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Steps to Adopt

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See the adoption process through Gary's eyes!
So you're ready to adopt, that's exciting!

Here's how to find and finalize the adoption of your newest family member at WHS:


Please bring with you a photo i.d. and anyone with whom you share a home.

  1. Visit one of our adoption centers (located on New York Ave NE and Georgia Ave NW) to see animals who are available for adoption. (OR, you can search all animals available at both our adoption centers and in foster homes online at washhumane.org/adopt
  2. Have you seen an animal you would like to meet? If he/she is at one of our adoption centers, please ask a counselor for assistance in meeting that animal. If the animal is in a foster home, please use the contact information located in the animal's online bio (found by searching for animals in Site: Foster on washhumane.org/adopt) to arrange a meeting with the animal's foster parent.
  3. You have met an animal and would like to adopt? Great! Please complete an adoption questionnaire (versions for download are located below) and submit it in person to an adoption counselor or by emailing adopt@washhumane.org. Questionnaire submissions for any particular animal are accepted on a first come, first serve basis, including those received via email.
  4. For questionnaires received in person, a counseling session will occur immediately. Unless extenuating circumstances exist (ie: an animal is in need of additional vaccines), we will not hold animals for pick up at a later date. Anyone who submits a questionnaire via email will be contacted with 24 hours to set up an appointment for a counseling session and pick up of the animal. We will not accept a questionnaire for an animal unless we have verified that you have met that animal. If, after review of a submitted questionnaire, an adoption cannot occur for any particular reason (ie: breed restrictions/landlord issues) but efforts to mitigate that reason eventually occur that will enable the adoption, a new questionnaire must be submitted.

Do you have questions about the adoption process? Don't hesitate to contact us! 


(202) 727 - 7369

(202) 727 - 5494

Adoption Fees*:  
Dog: $170 Cat: $85
Rabbit: $45 Guinea pig: $20
Ferret: $35 (non-DC residents only) Other small animals: $10
Small birds: $10 (parakeets, finches, etc) Birds larger than a Budgie: $25

For small animal adoptions (rabbit, guinea pig, etc), please visit our Georgia Avenue location.

*Adoption fee includes spay/neuter, applicable vaccinations, microchip, heartworm test (dogs), FIV/FeLV test (cats). For dogs adopted by people residing in the District of Columbia, an additional $15 is required for purchase of a DC dog license.

All major credit cards and cash accepted. Payment is required at the time of pickup. WHS does not issue refunds of adoption fees and does not exchange animals.
Adoption Questionnaires:

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