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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Me and My Shadow!

Cute Black Cats Available at Discounted Adoption Rates This Weekend Only at WARL Memorial Day Weekend only, the Washington Animal Rescue League will be running an adoption fee special for any of our black cats!  For qualified/approved adopters, a $10 adoption fee and a lot of love is all that will be required to adopt … Continue reading Me and My Shadow!

Remembering Figaro and a Life Well Lived

The first words of the Washington Animal Rescue League’s mission statement are “to honor and strengthen the human-animal bond.” So when bringing together people and animals, our hope is that they will develop life-long bonds built on love, devotion, and compassion. And as the following letter shows, that was certainly the case for a young … Continue reading Remembering Figaro and a Life Well Lived

Six WARL Staff Deployed with ASPCA to Care for Dogs Rescued from Alabama Puppy Mill

This week, the Washington Animal Rescue League deployed six employees to assist the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®  in the sheltering of more than 130 dogs rescued from a Needham, Alabama puppy mill.  WARL staff includes animal caretakers, behavior experts and medical personnel. “We’re extremely proud of our staff who are currently … Continue reading Six WARL Staff Deployed with ASPCA to Care for Dogs Rescued from Alabama Puppy Mill

WARL Cat Room Closed for Renovations

The cat room — “Kitty City” — will be closed for renovations February 25 – 28. Come visit us March 1st!

Gunshot Victims Ready for New Life

Imagine living a life of relative comfort, or at least getting your basic needs (i.e. food and shelter) met, and then finding yourself out on the streets having to fend for yourself. That’s what happened to Mork and Mindy. These two 18-month-old Labrador mixes were dumped along a road in a rural subdivision in Georgia … Continue reading Gunshot Victims Ready for New Life

Washingtonian Magazine Readers name WARL Medical Center and Behavior & Training Among DC’s Best

Washingtonian Magazine’s February Pet Issue surveyed readers from across the Nation’s Capital about all things pet related, and the Washington Animal Rescue League took top honors in two categories!   Among the city’s best veterinarians was the Washington Animal Rescue League Medical Center.  WARL also topped the list of Behavior and Training experts in Washington, … Continue reading Washingtonian Magazine Readers name WARL Medical Center and Behavior & Training Among DC’s Best

From Meat Dogs to Canine Companions

Once destined for dinner plates, five Jindo-type dogs arrived at the Washington Animal Rescue League on January 9, part of a group of 23 such “meat dogs” rescued by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International from Seoul, Korea. Given that the dogs had received little or no human contact during … Continue reading From Meat Dogs to Canine Companions

WEATHER UPDATE: WARL Medical Center will open at 10 a.m. today

Due to inclement weather in the Washington, DC area, the Washington Animal Rescue League’s Medical Center will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27th.  

WEATHER UPDATE: WARL Wednesday Wellness to close at 5 p.m. today

Due to the snow in the Washington, DC area, the Washington Animal Rescue League Wednesday Wellness Clinic will stop taking walk-in clients at 5 p.m. today. As always, WARL’s adoptions department closes at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.

From “Untrainable” to Widely Traveled

Eight years ago, I said good-bye to my best friend Beenie. I’d brought him back to Maryland with me after getting him as a puppy while living in Madagascar. His death was one of the most difficult times I had ever experienced. I grieved, time passed, and as I settled in to a new apartment … Continue reading From “Untrainable” to Widely Traveled

Senior Dog Finds Her Forever Home

When Galena arrived at WARL in mid-October, staff sighed. As a large, black, older dog, she wasn’t what most adopters are looking for. So, sadly, we weren’t surprised as the days passed and two successive den-mates left the shelter while Galena remained. But this 9-year-old Lab mix seemed to know that her time would come. … Continue reading Senior Dog Finds Her Forever Home

WARL Closing Early Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

To celebrate the holidays, the Washington Animal Rescue League will close to the public at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Wellness appointments in our Medical Center will be by appointment only. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Help Us Save More Lives This Holiday Season

Presents for Paws Makes Holidays Bright for Less Fortunate Pets

The holiday season has arrived and many of us are looking forward to celebrating with both two- and four-legged family and friends. Sadly, some pet parents don’t have the financial resources to give their feline or canine companions toys, supplies…or even food. That’s why WARL is conducting our annual holiday pet food and supply drive, … Continue reading Presents for Paws Makes Holidays Bright for Less Fortunate Pets

Purchase your 2015 WARL Calendar today!

The Washington Animal Rescue League’s 2015 Calendar is available now to purchase! Click this link to purchase a copy for your office and home!  The calendar features the companion pets of WARL supporters, who entered their pets for consideration earlier this year.  Cover photo and monthly featured pets were selected by our friends at WTOP radio who … Continue reading Purchase your 2015 WARL Calendar today!

Local Homeless Pets Need Forever Homes; Washington Animal Rescue League and Fitzgerald Subaru Partner to “Share the Love”

Two exciting events at Fitzgerald Subaru White Flint in North Bethesda and Fitzgerald Lake Forest Subaru in Gaithersburg Washington, DC (November 20, 2014) —Fitzgerald Subaru in North Bethesda and Fitzgerald Lake Forest Subaru in Gaithersburg will host pet adoption events  to find homes for local homeless pets this December.  Fitzgerald Subaru celebrates the annual Subaru end-of-year “Share … Continue reading Local Homeless Pets Need Forever Homes; Washington Animal Rescue League and Fitzgerald Subaru Partner to “Share the Love”

Local Homeless Pets Need Forever Homes; Washington Animal Rescue League and Fitzgerald Subaru Partner to “Share the Love”

Two exciting events at Fitzgerald Subaru White Flint in North Bethesda and Fitzgerald Lake Forest Subaru in Gaithersburg Washington, DC (November 20, 2014) —Fitzgerald Subaru in North Bethesda and Fitzgerald Lake Forest Subaru in Gaithersburg will host pet adoption events  to find homes for local homeless pets this December.  Fitzgerald Subaru celebrates the annual Subaru end-of-year “Share … Continue reading Local Homeless Pets Need Forever Homes; Washington Animal Rescue League and Fitzgerald Subaru Partner to “Share the Love”

TIRED OF THE SHOPPING MALLS ON BLACK FRIDAY?  WARL HAS THE SOLUTION!

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 … Continue reading TIRED OF THE SHOPPING MALLS ON BLACK FRIDAY?  WARL HAS THE SOLUTION!

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 … Continue reading WARL Pet Calendar 2015 – Enter your pet today!

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

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, … Continue reading Make Our Vets Your Vets

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 … Continue reading Worth the Wait

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 … Continue reading Top Cat Goes Home

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 … Continue reading All in a Day’s Work

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 … Continue reading On the Road to Happiness

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 … Continue reading Not Your Father’s Camp

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 … Continue reading Teaching Kids to Train Their Dogs

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 … Continue reading Burned But Still Beautiful…Inside and Out

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 … Continue reading A Chance Encounter that was Meant to Be

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 … Continue reading WARL Completes Record-Setting Summer with 808 Lives Saved

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 … Continue reading Creating Kid-and-Critter-Safe Homes