“The Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League today announced a definitive agreement to merge the two organizations”

by Prince Of Petworth February 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm 15 Comments

via Washington Humane Society

Thanks to all who passed on from the Washington Humane Society:

“The Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League today announced a definitive agreement to merge the two organizations to create the first end-to-end animal care organization in a major U.S. city. Founded in 1870 and 1914, respectively, WHS and WARL will bring together a comprehensive set of animal care and protection programs that touch the lives of more than 60,000 animals each year, including: Rescue and Adoption, Humane Law Enforcement, Low Cost Veterinary Services, Animal Control, Behavior and Learning, Spay/Neuter, Pets for Life and many other programs.

Merger (PDF)

  • Petworth Diva

    Sounds good & I always thought they were kind of duplicating services. Hopefully more & more animals can be adopted through their streamlined efforts.

  • Shawn_USt

    Excellent news!!!

  • Timebomb

    I support this. I’ve fostered dogs for both orgs and can’t think of anything they do separately that wouldn’t be better together.

  • CoHi

    Hopefully this leads to an increase in efficiency so they can serve and save more pets. I hope it does not result in either layoffs or reduced funding. There is never enough funding for animal rescue and care organizations.
    An Animal Lover Who Thinks Both Organizations Are Great

    • Timebomb

      What’s a bigger impediment to them saving more animals? Space, or personnel? My guess is the latter. Among personnel, my guess is administration is a larger expense than the people working directly with the animals.
      So I don’t think layoffs would necessarily be a bad thing, provided the reduced overhead means they can acquire more space.

      • Timebomb

        Er, I mean my guess is the former. Space is the impediment, not administrative personnel.

  • Pixie

    Wow big news! Seems like a good idea to combine and streamline their services. Hope the merger goes smoothly for everyone involved.

  • Brookland mom

    I have always been a big fan of WARL, but I heard through the grapevine that WHS had a lot of internal office politics regarding the adoption and catch and spay programs.

  • Debra

    WARL is a no kill shelter, I didn’t think that Washington Humane was. I hope this merge means that they both will be a NO KILL shelter.

    • Honey Badger

      While that is a noble goal, since WHS cannot turn animals away, it is virtually impossible to be a no-kill shelter. Some animals cannot be saved and there are always going to be space constraints. No-kill shelters are able to operate that way because they can choose which animals they take in.

      • Timebomb

        Nowhere is a no-kill shelter. The most loving home in the world will put down a dog that is medically or behaviorally impossible to rehabilitate. WHS puts down very few dogs, and while those dogs MAY make it in a home if there were to be adopted, they’re usually unadoptable as is and suffering.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Actually, the old school leadership at WARL was opposed to the No Kill movement. Even when Nathan offered free attendance at the annual conference they deigned to send anyone. Wash Humane on the other hand attends every year and Scott G. is active as a speaker. Wash Humane went from killing 65% of their intake to live release 90%. WARL last reported only 85% live for dogs. I think under Lisa la F’s leadership we will see some pretty cool stuff coming from the combination. BTW if anyone wants to read any of Nathan Winograd’s books I have multiple copies, having attended the conference five years in a row.

    • KP

      Clarification from a WARL volunteer. WARL is not technically a No Kill shelter. They do not put down animals for space reasons. However, if a dog is sick or aggressive to the point of being dangerous, they do euthanize.

      Both are great organizations, and I hope this merge goes smoothly.

  • nc4

    WARL is top notch. WHS… well my only experience being their small adoption location on Georgia Ave and it was not a positive. I just hope there aren’t major changes to the services at the WARL main office, i.e., the vet.

  • Anonymous

    OH NO!!! The Animal Rescue League does not euthanize animals but the so called “Humane” society kills thousands of animals each year. This is very alarming and distressing.


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