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Since 1870, we’ve been the National Capital area’s leading voice of compassion for pets and wildlife.

We operate the District's open-access animal adoption center and offer an array of dynamic programs and services; providing comfort and care to more than 51,000 animals annually all made possible through your support.


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News & Events at WHS

Thinking of giving up your pet? 5 things you should know first. »

Pets who need foster homes now. »

Thinking of a career in animal welfare? We're hiring! »

Buy tickets for Fashion for Paws » 

Fashion for Paws Online Auction is now LIVE!»

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Report Cruelty

Seen abuse? Report it now, before it's too late! Call 202-723-5730.

More about WHS and combating cruelty »

Get Involved

We're in need of helpful people to volunteer as well as to foster animals for the short term.

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Lost Your Pet?

Lost and stray pets are reunited with their guardians through our lost and found services every day.

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Special Events

We've got some great events coming up. Join us at the Fashion for Paws 9th Annual Runway Show.

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