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1. Humane Rescue Alliance — District of Columbia Animal Care and Control

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475 reviews
Humane Rescue Alliance — District of Columbia Animal Care and Control
Professionalism
5
Services
5
Facilities
5
Prices
5
Attention
5

Address: 1201 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10:30AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 576-6664

Guy: Animal shelter


Review: "Great place to volunteer, foster or adopt."

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Xtcwolfie: Absolute worst experience. I have been trying to find a kitten of my own but it has to be through the site, fine. So I complete the processes for applications with emails and inquiries. Please, explain to me why I have to reach out to the foster parents on a status on my application. Even when the cats are no longer on the site the next day, and still nothing. I won’t be using this service for adoption as it unprofessional. No one contacted me to let me know that these cats were no longer available, didn’t even update the status on my applications. Although one person reached out the next day after I applied to say that cat was no longer available…why was it still up on the site. Also, why does no one answer the phone at the shelter, I’ve left a voicemail and called multiple times.
Response: We apologize for your negative experience and would welcome the opportunity to connect with you directly so we can learn more. You can reach us at adopt@humanerescuealliance.org or at 202-723-5730. The health and well-being of the animals in our care, our staff, and the community we serve are our top priority. Since March 2020 we've offered virtual adoption services and have helped thousands of animals find homes. From the comfort of your home you can select an animal, set up a virtual meet and greet, and even conduct a virtual adoption counseling session. Our traditional adoption center is temporarily closed, but we are very much open for adoptions.

Maritza Cooper: This location serves as a shelter and animal control too, I believe. The facility is small, the staff quite dedicated. It's a tough job and they are doing everything they can to help these animals. Shelter life is hard on the animals. They are scared in this loud environment. Every dog we saw took treats very gently. These are just a few of them. Sad to see so many Pitties!

Tay Reed: I had 2 kittens living in my exhaust pipes and tried to capture and take them in with no luck so I called rescue alliance to come out and help , I called at 11:30 one morning and they didn't show up until about after 4pm , when a man arrived I spoke with him about me wanting to keep the kittens , so I can take full ownership and responsibility of them I notified him that once I catch them I'm taking them to the vet , he suggested that he can help me by setting a cat trap that night , because he can't set traps in the morning HE NEVER CAME THAT NIGHT ..... HE CAME 3 DAYS LATER in the day time and retrieved the kittens from my vehicle while I wasn't home or aware ,! I wasnt notified that they will be coming back or anything I thought they originally forgot about my call but they showed up 3 days later and stole them

swErv In (Swerv): After a smooth adoption process with direct and informative staff that was compassionate to the needs of my new friend and myself, I have thoroughly enjoyed the early stages of acclimating my new best friend Patty (formerly Pantene) to our home. Front desk staff and adoption counselor was friendly, and the adoption supervisor(?) took time to call me and follow up with recommendations in regards to resources catered to this dogs needs. The foster parent has also been a great asset and to me that also demonstrates a certain caliber of professionalism on the part of HRA for holding on to such a volunteer. I strongly recommend that anyone who has an interest in adding a fur friend to their family take the time to stop by and meet the wonderful animals ready for a new home and the staff willing to make sure your experience is a positive one.

Lisa Chavers: I am Very glad that they accommodate animals who need intensive care and treatment. I REALLY WANT TO TAKE REMY INTO MY HOME BECAUSE SHE WAS A CHRISTMAS PRESENT UNDER THE TREE FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTED HIM I WANT HIM

Mike Hawk: “Virtual meet and greet” 🙄 right, cause that is the best way to get a feeling which dog is the best fit for your household. Meeting a potential pup in person is incredibly important so the dog can feel the energy of the person and viceversa.
Response: Thank you for your feedback. The health and well-being of the animals in our care, our staff, and the community we serve are our top priority. Since March 2020 we've offered virtual adoption services and have helped thousands of animals find homes. From the comfort of your home you can select an animal, set up a virtual meet and greet, and even conduct a virtual adoption counseling session. Our traditional adoption center is temporarily closed, but we are very much open for adoptions. We understand this option may not be for everyone and we'd be happy to learn more about your particular situation and experience.

Danielle Carnes: We adopted our dog and cat from here, and have been absolutely delighted with the quality of service. We even had the adoption fee for our cat waived due to health complications. Thank you for the support, we will return if we need another pet!

Bill Drexel: Picked up a family pet who was brought in by animal control and the ladies (if you're still allowed to call them that) were super nice and friendly. The dog had a frayed and worn collar and they were kind enough to donate a new collar. They also updated the dog vaccinations and I was only charged $48. For a weeks boarding and vaccines. Super cheap

saahib aalim zafir: Considering an ESA. I have purchased two cats from this location. But my ex got custody of them both. Sad situation but a third purchase will cheer me up.

Win Simmons: Kipa (our kitten) was adopted one week yesterday.. He is such a lovable kitten.. The staff was very helpful finding the perfect gift for my daughter... Thank you! For all that you do and continue to do for strays like Kipa🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈

2. Humane Rescue Alliance

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Humane Rescue Alliance
Professionalism
5
Services
5
Facilities
5
Prices
5
Attention
5

Address: 71 Oglethorpe St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Schedule: Open 24 hours

Telephone: (202) 723-5730

Guy: Animal shelter


Review: "Great place to adopt a cat."

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Gerson petersan: Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, QualityInstant Towing Service Washington is awesome. Honest, Real, And provided a service that we should all expect in a company, especially one that takes care of your car. Thank you! Will always call them in the future.

Aloysia Jean: I’m a foster for the HRA and I’ve never encountered a shelter that cares more for their pets and makes the adoption process that seamless. All the animals I’ve fostered have been in great health, received phenomenal care, and had a wealth of resources to help them live their best lives.

Erick Gonzalez: The humane rescue alliance staff was very professional and helpful when my walker lost my dog in the city. They assured me that most lost dogs are returned to their owner and that my dog would turn up. A few hours after my report, the Humane Rescue Alliance called me back with the good news. They were prompt and accommodating— I was also afraid the person that found my dog would keep him, but the staff who worked with me assured me they would advocate on my behalf— five stars for the work they do and the services they provide to our loved furry family.

saahib aalim zafir: Look who I picked up at the adoption place. His name was Angel. Now he is called Bumba. He is 3 and a great companion. The process was easy and I really enjoyed the experience.

Eric Towler: Most professional, organized animal rescue I have seen. Great foster program as well as other. We fostered a dog and ended up adopting him. The amount of support was nothing short of amazing.

Lev Boonin: Adopted the most perfect and adorable poodle-mix from here. They had taken him in as a stray, cared for him, and made sure he had all his shots. When we met him, the staff were energetic, accommodating so that we could meet him in person (despite the pandemic) before welcoming him into our family. They helped to get him fixed, instructed us on feeding him, and were as excited to find him a home as we were to give one. They care about every animal as much as their future owners do.

Alex Navarro: Doing great work for animals! We foster for them and love being able to help animals find furever homes.

Elaine Shepherd: Well cared for and vetted pets are housed in a clean, calm atmosphere. Proficient and pleasant staff is also a plus. My cocker spaniel rescue is an absolute gem. Google them or visit to meet equally wonderful pets waiting to meet you.

melissa davis: Can’t understand why this place has so many good reviews!!!! Spoke to someone today regarding the poor innocent fox they captured few days ago, was not happy they played a part in killing this animal who was only protecting her babies!!! The Woman on the phone proceeded to tell me that no matter what they capture whether it’s a squirrel any kind of wildlife, they kill it!!!! No why would a place who claims to care for animals Carry out such a horrific act???? You people should be ashamed of yourself and I hope someday you shut down for good

Varun Kumar: We found a lost cockatiel outside our apartment building and called them for rescue. They guides us about how to keep the bird safe till they arrive. To our surprise they reached our place with 15-20 mins of our call. Also, the details were uploaded on their website within a couple of hours under lost and found section. Good professional work by the team here!

3. The Humane Society of the United States

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11 reviews
The Humane Society of the United States
Professionalism
4.8
Services
4.8
Facilities
4.9
Prices
4.8
Attention
4.8

Address: 1255 23rd St NW, Washington, DC 20037

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 11PM

Telephone: (202) 452-1100

Guy: Animal rescue service


Review: "Great place to adipt from."

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Valerie Oval Lecuona (a Lesbian): I have supported this wonderful animal welfare organization for several years now and I am pleased with their work to help out innocent animals.

Anonymous K.: Just a warning that if you sign up to make regular donations they make it impossible to cancel those donations. Literally had to contact my credit card company to block charges from them because they ignored my multiple requests to cancel my monthly donations.

Laura Chan: Definition of superheros in my book for saving animals.

Clark Matthews: Great place to adipt from.

Christopher Ward: Love how they help animals

4. American Humane

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8 reviews
American Humane
Professionalism
4.9
Services
4.8
Facilities
4.8
Prices
4.8
Attention
4.8

Address: 1400 16th St NW #360, Washington, DC 20036

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (800) 227-4645

Guy: Animal rescue service


Review: "They have been animal welfare advocates for over a century, long ..."

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Emily W.: The recent designation of Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat as meeting "the gold standard for animal welfare" by American Humane is without merit. As noted by the Review-Journal, MGM made significant contributions to establish the new program with David Blasko of the Habitat sitting on the advisory committee. The committee also consists of a panel of individuals heavily invested in the use of animals in entertainment, like animal trainers and Ringling Bros employees. These individuals support the captivity and use of cruel training methods on animals for the purpose of human entertainment. Further, American Humane is the organization responsible for the “no animals were harmed” accreditation seen at the end of films. A well-documented expose released in 2013 showed that countless animals have been harmed or killed on film sets, even while the same film went on to receive accreditation by American Humane. How “humane” is it to hold dolphins captive in pools in the middle of the desert where they are subjected to constant sunlight and UV rays? The Animal Welfare Act, the federal law that regulates standards for animal care and treatment, specifically sets a mandate for adequate shade for marine mammals, yet the dolphins at the Mirage have virtually none. How “humane" it is to hold large apex predators like tigers captive in small cages, where they can never engage in any behavior that is natural or instinctual to them like stalking prey? The latest designation bestowed on the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is an example of an industry that survives off the backs of animals congratulating itself for continuing to do so, while lying about any positive impact they have for the animal species they hold captive for profit. Animal captivity by MGM including the Mirage is a shameful and cruel practice that is rapidly running out of steam in an age when people are waking up to the reality that animal captivity is not kind and it is not educational, it is animal cruelty.

Kristen Mankowski: They have been animal welfare advocates for over a century, long before the Human Society or PETA. They've been using science and modern animal welfare standards for designating certifications, and they have helped better the live of countless animals through their efforts!

Jacqueline Silseth: American Humane is an animal welfare group that goes above and beyond, from helping out when disaster strikes to providing veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress with service dogs, there is no one else who steps up for animals in all walks of life like AH.

Andrew Ransom: Always showing amazing stories of how they're helping animals and people. 10/10 would recommend.

5. Homeward Trails Adoption Center

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Homeward Trails Adoption Center
Professionalism
4
Services
4.1
Facilities
4
Prices
4
Attention
4

Address: 11116 Fairfax Station Rd, Fairfax Station, VA 22039

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Sat

Telephone: (703) 249-5066

Guy: Animal shelter


Review: "Please adopt, foster, volunteer or donate with Homeward Trails!"

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Ashlina Chin: We adopted our very special pup from Homeward Trails! The application process was very easy and the adoption coordinators do their due diligence to match you with your best fit. We worked with two different adoption coordinators and there was an obvious difference in skill level, attentiveness, and caring. We kept in touch with the original coordinator, although we were assigned a second coordinator because the first dog didn't work out, and she was much more helpful through the whole process. I suggest to anyone interested in adopting that they work with a good coordinate because the level of service will vary! All-in-all, we were very happy with our adoption process and we're so happy to find a new fur-ever family member!

Harlow Arbiol: I had a really good experience adopting from Homeward Trails. My partner and I did the Tails Out program where we met a Labrador Retriever. She was the most kindest dog. I ever met and felt a instant connection with her. We decided to adopt her and it was very smooth. You can tell this shelter really cares about their dogs. Thank you so much for everything. Thank you Hannah. She was very helpful and professional; and even helped us during this Christmas Eve.

Elyse Porter: We love our dog that we adopted from them but our experience wasn’t satisfactory. They said that they would provide our vaccination records on the pet assistant app. However we still needed proof of vaccinations to start a training class. They finally sent the full vaccination record and it included 2 vaccinations that were never communicated to us and we spent and additional $200 getting up to date on. I’m very frustrated with their inability to provide clear and accurate vaccination records.

Josh: I was absolutely disrespected in my cat adoption application process. The woman in charge of my application refused to courteously respond to my emails for several days at a time. Their system is first come first serve and they leave the cat adoption page up even if they have several people in contention. See the issue? You apply thinking you have a chance and you don't even get one. The emotional devastation in rejection in these things is well documented and you would think an organization doing this thing for many years would have the decency to explain their real application process so as to respect the heart of potential adopters. Upon rejection, I was never given a courteous response to my email asking for a good reason to pick someone else. These people are heartless, and I was devastated for days because of my emotional investment into the cat I applied to adopt. Like many other prospective cat adopters have said here: find somewhere else if you can. I would be open to further communication about my feedback, but they don't even read their emails and don't have a phone number to contact.

Tony Wiley: As someone who adopted a dog here sometime ago never have I delt with a rescue that was such a joke when it comes to talking to people. Especially working for rescues. They don't care how they treat people and just straight ignorant. They forced us to take our adopted dog to some meet up. Literally it forced us out of work because if we didn't take the dog the threatened to take her back. I have many connections and I'm already working with contacts to shut this place down. They're careless, ignorant and deserves to get smacked in the mouth a few times. Also they're getting the dog back after they think it's cool to keep the dog after it attacks.

M B: Amazing to see HT has grown so much and over 20 yrs after adopting a Fayetteville dog have a People mag article appear in my news feed!! Dusty (Roads of WV) lived a very good life and we thanks HT so much for all their work. If I still lived in NoVA I would be a volunteer

carrie goeringer: This is the sweet girl you rescued for me. She went home with me 4 years ago. THANKS for all your work. 😘😻💕

Jinwoo Hwang: I hate to write a negative review of an animal rescue of all places, but I feel it has come to this point. Filled out my application to adopt a kitten three weeks ago and also contacted the adoption coordinator as the website says to do. I got no response. A week after filling out my application, I was contacted by a worker at Homeward Trails that they would need to do a vet check and also do a phone interview with me. I went through with the phone interview, although I know there are countless other rescues who move forward with adoptions without making the potential adopter do a phone interview in the middle of their work day. The next step of the process was for the adoption coordinator (the one I initially contacted after filling out my adoption application) to contact me regarding a virtual meetup with the foster's kittens. I sent follow up emails more than once but the adoption coordinator does not bother to respond or set up a virtual meetup with the kittens. To me it feels like they don't want or care to adopt out their cats in the first place. I will be looking elsewhere to adopt unless something changes.

Juergen S: Excellent experience. We adopted our second dog here and they were very good about making sure we were right for each other. The staff know the animals well, even the new ones and did a great job of giving us time with them. The program seems a little bulky, but everything runs smooth and is done well. We will be coming back when we are looking for another dog.

Elizabeth Anderson: I love the dog I adopted, and I had a great experience with the volunteer who initially showed me some dogs and the adoption coordinator who took care of the actual adoption. My issue is with their tracking of medical records. My dog’s paperwork from them said she was spayed. She was not. They then had her scheduled for a spay appointment while she was heartworm positive - heartworm positive dogs cannot be put under anesthesia. I only knew that because a vet tech at my personal vet happened to mention it during an apt. I’m the one who had to tell HT we can’t do that surgery until she’s completed her heartworm treatments. They had paperwork saying clearly she was heartworm positive, so they should have known this. That’s very concerning to me. Additionally, I ultimately decided to pay for the spay surgery myself and get it done with my local vet. HT’s waivers said clearly they don’t do a physical before the surgery (vets do a physical and blood work), and they had no interest in seeing my dog’s medical records. It’s too risky, especially given the heartworm experience. Adoption is $400.

6. Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

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226 reviews
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
Professionalism
3.8
Services
3.8
Facilities
3.9
Prices
3.8
Attention
3.8

Address: 5159 Langston Blvd., Arlington, VA 22207

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 237-5327

Guy: Non-profit organization


Review: "Very detailed and thorough vetting process for potential adopters."

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Daniel Smith: I had the best experience working with Lucky dog rescue. My girlfriend and I went through the approval process online before meeting our potential new dog and it was super easy. We worked with Paul, who I could go on and on about how fantastic he was to work with. He was very helpful at explaining everything, very accommodating of your availability, and extremely kind. His passion for these dogs and his desire for them to go to good homes was extremely admirable. The process with Paul and meeting the dog through the foster, Grace, was fantastic - no complaints. The people who work with Lucky dog seem to care very much about these animals, and it shows.
Response: Dear Daniel, Thank you so much for this incredible review. We are so lucky to have you and Paul as part of our Lucky Dog family.

Christina Flear: I recently went through the adoption process with Lucky Dog and being a first time dog owner, the process was beyond helpful and reassuring. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly making the whole process that much more pleasant. Each step of the process was organized and easy to follow, plus the communication with their team was quick and thorough. I appreciated them walking me through each step and helping me adopt our new dog Asher. They took the time to make sure we were a good fit, which is so important to me. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking to adopt. :)
Response: Thank you so much Christina for this thoughtful review. We so appreciate your giving Asher a loving forever home.

Briana Provost: Had an enjoyable experience with Lucky Dog and their team. They made sure I understood everything there was to know about every dog I met before I met them. Ended up adopting my dog Stenson, and we are such a good fit. The only thing I will say is that they don’t guarantee the breeds of dogs so if that is something that is important to you, be sure to ask about their match making program since that’s a process where they make sure they pair you with a dog based on your breed and temperament expectations.
Response: Hi Briana, thank you so much for choosing to add a rescue dog to your family. We are so glad to hear you had a positive experience adopting with us!

Johanna Gonzalez: I was able to adopt my beautiful kitty with this organization. Originally I was going to adopt another pet, but she was chosen by someone else before I was able to confirm my decision. I waited patiently and they assisted in helping me find the right fit for me! Once I confirmed the adoption picking her up was a breeze! I had my carrier and collar ready, they had my sweet kitty ready! It was a perfect match and now we are so overjoyed to have her.
Response: Dear Johanna, Congratulations on your new family member and thank you for giving our kitty a second chance at a loving forever home.

Maegan Cross: I had a fantastic experience adopting a cat from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in January 2022. The vetting process was thorough. Staff and volunteers are friendly, responsive, and helpful. The process was easy to access. And, best of all, I found my best friend for life (Stella pictured here)! Would DEFINITELY adopt from them again!

Amy Gregurich Lindley: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is a one-of-a-kind organization! My family and I have dealt with other rescue organizations and Lucky Dog is truly a gem. They CARE about the pups they are responsible for and have gone above and beyond when foster pups need more care (i.e. disabled, injured, etc.). They are diligent and thorough with vetting the fosters for their organization which was the reason we ended up switching to Lucky Dog as a foster (and eventually as an adopter). The adoption process is just as thorough - and with good reason - they want their pups matched with the right people and with people they know will care for them. Here are pics of our foster pups (as well as our resident Lucky Dog pup)!

Ellen Rolfes: Lucky Dog Animal Rescue is my 'go to' rescue organization to find a rescue dog. I have gotten three wonderful dogs from LDAR, with my most recent being Nibbles (now known as Oliver). We got Eddie in 2010, and he is showing Oliver all the ropes. The process could not have been easier, and the volunteers/staff were extremely helpful along the way. We found Oliver at one of the adoption events on a Sunday, and applied to adopt him on the spot. We had Oliver home with us by Tuesday night - just 48 hours after meeting him. We have now had Oliver for 4 weeks and he is a perfect addition to our family. Thank you LDAR for helping so many animals, for helping my family find the perfect dog, and for making the process so easy.
Response: Dear Ellen, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this thoughtful review. We are the lucky ones to have you as part of your lucky dog family and are thrilled that Eddie and Oliver are both thriving with you. :)

Shannon Wilkerson: This organization has shady practices! Believe the negative reviews. I know some people will have a good experience, but enough people having a bad experience speaks to the integrity of the company. Bottom line, I gave them $425 (which is a high fee for a shelter adoption anyway) and I don’t have a dog. I tried to resolve this multiple ways with multiple staff. No resolution. No dog. There are other shelters in the DC area that have much lower fees and less unhappy adopters. Read all the reviews. I’m not the only person saying that they paid a fee and have no dog. I found a reputable breeder and purchased a puppy. Too bad I had to go this route, but at least my kids will soon have an adorable puppy to love.
Response: Shannon adopted a puppy from us. She told us that her "children have special needs and are too rough with her. I have to watch everything that they do every second," and that this was too much for her. In addition, the puppy was teething and doing normal puppy chewing which scared the children. She returned the puppy less than one week after she adopted. We then agreed to help her find an older, calmer dog that would not scare her children and that could tolerate their roughness. Unfortunately, finding that kind of dog does that time, and we wanted to be sure the dog had been in foster care with children before we moved forward adopting a second dog to Shannon. She agreed with this plan, but then got upset when we pointed out she seemed only to be interested in dogs that we could not confirm were good with children. At that point, Shannon began sending harassing emails to our staff. While we remained committed to working with Shannon to find a dog that would be a good match for her family, we understand from this review she has purchased a puppy. We hope her new puppy does well with her children.

Brian Benner: We’d applied through several rescues in the DC area and Lucky Dog was the most helpful and attentive. We got pre-approved through the application/interview process and then went to one of their planned adoption events. We’re so happy to have brought home this ball of joy and we’re always recommending Lucky Dog to others. Adopt, don’t shop!
Response: Thank you so incredibly much for leaving this thoughtful review. We are so lucky to have you as part of our Lucky Dog family and congratulations on adopting your new family member!

Alessandra: To preface this, I am giving five stars because with ongoing interest and patience, I found Cookie through Lucky Dog! The first picture is when I first met him at an event hosted at PetSmart; he is being held by a LD volunteer. The next three are from the past seven weeks since I brought him home :) It did take months for the right dog to come along for me, punctuated in the middle with the unfortunate loss of a sweet dog I was very excited about. Lucky Dog maintained contact via email when I was clearly discouraged with the adoption process and answered questions promptly about any dog I contacted them about. Often the dog I had expressed interest in was already tentatively adopted by another good fit. I recommend checking the adoptable dogs daily on their website. The FIRST adoption event I went to, I expressed interest in Cookie (then named Danny), whom I had seen online. My being pre-approved to adopt a small dog definitely seemed to expedite the process. The team was clearly busy but were patient, kind, and helpful, and made sure his foster mom handed Cookie over to me and let me know what he was like during their time together. Thank you to the Lucky Dog team for connecting me with my lil guy!

7. King Street Cats

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59 reviews
King Street Cats
Professionalism
4.1
Services
4.2
Facilities
4.1
Prices
4.1
Attention
4.1

Address: 25 S Dove St, Alexandria, VA 22314

Telephone: (703) 231-7199

Guy: Non-profit organization


Review: "Such a great place for adopting a cat"

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Alice K.: My partner and I were having problems getting connected with local rescues in Alexandria and after a few weeks of feeling ignored or like I was bothering coordinators (perhaps some of this was due to COVID-19 procedures too) before we came to KSC. We didn't have any strict requirements or anything, we just wanted to adopt a young, healthy cat! KSC quickly preapproved our application and found a potential match for us over one weekend. Within 30 minutes of meeting our new fur baby, we were able to take him home. They answered all our questions kindly and thoroughly. Thank you so much Vivien and Patti!!

Rachel Turner: After weeks of obsessing over every cat on their website and finally finding a perfect fit, me and my boyfriend set up an appointment to meet our potential new kitties, full of excitement. After driving over 30 minutes to go to this appointment, we were greeted by a volunteer who took one look at us and decided we were not worthy to even meet the cats. The volunteer we talked with told me and my boyfriend (both college grads together for 5+ years, both with steady jobs) were unqualified and irresponsible. Despite both of us owning cats throughout our whole lives, dedicating hours of volunteer time to local cat shelters and all of our other experience, we were told we “probably don’t really know what we are doing”. Additionally, we were told we would probably break up, putting strain on the cat, and might not keep our jobs. After being insulted for about 20 minutes, we were turned away without even meeting the cats. And to make matters worse, all of the factors that deemed us “irresponsible cat owners” (age, relationship status, job status) were on our application that they accepted and set up an appointment for. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME HERE. Thankfully we went to another local shelter owned by the SWEETEST woman who paired us with our two best pals. In the end I’m glad we didn’t go with King Street Cats, and I advise no one does. A TRUE SHAME FOR EVERY CAT STUCK AT THIS SHELTER. they are more interested in keeping the cats there to hang out with the volunteers than actually finding them loving homes. UPDATE: tails high is the organization we ended up adopting from- a total 180 from KSC and a great choice if you’re looking for an actual reliable place to adopt. UPDATE: also, thank you to the woman who assumed we would break up. We are now planning our wedding for 2022

Matthew Nores: Absolutely lovely and communicative staff! They know their cats and try their best to match you with the perfect forever companion! I couldn't be happier with the cat that I adopted through them. I don't understand the negative reviews that were previously posted, because everyone I met was so kind and helpful all throughout!

Kendal Orgera: We were so excited to adopt another cat, but the volunteers were frankly horrendous. They were angry it was taking us so long to decide, then pressured us to adopt cats we just didn’t connect with, then blatantly insulted me and said, “it’s clear you’re not a cat person.” Although I’ve spent my life with cats. There was one cat we really wanted, but without telling us (prior to our appointment) she was already adopted. They made it feel like they were just trying to push the cats out to homes without ensuring they were going to the right homes. Love an animal rescue and organization like this, but the volunteers made us so angry we honestly don’t feel comfortable using King Street Cats again. Truly can’t emphasize enough how awful and mean they were. Also told them (prior to everything), that I wanted to volunteer at an organization like this. And they said, “we’re not accepting applicants. And we have many already.” Just a series of horrendous experiences. UPDATE: Just realized one of the (what I thought were) volunteers, was actually the president of the org. Actually amazed that the president of KSC was so unbearable. Vivien was her name.

Ciana Vandyke: A ton of fraudulent 5 star reviews!!! After you submit an application you’ll find out they had pending apps on that same cat. You’ll also find out that they remain the primary contact on the cats microchip after adoption! We solved the issue by paying for the vet to remove it And replace it. It was expensive but worth sticking it to king streets cat. I’m just grateful I actually love my kitten. I was originally denied for absolutely no given reason. And I wasn’t denied via email I was denied the moment Vivian SAW me (I am a biracial woman with visible tattoos. I’ve rescued for 11yrs now. She judged me with no second thought. No worries though. My husband looks nothing like me and he went and applied, made up some good sounding answers and brought my fur baby home within a week no issue. I was desperate because I felt a bond with the kitten I met with however KSC is rude and judge mental and they don’t care about placing the cats in a good home.

Jane Crosby: This cat shelter is such a gem! I volunteer here regularly, and there are always so many wonderful cats available for adoption– ranging from kittens to seniors to cats with special needs who require an extra special owner who can offer lots of love + care. If you are looking to welcome a new furry friend into your family, I highly recommend King Street Cats! :)

Charlie Marshall: It DOES NOT MATTER how well you prepare and plan and are qualified to take perfect care of a cat. King Street Cats discriminates based on appearance, age, profession, relationship status, and a further ridiculous list of irrelevant factors that have absolutely nothing to do with the welfare and care of a pet. If you are anything but a wealthy, married, late 20s or beyond individual, you will very likely put in hours of work over months for your many accepted applications to be thrown out the window when they take one glance at you and decide they just don't like the look of you. Do not waste your time, no matter how qualified or experienced an owner you are. Your ability and experience to provide a wonderful home for an animal DOES NOT MATTER to the people who work here and clearly don't understand what is important in finding a home for a cat.

N B: King St Cats had me come up with a theoretical situation in which I’d consider declawing (which I had no intention of doing), then told me I was unfit because I came up with the requested hypothetical! Never mind that all my cats have lived to nearly 20, the volunteers and esp the head of this org are far more interested in being smug than in placing pets in forever homes. I completely agree with the other reviews that say the volunteers here are much more interested in judging you than in the cats’ adoptions. My husband and I ended up adopting from FancyCats where ALL the focus was on the welfare of the cats and on making good home matches. All the volunteers and foster parents were kind and caring, and we finally ended up with an adorable fur baby. Who has and will keep all her little claws, no less...

Patrick Childers: I briefly volunteered here before leaving the area and loved my experience. An all volunteer organization that 100% has the cats' best interest at heart. I could feel the kindness and compassion every-time I went into the building to take a cat out for an adoption event. The building is always very clean, the cats are always full and there are plenty of perches for climbing or napping!

Kristie: This place is amazing. They really care about the cats and want to make sure they get a loving home. My husband and I just adopted a sweet companion for our cat from KSC. They were great about finding a time to meet the foster kitties around our schedule. The folks volunteering and fostering there were all so nice. Great experience.

8. Animal Welfare League of Arlington

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Animal Welfare League of Arlington
Professionalism
4.5
Services
4.5
Facilities
4.6
Prices
4.5
Attention
4.5

Address: 2650 S Arlington Mill Dr, Arlington, VA 22206

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 12PM Thu

Telephone: (703) 931-9241

Guy: Animal shelter


Review: "I was trying to adopt a baby cat at this location."

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M Ayers: After having lost my sweet 6 1/2 year old cat very suddenly in March, I realized my almost two year old cat really needed a companion. He wasn’t eating well and was just acting depressed. I went to go look for two kittens and instead fell for a sad, scared 5 year old cat. The staff at the shelter were wonderful, especially the sweet lady who took me through the kennel on a Saturday afternoon. The thing that impressed me was that unlike other shelters and rescues who in my opinion make it hard for good people to adopt a pet and I’m sorry but seem to be very judgmental, they made the process easy and very uncomplicated. I think many more animals could find loving homes if people did not have to jump through hoops. I applied Saturday night to adopt this kitty and Sunday I received an email asking me to do a telephone interview on Monday. After I spoke to the nice girl Monday she approved me I paid my adoption fee which seem to be very reasonable especially compared to some other places and arrange to pick up my new baby on Tuesday. I also received a voucher to go visit a vet which they would like you to do in the first I think it’s a week to 10 days. All in all, it was a wonderful experience, the shelter was very clean, and I appreciate all the work they do there to help animals

Abigail Conner: This place is absolutely amazing!! I am a first time dog adopter (I just graduated college and have been waiting to get my own dog for years!!) and they were so helpful. I have gone in a couple times over the last couple months telling them what I'm looking for and they were honest when they didn't have the right fit, which I really appreciate. There was no pressure to adopt the wrong dog. Finally, last week, they had a dog that fit my needs! I was able to meet her and the next day took her home for an "overnight". During overnights, AWLA allows you to take a potential dog home for 3 days and 2 nights to test out dog ownership and make sure it's the right match for you and your family. Nell (formerly Norah) is the PERFECT fit for me and my living situation (my roommates ADORE her), and I adopted her! The shelter did such a great job with communication, helping me understand the needs of my new BFF and giving me a certificate for a free wellness appointment to a long list of participating vets in the area. In addition, they gave me all the information they knew about her medical and behavioral history. She came to me fully vaccinated at no additional cost. The shelter is extremely clean and well managed and they have a great, highly responsive staff who actually care about the animals and want the right fit for the animal and the potential owner. I cannot say enough great things about this place. I would recommend it to absolutely anyone-new or experienced pet owners looking to make a difference in an animal's life. PS-if your apartment building or house has breed restrictions, this place is great-their dogs are not all pitbull mixes. Nothing against pits, they can just be difficult for housing restrictions.

Renee Beroncal: Great shelter and staff! Thank you so much for helping us find our new fur baby! We love her so much!

Keith Shrader: I come here from time to time just to kill time. Or maybe come across that 1 in a million pet. I'm always greeted pleasantly. And assisted with any questions or help needed promptly and efficiently. It's a very up to date and modern animal shelter. Which is saying alot. Especially since animal shelters are always at the bottom of the list in priority for government spending. The cats area, is especially nice. They all have ample space. And some more than others. There are several very large area for a few bright stars to shine. And maybe find a forever home. The dog runs, are up to par with most shelters. But, it's more about the people who take care of them here. I've never seen any feces just laying around in a run while I've been there. It seems like the employees/volunteers, really care about these animals. And that can go a long way in keeping the spirits up for these poor souls.
Response: Keith - thank you SO much for your kind words. They mean more than you know to our staff and volunteers. We hope to see you again very soon!

alice maggio: Deserves so much credit. I rescued a stray cat that ended up having a microchip, and they were able to contact the owner and do an intake for the animal in minutes. Very professional, compassionate, and cordial staff. Would highly recommend for rescue drop off.

Nikole Metz: I have spent months looking for a dog that I bonded with and was ready to bring home. After meeting so many dogs I went to AWLA on a Sunday out of the blue even though none of the dogs on their webpage really sparked my interest. (Mainly due to apartment restrictions not allowing certain breeds). When I walked into the dog room the first one I saw I knew was for me. He hadn’t been added to their webpage yet and it was his first day on the adoption floor so it was meant to be. In the weeks I have had him he has been such a joy and a wonderful dog to have. Thank you AWLA for bringing me and my best boy together! AWLA is incredibly well run and really cares about their animals and treats them very well!

Alex Chidester: Amazing shelter! You can truly tell these people care for the animals. We adopted a kitten, Roger in the summer has he has been the perfect cat for our family. He’s our own house Panther. We can tell he was taken good care of that the people here are doing good work. Totally recommend for anyone looking for a pet.

Nathan Lapin: We got a guinea pig. His name is Ned Flanders, like the Simpsons, his cage mate was Homer. As for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington itself, the staff were incredibly knowledgeable and could tell they cared for all their animals and they were comfortable. Go here if you are looking to adopt.

Nikeya Sharp: HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE. I adopted a puppy last week from AWLA and the medical records for my puppy states that they were examined as well as their ears were checked and they were “fine”. When I examined the puppy myself I found a yellow rash on his stomach and small black chucks in his ears. Immediately called AWLA to speak with whomever did the exam and get some type of advice or help to make sure my puppy was okay. I have called AWLA three times and spoke to their answering service whom promised I would receive a call back. I still have not received a call back from the vet on call or a member of management. Instead they sent me an email saying that the puppy was in my custody now so it’s my problem and need to take him to a vet. (Which I will, asap) but the fact is that the staff at AWLA clearly did it examine my puppy. Instead they wrote on his medical records he was “fine” when clearly he had a rash as well as an ear issue. I am worried that the staff may be doing this to other dogs. BEWARE AND EXAMINE YOUR ANIMAL COMPLETELY BEFORR LEAVING THE FACILITY. Also the staff were extremely rude when my partner and I picked the puppy up. This was our first puppy and we were really excited and were met with staff who handed us a folder and the dog and sent us on our way. I stated verbally to another employee that no information or instructions were given to me and her response was “well do you have questions?”. I would just assume this is NOT how you treat people who are trying to care for and adopt animals. We also waited outside per Covid standards and when a worker told us to enter, another woman stood up and said loudly “no you need to wait outside”. As if we had don’t something wrong by entering when the other employee told us to enter. This was THE WORST experience and I hope they start truly examining the dogs and other animals before adoption.
Response: Hi Nikeya - I am very sorry to hear that you had a poor experience with AWLA. I would like to try to make this right for you and have asked a manager to call you as soon as possible. In the meantime, you are more than welcome to email me personally at hello@awla.org so that you can provide me with some more details. Thank you so much for your time ~ Chelsea Jones, Sr Communications Specialist

Kari Petersen: This is a wonderful shelter! They actually care about animals getting adopted to good people without being worse than the DMV with requirements like the other shelters and rescues I've looked into in the area. I got to take home my beautiful miss Essie yesterday (previously known as Oatmeal but she had been a stray so wasn't attached to it yet and my son wanted to name her). We are so happy and grateful that everyone at the shelter was so kind and made the adoption process as smooth and timely as a safe adoption should be.
Response: Congratulations on adopting Oatmeal and thank you so much for these kind words!

9. Crumbs & Whiskers | Kitten & Cat Cafe.

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Crumbs & Whiskers | Kitten & Cat Cafe.
Professionalism
4.7
Services
4.6
Facilities
4.6
Prices
4.6
Attention
4.6

Address: 3109 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 11AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 333-2814

Guy: Cafe


Review: "Cuuuuuuuute I really wanted to adopt one once circumstances allow"

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Mayra Rodriguez: this place is the safe haven of cats and they have so many different personalities. I’ve came here a couple times to destress and the staff is sweet, the place is nicely decorated , and you can really meet your next friend here. You can adopt, feed treats, and play with the cats. You can also snuggle up on the pads and pillows. For every experience you get fun little Polaroid which is just a good memory. Booking is easy and the Staff is really flexible. I recommend this place if you are looking to adopt, date night, or even just to test it out. You realize even dog people can be cat people too.

Claudia Luna: I love Crumbs & Whiskers! We’ve gone multiple times already and equally have a great experience each time. The staff is super friendly and tells you stories about each of the cats. The cats are super sweet and fun, plus you get to help support a company that is helping cats get adopted!

berkley pelletier: This was such a fun date! I enjoyed petting the cats, and the hosts were so kind and awesome. You could tell they really cared about the cats and the mission of the business. Would not recommend for dog-lovers.

Parker Kim: I loved the cat cafes in Korea and Japan when I visited, so I was so excited to visit Crumbs and Whiskers! I remember when they actually first opened, and it took a while, but I finally went! My partner and I got a 30 minute session booked, and honestly it flew by so fast! The host was very nice in explaining the rules about the cats and their moods (we went in the afternoon, so it was prime nap time). The host and other employees were so nice, and knew so much info about the cats. We wandered around asking about different cats and they happily told us about each one. I love that the collars had different symbols depending on if they needed a playmate, or were a bonded pair. This obviously isn't the cafe's fault, but our group had some younger guests, and I'm not sure how much they listened when the host informed us about the sassier cats. One of the cats clearly wanted to be left alone to sun bathe but a guest kept petting the cat. I'm sure the cat was fine (other than being mildly annoyed), but it'd just be something to keep in mind. They also gave polaroid photos of us along with stickers! We really enjoyed our experience, and may come back soon, as we are looking to adopt a cat (or two!) 😊

Sarah Pelletier: This is the happiest place on earth. Staff is wonderful. Cats are playful dreamy and furbulous. Disney cats! And they can be adopted thru a rescue group. These were playful sweet kitties and they even provided toys. Soft rugs and pillows complete the atmosphere, it's a great place to meet kitties. Feel the love. If you are sad or depressed go here, it will make anyone feel great! Thanks to you all, we loved it! Best recommendation: book 70 minutes as 30 wasn't enough we didn't want to leave this Disneyland of Kitties!

Jeffrey Blander: Our family can not say enough about this wonderful place. How can one go wrong (unless allergic) to spend some time surrounded by fur baby love. It is magical and heartwarming. Whether to enjoy a unique experience or give a forever home, a truly amazing experience, you will not forget…Note: To ensure a spot, you’ll need to book in advance. While a bit on the pricey side, all proceeds go towards operations to find forever homes for precious and beautiful fur babies.

Megan Dougherty: So much fun !! A friendly and well informed staff! They were so helpful in giving information about all the cats. The cats are obviously well taken care of and well loved. Their tshirts and sweatshirts are so cute ! Would be a good idea to have employees wear the merch so that costumers can see them. I almost didn’t notice the tshirts for sale but so glad I did, they are adorable!!

lil_Shon TTV: Came in for my daughter’s birthday. She absolutely loved this place. As soon as we entered we were greeted and instructed to go inside. Upon entry they gave us the rules and let us do our thing. The cats were so well mannered and we had a ball feeding them treats, and playing with their toys together. I will absolutely be back. The staff are so friendly and the atmosphere was so calming. Thank you for the experience! You guys made my daughter’s birthday the best!

Gina Porcelli: The cats were cute and healthy. Clean which is good. I could tell the workers were passionate about the cats, they talked about them a lot. However, this place is not a cafe. If you order food or drink, they walk to a nearby bakery and bring it to you. Its priced similar to Starbucks but the drinks were essentially warm milk, not coffee. By the time you get it the coffee is barely warm and the food is cold. There is no table and chairs to sit and do school work or books to read like a regular cafe. If you do get food be prepared to eat on the floor. It’s decorated nice with soft carpets placed throughout the room.

Angel Smith: This was such a lovely experience. We got to meet the founder Kanchan and she was amazing. Just being able to open up, be vulnerable and transparent was really refreshing. They had water and cupcakes for us too! And of course it was great meeting all the kitties! Come by and meet the cats and even adopt one or two!

10. Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation

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187 reviews
Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation
Professionalism
4.5
Services
4.6
Facilities
4.5
Prices
4.5
Attention
4.5

Address: 6801 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 295-3647

Guy: Animal rescue service


Review: "I would go out of my way to adopt from them again."

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peter pinkham: 10 years ago, we are fortunate enough to find this organization and to pick our lovely dog whose presents enriched our lives for 10 years. We found unfortunately we had to surrender the dog due to special circumstances. They were gracious on both occasions, and we feel that they will do everything they can to find her another great owner like we were. The staff is courteous and very professional and bringing her back was very easy. The only negative is that parking is a bit tough. Aside from that, they make things as easy as possible. Two thumbs up absolutely.

Joshua Byrd: This is a great place to come and adopt a pet. The staff is Incredible, they are friendly and knowledgeable of the process. They have many animals to chose from, and they rescue animals all over. They have one of the most fair processes I have seen. Everyone gets a fair shot at the animal they wish to adopt through the interview process. The best part is you can Interview for multiple animals at once, so if you aren't chosen you don't have to spend a while looking for another pet to adopt. The adopt fees were higher than. State run animal shelters, but in my opinion it was worth it and alot quicker than the state. We got our forever per from here and it was worth it. Check them out and rescue a pet today.
Response: Thank you for your review; it means a great deal to us. We are an army of volunteers giving our very best everyday to save homeless dogs and cats and help them on their journey to a forever home. We pride ourselves with offering an open, fair, and friendly adoption process! We are an all donation supported rescue and we do our very best to stay true to our mission. Thank you for believing in rescue and choosing adoption. Your support is what keeps us moving forward to save more!

Green Angel: All dogs look healthy and well cared. Friendly and great services!

Cristalo Quinn: Positive: Professionalism, Quality, ResponsivenessSuch kind staff of volunteers always helpful and communicative with any questions. Work so hard to help these precious little ones. We adopted our lovely sweet Stella and she has given us so much joy and companionship, so happy we found her.
Response: Thank you for your feedback; it means a great deal to us. We are an army of volunteers giving our very best everyday to save homeless dogs and cats and help them on their journey to a forever home. We are so happy Stella found hers with you! Thank you for believing in rescue and choosing adoption. Your support is what keeps us moving forward to save more!

Sarah R: This is such a well run dog rescue. IMO the best in Northern Virginia area. The staff are amazing and their work with dogs is excellent. They socialize dogs, work on training and truly care about the well-being of each dog. It's a great experience volunteering with LDCRF and highly recommended for adoption/foster and volunteering. 10/10
Response: Thank you Sarah for your kind review! More importantly, thank you for your dedication and support as a volunteer with LDCRF. We could not do what we do without our staff and volunteers working together to best care for our rescued cats and dogs -- it takes a village and a whole LOT of teamwork! We are so fortunate to have you as a part of our team! All for the animals! Thank you.

Mara Davis: Megan was a great dogadventure trainer! She was a great source of information and so amazing with all the dogs. I look forward to taking a dog out in near future. This shelter really loves and cares for the animals!Arielle was my favorite dog. She is so sweet and loving. ❤❤
Response: Thank you Mara for your review and positive feedback. We are so glad to have Megan on our Dogventure Team and agree - she is amazing!! We will be sure to pass your kind words on to her and the entire DV Team. We are thrilled to have you as a DV volunteer and grateful for each and every dog you have a chance to take out for fun, enrichment and adventure!! It takes a village to save these orphaned dogs and cats and only together can we make it happen! Thank you for volunteering with us!

Cecilia Mabilais-Estevez: I adopted my cat from here and volunteer here as well. This place is amazing!!! They take great care of pets and the application process is very straightforward. Would highly recommending adopting a fluffy friend from LDCRF :)
Response: Thank you for your kind review; it means a lot to us!! We pride ourselves with offering an open, fair, and friendly adoption process! Thank you for believing in rescue and choosing adoption. Your support is what keeps us moving forward to save more!

Joanna Ong: Great experience with Amy. I did not adopt with Lost Dog, but the experience with Amy helped me identify things to think about in the process of adopting from a rescue and overall gave a professional impression of LDCR's theory of change and operations for rescue animals.
Response: Thank you Joanna, we are so glad to hear you had a positive experience with LDCRF! Thank you for sharing this feedback and we will pass along your kind words. Thank you for choosing adoption and saving a life. We hope you'll consider supporting our rescue efforts in other ways. Happy New Year! ~ Dawn Wallace, Executive Director

Emilia Razanauskas: Wonderful rescue with a thorough screening process to ensure pets and humans are paired appropriately! We love our girl we adopted from this rescue! Highly recommend working with LDCRF to find your next furry family member 🙂

Caryn Bruyere: We got our Rufus there a few years ago. We were nervous about getting a dog when we already had cats, so their policy of allowing you to return the dog no questions or judgment if it's not working out really helped us to take the "plunge", so to speak. Luckily it worked out! They take vulnerable animals from high kill shelters, do a great job of training and socializing the dogs while they have them, and are overall just the best.

11. City Dogs Daycare

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City Dogs Daycare
Professionalism
4.4
Services
4.4
Facilities
4.5
Prices
4.4
Attention
4.4

Address: 301 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 9PM

Telephone: (202) 544-0891

Guy: Dog day care center


Review: "And, Tonka secretly told us that they give the best belly rubs!"

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Laura Vincent: I love bringing my dogs to citydogs for doggy daycare. They come home happy and dog tired. I love reading my daily report cards, so cute :) The staff are friendly with me and observant of my pups’ needs. For example, my dogs are in between a big dog and a small dog size. Ginsy is confident and can play with any sized dog, the David is beta and submits easily to bigger dogs, but they are bonded. One day, David wasn’t having as much fun in the big dog room. So, the staff moved them both to the small dog room to see if that was more enjoyable. It was! Since then, both my pups get the most out of their visits and are always excited to go back. The one downside is that the facility is indoors and the floors are tile. It’s inevitable their paws will be a little stinky when they get home. But you can’t blame city dogs for that! This is very common for doggy daycares in the city; It comes with the territory. I recommend using “Scrubby rinse free shampoo mittens” with oatmeal waterless shampoo or oatmeal wipes. It’s a great alternative to a full bath that will still get them clean. If it’s time for your dog to get a bath, city dogs has bathing services that are affordable. And they schedule the bath around when you will pick your pup up, so they are fresh and clean when you arrive.

MICHELLE MARSHALL: This is my first dog and her first grooming experience. I was very excited for her. However, when I got home to see her I cried. She looked horrible. All her beautiful fir on her face was gone. Her hair was frizzy, dry and wild. The cut looked very unfinished and uneven even though all we asked for was a trim. The groomer cut too close on her nose and created a cut/irritation. She’s been scratching at it ever since. Not to mention one of her paws is still sharp. I’m not only dissatisfied but I feel guilty for Putting her through this. I’ve wasted money before and can get over that but my baby is looking bad right now. I haven’t gone there to complain or argue…. Even though I’m angry and sad. What’s done is done. She will not be returning for a grooming experience. I’ve seen better work at petco. If you believe me check out the before & after pics……

Natalie Bohnet: Positive: Reliability, ValueMy energetic beagle mix Pablo goes into City Dogs daycare very enthusiastically. He comes home tired & happy. Buying the pass makes it reasonably priced. I love the photos on the door welcoming the new dogs! Great place!
Response: Hi Natalie, Pablo loves to play with his friends Cali and Lucas when he visits. They always have a blast together. Thanks for choosing up to spend time with Pablo. Love, City Dogs

Haddassah Goldberg: I have been considering giving City Dogs a try because we recently moved to the neighborhood and they’re so close to my home, but I walked by this afternoon and they had their front door propped wide open. My dog is a runner, and I’m sure he’s not the only dog who would make a break for it if he made it to the lobby. I will be looking elsewhere because this left an awful taste in my mouth.
Response: Hi Haddassah, if your dog is a master at opening doors, we do appreciate that you haven’t brought him to try our services. We share and understand your concern for dog safety, but we do have mitigations in place on occasions where we’re bringing in some fresh air. Please come take a look inside sometime. We consider our dog customers and their human parents like family, and we appreciate the chance to talk through concerns with customers before posting a review. After our front door, 4 additional doors separate our play rooms from the outside. Our play areas are on the lower level and we have two doors in the stairwell and two doors on each playroom. We would never encourage a customer to bring their dog if it’s not a good environment for them, and we won’t hesitate to let you know. So please, come inside sometime and check it out for yourself sometime.

Amanda Blake: Positive: Professionalism, Reliability, ValueMy pup had such a good time at City Dogs!! I love how they put her photo out front the first day to welcome her and sent videos of her in her "report card." I was able to see the facilities before I dropped her off, and everyone was very kind and clearly loved dogs. She's currently asleep, worn out from her super fun day. 10/10!

Jenelle Thomas: My furry kid’s first day was amazing! We felt so welcomed, especially seeing his personal ‘Welcome’ sign. The staff were patience, friendly and attentive, all the qualities my senior dog needs. I truly appreciated the video update of my pup- to see that he didn’t appear anxious and was very intrigued. I’m excited for my pup to join the City Dog family!
Response: Hi Jenelle, Thanks for the wonderful review. We're pleased to know you and Prince enjoys daycare here at City Dogs. Welcome to the CD pack! Love, City Dogs

Alison Griner: Took my dog to daycare, inside is clean and they keep your dog on leash until past several doors. It was her first time there, so she received a free bath, an adorable framed photo, and a detailed report card. Felt very welcome by the staff including posting a welcome poster of her on the door!

Colleen Turner: Positive: ProfessionalismI send my dog to City Dogs H St for grooming. The staff is so friendly and takes great care of him. He comes home clean and in a good mood, which says A LOT for a dog who doesn’t love a bath!

Traycie Powell: Voltaire always has the best time with his City Dog friends. He is exhausted by the time he gets home...which shows me he had a blast! I love all the pictures and videos the staff send when requested. Great hours for those of us who work long days. 🐾5 PAWS 🐾

Megan Bailey: I brought my dog there for the first time and put in specific instructions regarding my dog being sensitive and to go slow. I also gave instructions when I dropped him off. When I picked him up I asked how it went and they said great! He was cut shorter than I preferred but that was fine. I get my dog into the car and he is absolutely terrified. He growled at me several times when I tried to touch his tail or feet which has not happened before. I am not sure what they did to my dog but I would never recommend this place. As an FYI I also emailed them and it has been over a week with no response about this.

12. Alley Cat Allies

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27 reviews
Alley Cat Allies
Professionalism
3
Services
2.9
Facilities
2.9
Prices
2.9
Attention
2.9

Address: 7920 Norfolk Ave #600, Bethesda, MD 20814

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (240) 482-1980

Guy: Animal protection organization


Review: "Doing great work by helping cats across the US."

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Bruce Chamberlin: How do people not realize that putting colonies of Ferrell cats in our state parks is an act of animal cruelty destroying the natural wildlife. Neutered cats must eat and drink, destroying the indigenous animals and adding new diseases into ecosystem. The natural fauna will disappear leaving a wasteland filled with diseased cats living short, miserable and cruel lives. I’m sure these people are all heart, and that’s just it, all heart and no brains. In reality they are sentencing these poor creatures to a slow cruel death. Since you don’t witness the reality, you actually sit back and feel good about yourself. Trap, neuter and release are acts of the worst kind of animal cruelty. We must stop this misguided effort that is rapidly destroying the very important and unique ecosystems of our Brandywine valley. All you have left is to listen to the screaming cats at night to the point you can’t sleep with you windows open. Can we come up with a way to eliminate these destructive colonies and restore the balance created over thousands of years? Yes! Trap, and take to SPCA. Sad, unfortunate, but humane and one positive step in maintaining our beautiful parks filled with the animals nature spent thousands of years to create. Once a cat has become Ferrell it will never be suitable as a house pet again.

You Evil: Horrendous, evil organization and one of the main reasons the country is being infested with feral and free-roaming cats. They also partner with special interests pet supply, pet food companies. Alley cats “allies” does not care about wildlife and biodiversity. They call “community” cats to cats that are otherwise released and drop off into our parks and city streets, when in reality the “community” should NEVER be responsible for someone else’s unwanted cats. This organization has the potential to send many wildlife species into extinction thanks to their incredibly persistent actions to “save” cats (unwanted house cats) and to destroy everything else. (birds, reptiles, butterflies, mammals) Alley Cats Allies you are a bunch of charlatans and EXTREMELY EVIL PEOPLE.

Hilary Tibbens: Philanthropy.com reported that a nonprofit organization doing business as Alley Cat Allies, which promotes the abandonment of domestic cats, had been involved in “a number of questionable” financial practices. The piece said that this organization “offers a case study in what can happen when there’s a lack of government or institutional oversight.” The group’s founder and president, Becky Robinson, was reportedly “paid $265,309 in total compensation for the fiscal year that ended on July 31, 2017, while [Donna] Wilcox, the board chair and vice president, was paid $230,556 in salary and benefits. Together, their compensation amounts to more than 5 percent of the group’s revenue. The board sets the CEO’s pay, yet the board chair works for the CEO.” In 2015, after a neighbor complained about an outdoor horde of cats at Robinson’s home, “Alley Cat Allies bought the neighbor’s home for $590,000. Last summer, the charity bought a second home in Arlington for $569,000. Neither transaction was disclosed to the full board of the nonprofit.” In addition, the “board rarely meets—it has yet to convene in 2018.” This investigation was done by PETA. If you are a donor of this organization I would be cautious that your money isn’t going to the animals.

Jo Clayton: This is a wonderful group dedicated to protect our less than fortunate feral furry friends. When I joined Ally Cat Allies I learned how to effectively trap, neuter , return and how to provide shelters during inclement weather. They are my go to people when I have a question. I not only help the cats I am also doing a service for the community by cutting down on the amount of feral cats in our community. I started T/N/R 4 years ago. At the time there were kittens having kittens in a colony behind my house. After 3 years of continuous trapping I reached my goal of no more kittens in the colony. After trapping 30+ feral’s I haven’t seen a kitten in over a year.

Jakob Martin: The best, they won't turn anyone away, and they handled everything great. They handled the immediate feeding, and fostering of the tiny kitten I found. They also do great advocacy work and are the best kind of cat people. You won't find better cat people.

Miki Haas: In the past I had contacted the organization for information and assistance in neutering a feral cat colony. I sought help in either referring me to a low cost neutering clinic or assisting with the cost of trapping and neutering. Several attempts to elicit a response were ignored; however, for years afterwards they send out fundraising in an attempt to solicit donations for their organization. I will donate to a low cost neutering clinic, but never to an organization that did not have the decency to respond let alone offer advice or assistance.

Gabriel Gilchrist: I worked at Alley Cat Allies as a development associate. If you are looking to join a cause that makes an impact you are in the right place. But with this comes two sides to this coin. If you are a person of color management (Charlene Perdrolie) and Becky Robinson are not a good fit and as you can see from the racial demographic in the office you will see. I was hired as one of three minorities in staff, the next week another was fired and then finally I was one of two monorities in staff. I was fired due to being late for taking care of my daughter. I was disrespected and degraded on multiple occasions furthermore affecting my productivity and finally I was terminated. Charlene Pedrolie is racially insensitive along with her partner in crime Becky Robinson. I have overhead conversation they have had about employees of color and minorities in general itis very distasteful and unsettling to know that people give to such an organization that is ran by two women who still believe in the Jim Crow racial inequality system that disables people of color to advance their careers. But it isn’t just the people of color I have seen and heard both Becky Robinson and Charlene Pedrolie degrade and disrespect countless employees to the brink of tears as they use people’s job security to monopolize how employees behave in the facility. They have instilled Cathy Brown as their resident spy in the office to tamper and sabotage employees they want terminated.

Bianca S: Had a great experience adopting our little cappy once known as captain catfish from them. They were very friendly and profession on their emails to me and even more so in person. The only negative is they told me cappy was less then a year old but my vet said there was no way. She said it was clear to see he is at least one year old from looking at his teeth. So I am a bit annoyed they lied about that but otherwise I love my cappy and the rest of my experience was wonderful.

Sandra Mason: People who claim that cats are the reason why birds are becoming extinct are merely blaming cats so they don't have to take responsibility themselves.. unless you live in a windowless tent in between the trees, you are to blame for the decimation of wildlife.

Douglas Dunn: Problematic charity which seems to be a tax shelter involved in many lawsuits. If you need a cat neutered, look for a local clinic and don't send money here

13. Fairfax County (Michael R. Frey) Animal Shelter

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170 reviews
Fairfax County (Michael R. Frey) Animal Shelter
Professionalism
3.9
Services
4
Facilities
3.9
Prices
3.9
Attention
3.9

Address: 4500 West Ox Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 830-1100

Guy: Animal shelter


Review: "I went there in July 2019 just to "look" at the cats up for adoption."

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Blakk Absinthe: I was beyond pleased with the whole experince of adopting our kitten Winsome. We had went and made an appointment back in late 2021 to view some kittens after checking the website. All the staff were incredibly nice and thorough through the whole process. The tech working in the cat area let us look over several kittens outside the one we had already looked at, and was helpful in explaining temperaments that would match with our resident cat. We stayed with the one we had looked at, went through paperwork and was able to grab a few items from the donation area as well. The whole process overall was stress-free, straightforward and everyone was very kind. The building was also very clean and well kept. Happy to have another addition to the family, she's fitting right in with our other cat.

Walter K: There are various aspects to provide reviews on and this is on the adoption process of my dog and the available support. The process for me was extremely easy once I had obtained all the information I needed from their site. Some rescue places required an in home visit as well as a $300+ adoption fee. FCAS was way simpler and affordable in both categories. I took my existing pup with me to assess the bonding experience and the visit went well. Once the paperwork was completed, they provided me with a bunch of free toys, clothing and food to jumpstart the relationship with my new family member. So, that pretty much nullified the adoption fee. The best part and highlight of this process is the free behavior and training support offered. The trainer is Randy Mouri and he has been exceptional. I reached out and he spent at least 3 hours on my first visit. He provided guidance to continue the training at home which has truly helped. Of course, you only get what you put in. Overall I feel truly grateful for this level of support as my adopted dog is high energy and very food driven which is the opposite of my existing dog. Randy has helped me to better understand my adopted dog and his potential for training. The staff was also great and extremely responsive on following up with my emails to ensure that all went great with my new dog in his forever home. Like anything in life, you just need to put in the time for your pet to thrive.

K Mack: Had a great experience getting another guinea pig. Everyone was nice and it was a quick process. We had a meet and greet for my guinea pig Titan. We met 3 guinea pigs and Titan chose Ring. They're learning each other and it's been nice to see the popcorning from the both of them. They have gotten into a brotherly squabble or two but whenever I tell them to stop they comfort each other and will get along until Titan bothers Ring. During quarantine Titan tried to teach Ring how to escape his cage but luckily for me, he didn't catch on. Thanks to everyone that helped us. I recommend getting a guinea pig from this shelter. They're sweet animals and the people there are very nice.

Brandon Richardson: Excellent. We were given a guided introduction to cars available for adoption. We got to play with a few cats. We were advised as to when they'd be getting more. Plenty of donated items to take home with a new family member if you decide to adopt.

N Sanie: I set up an appointment via email to adopt a bird at 5pm and upon my arrival I was told that they had me at a different time for the appointment and so they let someone else adopt it. I had in my email that 5pm appointment confirmed and it was very disappointing how unorganized they were. They required I had a cage food and toys with me so I went out and bought everything for nothing. Very bad experience.

Isabel Guide: It is no surprise to me that there are already so many fantastic reviews of this shelter. We recently adopted a beautiful dog from them and received service that I had never experienced at any shelter before (I come from northern NJ, for reference). We sent in our application for our dog and received a phone call from the shelter just two days later. They were able to set us up with an appointment to meet the dog that day. The shelter itself is kept very clean and all staff are welcoming, kind, and clearly want what’s best for their animals. They answered any and all questions and even let us take home whatever we wanted from the donations section (which has canned food, treats, collars, toys, crates, etc.). We also received a free voucher for a wellness exam, valid within two weeks of adopting. I would highly recommend this shelter to anyone looking to adopt.

Andrea Diaz: BEAUTIFUL service! This place is full of knowledgeable and sweet people. They made the whole adoption process Soo easy once they know you're a good match. They really do their best to get these pets adopted. The pups are in great health and their facility is super clean. I highly recommend this place. I'll try to be back to bring one more pup home. This is the pup that I got from them❤️ Her name was Cassandra, we changed it to Rome🌺 (she didn't respond to Cassandra too much 😅). Now I'm working on her training, and in spoiling her 🦄❤️

Randall Nappier: VERY Friendly staff and 100% willing to do whatever they can to help the animals in their care find their forever home. The facility is Super nice and has very convenient hours. Spike was such a blessing and will bring joy to us for many years to come.

Melissa: You would think that animal shelter employees have intelligence on animals, these people have little to no knowledge on them and that especially includes the small animals. I came to adopt two parakeets - I wasn't sure if whether or not they were going to give us the cage they were already living in, but I brought our traveling cage just incase. The lady at the front desk seemed skeptical about us, as she thought the traveling cage was going to be their permanent cage at our home. She was reasonable, as our traveling cage was a bit small for just two parakeets. However, the previous cage they were living in at the shelter was not any bigger than our traveling cage - in fact, the other cages with the other parakeets in that room weren't any bigger than our traveling cage, they were all roughly about the same size. To my personal belief, half the time clients do not look into adopting birds, which means they will be stuck at the shelter for a long period of time, in a small cage like the ones I saw there. I don't know how they are taking care of those little guys in a stressful environment, but keeping them in a small cage will cause even more stress as well as other health issues. Also, when you currently own other parakeets and bring new ones home, you have to quarantine them away from your other parakeets for 30 days, 45 maximum. This is so that we can make sure they were not carrying any illnesses that they can pass on to our other parakeets. When my father and I were trying to explain to the lady that we had to keep them separate from our other parakeets, she gave us a look as if were crazy, which brings to my point from the beginning of my post that they have little to no knowledge. There are plenty of other reviews stating that they know absolutely nothing about small animals, so I most certainly am not nitpicking about my experience there. Also, as I was reading the other reviews about this shelter, it was brought to my attention that they adopt out animals that are rightfully owned. I read such an upsetting post about how they didn't let a Marine see his stolen dog. Sure, this incident occurred a couple years ago, however the dog was rightfully HIS. How can you put your ego in the way in situations where that man couldn't even see his dog again?! Whoever is in charge of this facility needs fix up the management and hire people who actually have KNOWLEDGE on animals, as well as have compassion for them.

Java Honest: What do you mean “by appointments only”? 🙄 how do I know which animal I want to adopt? Like, appointment for looking at animal, then appointment to adopt the animal 🤦🏻‍♀️ bureaucracy At it’s best…

14. Animal Welfare Institute

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7 reviews
Animal Welfare Institute
Professionalism
4.6
Services
4.6
Facilities
4.7
Prices
4.6
Attention
4.6

Address: 900 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (202) 337-2332

Guy: Animal protection organization


Review: "Good looking place. They are helping in many ways."

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Zachary Wood: Good looking place. They are helping in many ways

15. Save The Turtles

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Save The Turtles
Professionalism
4.3
Services
4.2
Facilities
4.2
Prices
4.2
Attention
4.2

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 869-1855

Guy: Animal shelter


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sherlynn palmucci: After visiting their website I was more confused than ever I could not find the information I was looking for it really needs to be more useful friendly

Heath Murray: YES WE MUST SAVE THOSE POOR LITTLE SQUIRTLES BY DRINKING FROM METAL STRAWS. GOOD ON YA AND YA WORK0- EMILIE AND HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK

Alonso Alvarado: SAVE THE TURLTLE

16. Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Professionalism
4.3
Services
4.4
Facilities
4.3
Prices
4.3
Attention
4.3

Address: 4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 9AM Thu

Telephone: (703) 746-4774

Guy: Animal shelter


Review: "Great caring people, simple adoption process, new family member!"

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Sama Al-Jeda: Very good experience here at the AWLA. Me and my husband walked in looking to adopt 2 kittens. They were very helpful in trying to accommodate us and give us an appointment even though they're very busy. Walked in and were assisted right away and shown their kittens. Staff seemed to know very much about their animals and their history. Animals seemed pretty happy and cared for in the shelter. We ended up adopting these 2 cute brothers (Shadow and Sunny). We renamed them to Yonni and Zeeke and so far we are having the best time with them. When picking them up the front desk had all of the forms ready including chip numbers, neuter papers, info on the kittens and all. Overall a great experience. Definitely recommend
Response: Thanks for giving Zeeke and Yonni such a loving home, Sama! If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Misty B: I adopted Murky (originally Quinn) last year in late October. She's a petite, wild little lady and I'm so lucky to have her :) Her fur was thin and coarse in some spots when I adopted her, so I'm happy to report her fur has thickened and softened up. She also gained a pound, haha. Thank you so much for the opportunity to give her a home!! <3
Response: Misty, we're so glad to here that Murky is flourishing in your care and doing so well! Thanks for giving her that opportunity!

Catherine Allocco: I'm so thankful that I adopted my cat from the Animal Welfare League! Their visitation appointment process is simple and I was able to meet a few cats during my time. The staff is friendly and they guided me to a cat that matched my personality after only having a short interaction with me. They love those animals and it's evident. I visited and took home Luca all in the same afternoon. The adoption process is easy and efficient. The staff does a great job with telling you everything you need to know. Luca has adjusted wonderfully and I'm so happy to have him. The animals they have are great so I recommend popping in if you're considering adopting a cat. Thanks AWLA!!
Response: Catherine, we're so happy to see Luca doing so well with you, and we're glad you found the process to be safe and efficient. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions.

Alaina Forshee: I do not recommend this place. My kids had their heart set on one particular cat and when I scheduled the appointment I was told that we were the only ones meeting him and that we had the first time slot. Then when I called to verify our appointment I was told that he had to be scheduled to be neutered but I would get the first appointment for the following day. The next thing I know I am put on hold and then told that suddenly someone has an appointment BEFORE us and the cat ends up being claimed. This was NOT a fair process and my kids are now devastated. Don't get too attached if you book an appointment with a certain animal because they will be suddenly slip someone in ahead of you and they will be gone.
Response: Alaina, we are sorry you did not have a positive experience with us. We are currently operating on an appointment-based first-come, first-served basis, and you were the second person signed up to meet with this cat, both when you originally signed up and when we rescheduled your appointment while he was in surgery. We're not sure why anyone would have told you he had no meetings scheduled before you, and if there was a misunderstanding about that, we apologize. We welcome you to contact us at Adopt@AlexandriaAnimals.org to see if we can help you find another cat who might be the right fit for your family.

Delorce Ferrell: If you are looking to adopt. Please look elsewhere. This place is very unprofessional and unorganized. Firstly, I didn't feel welcomed, when interacting with staff. I immediately felt racially profiled. I went in person on 3/4/22 to inquire about adopting Harold. I read through his bio before arriving to my appointment and nothing in his bio at the time said anything about him only being able to be in an adult only home. At the appointment I interacted with the dog and he was the friendliest little dog and I even held him as he was given me sweet dog kisses. I was ready to move forward with adoption and for whatever reason it seem the staff where given me a hard time. Asking things like; "Are you sure?." He's an old dog, with alot of medical problems." "Maybe you should go home and sleep on it." I felt like staff were trying to change my mind and assuming I was financially incapable of taking care of the animal. I was flabbergasted at how persistent staff were on the matter. I eventually agree to what I thought would be an over the phone consultation to move forward with adoption the next day. I was told the dog would be put on hold. But instead I was contacted by the "supervisor" who told me the dog would not be a good fit for me. The explanation I was given was the dog was extremely aggressive and on a ton of meds. Also something that was not mentioned in the dog's bio. I also did not meet an aggressive dog at the in person meet and greet. I felt I was being hoodwinked. And was not given a fair adoption. I absolutely will not recommend this place for anyone looking to adopt a new fur baby. This place is a disgrace. The animals are not given a fair chance to be adopted. I feel so helpless for the animals. This place needs to be under investigation. This is animal cruelty in itself.
Response: At the AWLA, our primary goal is to help people and pets make the match that is best for everyone, regardless of gender, race, age, income, ability, religion, sexual orientation or national origin. We want to set everyone up for success in their home environment. With all three of the adoption holds you placed over the past few weeks, we provided you with as much information as we had about each dog, and with Harold, that included the fact that he will likely be on medication for the rest of his life but it can be very difficult to get him to take his medication; even our trained staff has had issues when he decided he did not want to take his medication. This is information that we provided to you as well as everyone else who has expressed interest in adopting him. We are so sorry that you felt that this was an action we took with you specifically. We have also since taken your advice to clarify in his bio that he would do best in an adults-only household; we appreciate your bringing that to our attention, and we wish you all the best in finding the right dog for you and your family.

Tank Holmes: After my Sophie passed away, I was left with a lonely heart. I was ready to visit the Alexandria Animal Shelter. I scheduled an appointment. Upon arrival the dog I wanted to see was adopted. So I remembered a little one called Waverly. Phen (staff member) brought Waverly to me. Well that was a match! Phen helped me thru a quick adoption process and she helped heal a lonely heart. A Big Thanks to Phen and Jean at the Alex Animal Shelter. The scheduling visit and adoption process went great. BTW my little girl has a new name ( Cookie) . Sincerely Frank and Cookie
Response: Frank, we're so happy that you found such a great match with Cookie. Thanks for giving her a loving home, and please let us know if you ever have any questions.

sssandra_a: Happy new year!🎊 Thank you for helping me find my fur babies🐈‍⬛♥️ I love them dearly and can’t express my gratitude for you guys! Hope all the little ones at the shelter find their forever home!
Response: Happy new year to you too, and thank you for giving these wonderful animals a loving home!

Andrew Ball: I understand the COVID procedures, but I find the virtual appointments to be counterproductive when it comes to adoption. This is absolutely a philosophy thing when it comes to adopting dogs, but I want to see their reaction to my presence to gauge whether or not that I want to adopt. I am sure your shelter employees are well trained, but I have adopted dogs from shelters before and the reports we got with the dogs never matched the demeanor we saw. Which makes me leery about the process. Not for me, good luck other people.
Response: Thank you for your feedback, Andrew. We understand that our current safety procedures may not be everyone's preference, but we hope to see you when it is safe to once again open for in-person appointments.

star hicks: Honestly now my go to for anything. We looked at 4 separate dogs. They were very caring in guiding us through. The lady who helped us walked us through every single step. She asked if we needed time to think about it as she was suppose to. They were kind and helpful. The clerk even helped us figure out the torture device looking harness. Our boy was super shy but that only lasted a few hours because he loves his brother and sister and is a total cuddle bug. Thank you AWLA. yall were amazing. Hades is finally found his forever home thank to you guys.
Response: Star, thanks for your kind words and for giving Hades such a loving home. Please reach out with any questions (or if you have cute photos to share)!

Geoffrey Seals: Great place to adopt from. The staff was professional, and extremely helpful. Their care and concern for the dog I adopted was uniform throughout the staff (BTW Robbie is doing great!) as each person I interacted with expressed their concern with his emotional well-being in a kennel environment. Staffers explained that they felt he was depressed and would do better in a foster home setting until someone adopted him. I could tell from our interaction that the dog sought attention, and I happily adopted him. The staff helped me properly size a harness for Robbie, and provided a wonderful take home packet of dog food to get us thru the weekend. Robbie had a stomach ailment, so the staff patiently walked me thru his medication and food supplements regimen to get him healthy again. They also fully explained all the Paperwork they gave me and happily labeled the documents I should give the veteranarian so an old guy like me won't forget. As a person of color I was very comfortable throughout my visit, and treated well by the staff.
Response: Geoffrey, we're so glad to hear Robbie's doing well, and thanks for giving him such a loving home! Please feel free to reach out if you ever have any questions.

17. City Dogs

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122 reviews
City Dogs
Professionalism
4.1
Services
4.1
Facilities
4.2
Prices
4.1
Attention
4.1

Address: 1832 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Schedule: Open ⋅ Closes 9PM

Telephone: (202) 234-9247

Guy: Dog day care center


Review: "My partner, myself and my fur baby loves this place!"

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Sulolit Mukherjee: City Dogs is great. My pup Hanna loves going there and always has a lot of stories to tell me when I pick her up. The staff there is friendly and welcoming. Definitely a solid place to leave your fur baby and have peace of mind that they will be taken care of.

Carmela Nguyen: Emmett LOVES City Dogs on 18th St! He’s been going to daycare since he was a puppy. He’s almost 2 yrs old now. He also enjoys the occasional boarding w their outside patio and daily walks. Most importantly, every staff member is nice and friendly.

Eri Sakunaga: It was the first time Momo went for daycare here. They gave him free bath for the first day of day care and welcomed him with a cute sign on the door on his first day . They also provided me with his report card of the evaluation and a care package since it was the first day. I thought they were very warm and welcoming! They sent me photos and I will definitely come back.

Rosie Fischl: City Dogs has been beyond wonderful! I have two, large, goofy high energy dogs - Charley and Maverick- and they absolutely love it there. They always cry with excitement when we’re nearby and bolt inside when I drop off and they come home completely tuckered out and so happy. The staff is fantastic and they really do know you and your dogs. Great for boarding, grooming and day care.

Sonny Nghiem (SunnyDelight): My partner, myself and my fur baby loves this place! Dice comes here often and she always has a great time. The staff is amazing. They also do grooming and overnight boarding both additional services we used and also love. Give this place a try just in case if you ever need to drop your dog off with the piece of mind how well your dog will be taken of.

Molly Ryan: I’ve been trusting City Dogs with my pup for the last few months now and I have nothing but 5 stars to give them. My pup goes for daycare, boarding and grooming services and I’ve always been very happy with how they treat my girl. I I work crazy hours and City Dogs is always there for me and my girl: I’m v lucky to have such as wonderful place close by.

Molly Whalen: Our first time grooming there- they were so nice and friendly and efficient. My pup came out happy and so handsome. I had gone to another spot in Bethesda and we were treated like we were in drill camp; it was great to have something in the city and personable.

Mina Shaghaghi: Gigi at City Dogs is the *best* groomer!! Not only did she give my pup an amazing cut, she was thoughtful and caring in her approach. She took the extra time to make sure Ziba was comfortable throughout the whole process, and she would take as many breaks as necessary to make sure she didn't get scared (this was only Ziba's second-ever groom). Can't say enough good things - and even after several weeks, the cut still looks fresh and has been easy to maintain. :-)

D Gordon: I love this place! They were so welcoming to my dog and she loves it there. She’s very clingy but when I drop her off at City Dogs she’s so excited to go play that she doesn’t even look back. The report cards at the end of the day are helpful and also adorable.

Shahab Albahar: They did a great job. It was our first time and the team did a wonderful job. My German Shepherd puppy smells good, his coat and nails looks great and his ears are very clean. Will definitely be bringing him back again.

18. Indian Head Animal Hospital

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362 reviews
Indian Head Animal Hospital
Professionalism
4.7
Services
4.6
Facilities
4.6
Prices
4.6
Attention
4.6

Address: 10909 Indian Head Hwy, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 8AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 292-1150

Guy: Veterinarian


Review: "Ultimately I ended up adopting the cats."

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Cheryl Johnson: I am very happy to have come into contact with Indianhead. Not only is it near me but the service and care of my pet was superb. I have a new puppy and the staff obviously love animals but they were very personal and thorough with the information they provided to me. I have a cat which will now also be brought to them for her care. Thank you for doing your job very well

Erica Payne-Santiago: I've been bringing my animals here for 20 years. Best in the business! Tried another Veterinarian and was not ecstatic. Indian Head Animal Hospital has all the latest equipment, 1st in the area to offer Lazer surgery, clean, welcoming, has an app, an online portal, organzied, and responsive. I won't take my furry baby anywhere else.

Tracey: First time going to this animal hospital and was pleasantly surprised. If I were a dog I would want my owner to take me to this hospital. It's very clean. The staff are very friendly and helpful. It was a very positive experience for me and my fur baby. Prices are reasonable as well.

T Bridgeman: The doctors at Indian Head Amnimal Hospital are fantastic! They really care about your pets. I have always had a positive experience here. As long as I have pets, my fur babies will always be patients here.

a.l. rodenberg: I started bringing my furry friends here because it was the practice my husband had been using for his four-legged critters. They are friendly and professional. More to the point, they are good. What sold hubs is the fact that, 10 years ago, he got a dire prognosis for our black cat, was told to put him down, went to Indian Head, and Mr. black cat is alive and well, just suffering from kitty asthma. So basically, we are customers until we leave the area entirely.

Delmi Moreno Carbajal: Came multiple time to have my dog check and took multiple x-rays and never found what was wrong with my dog... they were useless, but when I took my dog to Emmavet they immediately were able to diagnose what was wrong with my dog and acted accordingly. Very sad to know Indian Head Animal hospital have poor service towards this amazing animal who are suffering which is why I people take thier animals in the first place and spend so much money for nothing at least on my experience

Monique: I am new to the state and looking for a Vet, while holding to speak with a receptionist I was reading through the reviews seeing negative comments about the workers at the desk. I just spoke with Brianna who was VERY nice, VERY professional and VERY helpful. Yes like all vets they are very booked up and you are unlikely to get a quick appointment but my contact with their desk staff was a positive experience.

Kate Downs: They have been our vet for years. Compassionate and caring as well as knowledgeable, this is absolutely the vet you take your pets to.

Rob Campbell: We get our dog groomed there monthly and this is one of the few places she goes in with no worries and comes out as happy as she went in.

Gerald Wilson: On Friday, April 23, 2021, I took our 7 year old Boxer, "Deuce," to see "Dr. Stacey [Young, DVM]," because he was lethargic, jaundiced and maybe at the end of his life. Our visit began by noticing the extremely professional and safe (COVID-19 sensitive) intake process for dropping Deuce off for treatment. Dr. Stacey called me to discuss her assessment. While the news wasn't good, she was cautiously optimistic and recommended a course of action short of euthanasia to ensure we had given our beloved pet his best opportunity for survival. I could take Deuce back home to our anxious children! Unfortunately, our excitement in bringing him home was dashed that evening when he passed away in his house. It was wonderful that he was able to die peacefully at home. Thanks to Dr. Stacey and Deuce, we had no questions or second thoughts about whether it was his time to go. 'Rest in peace,' Deuce! Thank you, Dr. Stacey for all you and Indian Head Animal Hospital did over his 7 years of life to help him be happy and productive. If we ever introduce another dog into our family, we will be sure to bring him to you for excellent veterinary care! Sincerely, G. Wilson

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Humane Society of Washington County
Professionalism
4.4
Services
4.5
Facilities
4.4
Prices
4.4
Attention
4.4

Address: 13011 Maugansville Rd, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Schedule: Closed ⋅ Opens 10AM Thu

Telephone: (301) 733-2060

Guy: Animal shelter


Review: "2nd dog we've adopted from Washington County Humane."

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BcOneSeven: Thankful for the wonderful companions that you brought into my life. Brutus, Louie, Daisy and so many others. Keep up the great work!

ellen munson: We adopted our new 1 year old Pyrenees mix from them and our elated with him . He is adjusting well. I cannot not say what an amazing group of people they are! It is a no kill shelter and they are immaculate at the Society and truly love the animals their. If anyone is looking for a pet please check them out!!

Connie Collins: Just wanted to give a 5-star review. Had to put down my baby boy and they not only were super kind, but very informative as well, and walked us through the whole process. Very kind nurses and very kind intake. They treated both my puppy and I as if we were V.I.P. Thank y'all for taking care of my baby in the most respectful way. It is much appreciated!

Tiffany Holmes: Walked in and instantly felt welcomed! Clean and tidy, was able to retrieve my lost kittens. Took great care of them and even supplied food with no charge. The woman at front desk were sweet and helpful. Really feel they care deeply for the fur babies, great place to find your next furry friend!

Sara Shoemaker: I adopted two female guinea pigs. They were very kind and helpful. I adopted Garlic powder and Basil.

Faith Ebersole: We adopted two cats here on the same day, process was very easy! We called to reserve a time slot I got to walk around and play with all the kitties and then went up front and told him the two we would like to go home with fill it out a little bit of paperwork and then got to go home the same day with two new furry friends :) They have added so much love and excitement to our lives and we've continued to donate to the shelter through their Amazon wish list and sending some other fun toys 🙂

D Nartey Nurturing Daycare: Adopted a dog that previously had kennel cough the week prior to adoption. I checked on him midweek to see if he was well. He was being monitored for an upper respiratory infection. I was given the all clear that he was free of all symptoms. The adoption process felt rushed. As soon as I took him home, this animal had lots of mucous coming from his nose, severe hacking cough, and sneezing persistently. I called the humane society the next day and they couldn’t give me no advice on how to help him. I called around to all the emergency vets and it was $500 plus just to see him, run test and more. On top of that the humane society did not refund me my money. I only had him for two days. Good dog but very sick. All they want to do is get animals out the door and keep your money.

brenda fraley: Staff very friendly and helpful in every way. They are a wonderful group of people. I have strays running around and they use to be able to spade them but stopped. They do suggest places for vouchers. U all are tops in my book.

Chris DeHoyos: We love stopping by to show the animals some attention! Everyone is always friendly and helpful. We also foster doggies for them even though it has been VERY hard to give them back. We now have a foster FAIL 😂 and we're keeping this one! He's only 15 weeks old, but already thinks he's one of the big boys like our 90lb bullies.

Kelsey: I'm here at the spca right now and the 2 woman working at the desk for dog food donations are Absolutely ignorant people I talked to and It's not only happen to me today. I don't know why they act that way "SO RUDE" I'm one of the most mannered politest person you can meet you don't have to treat me that way. I don't want to talk to them again and it sucks because sometimes I need dog food.