About Us

For more than 100 years, the Washington Animal Rescue League has rescued, cared for and adopted homeless companion animals in our nation’s capital.  The Washington Animal Rescue League is the oldest  animal shelter in the District of Columbia.  Its mission continues to evolve as conditions change and animals face new and different challenges, but the core of that mission remains unchanged:  to honor and strengthen the human-animal bond by providing the best quality care for homeless dogs and cats, and supporting companion animals in their homes through affordable veterinary care, community outreach, and education.

The Washington Animal Rescue League is known not only for its long history of compassionate care for animals, but for its innovative shelter, which is designed to promote the physical, emotional, and social healing of animals recovering from past traumas, and for the progressive programs that benefit animals and the community.

For a downloadable WARL “backgrounder,” click here.


Annual Reports:

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report


Financial Statements:

The Washington Animal Rescue League salutes those donors who seek accountability and transparency in the nonprofit organizations they support.  We have, consequently, provided this link to the Guidestar Web site so that you can see our IRS Form 990 and other information about the League.  We also invite you to peruse our audited financial statements, which are available via our Annual Reports above and via the links below.

WARL 2014 Audited Financial Statements

WARL 2013 Audited Financial Statements

WARL 2012 Audited Financial Statements

In addition, our CEO compensation process is overseen by our board of directors and is based on the financial and operational performance of our organization within a 12-month period.