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Animal Welfare League of Arlington

$250 Funds a grant to provide emergency veterinary assistance to save the life of a pet

Animal Welfare League of Arlington

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) is a private, non-profit, 501c(3) organization located in Arlington, Virginia.  AWLA provides sheltering and animal control services under a contract with Arlington County but is otherwise privately funded by donations. In addition to finding homes for homeless animals, AWLA provides important community services to help people keep and care for their pets. These services include:

Eight low-cost rabies vaccination and microchip clinics each year. (Rabies shots are $10 each and microchips are $35.)

Eleven affordable monthly Wellness Clinics each year for income-qualified* clients to have their dog(s) and/or cat(s) examined by a veterinarian and given vaccinations for rabies, distemper, and kennel cough; de-worming treatment; heartworm tests; and heartworm preventatives.

Low-cost spay/neuter vouchers for income-qualified clients.

Interest-free loans and outright grants for emergency veterinary assistance to diagnose and treat a sudden, life-threatening condition in a pet.*

A behavior helpline that is available to all pet owners to help them understand and work with their pets, rather than surrender them in frustration.

A foster program with dedicated volunteers who save the lives of animals, like neonatal kittens, that might otherwise perish for lack of intensive care.

A Safekeeping Program that provides free temporary care (up to 2 weeks) for pets of residents of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church who are experiencing a crisis (ex. unexpected illness, house fire, domestic abuse) while they find alternative accommodations for themselves and their animals.

Specialized medical or behavior treatment for shelter animals needing more than average attention and who without it might not be deemed adoptable.

Humane education programs, tours and presentations to the community to raise awareness of animal welfare and the services available to the community.

Robust Trap Neuter Return (TNR) program for feral cats in Arlington County.

*to be eligible for these programs applicants must offer proof of annual household income equal to or less than $60,000.

When appropriate, AWLA works with private rescue groups and other shelters to take in and adopt out animals that might otherwise be euthanized for lack of space and resources.

AWLA has been working with Potomac Highlands Animal Rescue (PHAR) in West Virginia for more than 15 years to transfer in animals that might otherwise be euthanized for lack of space and resources. PHAR now comes almost weekly to deliver adoptable animals.

AWLA also works with the Louisiana SPCA, which sends a semi-truck filled with adoptable animals north 2-3 times a year and we take as many as we can.

Most recently AWLA has begun a partnership to transfer in adoptable animals from under-resourced shelters in southwestern Virginia.

AWLA even takes animals from as far away as South Korea and Puerto Rico, helps out with animal-hoarding and puppy mill cases, and rescues animals of natural disasters like Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Florence.

The League’s primary responsibility is to the animals and people of Arlington County.  Therefore, the League will accept any animal regardless of condition from within Arlington.  Recognizing that the League has a physical capacity limit, it will accept other animals from outside of Arlington County when it has space to do so and when accepting animals from other jurisdictions will not significantly jeopardize the health and safety of the League’s existing animal population.  We accept every animal regardless of whether or not we believe that the animal is “adoptable.” 

For fiscal year 2018, AWLA’s positive outcome rate was 96%, which means that 96% of the animals that passed through our shelter were released - healthy and treatable - through adoption, return to owner, or transfer to one of AWLA’s network of rescue and rehabilitation partners, and far exceeds national standards. (A “no kill” shelter is considered one whose positive outcome rate is 90% or better.)