Community Services

Rabies & Microchipping

Low-cost Wellness Clinics

Low-cost Spay/Neuter

Veterinary Assistance


Behavior Helpline

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 below for clinic schedule.

Find out more about rabies.

Low-cost Wellness Clinics

Wellness clinics are at the shelter once per month (except December) from August 2016 through June 2017. 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.

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.

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 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: RESOURCE_INFO_LowCost Vet Care and Services

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 Helpline

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!

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.

2016 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

January 28
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

March 24
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

May 26
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

June 23
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

August 25
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

September 22
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

October 27
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

December 1 (1st Thursday)
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM