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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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Don’t Judge A Dog By Its Cover

Written on April 5, 2019

An estimated 75% of dogs in shelters are considered “mixed breed,” meaning their personality, looks and behavior are constructed from an open and varied gene pool. Oddly enough, the most noticeable trait – visual identification – is hardly a reliable indicator of breed. That’s because only 50 of a dog’s nearly 20,000 genes are associated […]

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AWLA Lobby Renovation

Written on March 1, 2019

AWLA has big things planned in 2019 to commemorate our 75th Anniversary.  This month, we’re thrilled to announce that we are renovating our lobby for the first time in nearly twenty years! We know a lobby remodel may not sound that exciting, especially compared to our most recent cat and dog room renovations (completed in […]

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Not Just A Shelter

Written on February 4, 2019

At AWLA, we pride ourselves on not “just” being an animal shelter. While animal adoptions and community education are central to our mission, we also know there are local families with pets experiencing hardships. To those families, we strive to provide any and all available resources to help keep pets in the home where they […]

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Keeping People & Pets Together With PetSmart Charities Grant

Written on January 24, 2019

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) recently received a $15,200 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, designed to help keep more people and pets together in Arlington County.   When people are experiencing life changes and challenges such as homelessness, financial struggles, domestic violence, or emergency situations, […]

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75 Years of Saving Lives

Written on January 23, 2019

On June 7, 1944 – the day after D-Day – a small group of local citizens led by Pearl and Paul Twyne and Mrs. Hugh Hanna incorporated the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Much has changed since the League’s inception in 1944, but the dedication to improve the lives of animals remains the same. In […]

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AWLA Staff’s ‘Spay-cation’ in Ecuador

Written on December 18, 2018

My name is Marnie Russ and I am the Kitten College Coordinator here at AWLA. Although neonatal kittens are my passion, helping all animals in need is what fills my soul. This year, Thanksgiving took on a new meaning for me and our shelter veterinarian, Dr. Matt Galati. We volunteered to participate in a ‘spay-cation’ […]

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December Blog: 1,000th Kitten Arrives at AWLA

Written on December 4, 2018

It was March 20, 2018 – the first day of spring and the unofficial start of kitten season – and local meteorologists were abuzz: DC was expecting to get one of the heaviest, latest March snowstorms on record, with forecasts ranging from 8 to 12 inches of snow. At AWLA, Kitten College Coordinator Marnie Russ […]

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November Blog: Celebrate Animal Welfare Week with CFC

Written on November 2, 2018

November is here and with it comes the official start of the holiday giving season, otherwise known as the busiest time of year for nonprofits. For many organizations, including AWLA, the critical funds needed to operate throughout an entire year will come during the next two months. Every donation helps, and we’re especially grateful that […]

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