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Pops for Pets

Written on June 28, 2015

Pops for Pets
The Arlington Philharmonic will host the second annual Pops for Pets concert at Lubber Run amphitheater on Sunday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the mission of the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA).  Guests are invited to bring their picnic baskets, family, friends and dogs to enjoy the wonderful music that will resonate through the beautiful surroundings.

Low-cost Rabies & Microchip Clinic

Written on June 25, 2015

Rabies shot: $10.00

Microchip (including registration): $30.00

Please bring proof of a prior rabies shot (a rabies certificate, not a tag) to get a three-year rabies shot. Without it, your pet will receive a one-year shot. Waiting is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. All dogs must be on leash and cats must be in carriers.

Please bring cash. It will make everyone’s wait shorter.

Give your pet the protection of a 24PetWatch MiniChip. At one third the size of standard microchip technology, the 24PetWatch MiniChip is the right size for every pet, including cats, kittens, and small breed dogs which often go without microchip protection.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Written on June 15, 2015

Blood-Logo.3-jpgThere’s no one reason to give blood. Maybe you or a family member received blood, or you think that one day you’ll be in need of it. Maybe your friend or colleague asked you to give blood. Maybe you think it’s the right thing to do. No matter the reason, your getting involved helps the Red Cross maintain a healthy and reliable blood supply.

Please Click Here to Schedule Your Appointment

 

 

 

Baby-Ready Pets

Written on June 1, 2015

little-baby-cute-pet-pictureEvery year, thousands of animals are turned into shelters by parents concerned about how their pet may affect the health and safety of their new baby. Any pet can have undesirable, although natural reactions to a new baby. New sounds, smells, and activities surrounding an infant may cause a pet to see the baby as competition, prey, or even a toy.

Baby-Ready Pets offers preparation and assistance to help expectant families prepare their home and their pets for the arrival of the new baby and to make sure that it is a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for all. This seminar is based on a program created by the Providence Animal Rescue League and the Rhode Island SPCA, and has been endorsed by the ASPCA. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington?s staff will present Baby-Ready Pets for expectant parents in a two-hour workshop at the League.

After the program, participants may call or e-mail follow-up questions if they need additional support. Participants will also receive helpful handouts and a CD of baby sounds to help desensitize their pets to the sounds of the new arrival. This is a HUMAN-ONLY class, please leave your pets at home.

There is no fee for the class, but donations are welcome. Reservations are required and space is limited.

To see available class dates or to register, please visit our Baby-Ready Pets Registration Page

 

Low-cost Rabies & Microchip Clinic

Written on May 28, 2015

Rabies shot: $10.00

Microchip (including registration): $30.00

Please bring proof of a prior rabies shot (a rabies certificate, not a tag) to get a three-year rabies shot. Without it, your pet will receive a one-year shot. Waiting is outdoors, so please dress for the weather. All dogs must be on leash and cats must be in carriers.

Please bring cash. It will make everyone’s wait shorter.

Give your pet the protection of a 24PetWatch MiniChip. At one third the size of standard microchip technology, the 24PetWatch MiniChip is the right size for every pet, including cats, kittens, and small breed dogs which often go without microchip protection.

Join Us at the Taste of Arlington!

Written on May 17, 2015

Dogs-600-600Join us on Sunday, May 17 from 12-6pm when the Ballston Business Improvement District will host the 28th annual Taste of Arlington presented by Rent Dittmar and benefiting the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). The exciting and highly anticipated event transforms Wilson Boulevard and neighboring streets into a family-friendly street festival with dining, music and entertainment for all ages.  AWLA will have a booth in the BarkPark!

This annual festival features the cuisine of more than 50 Arlington restaurants, three concert stages with live music, an expanded Beer and Wine Garden, a 5k race benefiting Girls on the Run, the World Pup tournament in the BarkPark and a KidZone with a rock climbing wall, carnival games and facepainting.

The festival is held every year on Wilson Boulevard in front of the Ballston Common Mall, spanning several blocks stretching along Wilson Boulevard from N. Glebe Road to N. Quincy Street and along N. Stuart Street & N Randolph to 9th Street. Tickets are now on sale and you can purchase discounted tickets prior and the day of the event via the BallstonConnect mobile app. Visit www.tasteofarlington.com to buy your tickets and for more information on what’s new this year!

 

Event Website: www.tasteofarlington.com

Buy Tickets Here: http://www.ballstonbid.com/taste/tickets

How to get to Taste of Arlington: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS9OPV_sU6c&feature=youtu.be

20th Anniversary Walk for the Animals & Pet Festival

Written on May 9, 2015
Logo-and-Pet-FestSMALLOn Saturday, May 9th step forward for shelter animals at Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s 20th Anniversary Walk for the Animals and Pet Festival at Bluemont Park. For two decades Arlington County’s largest pet-centered event has brought two-legged and four-legged residents together for a day of celebration and fun to benefit shelter animals, services and programs supported by AWLA—The County’s only humane society.Lace up your walking shoes, leash up Fido and join hundreds of animal enthusiasts for a 5k walk or one-mile stroll through the park. After the walk, the 20th anniversary celebration will continue with a newly added Pet Festival. Shop pet-friendly vendors, view exciting demonstrations, and indulge in a savory bite from a food truck. Children will also enjoy craft and educational activities in the Kid’s Corner.Since 1994, AWLA’s Walk for the Animals has provided for tens of thousands of animals in our care, allowing them medical care, food and shelter, and the chance at a nice life. Over the years it has become a hallmark event in Arlington County and a sought after event for people and pooches alike!

While the Walk for the Animals has evolved over the past 20 years, the goal has stayed the same: to raise money for AWLA’s mission of improving the lives of animals. Help us reach our goal of raising $100,000! Prizes will be awarded for top fundraisers! But, the biggest reward will be the satisfaction you receive from knowing that each step you took and dollar you raised helped to improve and enrich the quality of life for a shelter animal.

Funds generated at the Walk for the Animals aid in the daily care of our animals as well as help our community through various programs. By registering for the Walk for the Animals, building a fundraising page and asking friends and family for donations, you are supporting our mission and the needs of these animals. If each person who registers for the Walk raises just $75, we would be able to hit our goal of $100,000.

Help us help them – register for the 20th Anniversary Walk for the Animals today!

AWLA Leashes Up for 20th Annual Walk for the Animals & Pet Fest

Written on April 30, 2015

Logo-and-Pet-FestSMALLARLINGTON, Va. (April 30, 2015)—People and their pooches will take one-step at a time to support shelter animals at one of Northern Virginia’s largest pet-centered events—20th Annual Walk for the Animals & Pet Fest on Saturday, May 9, 2015 (rain or shine) at Bluemont Park from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m.

This event not only unifies the community and celebrates the human-animal bond, but raises awareness and funds to support shelter animals like “George,” a seven-month-old, purebred Shiba Inu puppy, who came to AWLA with crippled hind legs.

“Our mission is to improve the lives of animals and George is just one example of the many animals that come to AWLA in need of medical attention,” said Neil Trent, president/CEO of AWLA.

The Walk for the Animals not only demonstrates the way pets enrich our lives, but generates important funds to help AWLA sustain community programs and services, like life-saving veterinary care for our shelter animals,” said Trent.

Unclear whether the damage to George’s hind legs was caused by trauma or by genetics, George, now a tri-pod, received life-restoring surgery from a team of AWLA partners, but it was made possible through funds generated through generous supporters and events like the Walk for Animals & Pet Fest.

Event participants will walk for George and all shelter animals in need in a three-mile walk or one-mile stroll through the park. After the walk, the 20th anniversary celebration will continue with a newly added Pet Festival including:

  • Music by DJ Reuben
  • Demonstrations by WOOFS! Dog Training Center, with an opportunity for event attendees’ dogs to try the course.
  • Retail Row, featuring Dogma Bakery, Kissable Canine, Lazy Dog Art Studio, Origami Owl Jewelry and Buck & Associates Realtors.
  • Kids Corner, children will make enrichment toys including buster balls filled with hay and dried cranberries for small companion animals and decorated ping pong balls for cats.
  • Activities, including a photo booth, Bobbing for Biscuits game, Ask an Animal Control Officer and more.
  • Food and Beverage with complimentary coffee from Java Shack, water and lemonade provided by AWLA, CapMacDC food truck featuring gourmet macaroni and cheese.

Many of AWLA’s adoptable dogs will also be onsite to meet potential new families. Event attendees will receive valuable pet information and learn about animal resources in the Arlington community.

“The Walk not only supports the thousands of animals the League cares for each year, but it is also a way for people to be a part of the solution for improving the lives of animals in our community,” said Trent. “We encourage people to walk with or without a dog, in memory of a beloved pet or in honor of their cat or other companion animal.”

All proceeds directly benefit adoptable animals and community programs supported by The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA)—the County’s only humane society. Pre-register now for $30 or register event day for $40. All pre-registered walkers will receive a free 2015, commemorative Walk t-shirt and swag bag. Participating dogs will receive a free bandana. For Walk information and details visit, www.awla.org.

Sponsors include: Arlington Animal Hospital, Caring Hands Animal Hospital, VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital, VCA South Paws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Center, Segue Technologies, The AWLA Board of Directors, The Board Hound, Fur-Get Me Not, Regional Veterinary Referral Center, WOOFS! Dog Training Center, Pet Lover’s Companion and NOVA Dog Magazine.

 

Kick-off Party for the 20th Annual Walk for the Animals & Pet Fest!

Written on April 16, 2015

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You’re invited to a spring happy hour! Join us on Thursday, April 16th at Samuel Beckett’s in Shirlington from 4 – 7 pm to kick off the 20th Annual Walk for the Animals & Pet Fest! Enjoy happy hour specials on the patio while meeting other walkers and fundraisers from the Walk for the Animals & Pet Fest. There will be raffle prizes, a fun photo booth for you and your friends, and the chance to register for the event if you haven’t yet. Well-behaved dogs are invited (regular rules apply – dog must stay outside fenced area), so grab Fido after work and come on down for a
drink!
*SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE* This is your chance to meet recent-tripod George, the Walk for the Animals spokesdog! George will be making his first public appearance at this happy hour as a representative for all the shelter pets that benefit from funds raised at the Walk for the Animals.

AWLA’s biggest fundraiser of the year is quickly approaching onSaturday, May 9th. The 20th Annual Walk for the Animals & Pet Fest will feature 5k and 1-mile walks, pet-friendly vendors, food trucks, a kid’s corner, exciting demonstrations, games and much more! Be sure to register today so you don’t miss out on what is going to be Arlington’s largest pet event of the year!

 

Happy Hour Fundraiser at Copperwood Tavern

Written on April 13, 2015

We will be teaming up with our friends at the Homeward Trails on Monday, April 13th for a happy hour fundraiser and social hour to benefit our shelters. We’ll have raffle prizes and food/drink specials that benefit our animals.

Come get your Spring with your fellow animal lovers. Eat, drink and be merry while helping local homeless animals. YAY!

This is an indoor event without animals.