DC animal shelter waives fees, seeks urgent adoptions amid critical maintenance

A D.C. animal shelter is waiving fees to encourage speedy adoptions while it undergoes extensive maintenance this week because of a mite infestation.

The Humane Rescue Alliance said it must evacuate 160 animals from its New York Avenue, NE location by 5 p.m. Wednesday ahead of “critical maintenance,” the nonprofit announced on Monday.

“We are in critical need of adoptive homes,” Claudia Roll, vice president of operations at the Humane Rescue Alliance said. “We have so many wonderful animals in our adoption centers who are waiting to meet their new families, and we want to send as many of them home as possible.”

The Northeast D.C. shelter was found to have a mite infestation, an alliance representative told NBC Washington.

Adoption fees for select animals at two adoption centers will be waived Tuesday and Wednesday — including for Rocky, WTOP’s latest pet of the week.

The location at 71 Oglethorpe St., NW is open from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday; the one at 1201 New York Ave., NE is open noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Find out which animals need a home at the Humane Rescue Alliance’s website. The available animals have been spayed or neutered, and microchipped.

In addition, the organization said it has an urgent need of bedding donations, including clean blankets, sheets, towels and comforters. Donations can be dropped off at its two locations or fulfilled through its wish list on Amazon.


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Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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