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DC Shelter Has New Rules for Pet Adoption During Coronavirus Outbreak


The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA), an animal welfare organization in Washington, D.C., is still giving out pets for adoption as we go through the coronavirus epidemic. However, they have introduced a number of new guidelines.

The shelter is currently open in a limited capacity to the public for only “same day adoptions” and not accepting more than 10 people at a time in the building. Applicants also should limit their parties to two people.

In order to prioritize the health and well-being of the animals at the shelter, potential adopters are asked to take a look at the HRA’s available animals online at and make their choice before physically visiting the center.

This will limit the number of people in their group that will be present at the shelter as part of heightened precautions against health risks.

Vaccine clinics and appointments for spay/neuter have been suspended until further notice.

They also postponed or canceled some procedures such as issuing of dog licenses and pet medical documents, in-person supply donations, group behavior classes and monthly community cat surgery days.

“Many people in our community, particularly seniors and those with underlying health issues, are experiencing hardships right now. Check-in on your neighbors and offer help with purchasing pet food or walking their dogs,” the HRA wrote in a statement.

They encourage the public to make direct donations at to support the group’s “essential operations of adoption, medical and animal care, and field services.”


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