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New FIV Adoption Policy and AWLA’s Culture of Improvement

Written on July 12, 2018

At the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, one of our core values is progressiveness: we strive to always be on the leading edge of animal care through continual improvement. The animal sheltering landscape is constantly changing and evolving through new research, upgraded best practices, and improved philosophies, and a key tenet of our organization is […]

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Setting Up your Pet for Success: How To Find the Right Pet Sitter

Written on April 24, 2018

by Jennifer Toussaint, Chief of Animal Control Choosing someone to care for your pet in your absence is a big decision. Making an educated, and well-thought-out choice, is key to ensuring that your beloved family member will be cared for appropriately and safely until you return. Unfortunately, in my line of work, I have seen […]

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How Fostering Can Change a Life

Written on April 16, 2018

Animal sheltering has come a long way. No longer had a depressing place to visit, progressive shelters are now a resource to communities and animals. They are a temporary stop for a pet before finding a new family member. While shelters like AWLA do everything possible to create a happy and healthy environment, we also […]

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Don’t Let Them Be Misunderstood

Written on April 4, 2018

In case you haven’t been introduced, meet Remy – a calm, friendly senior pup who loves belly rubs and going for long, leisurely walks. Remy may look like a muscle man, but he’s a total softie. He enjoys napping, fetch, eating treats, cuddling, napping, napping (did I mention napping?), and participating in doggie play group […]

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Animal Transfers and our Commitment to Save Lives

Written on March 8, 2018

If you’ve ever visited our shelter, you may have noticed something peculiar. Here is a dog from Houston rescued after Hurricane Harvey, a cat coming from southwest Virginia, and, yes, that’s a rabbit from right across the border in West Virginia.  Come often enough and you may begin to wonder why these animals, transported from […]

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Happy New Year from AWLA

Written on December 30, 2017

As we ring in the New Year, we at AWLA wanted to first look back and reflect on everything you’ve helped us accomplish for the animals of Arlington County in 2017. Thanks to you, AWLA…. …established the region’s FIRST neonatal nursery and saved more than 250 kitten lives through our Kitten Academy foster program; …rescued […]

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Dogs Displaced by Hurricane Harvey Arrive at AWLA

Written on November 7, 2017

Janet Jackson, Truman, Choppa, Bella Luna and Zoe. Five dogs – one story. There’s a sense of normalcy returning to Houston: residents are back to work, businesses are reopening, emergency response teams are leaving, and the city is relishing in their first-ever World Series Championship. But now comes the hard part for many people and […]

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Rabid Raccoons in Arlington

Written on October 26, 2017

Two raccoons found in Arlington County have tested positive for rabies this week. The first raccoon exposure occurred in the 2000 block of Military Road in the Cherrydale neighborhood. The second raccoon exposure occurred on the 2000 block of 6th St S in the Penrose neighborhood. Both exposures were to domestic pets. The most important step […]

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Chief Toussaint Named Virginia Animal Control Officer of the Year

Written on October 19, 2017

Virginia Beach, VA, October 19, 2017. At its annual conference today the Virginia Animal Control Association (VACA) named the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s (AWLA) Animal Control Chief, Jennifer Toussaint, the Dr. Kent Roberts Animal Control Officer of the Year.  This award is presented annually to one officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia who has […]

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Arlington County Bans Ownership of Wild or Exotic Animals

Written on September 21, 2017

The Arlington County Board took action at its September 19, 2017 meeting  to amend the Animal and Fowl Code to ban the ownership of wild and exotic animals. Arlington County staff recommended approval of the code change to provide better protection to residents and animals and to align Arlington’s code more closely with other local […]

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