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Home for the Holidays

December 21, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Give the gift of family this holiday season:

Take a shelter pet on a holiday sleepover through our Home for the Holidays program!

From December 21st to 27th, we are inviting local families to give shelter animals a break from their kennels and bring them home for the holidays. Our goal is to get as many animals as possible into foster homes for the holidays – dogs, cats, rabbits, and guinea pigs alike!

There is no fee to take part in this program. AWLA will provide all basic supplies for your foster pet, but of course you are encouraged to provide your own supplies and/or extra toys, etc during their stay. If you choose to adopt your foster pet at the end of (or before!) the foster period, you will receive $25 off your adoption fee!


Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up using this form. This is not required and will not guarantee participation, but it will help AWLA gauge interest in the program, and will help us determine what foster pet might be a good fit for you!
  • Arrive at the shelter on Dec 21st anytime between 12PM – 3:30PM to pick up your foster pet (if you are not available Dec 21st, you may also pick up Dec 22nd or 23rd). AWLA staff will work with you to assign an appropriate pet for your sleepover at the time of pick-up.
  • Bring home your foster pet! Fosters must be able to keep their AWLA pet from the time of pickup until at least Dec 27th at noon, barring serious unknown behavioral or medical issues with their foster pet or personal emergencies. Fosters may opt to extend their foster period until January 2nd, 2019.

Please note:

  • Fosters need to be residents of VA, MD, or DC.
  • Signing up in advance does not guarantee participation/approval in the sleepover program. It does mean that you will receive program updates via email, and will make the process faster once a sleepover pet has been assigned to you.
  • We anticipate there may be wait times on Dec 21st to pick up foster pets. Please be prepared to wait, and understand that because of these we cannot guarantee you will be able to foster a pet of your choosing (although fosters can dictate what species of pet they foster) – foster pets will be sent home on a first-come, first-serve basis to appropriate foster homes.
  • Fosters need to be able to keep AWLA pets separated from owned pets in their home. Owned pets in the home also need to be current on their rabies vaccines. We ask that foster cats/rabbits/guinea pigs are kept strictly indoors, and foster dogs are not taken to dog parks.


Click here to sign up for the Home for the Holidays program!


December 21, 2019
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Animal Welfare League of Arlington
2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr.
Arlington, VA 22206 United States
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