Best Volunteer Opportunities for Animal Lovers in Washington, D.C.

March 21, 2014 9:00 AM

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Life is so much better when shared with a good friend. Two-legged friends are great, but sometimes the love and attention of those of the four-legged kind can bring some of the most loving, lasting and loyal companionship. Let’s show some love for our furry friends in need by volunteering at one of these fine institutions.

Washington, DC 20013

Volunteers play a vital role at Pets—D.C., whose objective is to improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS and other disabling conditions, as well as that of their companion pets. This all-volunteer organization offers such services as providing public health education, delivering pet food, walking dogs, fostering animals and even fundraising to provide food and routine vaccinations for pets. It’s the perfect way to help a person and their pet.

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
3636 Winfield Lane N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 741-5428

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is a non-profit animal rescue dedicated to saving homeless dogs. The organization holds weekly animal adoption events to showcase foster dogs, and also coordinates private meetings for those who wish to see dogs in person after reviewing their photos online. Lucky Dog is an all-volunteer organization that seeks volunteers to handle dogs at adoption events, to provide temporary housing as foster parents, to receive and manage newly transported dogs and to act as adoption coordinators—individuals who receive one-time training to facilitate the placement of dogs into new homes.

The Washington Animal Rescue League
71 Oglethorpe St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 726-2556

Established in 1941, The Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) is a progressive animal rehabilitation center designed to promote the physical, mental and social healing and well-being of animals recovering from a life of trauma. WARL is comprised of a shelter and a medical center that accommodates over 7,000 animal patients each year. The League utilizes the help of hundreds of volunteers to train dogs, socialize cats, counsel adopters and operate in several other capacities. Volunteers receive orientation and training sessions and can apply here.

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The Washington Humane Society
1201 New York Ave. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 576-6664

The Washington Humane Society is the only congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the U.S. Through its open-access shelter, the organization provides support to more than 43,000 animals annually. Since the agency does not turn away any animal, volunteer help is very important. Volunteers can contribute to a host of services including sheltering for homeless animals, assisting at adoption events as well as helping with lost and found services to help reunite lost pets with their families. Click here to learn more about how you can volunteer.

City Dogs Rescue
Quaker House
2121 Decatur Place N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 567-7364

Rescuing adoptable dogs in overcrowded, resource-limited and high-kill shelters is the mission of City Dogs Rescue. This non-profit, established in 2011, hopes to save and find loving homes for dogs that are sometimes days and even hours away from being euthanized simply due to a lack of the space needed to keep them. Volunteer help is welcomed in any capacity as this organization strives to “offer a lifeline to as many of these wonderful pups as possible.”

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