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Animal Services Program


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Administrative Office
899 North Capitol Street, NE
Second Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Office Hours:  8:15 am-4:45 pm

Service Hours:  9 am - 4 pm
Animal Control Facility
1201 New York Avenue, NE
Washington DC 20002
(202) 576-6664
24 hours/day


The Department of Health's Animal Services Program is located within the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration.

The mission of the Animal Services Program is to prevent and control the spread of communicable diseases transmitted from animals to humans through timely investigations, referrals, follow-up, licensing, enforcement and providing field services throughout the District. These services are extremely important to prevent and control the spread of rabies, a fatal disease in humans and to prevent citizens from unnecessarily having to undergo rabies prophylaxis treatment. In addition, these services are necessary to protect the public from dangerous animals and from vehicle accidents caused by stray or injured animals. The Animal Services Program also seeks to provide humane education and reduce dog bites.

Staff from the Animal Services Program oversees animal disease prevention and animal control services at the District-owned Animal Control Facility at 1201 New York Ave, NE. Staff assists the public with animal-related problems and protects the public from animal–related diseases. The services are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and include, but not limited to, animal disease control, rabies suspect control, stray animal control, dangerous dog control, licensing, enforcement, sterilization, and adoption.

Services and Information

Department of Health staff at the Animal Control Facility conducts animal control and animal disease prevention services and assists the public with animal-related problems. Select from the links below to find complete details of the services and information provided.

Contact Phone: 
(877) 672-2174
Contact Fax: 
(202) 727-8471
Contact TTY: 
Office Hours: 
Monday to Friday 8:15 am to 4:45 pm
Service Location: 

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GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE