Community Services

Rabies & Microchipping

Low-cost Wellness Clinics

Low-cost Spay/Neuter

Veterinary Assistance

Pet Food Bank


Behavior Help

Pet Loss Support

Animal Rescue & Surrender

Rabies Clinic Schedule

The League runs various programs that provide assistance to the community. Call (703) 931-9241 x200 for more information.

Rabies & Microchipping Clinics

The League holds regular low-cost rabies vaccination and microchipping clinics. Clinics begin at 6:30 PM and are open until 8:30 PM. Avoid the crowd by coming the last hour. Cats and dogs can be vaccinated for $10.00 per pet. All pets must be on leashes or in carriers. Please note, all cats and dogs over the age of four months are required by law to have a current rabies vaccination. We also provide microchipping at our clinics for $30. For more information about our Rabies Clinics call (703) 931-9241 ext 200. See calendar for clinic schedule.

Find out more about rabies.

Low-cost Wellness Clinics

Wellness clinics are at the shelter approximately once per month. Potential clients must provide proof of household income no greater than $60,000 in person at the shelter to schedule an appointment. Clients must pay a $15 appointment reservation fee (cash or credit only) at that time that will be applied to services they receive at the scheduled clinic. Services include vaccines for rabies, distemper, and kennel cough, deworming, heartworm tests, and heartworm preventative. Each appointment includes a wellness exam by a veterinarian. The clinic serves dogs and cats only. Please call 703-931-9241 for more information. Note: Due to upcoming shelter renovations, there will be no wellness clinics in March or April 2019.

Low-cost Spay/Neuter Programs

In February, AWLA participates in a World Spay Day Promotion, offering our lowest spay/neuter vouchers of the year for those who qualify–read more about our World Spay Day Promotion here!

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington offers a low-cost program for people with a household income below $60,000. We work with a local veterinarian who has generously agreed to accept greatly reduced fees for spaying and neutering in order to combat pet overpopulation. Read more on our low-cost spay/neuter voucher program and requirements.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria also has a discounted program which is open to anyone regardless of income. 703-838-4775

Spay, Incorporated, offers a low-cost spay/neuter program with participating veterinarians throughout the Northern Virginia area. There are no income restrictions. 703-522-7920

The Washington Animal Rescue League offers discounted spay and neuter services available to everyone regardless of income or residency.  Call 202/726-2273.

Washington Humane Society Spay/Neuter Clinic offers affordable sterilizations in the DC Metropolitan area.

Anicira Veterinary Center, located in Manassas offers low-cost spay and neuter surgeries and low-income pet owners , residents of Manassas or Manassas Park and Prince William County may qualify for financial assistance.

Veterinary Assistance Program

The League makes small, no-interest loans to low-income pet owners who need emergency veterinary care for their pets but cannot afford the costs up-front. We don’t cover expenses for basic pet care (shots, check-ups, teeth-cleaning) or chronic, life-long conditions (i.e. diabetes, heart condition, allergies). The owner agrees to pay back the loan in monthly installments and to have their pet spayed or neutered if it is not already.

Low-income pet owners who are looking for assistance with care not provided by our vet assistance program (or beyond what we are able to assist with through our program)  can find more information HERE. Other resources can be found on the Humane Society of the United States website.

Pet Food Bank

The League offers pet food assistance to residents of Arlington County and the City of Falls Church who earn an annual household income not exceeding $60,000. The AWLA Pet Food Bank’s goal is centered on keeping pets with their families and out of shelters by mitigating the costs of pet food essentials. Qualifying animal owners are eligible to receive a two-week supply of pet food from the AWLA Pet Food Bank, once a month, for a six-month period, for their animal registered in the program, as resources are available. To participate please fill out a pre-registration form.

Safekeeping (Companions in Crisis)

If you are an Arlington County or Falls Church City resident and you are experiencing a health or housing crisis (i.e. unexpected hospitalization, house fire), the League can shelter your pet on a short-term basis, giving you time to make other arrangements.

Behavior Help

Does your dog lunge at other dogs on walks? Does your cat scratch furniture? Our behavior consultants have a wealth of experience and information about dealing with animal behavior issues. Contact us at 703-931-9241 x 200 or at  Also go to our Pet Care and Training page for information on a wide range of pet issues. Many problems can be improved by having your pet spayed or neutered. We can help! Go to our Spay and Neutering page to learn about the many resources available. Our goal is to support and strengthen the human-animal bond and to keep companion animals in their homes. Let us help!

Pet Loss Support

Our pets are important members of the family. They are devoted companions who give us their unconditional love and acceptance. For a pet caregiver, the loss of a companion animal can be one of life’s most difficult experiences. When we lose a beloved friend, it often helps by sharing our feelings with others who have also experienced a similar loss.

For more than 25 years, Kathy Reiter has offered her help to pet owners coping with their loss through free Pet Loss Support Group meetings at local shelters. She also offers her support group at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Kathy is recognized as the area’s leading authority on pet loss. Kathy is a psychiatric social worker with a specialty in grief and bereavement. She has appeared on Good Morning America,CBS News with Dan Rather and PBS. Kathy has also been featured in The Washington Post, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping and other widely-circulated magazines.

Kathy was instrumental in establishing the hospice movement in the United States and was directly responsible for the construction of the first hospice in Arlington, VA. While the Arlington hospice was being built, Kathy’s beloved cat, Prince, was diagnosed with a terminal illness. While being experienced in human loss, Kathy was now faced with impending pet loss of her animal friend. Kathy turned for help, for resources, and yet found none. Through her own personal experience, Kathy came to realize the need for pet loss support, and generously offers her gentle support to anyone who is grappling with such a loss.

The support group will meet quarterly at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday of  January,  April,  July, and October at the shelter. There is no charge to attend these meetings, and all are welcome. No reservations are required.

Animal Rescue & Surrender

We know that sometimes it’s just not possible to keep a pet. Allergies, financial problems, moving to a “no pets allowed” residence, or lack of time to give proper attention, can cause an owner to give up a companion animal. The Animal Welfare League of Arlington works hard to place pets in new homes.

Rabies Clinics

Please bring proof of a prior rabies shot (a rabies certificate, not a tag) to get a three-year rabies shot. Without it, your pet will receive a one-year shot.
Rabies shot:$10.00  Microchip: $30

See the 2018 clinic dates.