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
  • In Foster


Domestic Shorthair
Senior Female
  • In Foster


Guinea Pig
Young Male
  • At Shelter

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on people and pets in our community with a gift today.

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Upcoming Events

Name A Shelter Sweetheart

February 7 - February 14

Smarty Pets: Dogs… What Are They Thinking?

February 3 / 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Low-Cost Vaccine & Microchip Clinic

December 10 / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Low-Cost Vaccine & Microchip Clinic

November 19 / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Latest News

Indoor Activities For You & Your Dog

Whether it’s the freezing cold winters or sweltering summers, the Northern Virginia weather can sometimes mean…

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Welcome to 2022!

Welcome to 2022, everyone! We did it! Another turbulent year is behind us. We felt your…

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Temporary COVID Operating Status

Beginning on Wednesday, December 29, AWLA will follow a temporary COVID operating status as follows: Adoptions…

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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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