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Animal Services Program

Dog and cat, laying down nice and cozy, taking a nap together.


COVID-19 Guidances and Best Practices

For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, go to

Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately, the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy and will be available for mail services only.

Walk In Services

The Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) Processing Center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 am – 1 pm, and Wednesday, 9 am - 3:30 pm (except holidays).
Individuals may also call the Processing Center at 1 (877) 672-2174 to get an update on their pending application.In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all Health

Professional Board meetings are currently held virtually. Please check each board's respective website for information on when the next meeting will take place.If you are already in contact with a Health Licensing Specialist (HLS), please

forward any documents to said HLS via email.

Services and Information:

Under the guidance of the Department of Health, DC Animal Care and Control provides animal management, zoonotic disease prevention and assists the public with a wide range of animal related issues. Select from the links below for educational resources and information regarding services provided.

Licenses, Permits, Certificates

Animal Care and Control

Rodents and Mosquitos



Emergency and After Hours Information:

Animal Care and Control Facility
1201 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
24 hour line: (202) 576-6664
Emergency Hours: 24 hours/day
Adoption Hours:  Tuesday - Sunday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Effective August 1, 2018, the District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration Online Licensing Portal for dog license registration will be temporarily closed. Our office will only accept applications via mail or if you walk in to the following locations:

DC Health/Health Regulations and Licensing Administration
899 North Capitol Street NE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
Hours of Operation-Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

DC Animal Care & Control
1201 New York Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
Hours of Operation- Tuesday – Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Oglethorpe Street Adoption Center
& Medical Center

Hours of Operation- 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday

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


The Animal Services Program seeks to strengthen the bond between humans and animals in the District of Columbia. Our mission is to minimize conflict between people, pets and wildlife while promoting harmonious coexistence. Providing care and support for all animals, residents, visitors and business owners in the District of Columbia is of the utmost importance to our program. Preventing the spread of communicable diseases transmitted from animals to humans, such as rabies and West Nile Virus, is a top priority.


A District in which people and animals live together safely and harmoniously.

The Animal Services Program seeks to:

  • Vigorously promote animal adoption;
  • Encourage all owners to spay or neuter their pets;
  • Provide high quality animal sheltering and animal control field services through the DC Animal Care and Control Facility, a facility that operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year;
  • Educate the public in a wide variety of issues relating to animals, such as dog licensing, animal emergency preparedness, and how to respond when wildlife is spotted;
  • Enforce District animal laws;
  • Ensure that animal-related businesses provide a high level of care to animals and owners;
  • Assist the public in resolving conflicts that involve animals;
  • Reduce the number of animal bites; and
  • Prevent, control, and educate the public about rabies, West Nile Virus, and other diseases that are communicable from animals to humans.



Contact Phone: 
(202) 535-2323
Contact Fax: 
(202) 442-8117
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
2nd Floor
Office Hours: 
Processing Center: M-F: 9 am-1 pm, W: 9 am-3:30 pm; Office Hours M-F: 8:15 am-4:45 pm
Service Location: 

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GIS Address: 
899 North Capitol Street, NE