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Washington DC Metro Pet Adoption & Rescue




People have come together worldwide and in the Washington, DC, metro area to assist a special class of friends unable to speak for themselves — our pets and companion animals. These people have formed humane societies and animal adoption and rescue agencies of local, regional, national and even international scope. Most humane societies and animal rescue agencies are not-for-profit organizations, relying upon donations, grants and volunteer assistance. The focus and goals of each agency vary, but as a group they serve to perform and promote the following important functions:
  • Protection, rescue and placement (through adoption or return to owner) of lost, endangered and abused domestic animals;
  • Education of pet owners and prospective pet owners regarding the health, safety and proper care of pets;
  • Operation of clinics to insure that even low-income pet owners can have their animals innoculated against common diseases;
  • Sponsorship of humane programs to limit or reduce populations of domestic animals that have, through abandonment and subsequent overbreeding, become feral (wild); such programs typically include sterilization (neutering) and redomestication;
  • Introduction and sponsorship of legislation regarding protection of animals.

If you are a true pet lover you realize that pets should not be treated as property and that your pets really own you. If you would like to become a pet owner in the Washington, DC, metro area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia, and believe you can do so responsibly (See our Pet Health & Safety Tips.), please consider pet adoption from a DC metro area animal shelter, humane society or a pet adoption and rescue agency. When you adopt a dog, cat, or other pet, you provide love and care to an animal who might otherwise never find a home. Millions of abandoned or lost pets are euthanized annually in the U.S. alone because no one comes to their aid and the cost to maintain them in animal shelters is simply too high. Dogs and cats are the preferred pets of Americans; sadly, this makes them the most abundant and hence, as a group, the most neglected. Let’s each do our part to help all of our “fur-footed” friends find the good homes they so richly deserve; adopt a dog, cat or other pet or donate to a Washington, DC, pet adoption agency.


Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.  Original article published 14 May 2005, updated 13 June 2006.


Follow links to the right to learn more about Washington, DC, metro area animal protection organizations, which include dog adoption and rescue agencies, cat adoption and rescue agencies, and other pet adoption and rescue agencies such as humane societies and S.P.C.A.s. At the left margin, Related Links address topics of interest pertaining to pets and companion animals. View the Pet Adoption & Rescue SiteMap for a complete list of animal adoption agencies, humane societies and pet placement topics.


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