Community Services

Low-Cost Rabies & Microchip Clinic

Low-cost Wellness Clinics

Low-cost Spay/Neuter

Veterinary Assistance

Pet Food Pantry


Pet Loss Support

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 $35. For more information about our Rabies Clinics call (703) 931-9241 ext 200. See calendar for clinic schedule.

Find out more about our Low-Cost Rabies & Microchip Clinics.

Low-cost Wellness Clinics

Sponsored by Northwest Federal Credit Union

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.

Our current 2020 Wellness Clinic dates are: January 13, February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5, and June 9.

Low-cost Spay/Neuter Programs

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.

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria: offers a spay/neuter discount program available to low-income households with an annual household income of $60,000 or less. (703)746-4774.

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

Humane Rescue Alliance: offers discounted spay/ neuter services to the public.  (202)726-2273

Anicira Veterinary Center: offers discounted spay/ neuter services to the public regardless of income or residency. Additionally, residents of Manassas, Manassas Park and Prince William County may qualify for financial assistance. (571) 208-0199.

Veterinary Assistance Program

The League’s Veterinary Assistance Program helps low-income pet owners who need emergency veterinary care for their pets but cannot afford the costs up-front.

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 Pantry

The League offers pet food assistance to residents of Arlington County and Falls Church City who are in need. The AWLA Pet Food Bank’s goal is centered around assisting in keeping pets with their families through mitigating the cost of pet food essentials. Individuals or families in need can come to AWLA during the shelter’s open hours to request and pick up pet food.

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.


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.

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

Our 2020 dates are: January 8, April 8, July 8, and October 14th.

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.