What WAAAG does...

 

 

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 quantity of adoptions we process per year. We specialize in the 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.

​About Us

Our Facilities...

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.

 

Our Board of Directors...

 

Angie Webber

Co-Founder, President & COO

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.

Kimberly Shultzaberger

Board Chairman

Kimberly experienced the WAAAG “difference” first hand when she adopted WAAAG alumni, Junior (Loki, one of Millie's puppies). She knew then that she wanted to be involved and started volunteering regularly with the WAAAG animals. A resident of Fauquier since 1988, Kimberly also has a chocolate lab named Harley along with 4 grand-dogs and a grand-cat. Kimberly and her husband enjoy camping, the beach, and spending time with their grandson. Outside of WAAAG, Kimberly works as a compliance manager within the cyber-security realm.

Marylee Materna

Director of Operations

Marylee has 12 years of animal rescue experience in Ohio and Virginia. Her former full time career was in music for many years. Now, she loves being a part of the healing process of shelter animals: seeing the possibilities of their personalities emerge. There is nothing more uplifting to her than witnessing the dogs and cats and their new families give each other a sense of purpose, belonging and trust.

Sherry Miller

Director of Social Media

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. 

Jennifer Lee

Director of Events & Fundraising

Jenny became involved with WAAAG after seeing a magazine article about a lovable pitbull named Diesel who was awaiting his furever home. She knew right away this was the organization she had been looking to volunteer with since locating full time to Warrenton. Jenny has been involved with animal rescue for 10+ years, as well as owning a dog walking & pet sitting company - so it is safe to say animal care is a full time passion for her! She resides with her own rescued furbabies, a dog named Mr. Bear and a cat named Munkey. She is single, but still hopeful about marrying Jake Gyllenhaal one day. 

Lynn Aiani

Lynn is an attorney who lives and works in Warrenton.  She enjoys supporting programs and organizations that benefit those in and around the local community.  After adopting her best buddy, Percy, from WAAAG back in 2013, Lynn was inspired to volunteer with WAAAG and continue helping other dogs and cats find their perfect, forever family!

Laura Neischel

Bio coming soon

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Our 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 a dog or cat'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 will always be there for a WAAAG dog or cat when it is their time to pass over the bridge, and we will ensure it is a peaceful and gentle passing.

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 testing and is decided on by the Board of Directors. We do not take this decision lightly, and we will try all means to avoid euthanasia of an animal. We believe that knowingly adopting out dogs that can cause harm to a human would be a liability and put our mission to save animals at risk.

 
Contact Us

WAAAG

PO Box 105
Delaplane, VA 20144

​Email: waaag@waaag.org
Phone: 540-270-2351

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