safety, love, quality care, loving homes, and a new chance at a happy life.

MCHS, 601 South Stonestreet Ave.Rockville, MD 20850 | 11 am - 5 pm, 7 days a week | (240) 252-2555

Prince George's County Animal Services Division - We appreciate your interest in our organization and the animals in our care. We invite you to visit the animals at our state-of-the-art Animal Services Facility. Lost animals and animals available for adoption can also be viewed through our website. If you would like additional information about any of the animals available at our facility, please contact us at 301-780-7201.

Local Rescue Groups

  • Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue
  • Capital Cats
  • Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Cafe
  • Dogs XL Rescue
  • Greyhound Welfare
  • Homeward Trails Animal rescue
  • K-9 Lifesavers
  • Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
  • Operation Paws for Home
  • PetConnect Rescue
  • Prince George’s SPCA
  • Rural Dog Rescue
  • S&D K9 Rehabilitation

Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue ~ Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue rescues, rehomes and places Great Pyrenees dogs within Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and parts of West Virginia.  

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.

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.

Crumbs & Whiskers fosters cats until they are adopted out, which means these cats can be removed from shelters and placed into a comfortable, nurturing, and fun environment until they meet their furrever human. If the cat isn't adopted, no problem - we're not letting her return to the shelter. We'll take care of her for as long as it takes her to find a home.

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 9 – 11am

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, DC and Maryland. We find homes for dogs and cats rescued from high-kill animal shelters or whose owners could no longer care for them or were found as strays.

Homeward Trails not only facilitates adoptions from local shelters, but also supports a large network of foster care providers who take homeless dogs and cats into their homes, care for them, rehabilitate them when needed, and prepare them for their permanent adoptive homes.

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.

Lucky Dog is committed to finding loving forever homes for each of our dogs and cats.  We are also committed to finding the right match for each of our adopters. Together, we have saved over 10,000 animals since our founding. You can check out all of our current Lucky Dogs (and cats!) on our Adoptable Animal list.

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.

PetConnect Rescue is an animal welfare organization dedicated to saving dogs and cats at high risk of euthanasia. Our compassionate volunteers and staff find loving homes for all the animals that come into our care and provide ongoing support throughout the adoption process and beyond. ​We are committed to ensuring a highly positive rescue experience for our adopters and to raising awareness of the plight of abandoned animals through community education.

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.

It is the mission of S&D K9 Rehabilitation to educate owners, fosters, new adopters, and volunteers who assist and work with or foster for local area rescue groups and shelters with behavioral training support to aid in the rehabilitation and rehoming of unwanted dogs. We support all individuals, shelters and local rescues with training needs and enrichment training. We will also assist adopters with training and guidance to help them become capable and knowledgeable dog owners.

Puppy Mills | Hoarding | Animal Cruelty

  • Animal Rescue Corps
  • The ASPCA
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Red Rover

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.

The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

As you read this, another innocent animal is being abused, neglected or forced to fight. The first step to creating positive change for these animals is recognizing the cruelty that threatens them.

Animal Rescue | Animal Protection | Animal Placement

 

Through our rescue efforts, disaster response, mobile veterinary clinics, global street dog program and five animal care centers, we directly care for thousands of animals—pets and wildlife—each year.

Since 1987 RedRover Responders has worked in cooperation with law enforcement, local agencies, and animal organizations to shelter and care for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises, such as criminal seizures, puppy mills and hoarding cases, in the United States and Canada. 

If you need sheltering assistance, please call RedRover at 916.429.2457 or email Responders@redrover.org.

Animal Rights & Advocacy

  • Alley Cat Allies
  • The ASPCA
  • Compassion Over Killing
  • Metro Ferals
  • HSUS Puppy Mill Campaign

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.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®(ASPCA®) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world.

Our organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and are proud to boast more than 2 million supporters across the country.

The ASPCA’s mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh in 1866, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

Together, we are united for animals: With you standing at our side, we’re pulling back the curtains of agribusiness, challenging the status quo of Big Ag, and empowering millions to choose compassion.  Thank you for helping us change the world!

 

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.

The HSUS Puppy Mill Campaign

Can you imagine forcing your dog to live his or her entire life in a small wire cage with no human companionship, toys or comfort, and little hope of ever becoming part of a family? That is what life is like for a puppy mill breeding dog. Help us stop this cycle of cruelty.

Truly responsible breeders do not sell their puppies to pet stores, they want to meet their puppy buyers in person and do not sell their puppies to the first person who shows up with cash in hand. Most breed club's Code of Ethics state that their breeders refuse to sell their dogs to pet dealers or any other commercial sources of distribution.

How to Find a Responsible Dog Breeder