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Field Trip: Washington Animal Rescue League

Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

A temporary resident at the Washington Animal Rescue League looks out through a glass divider in one of the shelter’s puppy dens. MICHELLE RILEY/THE HSUS
The organization: Washington Animal Rescue League


Year established: 1914

Resources: About 80 staff and 600 volunteers

If you renovate it, they will come: Since significantly revamping its circa-1970 facility from 2004 to 2006, the Washington Animal Rescue League has opened its doors to visitors from all over the United States and from other countries, too. The organization gives six or seven tours each month to animal care professionals who are curious about the facility, says executive director Gary Weitzman, D.V.M., M.P.H., who worked as the organization’s medical director during the renovation. The building’s redesign was the brainchild of the organization’s former executive director, Scotlund Haisley, now director of Emergency Services for The Humane Society of the United States.  

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