Adoption Process & Fees

Adoption Process & Requirements

Adoption Fees

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) rescues and shelters all kinds of animals including dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, bunny rabbits, birds, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats and more. See all of our dogs, cats, and small companion animals for adoption.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is a great place to visit when considering animal adoption. We aren’t just your local animal shelter, we will help you find the right pet and understand how to care for your new companion, and are always available to offer advice even after your adoption is complete.

The League adopts animals to residents of Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland.

All pets up for adoption receive basic health exams, tests and vaccinations. We work hard to know each animal and to help you make a good match.

The Animal Adoption Process

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, we’ll be setting our shelter pets up on virtual ‘dates’ with potential adopters!
Available animals will be released throughout the week. Please bear with us as this is a new process and we are doing our best to accommodate each individual. 

Here’s how our temporary virtual adoption process will work:

1. Email your adoption application to adoptions@awla.org (applications can be found at the top of each adopt an animal page). Please include the name of the pet(s) you are interested in in the subject line, and attach a photo of your driver’s license or valid ID.

 

2. One of our adoptions counselors will contact you to go over the pet’s medical history, personality information, etc. If it is a good match, we will set up a virtual meet and greet via Zoom with you, an adoptions counselor, and your chosen pet.

 

3. If you would like to move forward with adopting your chosen pet, our adoption counselor will set up a time for you to pick up the pet at the shelter! All paperwork and payment will be done via email or phone.

 

Adoptions will still take place on a first-come, first-serve basis and standard adoption policies apply. If you have questions, feel free to email adoptions@awla.org.

 

Animal Stray Period

Virginia law requires the shelter to keep strays on the premises for at least five or up to 10 days to give owners the time to find them. You cannot adopt a stray until this period is complete.

Arlington County Dog License

If you are a resident of Arlington County and you adopt a dog that is at least four months old and vaccinated against rabies, you will be required to purchase a dog license at the time of adoption. A lifetime license is $30 and must be paid by cash or check made payable to the Treasurer of Arlington County.

Adoption Fees

Dog adoption fees:
Puppies six months and younger and dogs under 25lbs………$275
Adult dogs……………………………………………………………………..$200
Senior dogs (10 years and older)………………………………………$175

Adoption fees include:

  • A certificate for a free exam with a participating veterinarian. Fees for other services performed will be paid by the adopter to the veterinary hospital.
  • Spay/neuter surgery (this may not apply under current COVID-19 policies)
  • A heartworm test for dogs older than four months
  • Age-appropriate vaccinations
  • A personalized I.D. tag
  • A microchip
  • A free phone consultation or $30 off any training service from Fur-Get-Me-Not
  • An information packet

Cat Adoption Fees
Kittens six months and younger……………………………….$200
Kitten pair……………………………………………………………..$300
Adult cats………………………………………………………………$125
Senior cats (10 years and older)……………………………….$100

Adoption fees include:

  • A certificate for a free exam with a participating veterinarian. Fees for other services performed will be paid by the adopter to the veterinary hospital.
  • Spay/neuter surgery (this may not apply under current COVID-19 policies).
  • Age-appropriate vaccinations
  • A personalized I.D. tag
  • A microchip
  • An information packet

Small Companion Animal Adoption Fees:
Rabbits (spay/neuter included), ferrets, and chinchillas…………$65
Guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, gerbils, and rats………………………..$10
Finches, parakeets, doves, love birds, canaries, cockatiels……….$25
Large parrots (Quaker, ring-neck, Amazon, Macaw, etc.)………..$150+

The small companion animal adoption fee includes:

  • A certificate for a free exam with a participating veterinarian. Fees for other services performed will be paid by the adopter to the veterinary hospital.
  • If applicable, a certificate covering a portion of the spay/neuter surgery but not additional fees such as hospitalization, blood-work, and medications.
  • An information packet

Preventative for Dogs and Cats

AWLA now sells flea, tick, and heartworm preventative for dogs and cats at time of adoption. Please note, these preventatives are only available at time of adoption.

Dog Flea & Tick Preventative:
11-22lbs = $63
22-44lbs = $64
44-88lbs = $65

Dog Heartworm Preventative:
Up to 25lbs = $20
26-50lbs = $28
51-100lbs = $33

Cat Flea & Tick Preventative:
2.8 – 5.5lbs = $50
5.5 – 11lbs = $60