Animal Welfare League of Arlington Leashes Up for 18th Annual Walk for the Animals

Posted on April 23, 2013


Dignitaries, Citizens and Canines will take one-step at a time to help homeless animals

 ARLINGTON, Va.—Paws, politicians and hundreds of animal enthusiasts will pound the pavement to support homeless animals at Arlington’s largest pet-centered event—18th Annual Walk for the Animals on Saturday, May 11, 2013 (rain or shine) at Bluemont  Park from 8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Congressman Jim Moran, Senator Barbara Favola, Delegate Robert Brink and Delegate Robert Krupicka will commence the event designed to unify the Arlington community in a human-animal bond celebration, while raising awareness and funds to directly benefit the hundreds of adoptable animals and community programs supported by The Animal Welfare League of Arlington—the County’s only humane society.

 “Our mission is to improve the lives of animals. The Walk for the Animals demonstrates the way pets enrich our lives and generates funds to help us sustain community programs and services offered through the League, such as our low-cost spay & neuter clinics,” said Neil Trent, President & CEO of AWLA.

 Participants will leash-up Fido, strap on their walking shoes for a three-mile walk or one-mile stroll through the park followed by a festival of entertainment, including music by Washington Talent, featuring an agility demonstration by WOOFS! Dog Training Center, as well as a working-dog demonstration by The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit. Many of AWLA’s adoptable dogs will also be onsite to meet potential new families. Event attendees will receive valuable pet information, have an opportunity to engage with pet-friendly businesses 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.”

 Pre-register now for $25 or register event day for $40. All pre-registered walkers will receive a free 2013 Walk t-shirt and participating dogs will receive a free bandana. For Walk information and details visit,

Sponsors include: Caring Hands Animal Hospital, NOVA Cat Clinic, Pro Feed Pet Nutrition Centers, Segue Technologies and Time for a Walk.

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.

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