Washington Animal Medical Ctr

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  • 71 Oglethorpe St NW

    Washington, DC 20011

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The staff was generally disinterested and rude. This isn't a shelter. It's a rescue organization with a nice physical facility that can pick and choose animals. Quit whoring dogs for media attention, then euthanizing them when deemed too much trouble. Cheap tricks for fundraising purposes and morally bankrupt. There are simply too many other organizations set up for the right purpose.

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The staff was generally disinterested and rude. This isn't a shelter. It's a rescue organization with a nice physical facility that can pick and choose animals. Quit whoring dogs for media attention, then euthanizing them when deemed too much trouble. Cheap tricks for fundraising purposes and morally bankrupt. There are simply too many other organizations set up for the right purpose.

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The staff at WARL is incredibly rude and unhelpful -- They are like their own little club -- If they do not like how you look, they will ignore you.

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The staff at WARL is incredibly rude and unhelpful -- They are like their own little club -- If they do not like how you look, they will ignore you.

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I am so grateful to the great program that the rescue center has. I live on a fixed income, these cats came on my property, and i started feeding them. The program of the first monday of every month fixed these cats for free. I was treated really well, as were the cats. I gave of my time each monday i went,and got to see first hand the work these great people do all day. the care these wild cats are given is stellar. I cannot thank these people enough for thier work,and great concern for these helpless creatures.

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I am so grateful to the great program that the rescue center has. I live on a fixed income, these cats came on my property, and i started feeding them. The program of the first monday of every month fixed these cats for free. I was treated really well, as were the cats. I gave of my time each monday i went,and got to see first hand the work these great people do all day. the care these wild cats are given is stellar. I cannot thank these people enough for thier work,and great concern for these helpless creatures.

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I was shocked by their conveyor belt adoption system. They don't do any background check or visit where the animal will live. Some of the Rescue Orgs go to far, but these guys are too slack and rude to boot. I just adopted a dog from them and had to fight to get him. He wasn't marked with pink card indicating adoption papers had been filed on him so I filled out the adoption papers and was told I would be called the next day. When I didn't hear from them I drove over the next morning and was told that another family had applied to to adopt the dog and they only accept 1 application at a time. (Stupid idea because if the adoption doesn't work out usuallly the other interested persons have moved on) But I fought and they processed my application which consisted of asking questions to which I could have lied and they would have never known. I got the dog because the other applicant lived in an apartment with a weight limit for pets The Washington D.C. Animal Shelter is the best place around. They have a dog behaviorist on staff, caring friendly staff & volunteers, and really do care if the adopting family is suitable. They'll get my money anyday. And I encourage donations as they live in a crumbling but clean building and do so much good with so little.

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I was shocked by their conveyor belt adoption system. They don't do any background check or visit where the animal will live. Some of the Rescue Orgs go to far, but these guys are too slack and rude to boot. I just adopted a dog from them and had to fight to get him. He wasn't marked with pink card indicating adoption papers had been filed on him so I filled out the adoption papers and was told I would be called the next day. When I didn't hear from them I drove over the next morning and was told that another family had applied to to adopt the dog and they only accept 1 application at a time. (Stupid idea because if the adoption doesn't work out usuallly the other interested persons have moved on) But I fought and they processed my application which consisted of asking questions to which I could have lied and they would have never known. I got the dog because the other applicant lived in an apartment with a weight limit for pets The Washington D.C. Animal Shelter is the best place around. They have a dog behaviorist on staff, caring friendly staff & volunteers, and really do care if the adopting family is suitable. They'll get my money anyday. And I encourage donations as they live in a crumbling but clean building and do so much good with so little.

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I saw a dog a week ago but was told he was not up for adoption because of medical issues and that I could not put paperwork in on him for when/if he was cleared.

I went back a week later and the dog had gone home.

I was told by the League that he was seen by a specialist two days after I saw him and cleared for adoption. That means between Monday and Sunday he had paperwork put in on him, the potential adopters had gone through their stringent, lengthy adoption process, and he had gone home - within six days.

I'm happy the dog found a home, but I know I wasn't alone in wanting to put papers in on him and wait to hear when his medical condition cleared up.

Doesn't seem - or feel - like a fair way to adopt out.

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I saw a dog a week ago but was told he was not up for adoption because of medical issues and that I could not put paperwork in on him for when/if he was cleared.

I went back a week later and the dog had gone home.

I was told by the League that he was seen by a specialist two days after I saw him and cleared for adoption. That means between Monday and Sunday he had paperwork put in on him, the potential adopters had gone through their stringent, lengthy adoption process, and he had gone home - within six days.

I'm happy the dog found a home, but I know I wasn't alone in wanting to put papers in on him and wait to hear when his medical condition cleared up.

Doesn't seem - or feel - like a fair way to adopt out.

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I've adopted two cats from the shelter--one in 2002 (before the renovation) and the other in 2007 (after the renovation). The little furballs are the loves of my life. They were well-taken care of and very well socialized.

I've also been a volunteer. Yes, the process is longer than for some other places (as in same-day) but that is to ensure that the animal goes to a "forever" home. The application process is a multi-step process that is more than just reading your application (I've adopted pets from other places where they've let me take the animal home within the hour). WARL actually checks the references as well as completing other checks. WARL is a non-profit organization and has only so many people to process adoption applications. Believe me, they are trying their best to get all animals a home, but more importantly, they want to find animals the RIGHT home.

Many of the animals at the shelter have come from other shelters or other unfortunate situations (puppy mills, abuse, surrender, etc.) The shelter puts in time, effort, and resources to help heal these animals both inside and out. If they don't think you're the right person to continue the work they have started, try not to take it personally. You might be the perfect owner for another pet. And if you do take it personally, ask why your application was denied--you might be able to take a class or two to make you a better candidate.

Like another poster said, have patience. My application was supposed to be denied in 2002 because my landlord wanted me to declaw a cat. I explained to him that it was amputating a cat's terminal phalanx. I was able to change his mind. Because of my persistence, my application was approved (after a house visit, vet reference check, etc). For the right owner, the process is worth it. Adopting an animal is not like acquiring a possession, it is bringing a new member into your family.

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I've adopted two cats from the shelter--one in 2002 (before the renovation) and the other in 2007 (after the renovation). The little furballs are the loves of my life. They were well-taken care of and very well socialized.

I've also been a volunteer. Yes, the process is longer than for some other places (as in same-day) but that is to ensure that the animal goes to a "forever" home. The application process is a multi-step process that is more than just reading your application (I've adopted pets from other places where they've let me take the animal home within the hour). WARL actually checks the references as well as completing other checks. WARL is a non-profit organization and has only so many people to process adoption applications. Believe me, they are trying their best to get all animals a home, but more importantly, they want to find animals the RIGHT home.

Many of the animals at the shelter have come from other shelters or other unfortunate situations (puppy mills, abuse, surrender, etc.) The shelter puts in time, effort, and resources to help heal these animals both inside and out. If they don't think you're the right person to continue the work they have started, try not to take it personally. You might be the perfect owner for another pet. And if you do take it personally, ask why your application was denied--you might be able to take a class or two to make you a better candidate.

Like another poster said, have patience. My application was supposed to be denied in 2002 because my landlord wanted me to declaw a cat. I explained to him that it was amputating a cat's terminal phalanx. I was able to change his mind. Because of my persistence, my application was approved (after a house visit, vet reference check, etc). For the right owner, the process is worth it. Adopting an animal is not like acquiring a possession, it is bringing a new member into your family.

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the people giving all these awful reviews don't understand the great care these people have for the animals. the staff is constantly playing with the dogs and cats giving them tons of attention while they are sheltered there. they are always keeping a close eye and cleaning up. the adoption process is stressful and lengthy for a reason. these people care about where these animals are going and do not want them to end up the same spot again. we've adopted a couple of dogs from here and volunteer our time. we suggest this place to ANYONE looking to adopt, warning about the lengthy adoption process, but the best soon to be owners don't mind.

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the people giving all these awful reviews don't understand the great care these people have for the animals. the staff is constantly playing with the dogs and cats giving them tons of attention while they are sheltered there. they are always keeping a close eye and cleaning up. the adoption process is stressful and lengthy for a reason. these people care about where these animals are going and do not want them to end up the same spot again. we've adopted a couple of dogs from here and volunteer our time. we suggest this place to ANYONE looking to adopt, warning about the lengthy adoption process, but the best soon to be owners don't mind.

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I was not so keen on the adoption process but I understand why it's so lengthy, especially here in DC has anyone heard of Michael Vick? The hospital side is fantastic, the service excellent. I highly recommend their service. This was the best pet adoption and health care I have seen in the 7 different states I have lived in.

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I was not so keen on the adoption process but I understand why it's so lengthy, especially here in DC has anyone heard of Michael Vick? The hospital side is fantastic, the service excellent. I highly recommend their service. This was the best pet adoption and health care I have seen in the 7 different states I have lived in.

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WARL was a most memorable, negative experience. First, researched visiting the webpage; phoned to schedule a consultation and receive directions. Upon arrival, spoke w/ front-desk staff, and Frank, an adoption counselor. An application w/ 3 required dog preferences was submitted. The approval process was explained to be, straight-forward w/ a likely favorable outcome. Within ~ one-week, a phone-interview was scheduled w/ a Brian Wilson, ( a 2 yr vet employee). Friday's interview was rescheduled to the following week, Tuesday. Calls to staff were made over the wkend to express ct'd interest. Wednesday, Mr. Brian Wilson explained, just returning from vacation that he was tired, and would call the following day. He did not. When i called, he explained w/ no apology that the dogs were no longer available, and were already in new homes. Explaining the situation to Mngr, Ms. Mary Jarvis was fruitless. She was incoopertv, avoiding the problem, deferring me to Gary Weitzman, the Director.
Rather than waste your time; avoid WARL, adopt elsewhere from a more professional center.
In sum: the staff is poor-performance & satisfaction with ineffectual communications, and rude not to have decency to at least apologize.
Recommendation to WARL: improve communications, informing would-be adopters of choice pet-status availability. The approval system has unfair bias; accounting for their complete (+) reviews.
Thank you,

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WARL was a most memorable, negative experience. First, researched visiting the webpage; phoned to schedule a consultation and receive directions. Upon arrival, spoke w/ front-desk staff, and Frank, an adoption counselor. An application w/ 3 required dog preferences was submitted. The approval process was explained to be, straight-forward w/ a likely favorable outcome. Within ~ one-week, a phone-interview was scheduled w/ a Brian Wilson, ( a 2 yr vet employee). Friday's interview was rescheduled to the following week, Tuesday. Calls to staff were made over the wkend to express ct'd interest. Wednesday, Mr. Brian Wilson explained, just returning from vacation that he was tired, and would call the following day. He did not. When i called, he explained w/ no apology that the dogs were no longer available, and were already in new homes. Explaining the situation to Mngr, Ms. Mary Jarvis was fruitless. She was incoopertv, avoiding the problem, deferring me to Gary Weitzman, the Director.
Rather than waste your time; avoid WARL, adopt elsewhere from a more professional center.
In sum: the staff is poor-performance & satisfaction with ineffectual communications, and rude not to have decency to at least apologize.
Recommendation to WARL: improve communications, informing would-be adopters of choice pet-status availability. The approval system has unfair bias; accounting for their complete (+) reviews.
Thank you,

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Im unhappy and sad ~ My cat had an emergency ~ rushed her to the medical side for care. I told them that she was dying ~ althougth they had other services going on that particular day ~ they said no vet was available (didn't take a look at my cat) and referred me somewhere that was more than 30 minutes away. Unfortuantly my cat died while I was trying to get her immediate care ~

ps: Just a note to say that shelter side is nice and takes care of the animals.

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Im unhappy and sad ~ My cat had an emergency ~ rushed her to the medical side for care. I told them that she was dying ~ althougth they had other services going on that particular day ~ they said no vet was available (didn't take a look at my cat) and referred me somewhere that was more than 30 minutes away. Unfortuantly my cat died while I was trying to get her immediate care ~

ps: Just a note to say that shelter side is nice and takes care of the animals.

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WARL is clean and the staff that deals with the animals care a great deal about them. However, the staff that handles adoptions are extremely frustrating to work with. They give out the wrong information, they say they will follow up and then don't, they take a very long time to process applications, and in general I do not find them professional. We have had two negative experiences dealing with the WARL adoptions staff. I respect WARL, and their medical unit, but they need a serious management review of the adoption process. It was very frustrating, VERY lengthy (over a month), their communication was horrible, and I would recommend that you go somewhere else to adopt.

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WARL is clean and the staff that deals with the animals care a great deal about them. However, the staff that handles adoptions are extremely frustrating to work with. They give out the wrong information, they say they will follow up and then don't, they take a very long time to process applications, and in general I do not find them professional. We have had two negative experiences dealing with the WARL adoptions staff. I respect WARL, and their medical unit, but they need a serious management review of the adoption process. It was very frustrating, VERY lengthy (over a month), their communication was horrible, and I would recommend that you go somewhere else to adopt.

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We gave up on adopting an animal from this shelter. We've adopted several pets from shelters out-of-state in the past, and this process is insane in comparison. It's inhumane to leave cats locked up for weeks while they take forever to find someone who fulfills all the requirements (like adopting two cats at a time). The process is invasive and unneccessary. We only wanted one kitten, and they tried to push two on us. Perhaps there wouldn't be as many animals euthanized (in general) if they actually trusted people a bit more.

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We gave up on adopting an animal from this shelter. We've adopted several pets from shelters out-of-state in the past, and this process is insane in comparison. It's inhumane to leave cats locked up for weeks while they take forever to find someone who fulfills all the requirements (like adopting two cats at a time). The process is invasive and unneccessary. We only wanted one kitten, and they tried to push two on us. Perhaps there wouldn't be as many animals euthanized (in general) if they actually trusted people a bit more.

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We have adopted two wonderful dogs from WARL. The first adoption took six weeks from start to finish, and at first I was frustrated, however, the amount of time / work their staff puts into the adoption process increases the level of successful placements. These animals have been abandoned once, so the staff is working to ensure each adoption is a great one for both animal and owner. We had no problem getting in touch with the staff during both adoptions - both by phone and email - during the work day and in the evenings. AND, our in home visit was easily scheduled for a week night that worked for our schedule.
On the second adoption, they encouraged us to bring in our first dog in so the two could play and get to know one another, helping us to know we were choosing the perfect companion. Even weeks after each adoption we have done, we had staff check in with us, offer training suggestions, and advice on helping each pup settle in.
This shelter is a final stop for animals other shelters would have terminated, so it is a perfect place to give a new life to pets who deserve a chance in a happy home.

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We have adopted two wonderful dogs from WARL. The first adoption took six weeks from start to finish, and at first I was frustrated, however, the amount of time / work their staff puts into the adoption process increases the level of successful placements. These animals have been abandoned once, so the staff is working to ensure each adoption is a great one for both animal and owner. We had no problem getting in touch with the staff during both adoptions - both by phone and email - during the work day and in the evenings. AND, our in home visit was easily scheduled for a week night that worked for our schedule.
On the second adoption, they encouraged us to bring in our first dog in so the two could play and get to know one another, helping us to know we were choosing the perfect companion. Even weeks after each adoption we have done, we had staff check in with us, offer training suggestions, and advice on helping each pup settle in.
This shelter is a final stop for animals other shelters would have terminated, so it is a perfect place to give a new life to pets who deserve a chance in a happy home.

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i'm in the process of adopting two beautiful kittens from WARL. the other reviews are right, in that the animals are obviously well taken care of, and the facility is nice. however, the process has been firustrating and stressful. by the time we take the kittens home, it will have been almost 2 weeks since we came in. also, there is a home visit, which can only be done on weekends and frankly is annoying and unnecessary. i've stayed with them only because i've become attached to the two kittens, but with the number of high-kill shelters in the area and abundant postings on Craigslist, i would never recommend trying to get a cat from WARL. the entire process has been offputting.

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i'm in the process of adopting two beautiful kittens from WARL. the other reviews are right, in that the animals are obviously well taken care of, and the facility is nice. however, the process has been firustrating and stressful. by the time we take the kittens home, it will have been almost 2 weeks since we came in. also, there is a home visit, which can only be done on weekends and frankly is annoying and unnecessary. i've stayed with them only because i've become attached to the two kittens, but with the number of high-kill shelters in the area and abundant postings on Craigslist, i would never recommend trying to get a cat from WARL. the entire process has been offputting.

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This shelter is absolutely incredible, the animals are very well taken care of. We recently adopted a lovely dog which was rescued from Georgia and are very grateful to this compassionate organization. However, the adoption process is a very tedious and stressful ordeal. They did not contact us within 3 days as they claim to and it was impossible to receive any form of response. After 2 long weeks of anticipation and stress, we luckily got to take home our dog of choice. Ultimately, she was worth the wait. However, be prepared to wait much longer than 3 days to be contacted.

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This shelter is absolutely incredible, the animals are very well taken care of. We recently adopted a lovely dog which was rescued from Georgia and are very grateful to this compassionate organization. However, the adoption process is a very tedious and stressful ordeal. They did not contact us within 3 days as they claim to and it was impossible to receive any form of response. After 2 long weeks of anticipation and stress, we luckily got to take home our dog of choice. Ultimately, she was worth the wait. However, be prepared to wait much longer than 3 days to be contacted.

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The facility is beautiful, but the WARL is extremely difficult to deal with. They won't return calls or e-mails and despite telling us they would get back to us 3 days after we filed an application, it took them almost 3 weeks. Without any explanation, they then rejected our application on one dog and never returned our phone call asking about the status of the other dog we had applied to adopt. I would urge you not to set your hopes on a particular dog as WARL routinely accepts 3-6 applications on every dog and the standards it applies to determine the "best" adoption candidate are unclear.

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The facility is beautiful, but the WARL is extremely difficult to deal with. They won't return calls or e-mails and despite telling us they would get back to us 3 days after we filed an application, it took them almost 3 weeks. Without any explanation, they then rejected our application on one dog and never returned our phone call asking about the status of the other dog we had applied to adopt. I would urge you not to set your hopes on a particular dog as WARL routinely accepts 3-6 applications on every dog and the standards it applies to determine the "best" adoption candidate are unclear.

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Now this is a place that cares about animals. Not only do they have a great clean shelter but a low-cost clinic for lower income people. What a marvelous idea! The vets there are compassionate and wonderful! The shelter animals are well loved. I can't say enough good things about this place. If you are looking for a shelter or a charity to donate to this is the place! They are not only saving animals in thier shelter but helping save them by making sure they aren't given to shelters because of expensive medical problems. BRAVO!

PROS: true animal lovers, clean, wonderful
CONS: can't think of any

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Now this is a place that cares about animals. Not only do they have a great clean shelter but a low-cost clinic for lower income people. What a marvelous idea! The vets there are compassionate and wonderful! The shelter animals are well loved. I can't say enough good things about this place. If you are looking for a shelter or a charity to donate to this is the place! They are not only saving animals in thier shelter but helping save them by making sure they aren't given to shelters because of expensive medical problems. BRAVO!

PROS: true animal lovers, clean, wonderful
CONS: can't think of any

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This is a nice animal shelter with caring staff. They take the time to review applications and make sure adopters are responsible and caring enough to have a pet. They screen for feline leukemia to avoid any heartbreaks with that. I got an adorable kitten four years ago here, who is now an adult cat and is healthy and happy. I would come here again if I were looking for another pet, and I highly recommend it to everyone. Healthy, happy, well-taken-care of animals.

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This is a nice animal shelter with caring staff. They take the time to review applications and make sure adopters are responsible and caring enough to have a pet. They screen for feline leukemia to avoid any heartbreaks with that. I got an adorable kitten four years ago here, who is now an adult cat and is healthy and happy. I would come here again if I were looking for another pet, and I highly recommend it to everyone. Healthy, happy, well-taken-care of animals.

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I went in there to rescue a kitten for my baby girl and they gave it shots and I got the kitten about a week later after filing poaperwork. I love the kitten and she does too. They are good people that care about these animals.

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I went in there to rescue a kitten for my baby girl and they gave it shots and I got the kitten about a week later after filing poaperwork. I love the kitten and she does too. They are good people that care about these animals.

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A very good shelter. First class really -- clean and bright, not as depressing as other shelters. The adoption policy can be tough, but fair. Information is also available on website so you can do research before you go to the shelter (weekend hours are convenient).

PROS: Nice atmosphere
CONS: Crowded on weekends

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A very good shelter. First class really -- clean and bright, not as depressing as other shelters. The adoption policy can be tough, but fair. Information is also available on website so you can do research before you go to the shelter (weekend hours are convenient).

PROS: Nice atmosphere
CONS: Crowded on weekends

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