All in for animals

Welcome to AWLA

Improving the lives of pets and people.



Your new best friend is waiting for you at AWLA.

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Your support makes everything possible at AWLA.

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We are here to support pets and their families in our community.

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There's more than one way to change a pet's life. Get active with AWLA!

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Find Your New Best Friend


Adult Male
  • At Shelter


Domestic Shorthair
Adult Female
  • In Foster


Mixed Breed, Large (over 44 lbs fully grown)
Adult Male
  • In Foster


Domestic Shorthair
Senior Female
  • In Foster

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Upcoming Events

Smarty Pets: A Guide To Pet-Friendly Housing

December 9 / 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Stuff the Sleigh

December 11 / 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Home for the Holidays

December 19 / 12:00 pm - December 23 / 5:00 pm

Holiday Pet Pantry Delivery

December 24 / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Latest News

AWLA Announces New Partnership with International Coalition, Human Animal Support Services

AWLA has been selected to be a Partner Organization of the Human Animal Support Services (HASS)…

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Dogs Exposed To Rabid Raccoon In Shirlington Dog Park

URGENT NOTICE TO ARLINGTON RESIDENTS: On October 28, 2021, around 6:00 P.M., Arlington County Animal Control…

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Animal Welfare Leagues of Arlington and Alexandria Team Up For Community Care Clinic

This past Saturday, the Animal Welfare Leagues of Arlington and Alexandria joined forces to host a…

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Our Programs


Humane Education

Feed your passion and learn about animal welfare through activities and programs at AWLA.

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Kitten College

AWLA cares for thousands of kittens every year thanks to your incredible support and dedicated foster families.

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Foster a Pet

Open your home - and your heart - to a shelter pet. Find out how you can join our Foster Family!

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We Can Help

Wildlife & Animal Control

We believe that everyone deserves the love of a pet. Our primary focus is to assist community residents in caring for their pets and increase awareness of local laws.

Our officers respond to calls from the community regarding pets and wildlife, investigate cases involving animal bites, abuse or neglected, sick or injured animals, and more.

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Promote your business and have an impact in your community -- all while helping shelter pets!

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Come and Help Us

Share your time and talents with AWLA, and make a difference in the lives of animals and people.

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More Ways to Give

There are lots of ways to support AWLA, and even get others involved along the way.

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