Attention: The safety of our adopters and volunteers is our highest priority. HART has cancelled all dog adoption events until further notice, however we are still doing adoptions for our animals. Please submit an application online to adopt a dog or cat. After we receive your online application, we will contact you as soon as possible regarding the dog or cat you are interested in.

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We always have a large variety of many different ages, sizes, and breeds available for adoption!

All our available dogs

All our available cats

Search our available dogs by breed, gender, size and more

Search our available cats by breed, gender, and more

Pets listed in the last 2 weeks

Pets with medical conditions that need a special home

Pets who've been waiting a long time for their forever home

Consider opening your home temporarily to one of these pets

Quickly locate our pets from name lists

Due to our home check requirement, except in special circumstances, HART can only adopt to people in the Washington, DC Metro Area (Northern Virginia, Maryland, DC).

HART Adoption Days are held regularly: Dog Adoption Day Schedule, Cat Adoption Day Schedule

Because our animals are homeless and have had less-than-ideal lives to date, HART is very careful to ensure a wonderful future life for them. Please read about our Adoption Process before submitting an application.

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