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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.

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 make a reservation or for more information, please e-mail amintz@awla.org or call (703) 931-9241 x246 with the following information:

the number and type of pets that you have in your home (including breed and size);
your approximate due date;
your phone number and email address;
the number of people attending.

You will receive an e-mail to confirm that space is available and you are registered.

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.

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!

Baby-Ready Pets

Written on April 6, 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 make a reservation or for more information, please e-mail amintz@awla.org or call (703) 931-9241 x246 with the following information:

the number and type of pets that you have in your home (including breed and size);
your approximate due date;
your phone number and email address;
the number of people attending.

You will receive an e-mail to confirm that space is available and you are registered.

Low-cost Rabies & Microchip Clinic

Written on March 26, 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.

Spin for Paws

Written on March 5, 2015

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Join us on March 5th for Spin for Paws!

98.7 WMZQ’s Aly Jacobs and the Animal Welfare League of Arlington invite you to a dance party on a bike at SoulCycle, the country’s premier indoor cycling studio that opened its doors in Bethesda in December.

This 45-minute fun, full-body workout is only $40.00 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

Thursday, March 5th
6:30 pm

SoulCycle
4931 Elm Street
Bethesda, MD 20814

There are only 55 bikes in the studio, so reserve your spot today!

The SoulCycle Experience: SoulCycle is a motivating, joyful, full-body indoor cycling dance party on a bike. SoulCycle was founded on the belief that fitness could be inspiring: with a motivational workout, a beautiful environment and outstanding customer service, each 45-minute class is a transformative experience.

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Animal Welfare League of Arlington Launches ‘Paws and Read’ Program

Written on February 26, 2015

Paws and Read

Cats and Kids Connect Through Reading

Story time comes to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Schoolchildren in the Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. metropolitan will have an opportunity to improve their literacy by reading books to cats through the Paws and Read program, which launches March 2, 2015—to coincide with Dr. Seuss’ birthday and to celebrate his world renowned book, The Cat in the Hat. The program is an AWLA educational initiative designed to help children improve and enhance their reading skills, while at that same time providing shelter cats with socialization and TLC.

As opposed to us humans, the shelter cats are nonjudgmental, and animals can be a source of comfort and support for children as they learn. According to a study conducted by Tufts University Paw for People Visitation Team, “Kids who did this improved their reading skills compared with those who read to human volunteers.”

“Children that have difficulty reading are often self-conscious when reading in front of other classmates,” said Jennifer Pickar, director of community programs, AWLA. “Having a playful, purring companion around can make reading more fun and help to build the child’s self-esteem.”

The Paws and Read program is mutually beneficial for the shelter cats as well. 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.
“Cats are inherently social creatures and enjoy human interaction,” said Kevin Simpson, director of behavior and adoptions, AWLA. “The rhythmic sound of a child’s voice can be soothing and provide our shelter cats with an outlet for human socialization while they await adoption.”

There are plans for the Paws and Read program to expand to include other shelter animals, such as dogs and small companion animals. But, for now children, kindergarten-5th grade are invited to participate in 20 minute reading sessions with shelter cats on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1p.m.-5:20p.m. A parent is required to accompany their child to a reading session. Children are able to choose a book from AWLA’s selection of stories or bring one of their own. Dr. Seuss books are being featured in March in honor of the late author’s birthday. Cats participating in the program are identified with a “Purrrfect Reader” sign on their kennel, so children can easily select the cat that they would like to read to.

“It is satisfying to see the children engaged with the shelter cats in a relaxed and fun environment, where they don’t have to worry about someone telling them the pronounced a word wrong or skipped part of the story,” said Pickar.

To register for the Paws and Read program, visit www.awla.org or call (703) 931-9241 ext. 213.

 

Baby-Ready Pets

Written on February 23, 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 make a reservation or for more information, please e-mail amintz@awla.org or call (703) 931-9241 x246 with the following information:

the number and type of pets that you have in your home (including breed and size);
your approximate due date;
your phone number and email address;
the number of people attending.

You will receive an e-mail to confirm that space is available and you are registered.

Please Join Us at PetSmart of Falls Church for a Companion Rabbit Adoption Event!

Written on February 7, 2015

ASpenPetSmart of Falls Church located at 6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA 22044 will be hosting adoption events for our companion rabbits at their store on Arlington Boulevard on from 1:00-3:00 pm.  We will have a few of our available bunnies in their training arena in, the center of the store, so we invite you to stop by and meet some wonderful bunnies waiting for their forever home. If you are interested in adopting, please remember to bring your current ID and rental permission (if applicable) with you. We will be accepting adoption applications at that time. Rabbit Adoption fee: $65.00  (s/n included).