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The capital of the United States faces the same challenges that many other cities across the country do when it comes to the homeless pet population. In Washington, D.C., there are thousands of homeless pets looking for loving families, and not enough people seeking pet adoption. There are two animal shelters in the Washington, D.C., area that go above and beyond what many animal shelters are doing to keep the homeless pet population down: City Dogs Rescue and the Humane Rescue Alliance.

City Dogs Rescue and City Kitties is an animal rescue that removes adoptable cats and dogs from overcrowded and high-kill animal shelters in the D.C. area. City Dogs Rescue and City Kitties takes many animals that are just hours or days away from being euthanized due to shelter overcrowding or underfunding. Unlike an animal shelter, City Dogs and City Kitties is a network of volunteers who foster the animals in their homes until permanent homes are found.

The Humane Rescue Alliance came to fruition when the Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League combined their efforts to form an even stronger organization dedicated to helping find homes for animals, providing affordable medical services to adoptive families, and protecting animals in the Washington, D.C., community. Each of the two original organizations had served the D.C. area for more than 100 years, so the organization has more than 250 years of combined experiencing helping animals in this community.

If you live in the D.C. area and want to adopt a cat or dog, both of these organizations can help match you with your ideal animal companion.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Washington

  • Admission $15.00

    #1 We the Dogs DC Yappy Hour


    Bring your dog to your next Happy Hour celebration with We the Dogs DC Yappy Hour! Get drinks from 6 to 8 p.m. on special days in November with We the Dogs DC at Maga Design, Inc. There will be plenty of time to enjoy drinks and social time with other dog owners in the D.C. area.

    Maga’s designers will be on site to provide custom pet portraits for just $15. This $15 is a donation that will benefit the Puppy Rescue Mission, a local non-profit. Puppy Rescue Mission brings home the “battle buddies” of military men and women who are deployed overseas. They also help rehome stray dogs from Afghanistan.

    Admission is free, but if you want a pet portrait, you will be required to pay a $15 donation. You will need to select a portrait session as well.

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  • Admission $25.00
    Month November
    Duration 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

    #2 Santa Paws


    Everyone loves photos with Santa! Bring your four-legged companions to Dock5 at Union Market in November to get a photo with Mr. Claus himself. Photos with Santa make the perfect Christmas card for your family. Get everyone in your family together, even your pets, for a memorable photo for $25.

    The photos will be delivered digitally via email in early to mid-December. The event is sponsored by the Junior League of Washington.

    Please remember that pets aren’t allowed inside Dock5, so plan accordingly. Doggy daycare will be provided, so you can continue to shop in the area.

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  • Admission $20.00
    Month November
    Duration 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    #3 Thanksgiving Craft Beer & Wine Festival


    In order to send Thanksgiving off properly, stop by the Thanksgiving Craft Beer and Wine Festival! The event features more than 50 beers and wines from local establishments. Spend the day enjoying good food, yard games, live music, and contests with your family and friends.

    There will be giveaways and prizes throughout the day that you won’t want to miss!

    Kids and dogs are both welcome. Request a water bowl and treats for your dog while your kids enjoy playground equipment.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration Entire month

    #4 Humane Rescue Alliance Holiday Toy and Treat Drive


    If you are interested in helping dogs in the Washington D.C., area this holiday season, join the Human Rescue Alliance and other local organizations to collect items they need to care for the homeless pets of D.C. Gather up any new toys, treats, and foods off of the wish lists from shelters in the area to donate to animals in need.

    The Toy and Treat Drive runs from November to December. During that time, you can drop off any donated items to any of the three Fur-Get-Me-Not locations in the D.C. area. If you would like to make a monetary donation, contact the Humane Rescue Alliance today.

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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December

    #5 KidsCamp! A Dog Gone Great Time!


    Kids love dogs, but it is important that your children understand how to interact with our canine companions properly. In order to teach children boundaries and safety when it comes to animals, KidsCamp! created a week-long day camp for children aged seven and up.

    Children and their dogs come to the camp where children learn how to read a dog’s body language and work with their pooch to accomplish a variety of tasks, including obedience and agility feats.

    The camp runs in December during the Christmas break. Day campers will cost $495, while residential campers will cost $695.

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