Animal Welfare League of Arlington
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) is a private, nonprofit, 501c(3) organization located in Arlington, Virginia with more than 75 years of experience providing compassionate care for animals in need and the people who love them. AWLA provides sheltering and animal control services under a contract with Arlington County and is otherwise privately funded by donations. In addition to finding homes for animals, AWLA provides important community services to help people keep and care for their pets. These services include low-cost vaccinations and microchips, affordable well-pet clinics, low-cost spay/neuter surgery vouchers, veterinary assistance grants, a safekeeping program, specialized medical and behavior treatment for shelter animals, a behavior helpline, dog and cat training classes, a foster program, a community cat program (formerly Trap Neuter Return [TNR] program), and many informative programs for children and adults.
AWLA is an open-access shelter and in fiscal year 2021 the League's positive outcome rate was 97%, which means that 97% 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. 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, most recently partnering with under-resourced shelters in southwestern Virginia.
AWLA is proud to serve Arlington County, and the greater Washington DC Metropolitan area.