Medical Center

The Washington Animal Rescue League, established in 1932, opened its Medical Center in 1996 to treat shelter animals and to provide full-service, discounted veterinary care to the pets of income-qualified community members.  Its veterinarians currently treat about 5,000 local pets each year. To see if you qualify, please call the medical center at 202-726-2273.

The Medical Center conducts a range of programs, including caring for the League’s shelter animals, caring for companion animals of income-qualified pet owners in the metropolitan area, reduced-cost spaying and neutering, low-cost vaccination and microchip clinics, and training interns, veterinary students, and veterinary technician students.

Among the first and most comprehensive shelter-based hospitals, the Medical Center has become one of the country’s foremost teaching hospitals for shelter medicine. Each year the center attracts dozens of veterinary students and interns, who come to study under its veterinarians.


For an overview of the Medical Center clinics and programs, visit the page here.

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