AWLA’s primary goal is keeping pets with their people.

We Are Here to Help

We recognize that making the decision to re-home your pet is a difficult one. We are here to support you!

If you do not want to give up your pet but are experiencing difficult times, AWLA has programs and resources available for you and your pet. Whether it’s a behavior concern, a housing issue, or something else, don’t hesitate call us at (703) 931-9241.

However, we know that sometimes it’s just not possible to keep a pet. As the pet’s owner, you have the best chance of finding your pet a new home, and there are many resources to help you.

Reach Out To Your Network For Help

  • Talk with your friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers. Let them know that you need to find a new home for your pet to see if they, or someone they know, is looking to get a new pet.
  • Share some cute photos of your pet on your social media channels and ask your friends and followers to share with their friends and followers.
  • Ask your veterinarian if you can post signs in their clinic. This type of networking can have very positive results!

Use A Supported Self-Rehoming Program

Most people who want to adopt a new pet start out by searching online! Help them find your pet by listing them for adoption on a supported rehoming website. These websites are free, easy-to-use, and will get your pet’s profile in front of thousands of potential adopters in just a few minutes. If you have questions about supported self-rehoming, email for guidance.

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Are you an active-duty military member being deployed? Click here to learn about long-term fostering options for your pet. 

Surrendering Your Pet to AWLA

AWLA is here for you. Residents of Arlington County or the City of Falls Church may call us at (703) 931-9241 to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet.

What You’ll Need to Bring

  • Valid photo ID with your current address
  • Pet’s medical records
    It is extremely important for you to obtain your animal’s medical records and bring them with you. A lack of medical information can delay the time it takes to evaluate your pet, and thus delay its availability for adoption.
  • Submit a pet personality profile
    Information about your pet’s health, behavior, habits, likes, dislikes, and more help us give your pet the best care possible. When you schedule your appointment, a staff member will send you the profile to complete and will review it with you during your appointment.