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Humane Rescue Alliance Seeks More Adopters and Foster Homes

The DC animal shelter anticipates coronavirus will lead to an increase in surrendered pets.

Leo is one of dozens of animals up for adoption at the Humane Rescue Alliance. All photos courtesy of the Humane Rescue Alliance.
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Humane Rescue Alliance, Washington’s largest animal welfare organization, is putting out the call for adopters and foster homes, as it prepares for an uptick in surrendered pets and a decrease in staffing within its two shelters. As the novel coronavirus threatens both the local economy and people’s health, the group anticipates more pet owners will be unable to continue caring for their animals.

“Generally, we are used to seeing increased intake when the economy declines, so that is a reality of what’s happening right now,” says the organization’s media relations manager, Sam Miller.

Miller says the Humane Rescue Alliance plans to open its two DC shelters to adopters as usual this week (the shelters are always closed on Monday). However, only serious adopters who are prepared to take an animal home the same day should come in. “For those who are unable to adopt, we’re encouraging people to sign up to foster,” she says.

Certainly, a lot of humans social-distancing from one another right now could benefit from the companionship of a four-legged best friend. Here are several currently looking for homes.

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