Community Involvement & Service

Friendship Hospital for Animals recognizes that we have a special responsibility to the community beyond our mission to provide quality health care for pets. As the largest pet health care provider in the area, we are committed to community service.

As a member of the Washington, DC business and animal health care community for more than 60 years, Friendship is committed to helping make our community a better place to live. Friendship has developed or participates in a number of programs to support our community. Read on to learn about our innovative programs.

Brudder Sullivan Fund

The Brudder Sullivan Fund was established as a way for Friendship to provide financial assistance in times of need. The fund helps offset the cost of veterinary services for an animal with a good prognosis. The Brudder Sullivan Fund is primarily funded by donations that are made by Friendship each time an animal passes away at the hospital.

The fund has limited resources and decisions regarding use of the fund are reserved to the Director, Chief Operating Officer, or a member of management. While Friendship will accept donations to the fund, it is currently not designated as a 501(c)3, and therefore donations are not tax-deductible.

Community Service Leave

Friendship provides all staff members employed for at least one year with paid leave so that they have an opportunity to “give back” to the community. Friendship provides six paid days of community service leave each year to qualified staff members. Staff members may use the leave for the community service of their choice. Friendship employees have used their leave to work for schools and churches and animal humane organizations. One staff member saved up his leave to go to South Africa with his church to help rebuild an impoverished community.

Following the Hurricane Katrina disaster, Friendship staff members used their community service leave to go to the disaster area to aid the animal shelters. Veterinarians and Friendship managers spent time organizing the shelter and caring for the thousands of lost and abandoned pets.

Discounted Veterinary Services

Friendship recognizes the critical animal welfare services provided to the community by the Washington Humane Society (WHS), the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) and grassroots rescue organizations such as Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and City Dogs Rescue. The staffs of these organizations work tirelessly to provide care and protection to animals across our city. Friendship works closely with these organizations to provide quality health care to animals in need 24-hours of every day.

In support of these efforts, Friendship discounts all professional services to our humane, rescue and service partners:

  • Washington Humane Society
  • Washington Animal Rescue League
  • City Dogs Rescue
  • Lucky Dog Animal Rescue
  • Guide Dog Foundation
  • Guiding Eyes

The Marshall Legacy Institute

Restore hope, alleviate suffering, and nurture stability in war-torn countries—these are the goals of the Marshall Legacy Institute.

The Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) is a Virginia-based, non-profit organization founded in the 50th Anniversary Year of the Marshall Plan to extend the vision of Nobel Peace Laureate George C. Marshall to address 21st Century problems.

The current focus of MLI is assisting nations in establishing affordable and sustainable programs to rid their land of the scourge of landmines. MLIs two major programs are the K9 Demining Corps Campaign (K9DC) and the Children Against Mines Program (CHAMPS).

In ten short years, MLI has provided resources and training to over a dozen severely mine contaminated countries and has helped to alleviate suffering and restore hope for millions of people affected daily by landmines.

This year MLI reached a major milestone in providing its 101st and 102nd lifesaving dog to “sniff out” landmines in the neediest of countries. Incorporated in March 1997 for charitable, education, and humanitarian purposes, MLI is a tax-exempt organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3).

Friendship is proud to support the efforts of this humanitarian effort. Your donations to this cause are welcome.

FHA Environmental Policy

Our commitment to our patients, our clients, and our community extends to our environment and our impact on our planet.

Friendship is committed to providing the highest quality animal health care in a manner that ensures a safe and healthy environment for our employees, patients, and clients. This commitment requires that we minimize our potential impact on the environment. Our hospital staff will operate in compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and strive to use pollution prevention and environmental best practices in all aspects of hospital operations.

To fulfill this commitment FHA will:

  • Integrate the consideration of environmental concerns and impacts into all of our decision making and activities.
  • Promote environmental awareness among our employees and encourage them to work in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • Train, educate, and inform our employees about environmental issues that may affect their work.
  • Reduce waste through re-use and recycling and by purchasing recycled, recyclable or refurbished products and materials where these alternatives are available, economical, and suitable.
  • Promote efficient use of materials and resources throughout our facility including water, electricity, supplies and other resources, particularly those that are non-renewable.
  • Avoid unnecessary use of hazardous materials and products, seek substitutions when feasible, and take all reasonable steps to protect human health and the environment when such materials must be used, stored, and disposed of.
  • Purchase and use environmentally responsible products accordingly.
  • Where required by legislation or where significant health, safety or environmental hazards exist, develop and maintain appropriate emergency and spill response programs.
  • Communicate our environmental commitment to clients, customers, and the public and encourage them to support it.
  • Strive to continually improve our environmental performance and minimize the social impact and damage of activities by periodically reviewing our environmental policy in light of our current and planned future activities.

Food & Friends: “Slice of Life”

The staff and volunteers at Food & Friends work tirelessly each day to provide nutritious, life-sustaining meals to thousands of individuals in the area battling HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses. By buying a pie or making a contribution, you’ll make a direct impact in the lives of the 2,800 children and adults who rely on Food & Friends for their daily nutrition. Many of their clients have nowhere else to turn and more than 74% live below the poverty line.

But, you can make their lives better by supporting the Friendship team today!