All about WAAAG
Created in 2012, Washington Area Animal Adoption Group (WAAAG) is a veteran-founded, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) animal rescue organization nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Delaplane, VA. We help all types of dogs and cats to find safe and loving homes and when necessary, offer end-of-life care for those animals that are not healthy or adoptable. We are a small rescue, which allows us to focus on the quality of life for all our animals and not the number of adoptions we process per year. We specialize in animals that need time in a quiet environment to heal from trauma or mistreatment. The peace & tranquility at WAAAG helps the animals heal physically and emotionally. It also helps them build their confidence and prepare for their forever home.
Every day, dogs and cats in good health with wonderful personalities are euthanized because of overcrowded shelters. Many of these animals end up at the shelter through no fault of their own. Animals lose their homes when their guardians have died or moved or simply can no longer care for them.
If we had our way, no dog or cat would spend its days in a cold, dark shelter. There is so much love and joy in these dogs and cats! Bringing these special animals into a home is not only good for the dogs and cats, these loving animals also transform the quality of life for the people who adopt or foster them.
The WAAAG Campus
WAAAG dogs stay in climate-controlled cabins where they have their own rooms & access to their own covered porch, kennel run & play yard. WAAAG dogs enjoy long walks through wooded trails & along meandering creeks at least 2 times per day.
WAAAG cats also live in a climate-controlled cat cabin where they have their own space to feel safe but are also allowed time to interact with the other cats as they please. Socialization is a big part of what WAAAG does with cats so they can live happy lives when they move on to their forever family.
WAAAG Board of Directors
Angie is one of the original founders of WAAAG. In her previous life, she was in the Air Force and then worked in the Dept of Defense Industry as a consultant and analyst.
However, her passion is helping animals. She has always been that person that pulls over for the stray dog on the side of the road. Nine years ago, Angie adopted her first rescue dog, Bandit, a 1-year-old black and white terror mix that had been at a shelter for 6 months. Bandit had been labeled as food aggressive, Toy aggressive, not potty-trained, and not good with cats. She couldn't resist his cute little snaggletoothed smile and his persistence at getting her attention. She took him home that day and the two of them began working through his issues. Today, Bandit is an amazing dog with lots of love to give, he eats his dinner next to his buddy, Pingel and he doesn't mind sharing his toys with him. He also tolerates the cat, they have an understanding. Just like so many other dogs in shelters today. Angie and her partner created WAAAG to help more dogs and cats like Bandit.
Jesy is a seasoned business operations manager with over 20 years of experience working in the management consulting industry. She is a strong operations professional skilled in business process improvement, risk management, and program/project control. She is also a lifetime resident of Northern Virginia and has been involved with several local rescue organizations over the past decade in a volunteer capacity.
Jesy met Angie and WAAAG in early 2020 and immediately fell in love with the intimate and peaceful facilities and superior care and love that goes into making every day at the rescue a healing one for the animals. She has a 12-year-old chocolate lab named Marley, and a 3-year-old lab/pit mix named Poppy, whom she adopted from WAAAG in March of 2020.
A lifetime resident of Northern VA, Sherry recently retired from a career in dental management to devote more time to her passion of rescue. Sherry has been involved in animal rescue since 2007 volunteering with several local rescue organizations, joining WAAAG in June 2015. The roles that she fills for WAAAG include social media and Community Outreach, acting as a liaison between the public, local shelters and many of our rescue partners. She hopes to help to bring awareness that dogs and cats deserve our love, respect and protection from those that would do them harm. Sherry believes that WAAAG embraces the responsibility, not only to provide that protection and rehabilitation, but to serve as an educational bridge between what rescue provides and the community. Sherry has a soft spot for the seniors and has fostered several senior dogs for WAAAG. She has 2 dachshunds and recently adopted Lady, the senior hospice dachshund that she was fostering for WAAAG.
Director of Social Media & Community Outreach
With over two decades of experience in the web and digital worlds, Michelle’s background in graphic design and marketing are the ideal foundation for her current role on our board. A graphic designer by training, Michelle moved into UI and web design and has evolved into a social media expert by supporting a number of organizations as both an employee and through her full-service agency Loud Mouth Social.
Michelle lived in Fauquier County, Virginia for 24 years and recently relocated to Annapolis, MD with her husband and 2 rescue dogs Tank & Mia.
WAAAG's Euthanasia Policy
WAAAG rescues dogs and cats, typically from overcrowded shelters. Despite temperament testing and veterinary screening and care, the backgrounds of many WAAAG dogs and cats are unknown, and some animals may have severe, previously undetected behavior or medical problems. As a result, we have created a euthanasia policy.
Our belief is that when an animal's quality of life has diminished drastically, euthanasia is the right thing to do. We consult with our veterinarians when making this difficult decision. We also believe that animals with behavior and/or aggression issues who are deemed to pose an unacceptable danger to other animals, themselves, or the public are candidates for euthanasia. This is determined with behavior and medical evaluations and is decided on by the Board of Directors. We do not take this decision lightly, and we will try all means to avoid the euthanasia of an animal. We will always be there for an animal when it is their time to pass over the rainbow bridge and we will ensure that their passing is humane, peaceful, and gentle.