Medical Center

The Washington Animal Rescue League opened its Medical Center in 1996 to treat shelter animals and provide full-service, low-cost veterinary care to the pets of low-income neighbors in Washington, DC. Since 1932, the League has offered free and low-cost veterinary care to the animal companions of our low-income neighbors. The medical center was completely renovated and expanded in 2006.  Its veterinarians, who are known both for their skill and compassion, currently treat about 7,000 animals each year. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. To see if you qualify, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

Among the first and most comprehensive shelter-based hospitals, the Medical Center has become one of the country’s foremost teaching hospitals for shelter medicine. Each year the center attracts dozens of veterinary student interns, who come from as far away as California and even abroad to study under its veterinarians.

The Medical Center offers a range of programs, including care for the League’s shelter animals, care for companion animals of low-income residents of Washington, DC, low-cost spaying and neutering, feral cat clinics, free monthly male cat neutering/vaccination clinics, monthly free pit bull spaying/neutering/vaccination clinics, low-cost vaccination and microchip clinics, and training for veterinary students.

For an overview of the Medical Center clinics and programs, visit the page here.

To see a list of our Medical Center staff, visit the page here.

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