Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) has been rescuing dogs, cats, puppies and kittens for over 100 years. As the oldest animal shelter in Washington, D.C., WARL exists to honor and strengthen the human-animal bond by providing top quality care for homeless dogs and cats, and by supporting companion animals in their homes through affordable veterinary care, community outreach, and education.

The Peter G. Dodge Foundation (PGDF) has supported WARL’s many valuable programs by serving as the presenting sponsor for the 2014 Centennial Gala and the 2015 101 Gala. As WARL’s major annual fundraising events, these galas raise a substantial portion of the organization’s operating costs. PGDF contributed $25,000 each year to these events as part of its Community Grants program.

WARL’s services in support of homeless animals include animal adoption, low-cost veterinary care, and outreach programs for seniors and veterans. WARL also offers training classes and other educational opportunities to the general public.  In addition, WARL provides a number of programs for income-qualified clients that may struggle to afford to provide care for their pets during difficult economic times. WARL’s medical center offers discounted medical care, including wellness examinations and vaccinations, to qualifying clients. WARL also provides a Pet Food Bank to assist these clients in providing essential nutrition to pets in need.

In the words of WARL Chief Executive Officer Bob Ramin, “rescuing and adopting animals is not the full scope of our responsibility. We rescue relationships. We embrace the love between pets and their people. Our mission statement includes the commitment ‘to honor and strengthen the human-animal bond;’ it is our pledge to connect animals with loving guardians and to provide ongoing support for people who love their pets and want to keep them.”

In its 101-year history, The Washington Animal Rescue League has rescued, cared for, and adopted more than 100,000 animals. A private, non-profit organization that receives no government or taxpayer assistance, WARL is fully supported by the generosity of private donors and corporations.