Archive for the ‘Blog’ Category

AWLA President & CEO Named 40 Under 40 Honoree

Tuesday, September 10th, 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 […]

How AWLA is ‘All In For Animals’

Friday, September 6th, 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 […]

How Animal Transports Save Lives

Wednesday, July 3rd, 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 […]

AWLA’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations

Friday, June 14th, 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 […]

AWLA Lobby Renovation

Friday, March 1st, 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 […]

Not Just A Shelter

Monday, February 4th, 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 […]

Keeping People & Pets Together With PetSmart Charities Grant

Thursday, January 24th, 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, […]

75 Years of Saving Lives

Wednesday, January 23rd, 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 […]

AWLA Staff’s ‘Spay-cation’ in Ecuador

Tuesday, December 18th, 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’ […]

December Blog: 1,000th Kitten Arrives at AWLA

Tuesday, December 4th, 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 […]