Merger Creates the Largest Animal Shelter in the U.S.
Two Washington DC-area shelters have teamed up to form the largest animal shelter in the country. The Washington Humane Society (WHS) and Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) merger means a combined budget – we’re talking $14.5 million – and capacity for the area’s pets in need. Together they can rescue 62,000 furry friends each year.
The common vision of the two once-separate entitites was to save animals, but their capabilities were much different. WHS has a $3.3 million city contract to run animal control and to help any stray surrendered through the District’s “open-access shelter.” They can also provide care for wildlife and investigate animal cruelty situations. WARL has plenty of office space and a veterinary hospital to share.
Merging the two entities allows for centralized care for the area’s animals; one organization means more continuity in the aid it provides. Each of the organizations’ assets will help the greater goal of taking animals off the street and putting them into loving homes. The newly formed group should announce its new name this fall.
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