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Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA

Phone: 703-838-4774

Animal Welfare League of Arlington

2650 S Arlington Mill Dr, Arlington, VA

Phone: 703-931-9241

Animal Welfare League of Fairfax County

PO Box 820, Berryville, VA

BLM Wild Horse & Burro Program

7450 Boston Boulevard, Springfield, VA

Phone: 800-370-3936

Cat Haven

6001 Beech Tree Dr, Alexandria, VA

Phone: 703-960-3935

Clarke County Animal Shelter

102 N Church St, Berryville, VA

Phone: 540-955-5104

Dc Metro No More Homeless Pets

PO Box 19, Mount Vernon, VA

Phone: 703-207-1386

Fauquier County Animal Control

78 W Lee St, Warrenton, VA

Phone: 540-347-6862

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

PO Box 100968, Arlington, VA

Phone: 703-766-2647

Kitten Orange White

423 E Bellefonte Ave, Alexandria, VA

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Obg Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Northern Virginia Oldies But Goodies

PO Box 361, Newington, VA

Phone: 703-533-2373

Operation PAWS for Homes

PO Box 90813, Alexandria, VA

Prince William County Animal Control Bureau

14807 Dumfries Rd, Manassas, VA

Phone: 703-792-6465

SPCA Animal Shelter

9350 Rogues Rd, Midland, VA

Phone: 540-788-9000

SPCA of Northern Virginia

PO Box 100220, Arlington, VA

Phone: 703-799-9390

Tails High, Inc.

1299A Quaker Hl Dr, Alexandria, VA

Phone: 703-819-5240

Wolfdog Rescue Resources

5 Raines Court, Stafford, VA

Phone: 540-720-8588
Maryland

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc.

PO Box 309, Lisbon, MD

Phone: 301-854-5037

Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue, Inc.

6654 Gilardi Rd, Boonsboro, MD

Phone: 301-416-2028

Greyhound Welfare, Inc.

PO Box 5273, Takoma Park, MD

Phone: 301-949-0615

HorseNet Horse Rescue

14001 Mattie Haines Rd, Mount Airy, MD

Phone: 301-922-7029
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Maryland Horse Rescue

4118 Decatur Ave, Kensington, MD

Phone: 301-942-4688

Metro Pets Online

43 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD

Phone: 301-873-0846

Mid-Atlantic Saint Bernard Rescue

PO Box 93, Woodbine, MD

Mount Airy Animal Control

110 S Main St, Mount Airy, MD

Phone: 301-829-1424

Nova Rottweiler Rescue League, Inc.

PO Box 482, Kensington, MD

Phone: 301-258-5054

Paws Across the Border, Inc.

PO Box 3206, Silver Spring, MD

Phone: 301-681-4955

Potomac Stray Cat Rescue, Inc.

PO Box 66, Rohrersville, MD

Phone: 301-432-5037

Roxies Fund, Inc.

12208 Judson Rd, Silver Spring, MD

Phone: 301-962-7509
District Of Columbia

American Horse Protection Association

1000 29th St NW, Washington, DC

Phone: 202-965-0500

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

1755 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC

Phone: 202-232-5020
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Animal Shelter

1201 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC

Phone: 202-576-6664

City Dogs Rescue

2121 Decatur Pl NW, Washington, DC

Phone: 202-567-7364

Doris Day Animal Foundation

227 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC

Phone: 202-546-1761

Humane Society of the United States

2100 L St NW, Washington, DC

Phone: 202-452-1100

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

4319 Harrison St NW, Washington, DC

Phone: 202-664-4206

The Washington Animal Rescue League-Medical Center

71 Oglethorpe St NW, Washington, DC

Phone: 202-726-2556

Washington Humane Society

7319 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC

Phone: 202-723-5730
West Virginia

Cause for PAWS

1328 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV

Phone: 304-535-2810

Equine Rescue and Education

PO Box 1504, Shepherdstown, WV

Phone: 304-876-3843
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About Animal Shelters

An animal shelter or pound is a place where stray, lost, abandoned or surrendered animals, mostly dogs and cats, and sometimes sick or wounded wildlife are kept and rehabilitated. Animal shelters offices offer a variety of low-cost services for pets residing in the County: rabies vaccinations, annual vaccine packages, microchipping and more!

Please note, all pets surrendered to Animal Care & Control must be current on vaccinations (this is for the health and safety of the pet). Proof of vaccinations is required. For pets not current on vaccines, they can be brought to the shelter for this service; pet owners will then need to take the pet home for 14 days to allow the vaccines time to take effect before surrendering.

Shelters generally take in all sorts of animals (not just pets depending on local restrictions) and are almost always full. Because a big number of animal shelters take in all sorts of animals, they can have a problem keeping all of them and this often ends with the shelter having to euthanize animals rather than set them loose to fend on their own. Of course people who run or work in shelters do not want this to happen and some have no-kill policies in place but sometimes, letting the animal be put to sleep is the best option for the homeless animal and the community. This is the reason why shelter animals are typically seen as having their days numbered because in many instances, that can really be true.

Animal Shelter Pros

Animals are housed in the shelter’s facility so you’ll have a chance to see available animals for adoption. Processing time for adoption is usually shorter and have fewer requirements as compared to adopting from an animal rescue (Do your due diligence about your shelter if you have any questions). There is an easier way to interact with a future pet since some shelters provide a meeting area or playroom for you to meet and be acquainted with an animal you like. A majority of shelters treat their animal’s minor health conditions… And would also deworm plus spay and neuter before letting the animal be ready for adoption. This means that you will save a considerable amount on vet fees.

Animal Shelter Cons

Some animal shelters may be in a hurry to get you to take the pet home. This can have negative results depending on your and the pet’s needs and personality. Keep in mind that shelters have very limited space and they would always need new space to house other animals. Some animals in the shelter have no known history whatsoever. Another possible issue is that since animals have a short turn-around time in most shelters, the staff and volunteers may not really know enough about the animal to gauge whether it will be a good fit with you. Private shelters may have a lot of requirements and fees before letting you adopt or take home a pet. For some people, a minimal fee can be a con despite the fee being considerably cheaper than to bringing an intact pet to a vet for spaying and neutering. Shelter animals are often not on their best behavior because a shelter can be a very scary place for an animal who is not used to being in a confined space with other animals (this also applies even to the most well run shelters). For this reason, you might miss opting for a great pet just because the animal was scared when you met it.