District of Columbia Animal Rescue and Adoption Listings

The rescue of District of Columbia dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and small domestic mammals, is critical to the well-being of these companions.  This page is dedicated to providing rescue lists for all District of Columbia pets.  We thank all those people who give unselfishly to the saving and placement of the less fortunate, and we hope that any heartache you encounter is overwhelmed by the happiness you make.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  It is PGAA’s desire to provide a list of adoption and rescue sites that rescue pets and, hopefully, place them into new loving and caring homes.  While we make every effort to only publish links from reputable rescue agencies, we HAVE NOT physically reviewed these organizations.  Let us know of any unfavorable experiences that you may have had with any rescue/adoption group at PGAA Rescues.

It is difficult to continually maintain a completely valid list of operating rescue agencies so some of these rescues may no longer be operating.  Your cooperation in notifying us of closed rescues will also be appreciated.

Search Recommendations

  • Click on your state and scroll down to the appropriate pet
  • If you don’t find a group in your state search the surrounding states
  • Still no luck?  Go to the National section and scroll to the appropriate pet
  • When all else fails E-mail us for assistance

District of Columbia Adoption and Rescue Organizations.

Please use caution when considering placing an animal with any one involved in animal rescue, or if you get an animal from a rescue/adoption agency. Get references and do some investigation on your own.  Long-distance/sight unseen adoptions can be risky.

A “Yes” in the No-Kill column means that the rescue is a shelter where animals are only euthanized if they are too sick to be treated or too aggressive to be suitable for adoption.

Cats Only
Cats and Dogs
Dogs-All Breeds
Dogs By Breed
Other Animals

DC Metro All All MetroPets Online
Cats Only
East Coast Cats Maine Coon Cats Contact:  East Coast Maine Coon Rescue (ECMCR)
Brentwood, MD 20722 Cats All Alley Cat Rescue Website Facebook Yes
Cats and Dogs
Chantilly, VA 20153 Cats and Dogs All A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation
DC Metro/Northern VA Cats and Dogs All plus Special Needs Washington Animal Rescue League
DC Metro/Northern VA Cats and Dogs All Pet Assistance League of Virginia
Gaithersburg Cats and Dogs All All Breed Rescue and Referral
Washington, DC 20035 Cats and Dogs All Alliance for Stray Animals and People
Washington, DC 20012 Cats and Dogs All Washington Humane Society
DDogs Any Breed
Washington, DC 20009 Dogs All City Dogs Rescue
Washington, DC 20007 Dogs All Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
Washington DC 20007 Dogs All K-9 Lifesavers
Washington DC Dogs All Operation Paws for Homes
Dogs By Breed
Woodbridge, VA  22193 Dogs Akita Akita Rescue Mid Atlantic
Mid-Atlantic Dogs Border Collie Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue
Washington DC Dogs Boston Terrier Old Dominion Boston Terrier Rescue
Mid-Atlantic Dogs Boston Terrier Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee Yes
Washington DC Dogs Boxer Boxer Rescue and Adoption
Washington DC Dogs Bulldog, English and French Bullies 2 the Rescue
Washington DC Dogs Bulldog On the Rebound English Bulldog Rescue
Washington DC and surrounding areas Dogs Cairn Potomac Cairn Terrier Club
DE,DC,NY,NJ,PA,MD,VA Dogs Chihuahua Cold Nose Warm Heart
D.C. Area Dogs Chinese Shar Pei Mid-Atlantic Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Operation
D.C. area Dogs Dalmatian Chocolate Chip Dalmatian Assistance League
D.C. Area Dogs Dalmatian Adopt A Spot
D.C. Area Dogs Doberman Pinscher Doberman Assistance, Rescue and Education (DARE)
Washington DC Dogs English Bulldog On the Rebound English Bulldog Rescue
Delaware Dogs Golden Retrievers Southeastern Virginia GRREAT 757-827-8561
D.C. Area Dogs Golden Retrievers GRREAT. Inc
D.C. Area Dogs Great Pyrenees Appalachian Great Pyrenees Association-Rescue
D.C. Area Dogs Greyhound Greyhound Welfare Inc.
Annandale, VA 22003 Dogs Labrador Retriever Lab Rescue of the LRCP
VA, MD, DC, PA, NJ (Palmyra, PA 17078) Dogs Labrador Retriever Labrador Retriever Rescue
Virginia Dogs Pekingese Potomic Valley Pekingese Rescue
D.C. Area Dogs Rottweiler N. Virginia Rottweiler Rescue League
D.C. Area Dogs Samoyed Mid-Atlantic Samoyed Rescue
D.C. Area Dogs Schanuzer Schnauzer Rescue of the Mid-Atlantic
D.C. Area Dogs Shiba Inu Mid-Atlantic Shiba Rescue
Deleware Dogs Siberian Husky Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue
D.C. area Dogs West Highland Terrier Stephen Di Giulian, Westie Rescue Mid Atlantic,Dunn Loring, VA 22027, 703-671-1039 (24Hr Infoline)
Bluemont, VA 20135 Dogs West Highland Terrier Westie Rescue Inc
Other Animals
Washington DC Metro Ferrets All Washington Metropolitan Area Ferret Outreach Yes
D.C. Area Guinea Pig All Guinea Pig Rescue
Northern Virginia (Baltimore, MD 21211) Rabbits All House Rabbit Society-VA, MD, DC chapter