A Message from our President & CEO on Covid-19

Written on March 12, 2020

UPDATE 4/8/2020: Temporary COVID-19 Virtual Adoption Program: 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, […]

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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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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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