First up, the Crime Museum for "Dog Fighting: The Voiceless Victims." The exhibit was created by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and offers an inside look at the tools used by dogfighters, from treadmills to a "rape: stand to breaking sticks to a copy of Michael Vick's indictment papers, all seized during dogfighting raids by ASPCA. Clearly not for the feint of heart, the exhibit is also unquestionably important in raising awareness about the inhumane "sport" of dogfighting, still prevalent after the Vick raid. The Crime Museum is at 575 7th St. NW. Tickets are $15 online, or $21.95 at the museum. Call 202-393-1099 or visit crimemuseum.org. Closes Sept. 2.
Next there's "Domestic, Wild, Divine: Artists Look at Animals, drawn from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts? entire collection. The exhibition examines the way artists have responded to the significant but often enigmatic roles that animals have played in human life. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is at 200 North Boulevard in Richmond, Va. Call 804-340-1400 or visit vmfa.state.va.us. Closes Aug. 4
And while it's not about animals specifically, Julie Wolfe's "Rewilding" features paintings that address human intrusions into the environment and wide-open perceptions of nature. At Hemphill Fine Arts, 1515 14th St. NW. Call 202-234-5601 or visit hemphillfinearts.com. Closes May 18.