DC Animal Shelter Continues Adoptions Due to Coronavirus Outbreak


If you are still considering adopting a pet or need other services, the Humane Rescue Alliance in DC is still open, but there are a few things you should know before you go to the shelter.

If you’re still considering adopting a pet or need other services during the coronavirus crisis, the Humane Rescue Alliance in DC is still open – but there are a few things you need to know before you head to the shelter. .

Stephanie Frommer, senior director of operations at HRA, has asked anyone interested in adoption to choose an animal online before going to the shelter, following public health guidelines to limit social contact. The shelter currently only does same-day adoptions.

“Check out our website to determine if there is anyone you are interested in what site they are on before entering,” she added.

The refuge also limits the number of people allowed inside the building.

“We let the adopters come in a few at a time so that we don’t have more than 10 people in the building at a time,” she added.

Adopters are also asked to limit their parties to two people.

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Other services are also still available but some may be limited: vaccination clinics and sterilization and sterilization services are canceled or postponed.

Other services, like the pet pantry, have been rescheduled, but the shelter is still working to provide for those in need. Lost pickups and surrenders are still operational, but limited.

The shelter also needs several items, such as pet food, which can be dropped off at the front door. Cleaning supplies are also in high demand, but the community is encouraged to make monetary donations or purchase items through the shelter’s Amazon Wish List instead of dropping off cleaning supplies.

“We want everyone to stay safe. We’re always there, staffed around the clock, so if anyone needs us we’ll respond in any way we can, ”said Frommer.

The refuge remains open to the public from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, but visitors are asked to plan ahead.


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