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

We Are Here to Help

Many pet-related problems are solvable. Whether it’s a behavior concern, a housing issue, or something else, AWLA has programs and resources available for you and your pet. Please call us at (703) 931-9241.

However, we know that sometimes it’s just not possible to keep a pet. AWLA is here for you. Residents of Arlington County or the City of Falls Church may email us at to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet.

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