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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 […]

Helping Pets Affected by Hurricane Florence

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Another year, another devastating natural disaster. This time, a hurricane right in our backyard. Hurricane Florence smashed into North Carolina on September 14th, leaving a trail of wide-scale destruction. At least 48 deaths were attributed to the storm, which caused an estimated $38 billion dollars of damage, making it the sixth costliest hurricane in US […]

Don’t Let Them Be Misunderstood

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

In case you haven’t been introduced, meet Remy – a calm, friendly senior pup who loves belly rubs and going for long, leisurely walks. Remy may look like a muscle man, but he’s a total softie. He enjoys napping, fetch, eating treats, cuddling, napping, napping (did I mention napping?), and participating in doggie play group […]

Happy New Year from AWLA

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

As we ring in the New Year, we at AWLA wanted to first look back and reflect on everything you’ve helped us accomplish for the animals of Arlington County in 2017. Thanks to you, AWLA…. …established the region’s FIRST neonatal nursery and saved more than 250 kitten lives through our Kitten Academy foster program; …rescued […]

Dogs Displaced by Hurricane Harvey Arrive at AWLA

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Janet Jackson, Truman, Choppa, Bella Luna and Zoe. Five dogs – one story. There’s a sense of normalcy returning to Houston: residents are back to work, businesses are reopening, emergency response teams are leaving, and the city is relishing in their first-ever World Series Championship. But now comes the hard part for many people and […]

Rabid Raccoons in Arlington

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Two raccoons found in Arlington County have tested positive for rabies this week. The first raccoon exposure occurred in the 2000 block of Military Road in the Cherrydale neighborhood. The second raccoon exposure occurred on the 2000 block of 6th St S in the Penrose neighborhood. Both exposures were to domestic pets. The most important step […]

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