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Located in Northern Virginia, Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) has been serving the Washington metropolitan area since 1973. We are a non-profit 501©(3) no-kill shelter dedicated to saving abandoned and abused dogs and cats. We provide rescue, medical care, rehabilitation, and adoption services in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC metropolitan areas.
The animals in our care come to us through no fault of their own. Some have been pulled from “death row” at other shelters, some have been rescued from abusive situations, others come to us after they have lost their way home or their owners are unable to care for them. Our dedicated volunteers provide the love, care, and attention they deserve until a new caring home can be found.
Our shelter typically houses more than 100 dogs of all ages, shapes, and sizes. Many are mixed breeds—charming “mutts” who make wonderful companions (and often lead healthier lives than their purebred cousins). We also provide shelter for up to 30 cats and kittens in our cattery plus many others in foster homes. FOHA is the only no-kill shelter of its size in the area, where visitors can meet many animals until they find the perfect pet for them. Our animals are all spayed or neutered, up to date on shots, and tested (and if necessary treated) for heartworm and other medical conditions.
FOHA works to find qualified adoptive homes for all the animals in our care, while keeping the commitment to providing a safe and healthy haven for as long as may be necessary. Approximately 500 dogs and cats per year have found permanent, loving homes.