Our shelter is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm. For more information about our shelter, visit our web page at www.foha.org or e-mail us at Information.
Our dedicated volunteers provide the love, care, and attention they deserve until they find a loving home of their own. Our shelter is funded entirely by donations.
We adopt only within the greater Washington, D.C. Area. You can see our adoption area by viewing our map.
We have a large selection of dogs and cats available for adoption. Our volunteers will be happy to help you choose the right pet for your household and lifestyle. When you visit our shelter, please allow ample time to choose your new family member. When you are considering adding a new pet to your household it is important to also consider the costs of food and medical care, the amount of time you have available to spend with a new pet, and the amount of exercise your new pet will need. Do not consider adopting a pet if you cannot provide a lifetime home for the animal.
Once you have chosen a new friend, a volunteer will review your adoption application with you. A volunteer will make arrangements to visit your home and discuss the care of your new family member as well as your responsibilities as an adopter. Once your adoption is approved, on the day you pick up your new family member, you will need to allow sufficient time to complete and sign an adoption contract. A tax-deductible donation is required when you pick up your new companion. Our adoption donation fees are as follows:
Please note that we care about these animals very much and we reserve the right to refuse the adoption of any animal to a home that we feel does not meet our standards. If at any time you need assistance or have questions about your new family member, a volunteer will be happy to help you. If at any time you decide that you cannot keep or care for your adopted friend, you MUST return them to Friends of Homeless Animals in a way that will not cause them harm. You must be at least 21 years old to adopt an animal.
The first step in the adoption process is to submit an on-line application. FOHA will conduct a vet check, and home visit on all potential adopters. The volunteers at FOHA take the adoption of our wonderful dogs and cats seriously. We hope you do, too. Remember that we are an all-volunteer organization, and we want to provide the best service to prospective adopters. Please seriously consider whether you are ready to adopt BEFORE you visit our shelter. Placing an adoption application on one of our wonderful dogs or cats indicates that you are ready and eager to adopt that animal as soon as possible and make him/her a member of your family.
The adoption process from application, vet check, and home visit to contract signing and taking home your new family member normally takes about one week. On rare occasion, due to volume of applications versus volunteer availability, the process will take longer than one week. But because we always have a waiting list of dogs and cats needing the safety of our shelter, many of them at risk of immediate euthanasia, FOHA cannot hold dogs and cats much longer than the usually one-week application process. If you are moving or plan on going on vacation in the near future, please present your application for adoption AFTER you are settled in your new situation or have returned to your home.