Community Kindness Cards

Written on March 30, 2020

Support pets and people in your community with our Community Kindness Card! Inspired by the #ViralKindness coronavirus support cards created in England, AWLA is proud to offer a version that includes options for helping neighbors with pets. If you are healthy and looking for a way to support your community during these extraordinary times, please do […]

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How Are You Doing? A Message from our Community Support Director

Written on March 24, 2020

Hi AWLA Family, How are you doing in self-isolation? Like many of you, I’m a working parent of humans and pets trying to figure out what pandemic life looks like for us. My house is SO full right now. Two adults working from home, a two-year-old human, two dogs, a cat, and a leopard gecko. […]

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We’re Here For You

Written on March 19, 2020

Dear Friends, I don’t know about you, but with the world in its current upside down, inside out state, I am taking greater comfort than ever from my pets. I have two dogs and two cats and as I work from home, my dogs sit by my feet and follow me wherever I go. Make […]

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A Message from our President & CEO on Covid-19

Written on March 12, 2020

UPDATE 3/19/2020: We can get through this, together. We have been so incredibly grateful for all the support and offers of help we’ve received over the last week. Things are changing every day, but we always know we can rely on our friends and community. Starting tomorrow, some more changes are being made at AWLA, […]

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Saving A Cat Named Cupid

Written on February 16, 2020

CUPID UPDATE: 3/6/2020 Today was a very special day – Cupid found his new home! His new mom and dad were SO excited to meet Cupid and make him a part of the family. He was purring and giving them head-butts right away, and we wish him all the best in his new home. They […]

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Dog Kennel Closure Update

Written on November 7, 2019

UPDATE: AWLA Re-Opens After One Day Shutdown This morning, the AWLA dog kennels reopened after being closed for one day. While the shelter vaccinates every dog on arrival, on Thursday, two dogs, Rolo and Slim Jim, both recent arrivals, tested positive for parvo virus, a highly contagious disease that affects dogs’ gastrointestinal tracts. It is […]

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AWLA President & CEO Named 40 Under 40 Honoree

Written on September 10, 2019

AWLA is proud to announce that our President & CEO, Sam Wolbert, is a recipient of the 2019 40 Under 40 awards presented by Leadership Center for Excellence.  The 40 Under 40 event honors forty trailblazers who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in their personal or professional spheres and who are devoted to making positive change […]

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How AWLA is ‘All In For Animals’

Written on September 6, 2019

Throughout the month of September we will be promoting informed and devoted pet care! Typically these initiatives are referred to as “educating the public on responsible pet ownership,” but we feel that language doesn’t necessarily fit. We know people love their pets and want to do what’s best for them. Problems that arise are not […]

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How Animal Transports Save Lives

Written on July 3, 2019

On June 29th, the New York Times ran an article entitled “Everyone Wants a Rescue Dog. Not Everyone Can Have One.” The article primarily focuses on transfers of animals from areas with pet overpopulation problems to communities like Arlington, where spay/neuter policies have resulted in a declining amount of stray animals.   The article insinuates that […]

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AWLA’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations

Written on June 14, 2019

On behalf of the League’s entire staff and Board of Directors, I want to thank you all for participating in our 75th Anniversary celebrations!  We’re so honored to be the oldest animal welfare organization in Northern Virginia – we couldn’t have done it without your help! The festivities began last Friday, June 7th – our […]

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