Thank you for a fantastic year!

Written on July 16, 2020

Dear AWLA Family, July 1st marked the start of AWLA’s new fiscal year. Apart from a clean slate, a new fiscal year serves as a reminder for us, as a shelter, to reflect upon the past twelve months. Needless to say, it’s been quite the ride… Luckily, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to have you by […]

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Emergency Preparedness for your pet!

Written on April 30, 2020

In times like these, it’s important to make sure you have an emergency plan in place for not only your family, but your pets, too! We’ve gathered a couple resources for you: Take a look at this guide to keeping pets safe at home during COVID-19 Check out this downloadable check list with everything you’ll […]

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Fosters Save Lives – You Can Too!

Written on April 29, 2020

Hi everyone! When I began working at AWLA two years ago, I quickly discovered that the best part of my job is that no two days are alike. I work with an amazing team of people who have my back and I am beyond grateful for their dedication and commitment to our mission of “improving […]

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Animal Care & Control Week

Written on April 13, 2020

Today marks the start of Animal Care and Control Week, a week of appreciation designed to give recognition to those hard working people who provide critical animal-related services to our community. For AWLA, every Animal Care and Control Week is special, but this year more so than usual. While many of us are at home […]

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Temporary Virtual Adoption Process

Written on April 8, 2020

AWLA is excited to announce that we are opening our adoption program with virtual adoptions! Although we are closed to the public, we still want to give the animals in our care the opportunity to find their new families while still adhering to social distancing . To do that, we’ll be setting our shelter pets […]

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Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

Written on April 6, 2020

Hello there! During these stressful times, many of you are relying on your pets for comfort as much as they rely on you. It is hard to put into words how much a dog, cat, or other furry or feathered companion can make things better. When I have a bad day, I absolutely cannot stay […]

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We Are Proud To Serve You

Written on April 3, 2020

Neighbors and Friends, When I became your Chief of Animal Control in 2016, I also assumed the role of Incident Commander of the Arlington County Community Animal Response Team (CART) and have dedicated myself to learning as much as possible about emergency preparedness and disaster response. Although I did it in preparation for a natural […]

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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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