Considered one of the top veterinary clinics in the national capital area, the Washington Animal Rescue League Medical Center provides veterinary care to companion animals of all families, regardless of income level. WARL’s medical team is experienced in a broad range of veterinary care, treating more than 5,000 pets each year, as well as our “temporary” shelter residents
An added benefit to being a WARL Medical Center client: using our veterinary services directly supports the rescue and care of homeless animals that we shelter and find homes for.
The medical center also accepts canine and feline patients — by appointment only — belonging to income-qualified residents of the Washington, D.C. region. If you live in this area and make $55,000 or less annually, you may qualify for discounted veterinary services for your companion animal.
The Washington Animal Rescue League offers a “Wednesday Wellness” program every Wednesday. Appointments are seen from noon to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday and on a walk-in basis from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (clients must check-in prior to 6 p.m.) Wellness Wednesdays allow our medical staff to evaluate companion animals and identify potential health problems before they become more difficult and expensive to treat.
- A brief $20 wellness examination. (This exam will be required for every dog and cat with the exception of those getting vaccine boosters if the animals have had an exam at the medical center within the past year.);
- Deworming treatments;
- Heartworm and FELV testing;
- Parasite preventative; and
- Nail trims.
Patients with medical problems will be required to come back for a scheduled “sick” appointment. The $20 exam fee will be applied to the charge for the “sick” appointment, provided it is scheduled within the next month.
We recommend that dogs and cats over 6 months old be spayed or neutered and reserve the right to deny long-term veterinary care to intact adult dogs and cats. The medical center offers reduced-cost spay and neuter services; to see if you qualify, call 202-726-2273. Please leave a voice message if a receptionist is not available, and we will return your call.
We are pleased to offer discounted spay and neuter services to everyone regardless of income or residency.
Prices are as follows:
- Dog Spays: $150
- Dog Neuters: $125
- Cat Spays: $100
- Cat Neuters: $65
Spay and neuter services are available by appointment only. You must bring proof of rabies vaccination or purchase one at the time of the procedure. Your pet should not eat after 10 p.m. the night before surgery, nor the morning of surgery. Drinking water is fine. Fee includes post-op pain medications.
Potential Additional Charges:
- Obese (overweight) Animal: +$25
- Senior Animal (more than eight years old): +$25
- Aggressive Animal (requiring restraint): +$25
- Animal In-Heat: +$25
- Cryptorchid Neuter (non-descended testicles): +$80
Please call for details. To schedule by phone, please call 202-726-2273 and leave a message if our lines are busy or we’re not available.
Why Spay and Neuter?
Each year, millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in U.S. shelters. Millions more are abandoned in both rural and urban areas, left to starve and suffer. Most of these animals will die before they have the chance to find loving homes, but before they do, many will reproduce, further contributing to the already rampant animal overpopulation epidemic.
In response to this crisis, the Washington Animal Rescue League provides reduced-cost spay and neuter services. By spaying and neutering shelter residents and companion animals, WARL is working to reduce the number of dogs and cats needing homes and thereby reduce the number of animals who suffer and die.
Are there really millions of animals euthanized each year? That seems like a lot. Experts estimate that the number of animals euthanized in the United States each year could be in excess of 12 million.