News from the Washington Animal Rescue League

You can keep up-to-date with what’s happening at the Washington Animal Rescue League in several ways.  A select list of our media coverage — “In The News” and press releases are located on the tabs on the left of this page.  In addition, many of our success stories are listed below.  Check back to see what’s going on!

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Why spend Black Friday in long, boring lines at retail stores when you can visit the Washington Animal Rescue League, have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Claus, and visit the dogs and cats that need forever homes!   It’s Black Friday for the animals too! Come see some wonderful animals available for adoption at special […]

WARL Pet Calendar 2015 – Enter your pet today!

It’s that time again…time to submit your dog or cat’s photo to the Washington Animal Rescue League for inclusion in our 2015 full-color wall calendar! These calendars—printed and delivered in time for Christmas—make wonderful holiday gifts. A $40 donation guarantees your pet a spot in the calendar and one copy of the calendar for your home […]

“Fall in Love” at Fitzgerald Auto Mall Adoption Event; Saturday Oct. 18th

Washington, DC  – Fitzgerald AutoMall in North Bethesda and the Washington Animal Rescue League will team up once again for a special “Fall in Love” pet adoption event on Saturday, October 18th from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be on-site, hoping to go home with a new forever […]

Make Our Vets Your Vets

So, you already have pets but you still want to assist the rescue and care of homeless pets?  We have a solution:  Make the doctors at the Washington Animal Rescue League Medical Center your veterinarians today! The Washington Animal League Medical Center is now accepting patients from the Washington, D.C. region, including Maryland and Virginia, […]

Worth the Wait

Way back in February, a long-haired female cat arrived at the Washington Animal Rescue League from an overfull partner shelter. Despite being overweight and suffering from a painful skin infection caused by neglect, everyone could see that she was beautiful feline just waiting to blossom. Named Anna Belle by shelter staff, the new arrival settled […]

Top Cat Goes Home

Talk about a big win. Not only did WARL shelter resident Starling take top prize in Best in Shelter’s “Meow Madness” tournament (thanks to fans like you), she’s found her forever home…which is certainly much more meaningful to her. After finding fame on Animal Planet’s kitten cam, this 2-year-old beauty is now enjoying a private […]

All in a Day’s Work

Respiratory infections, skin conditions, dental cleaning, parasites, and pulled muscles. Along with spay/neuter surgeries, these are the conditions veterinarians and vet techs in WARL’s Medical Center deal with on a daily basis. But every once in a while something a little more unusual presents itself. Take the case of a 6-month-old male Shih Tzu who […]

On the Road to Happiness

Twenty-one little dogs are on the road to a new and better life in our nation’s capital. Their journey began in Bradley County, Tennessee, where they were rescued along with 226 other dogs from a puppy mill by the Humane Society of the United States, the SPCA of Bradley County, and local authorities. The small-breed […]

Not Your Father’s Camp

Back in the day, summer camp–whether day or overnight–was all about swimming, hiking, crafts, and s’mores. But times have changed. Today, camps focus on everything from acting to soccer to Pokeymon. And for animal-loving youngsters, the Washington Animal Rescue League offers two week-long Caring Kids Camps this summer, each offered twice. “WARL 101″ gives kids […]

Teaching Kids to Train Their Dogs

WARL is offering a number of new classes designed especially for kids ages eight and older and their canine companions. These “junior handler” classes focus on basic obedience, agility, and tricks. Junior Handler Basic Manners Kids have an opportunity to build a strong relationship with the family dog by working on foundation skills, such as […]

Burned But Still Beautiful…Inside and Out

Following our successful Catapalooza adoption event last month, Kitty City was something of a feline ghost town. And that meant we could take in more cats from our partner shelters…and there were plenty to choose from. The sad reality is that there are far more homeless cats than there are homes for them. So we […]

A Chance Encounter that was Meant to Be

Call it fate, kismet, coincidence, miracle, or whatever. Sometimes things just seem to happen as the result of some greater purpose…like the pieces of a puzzle falling easily into place. That’s certainly the feeling Gail and Howard Hill have about their current situation. Back in 1999, the Hills adopted Kahlyn, a black Lab mix, from […]

WARL Completes Record-Setting Summer with 808 Lives Saved

The Washington Animal Rescue League recorded 808 lives saved from June 1 through August 31, completing a record-setting summer for the organization.  The Washington, D.C. –based animal shelter competed in the ASPCA $100K Challenge against 49 other animal welfare organizations from across the United States, reaching an aggressive goal of 800 lives saved during the […]

Creating Kid-and-Critter-Safe Homes

Getting animals out of the shelter is only the first step in the adoption process. Keeping them in their new-found homes is equally important, which is why the Washington Animal Rescue League offers a wide array of training and behavior classes. The two latest additions to our line-up are designed specifically to help new or […]