New facility will minimize feline and small companion animal stress and facilitate quicker adoptions
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) today launched the Care And Transform capital campaign to secure a $670,000 in funding for a building renovation that will improve the intake and quality of life for feline and small companion animals at the shelter. Annually, AWLA receives approximately 900 cats with an average length of stay of 35 days. With no time limit for any of its animals, some cats may live at the shelter for as long as a year prior to finding permanent homes. While the existing facility offers adequate space and enrichment for short stays, it is not sufficient to impact the overall quality of life for the long-term feline residents.
“We believe that while cats are in our care we must do everything that we can to enrich their lives and that includes an opportunity to stretch, climb and play,” said Neil Trent, AWLA president and CEO. “By improving our feline housing, we anticipate a reduction in the average length of stay for cats, which is not only better for them, but will free space to accept more cats.”
According to animal welfare experts, housing is the single most important factor in determining the quality of an animal’s experience in a shelter environment. It impacts the animal 24 hours-a-day and affects everything from anxiety level and disease, to food intake and sleep quality. The renovated cat and small companion quarters will be designed by Animal Arts, a nationally recognized architecture firm specializing in animal shelter and veterinary clinic design and will adhere to the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) guidelines. The new facility will include more cageless cat colonies; larger cat cages with spaces for hiding, perching and stretching; enlarged windows to provide more natural light; private “get acquainted” rooms; new cat receiving and isolation rooms; and a state-of-the-art HVAC system to promote animal health.
“AWLA is committed to providing animals with the best standards of care,” said Mr. Treadaway, AWLA past chair and CAT campaign chair. “Research shows there is a link between physical environment and animal health. Through the CAT campaign, we are ensuring that our shelter cats will receive exemplary care.”
The CAT campaign committee is comprised of community and business leaders including Mark Treadaway, Jeanne Broyhill, Joanne Hannett, Diane Greenlee, Pat and Bob Ragan, and Debra Rose. To date, the committee has raised over 35 percent of the campaign goal with significant lead gifts from John Kaparakis, Debra and David Rose, Mark Treadaway and Bob Kenney, Jack and Dona Hobbs, Lisa Kirschner, Gillian McPhee, Bernice Barbour Roundation, Pat and Bob Ragan, Susan and David Sherman, Neil Trent, Jeanne Broyhill and Joe Ventrone, Jennie Barnes, George Depaoli, Susan and Kevin Murnane and American International Group.
“The AWLA’s mission is to improve the lives of animals, and the League is committed to enhancing the quality of care for its animals. We encourage the public to support this initiative through adoption or a donation to the CAT campaign,” said Trent.
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The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) is offering a special “Be Mine” Valentine’s weekend promotion from Fri. February 14 through Mon. February 17 (we’re open noon-5pm on Presidents’ Day). Show your love for a shelter animal by adopting a cat, rabbit or bird for $14. The adoption fee includes: a certificate for a free exam with a participating veterinarian, spay or neuter surgery, a feline leukemia and feline AIDS test (for cats), age-appropriate vaccinations, a personalized I.D. tag, a microchip, an information packet and an emergency sticker.
“There is nothing like the companionship and unconditional love you receive from a four-legged friend,” said Neil Trent, AWLA president and CEO. “We invite the community to come to the League, meet their match and provide a shelter animal with a loving home.”
In conjunction with World Spay Day, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and designated animal hospitals/clinics will be offering the lowest spay/neuter prices of the year for pets of low-income clients in the Washington DC metro area. AWLA will sell vouchers throughout February (or until we run out) and the surgeries will take place at area veterinary facilities in Northern Virginia. Participating vet clinics include Potomac Spay/Neuter Clinic, NOVA Cat Clinic, Caring Hands Animal Hospital (Alexandria Location), and Arlington Animal Hospital.
Pet owners must meet the annual household income requirement of $60,000 or less (proof of household income is required) plus they must be available to drop off their animals the morning of the surgery and pick up their animals late afternoon/early evening of the same day.
Our special Spay Day pricing will be: $25 for male cats, $50 for female cats and $75 for dogs (male or female). The League and vets will be subsidizing the rest of the cost of the surgeries per animal. Discounted vaccines will also be available on the day of surgery. Owners are required to purchase their voucher at our shelter and schedule their pet’s surgery directly with the animal hospital/clinic.
We will have a limited number of vouchers available, and they will be sold in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring the proof-of-income (i.e. signed copy of most current tax return, W-2 statement(s) or social security/disability documentation) when purchasing your voucher with cash or credit card only (no checks). If you have any questions, please call the front desk at (703) 931-9241 for immediate assistance or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
AWLA hopes to send home 100 pets in December
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) seeks to find homes for 100 animals this month as part of its “Homes for the Holidays” campaign. Special half-price adoption fees will be available for cats and kittens—$50 for adult cats (over five months) and $75 for kittens (less than five months). The adoption fee includes: a certificate for a free exam with a participating veterinarian, spay or neuter surgery, a feline leukemia and feline AIDS test, age-appropriate vaccinations, a personalized I.D. tag, a microchip, an information packet and an emergency sticker.
“The best gift a shelter pet can get is a loving and permanent home,” said Neil Trent, president & CEO of Animal Welfare League of Arlington. “Even though we work hard to make the shelter a loving environment, it’s no substitute for the warmth and joy a family’s home can provide,” Trent said.
The shelter has no time limit for how long animals can stay. Jewels, for instance, a 5yr-old, female domestic shorthair, has been patiently waiting for her new home for almost a year. Jewels was originally transferred to AWLA from the Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility when they were running short on space. She was adopted from AWLA in June 2008, but then returned in January 2013, because her owner was moving.
If you can’t adopt right now, you can still give joy to shelter pets in these ways:
- Spread the word—Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and share stories of our adoptable animals through social media to increase awareness and help find them homes.
- Give a shelter animal a gift—Bring a little joy and enrichment to a shelter animal this holiday season by purchasing an item from our Amazon wish list.
- Give the gift of time—In the spirit of the season consider “gifting” your time as a foster guardian. The shelter can be a stressful environment and some animals just need a break. AWLA is seeking individuals or families that can temporarily open their home to an animal in need of fostering. AWLA provides foster training and covers all expenses associated with caring for a foster animal, including feeding and medical expenses.
To learn more about becoming a foster, donor or to see AWLA’s diverse selection of companion animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and hamsters visit www.awla.org or download the free Arlington Pets App. AWLA is located at 2650 S. Arlington Mill Drive Arlington, VA.
Rudolph Reindeer Treat made by Dogma Bakery & Boutique and sold exclusively at AWLA-One for $3 and Three for $7.
Purchase gifts that help AWLA shelter animals
Among the big-box retailer “early bird specials” and “door buster sales,” The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) will hold a special promotion starting November 29—Black Friday—the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.
“We have many animals looking for a home for the holidays. On Black Friday and throughout the holiday shopping season, we encourage folks to shop our shelter whether it is for a furry or feathered companion or a special gift for their pet,” said Neil Trent, AWLA president and CEO. “People can feel good knowing that their purchase or adoption not only fulfilled a gift-giving need, but also helped to support our shelter animals.”
Whether it is a commitment to adopt an animal or a desire to give a charitable present, these unique gift-giving ideas will support shelter animals in need:
- The Gift of “Home Sweet Home” – The shelter animals would like nothing more than to find their forever home for the holidays. On Black Friday only (Nov. 29), AWLA will extend half price adoption fees on all animals.
- It’s a Wrap – Bring your gift purchases to AWLA on Black Friday from 12 p.m. to 5p.m. and let the League elves do your gift wrapping. The League will be accepting donations of $3 per gift wrapped item or $10 for four gift wrapped items.
- A Pawsitively, Purrfect Gift Certificate – Surprise a loved one with an AWLA gift certificate redeemable for a pet adoption fee, retail or bakery items or a microchip and rabies vaccination clinic. Gift certificates are available for purchase at the League or over the phone (703) 931-9241.
- Sweet Treats for Fido – Looking for a stocking stuffer for your pooch? A five inch tall, custom Rudolph cookie treat by Dogma Bakery & Boutique is on sale exclusively at AWLA for $3 per treat or $7 for three treats. Proceeds from each purchase will benefit AWLA shelter animals.
- Collars for Canines – This holiday season AWLA is holding a “collar drive” for shelter dogs. The League is in need of Quick Release Snap Martingale Collars. Collars can be purchased and shipped directly to the League from an Amazon wish list.
- Purchasing a 2014 AWLA Calendar – Features inspirational stories and photos of League adoptions. Calendars can be purchased for $20 at the League to benefit shelter animals.
- Contributing on “Giving Tuesday” – You know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but are you aware of Giving Tuesday? Kick off the holiday season of giving by making a tax deductable donation to the shelter animals at AWLA on Tuesday, December 3. Visit http://givingtuesday.razoo.com/story/Awla for details and to make a contribution.
- Give the gift of time – In the spirit of the season consider “gifting” your time as a foster guardian. The shelter can be a stressful environment and some animals just need a break. AWLA is seeking individuals or families that can temporarily open their home to an animal in need of fostering. AWLA provides foster training and covers all expenses associated with caring for a foster animal, including feeding and medical expenses.
The Arlington County Board issued a proclamation today to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA), which declares the month of November, Animal Welfare League of Arlington Shelter Appreciation Month. This declaration coincides with National Animal Shelter Appreciation week, November 3-9, 2013.
“Arlington County has had a long commitment to the humane treatment of animals in partnership with the Animal Welfare League of Arlington,” said Jay Fisette, vice chair Arlington County Board. “With its innovative programs and tireless advocacy efforts AWLA operates as one of the top open admission shelters in Virginia exceeding national standards and serving as a model for other animal shelters throughout the Commonwealth,” said Fisette.
“It is gratifying to be recognized by the County for our animal welfare efforts. We strive everyday to protect vulnerable animals as well as to find loving and permanent homes for all companion animals in our community,” said Neil Trent, president and CEO, Animal Welfare League of Arlington. “It is because of Arlington County residents and individuals throughout the D.C. metro area who share in our mission, that we are able to increase our efforts, better serve the community and improve the lives of animals,” said Trent.
Whether it is a commitment to adopt an animal or simply sharing a Facebook post, there are several ways the public can demonstrate their support for Animal Shelter Appreciation Month :
- Party for a purpose! Show your support and attend the first-ever Golden Paw Gala on Saturday, November 2nd at the Westin Arlington Gateway. The glitzy benefit will support AWLA shelter, programs and services. For details and to purchase tickets visit, www.awla.org.
- Become a Foster - The shelter can be a stressful environment and some animals just need a break. AWLA is seeking individuals or families that can temporarily open their home to an animal in need of fostering. AWLA provides foster training and covers all expenses associated with caring for a foster animal, including feeding and medical expenses.
- Spread the Word - Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and share stories of our adoptable dogs through social media to increase awareness and help find them homes.
Donate -The League relies on financial contributions, as well as wish items to enrich the lives of animals during their stay at AWLA or at-risk animals in the community. Money can be allocated by the donor to either a general fund or low-cost spay/neuter fund, the Woody and Mickey Healthy Pet fund, Ross-Roberts Emergency Veterinary Fund or the Bob Ragan Humane Education Fund.
Earlier this year the Virginia General Assembly issued a resolution in honor of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s (AWLA) efforts to operate one of the top open admission shelters in Virginia and for implementing programs to ensure that over 90 percent of its cats and dogs leave the facility. This exceeds national standards.
With many dogs currently at the shelter or in foster care and more are expected to arrive throughout the month, Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month, has come just in time for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA). Those who adopt a dog from AWLA during the month of October will be entitled to special incentives including a day of special pricing and same day adoptions.
Whether it is a commitment to adopt or simply sharing a Facebook post, there are some ways the public can get involved and make a difference during Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month:
- Meet Your Match- AWLA will be a satellite location for the 2013 ASPCA “Mega Match-a-thon,” an adoption event hosted by Washington Animal Rescue League, sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®. During the one-day event on Saturday, October 19th the League will be open from 11a.m.-5p.m. offering same day adoptions, as well as special pricing, $50 for dogs and puppies (Normally $175 adult dogs and $200 for puppies) and $25 for cats and kittens (Normally $100 adult cats and $150 for kittens). Not only will adoption fees be at their lowest for the year, they will also include: a certificate for a free exam with a participating veterinarian, rabies vaccination, spay/neuter procedure, distemper vaccine, personalized I.D. tag, microchip, an information packet and emergency sticker. Dogs will also receive a complimentary heartworm test and bordatella vaccine, and cats will receive a feline leukemia/feline AIDS test.
- Free Training Session-All dogs adopted from AWLA throughout the month of October will be entitled to a free group training class on Sunday, October 20 at the League. Learn training tips, techniques and receive a complimentary consultation.
- Party for a purpose! Join us for our Inaugural Golden Paw Gala on Saturday, November 2nd at the Westin Arlington Gateway. The glitzy benefit will support not only all AWLA shelter dogs, but all animals, programs and services. For details and to purchase tickets visit, www.awla.org.
- Become a Foster- The shelter can be a stressful environment and some dogs just need a break. AWLA is seeking individuals or families that can temporarily open their home to a dog in need of fostering. AWLA provides foster training and covers all expenses associated with caring for a foster animal, including feeding and medical expenses.
- Spread the Word- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and share stories of our adoptable dogs through social media to increase awareness and help find them homes.
If it is a designer dog or a middling mutt you seek AWLA has them. “Dogs of every type, size, age and personality are available at AWLA and our goal is to help them find a permanent home,” said Neil Trent, president and CEO, Animal Welfare League of Arlington. “Whether you want an exercise buddy, a best friend for your child, a partner in agility competitions, a constant companion for an aging parent or simply a wagging tail and furry face to greet you after a hard day at work, an adopted dog can be all of these – and more. Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month is the perfect time for people to adopt a shelter dog and experience the joy canine companionship brings.”
To learn more about adoptable dogs or AWLA’s diverse selection of other companion animals including: cats, rabbits, birds, and hamsters, download the free Arlington Pets App or visit www.awla.org.
Animal enthusiasts are invited to an evening of fun, fur and philanthropy as the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, rolls out the red carpet to help shelter and homeless animals
PUParrazi get ready! The Animal Welfare League of Arlington will roll out the red carpet to honor superstar shelter animals during its Inaugural Golden Paw Gala and A-Cat-Emmy Awards on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at the Westin Arlington Gateway, Ballston. Proceeds will directly benefit shelter and homeless animals, as well as community programs and services supported by The Animal Welfare League of Arlington—the County’s only humane society. Meet and mingle with some VIPs (Very Important Pooches) aka, shelter dogs, that will walk the red carpet to represent the hundreds of animals that will benefit from the evening’s proceeds.
“Over 3,000 companion animals benefit from the League each year with 92 percent of sheltered animals in 2012 either being placed for adoption, reunited with their owner, or transferred to one of many of AWLA’s network of rescue and rehabilitation partners,” said Neil Trent, president and CEO of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.
“The Golden Paw Gala is not only a benefit event to help advance our mission to improve the lives of animals, but also serves to generate awareness for the many adoptable animals in our care that are in need of a home.”Joel Silverman, professional Hollywood animal trainer, current host of the nationally syndicated TV series Dog & Cat Training with Joel Silverman, former host of Good Dog U on Animal Planet, and author of Bond with Your Heart; Train with Your Brain, will give a presentation and demonstration with “Foster,” a rescue shelter pup trained for movies and commercials.
Special guest Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, will deliver keynote remarks. Three honorees will be recognized with an A-Cat-Emmy award for their exemplary contributions to the health and welfare of Arlington’s shelter animals.
This glitzy benefit event will be co-hosted by Dr. Katy Nelson of The Pet Show with Dr. Katy on News Channel 8, as well as Scott Thuman, WJLA anchor of Good Morning Washington, and include a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, program and entertainment. Join us for an evening of fun, fur and philanthropy while helping to make second chances PAWsible.Get more information and purchase tickets.
Sponsored in part by: Jim McCowan, Realtor, Segue Technologies and Veterinary Surgical Centers
Did you adopt your pet from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington and want to see him or her in our 2014 calendar? Then submit your pet’s photo and let the voting begin!
Each dollar you raise will be a vote for your pet’s photo. The photo with the most votes will be our grand prize winner and will be featured on the cover of our calendar! The next top 12 photos will be included in the months inside the calendar. Everyone who receives at least 100 votes and is not in the top 13 will be included on our collage page.
Here are the rules:
1. Your pet MUST have been adopted from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. If there are multiple pets in the photo, at least one of them had to have been adopted from this shelter. If the League determines your pet was not adopted from this shelter, your pet’s photo will not be eligible for the calendar.
2. Per the contract all adopters sign, all dogs and cats must be wearing a collar and tags and all cats must be kept inside unless on a harness and leash. Please make sure the photo you submit has a visible collar and tag when possible, and no pictures of cats outside unless on harness and leash. Photos not following these guidelines are subject to disqualification.
3. If your photo won last year and was featured in our 2013 calendar, please submit a different photo this year. Please email email@example.com if you are unsure if your photo won.
4. Only one photo of your pet will be eligible to win. If you submit multiple photos and more than one wins, the photo with the most votes will be featured in our calendar.
5. The voting will run August 6, 2013 through September 9, 2013. The last time to submit a vote is 5:00pm on 9/9/13.
6. Submitting your photo is free. The money is raised from the donations your photo receives. $1 donated to your page equals one vote.
7. Minimum donation is $10 which equals 10 votes.
8. If there are outstanding pledges at 5:00pm on 9/9/13 they will not count towards the final votes.
9. By submitting your photo to the AWLA you are giving the AWLA permission to use the picture in our calendar and other promotional material.
10. All pets that receive 100 votes or more will be featured in our calendar! So even if your photo doesn’t win, your pet will still have the opportunity to his or her picture in the calendar.
11. Upon completion of the contest, all winners will be emailed and asked to submit a jpeg of the winning picture directly to AWLA for use in the calendar.
Animal Welfare League of Arlington urges residents to follow Independence Day pet safety tips
The 4th of July can be one of the most dangerous days of the year for pets. From matches and lighter fluid to barbecue scraps and beer, common ways to celebrate can often cause pets to run away, suffer an accident or even die. Festivities can be hazardous and fireworks can be scary for four-legged friends.
“Dogs have acute hearing—far more sensitive than human hearing – so firework explosions, excited voices, visual stimulation and smells can panic dogs causing them to be fearful, which can activate their fight or flight response,” said Alice Burton, Chief Animal Control Officer. “For their own safety this holiday, indoor-outdoor cats should be kept indoors and when outside, dogs should be kept on a leash.”
While pets are considered by many to be part of the family and it may seem like a fun idea to incorporate your pet into 4th of July festivities, it can actually cause them great stress. Many animals hurt themselves finding a safe place to hide or run to. Dogs that are let outside off-leash to relieve themselves can have a tendency to bolt. Here are some tips for how to keep pets safe this Independence Day.
- Leave them at home inside. Fireworks, crowds and fanfare can be stressful for pets causing them to panic or run-off. Leave them in a safe area with a television or radio playing to mask frightening sounds.
- Alcoholic drinks poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure.
- Do not apply sunscreen or insect repellent that is not specifically indicated for animals. Ingestion can cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. Deet, a common insecticide may cause neurological issues.
- Keep lighter fluid and matches away from pets. Chlorates, a chemical substance found in some matches, if ingested, can cause difficulty breathing, damage blood cells or even cause kidney disease. Lighter fluid can cause skin irritation, respiratory and gastric problems.
- Citronella and insect coils harm pets. Insect repellants are irritating toxins to pets. Inhalation can cause severe respiratory illness such as pneumonia, which can harm a pet’s nervous system.
- Resist feeding table food. A change in diet can give a pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. Foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
- Keep pets away from glow jewelry. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling, gastrointestinal irritation and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing the pieces of plastic.
- Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) provides animal adoption and community programs to the northern Virginia and D.C. metropolitan area, as well as animal rescue and control services within Arlington County. For more than 65 years AWLA has remained committed to its mission to improve the lives of animals through sheltering, community services and humane education.