Humane Education

All humane education programs, including Animal Allies Club, Shelter Tours, Spring Break Camp, and Paws & Read are currently suspended in order to limit the number of people in our facility. Read more here.

Animal Allies Club

Shelter Tours

Summer Camp

Spring Break Camp

Paws and Read

AWLA Animal Allies Club

All humane education programs, including Animal Allies Club, Shelter Tours, Spring Break Camp, and Paws & Read are currently suspended in order to limit the number of people in our facility. Read more here.

The Animal Allies Club is a unique club that meets throughout the year for children aged 10-13 to learn about the positive impact AWLA is making for animals in our community and how they, themselves can make an impact for animals. Our goal at AWLA is to educate your children on how to best live harmoniously with animals through a variety of activities that encourage collaboration, creative thinking, and a fun learning environment.

Each program session is packed with educational guest speakers, fun service projects, crafts, games, and personal meetings with star residents who are up for adoption. Topics covered this year will include animal behavior, veterinary care, companion animal ownership, wildlife care, and more. This is a great learning opportunity that is stress-free and fun for all participants.

Both Animal Allies club groups will meet once a month, for a total of 10 club meetings between February and November of 2020. This year, we are offering two sessions that meet monthly during the first week of each month on Monday or Tuesday evening from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

Club membership is $100 per child + a 5% processing fee, and registration includes a club t-shirt!

Note: If your child has allergies to peanuts, cats, dogs, or small companion animals of any kind (bunnies, ferrets, guinea pigs, birds, etc.), this may not be an appropriate club for your child.

Click here to register!

If you have any questions about AWLA 2020 Animal Allies Club, please reach out to Karyn Orth, Humane Educator at (703)931-9241, ext 277 or korth@awla.org.

Tours of AWLA

All humane education programs, including Animal Allies Club, Shelter Tours, Spring Break Camp, and Paws & Read are currently suspended in order to limit the number of people in our facility. Read more here.

Would your group like to learn more about how AWLA provides for animals and services our community? Come schedule a tour of our facility for groups between 5-20 people. Depending on group size, tours last between 30 to 45 minutes and venture through our public viewing areas. Tours can be customized to school aged kids as young as kindergarten to adults.  Each stop on our tour is paired with an informative lesson suited for the age group of the participants. 

During the tour, groups learn about:

  • Services that the League provides on site
  • The types of animals the League houses
  • The different ways that animals arrive at AWLA
  • How to adopt from AWLA
  • Animal control services in Arlington
  • Other services/programs that the League offers the community
  • How the League is funded
  • Ways that they can help the League

Tours can also be personalized with the addition of a more in depth lesson or small craft project. These additions together add roughly 20 more minutes to the entire event. Topics of lessons and crafts can be decided on once a tour reservation is created. 

Tours can be scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday typically between 2pm – 630pm (latest tour starting at 5:30pm), however, other times outside of this range can be arranged by appointment. At this time, we do not schedule tours for weekends. 

Suggested donation for tours of AWLA:

  • Small groups of 5-8: Sponsor a parakeet adoption fee for $25
  • Medium groups of 9-12: Sponsor a rabbit adoption fee for $65
  • Large groups of 12+: Sponsor a senior cat adoption fee for $100.

Suggested donations for extended tours of 60 minutes (includes an educational lesson and a craft made for our shelter pets) 

  • Small groups of 5-8: Sponsor a ferret adoption fee for $65
  • Medium groups of 9-12: Sponsor an adult cat adoption fee for $125.
  • Large groups of 12+: Sponsor an adult dog adoption fee for $200

If you have any interest in setting up a tour, please email our Humane Educator, Karyn Orth at korth@awla.org

**Effective: March 1st, 2020

AWLA Spring Break Camp (for children aged 10-13 years old)

All humane education programs, including Animal Allies Club, Shelter Tours, Spring Break Camp, and Paws & Read are currently suspended in order to limit the number of people in our facility. Read more here.

Registration for Spring Break Camp opens on February 3rd at 7 a.m.

Spring Break is almost here so let’s vacation with the animals! Destination AWLA is the place to be this break for your children to have fun with companion animals while also being fully immersed in the actions of our facility. Join the members of AWLA in a 3-day camp filled with unique experiences to better understand what is needed to successfully care for all the animals we help on a daily basis. Highlights of this program include a unique tour of our facility, hands-on projects that enrich the daily lives of our animals, special presentations from animal care staff, learning ways everyone can help with wildlife and feral animals the community, special visits from our star residents who are up for adoption, and more.

This camp will be filled with opportunities for your child to participate in exciting activities, animal care lessons, craft projects, guest speakers, animal encounters, and more. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack to each day of camp. Space is limited for this one-of-a-kind spring break opportunity so be sure to pounce on this opportunity and sign your child up for Destination AWLA.

Note: If your child has allergies to peanuts, cats, dogs, or small companion animals of any kind (bunnies, ferrets, guinea pigs, birds, etc.), this may not be an appropriate club for your child

Click here to register for Spring Break Camp

Click here to download Spring Break Camp Policies

Scholarships for AWLA Camps

For all of our camps, we offer scholarships to cover the cost of registration for a small number of families. If you would like to learn more about our scholarships, please email our Humane Educator, Karyn Orth at korth@awla.org  

 

AWLA Summer Camp

Summer Camp registration begins February 3rd, 2020 at 7 a.m.

Welcome to AWLA Summer Camp! Each of our camp programs are customized to encourage children to learn about the positive actions AWLA is performing in our facility and in the community. Our goal is to create a fun atmosphere that promotes critical and creative thinking all while helping the animals at our shelter and local wildlife. Each session includes exciting hands-on activities, lessons, craft projects, guest speakers, animal encounters, and more. Please scroll down to read about each of the two summer camp programs.

Destination AWLA – for children aged 10-13 years old

Session 1: Monday, July 6th – Friday, July 10th (10am-4pm)
Session 2: Monday, July 13th – Friday, July 17th (10am-4pm)
Session 3: Monday, August 3rd – Friday, August 7th (10am-4pm)
Session 4: Monday, August 10th – Friday, August 14th (10am-4pm)

Does your child have an interest in the animal field and/or want to help our local wildlife? Well, the place to be this summer is the AWLA! This 5-day camp immerses your children in the day-to-day activities of the AWLA. From understanding the jobs of animal care staff and shelter veterinarians to the science behind fundraising and marketing, this camp program will be sure to involve your children in a variety of hands-on lessons all about running an animal shelter. Highlights of this camp experience include a unique behind the scenes tour of our entire facility, special presentations from AWLA staff in different departments and visits from our star residents who are up for adoption. Destination AWLA also includes participation in a variety of service projects, understanding disaster preparedness, learning more about our community programs such as Trap-Neuter-Return, and more. Participants will need to bring a bag lunch, drink, and snack each day. Space is limited for each session, so be sure to pounce on this opportunity and sign your child up for Destination AWLA.

Note: If your child has allergies to peanuts, cats, dogs, or small companion animals of any kind (bunnies, ferrets, guinea pigs, birds, etc.), this may not be an appropriate club for your child.

Click here to register for our Destination AWLA Summer Camp

Click here to download AWLA’s Summer Camp Policies

 

Welfare Rescuers – for children aged 6-9 years old

Session 1: June 29th – July 1st
Session 2: July 27th – 29th

Does your child want to make a difference in the lives of dogs, cats, and small furry animals? This 3-day summer camp lets your children dig into the programs at AWLA that directly help with finding the best home for each animal. As Welfare Rescuers, your children will learn all about behavior, animal care, how to respect wildlife, safety around animals, and more. Highlights of the camp experience include a behind the scenes tour of the shelter and animal care area, learning how to read animal behaviors, enrichment for our animal residents, personally meeting some of our star animals that are on view for adoptions, and helping with service projects. Participants need to bring a drink and snack each day. Don’t spend too much time sniffing at this opportunity, sign your child up now to be a welfare rescuer!

Note: If your child has allergies to peanuts, cats, dogs, or small companion animals of any kind (bunnies, ferrets, guinea pigs, birds, etc.), this may not be an appropriate club for your child.

Click here to register for our Welfare Rescuers Summer Camp

Click here to download AWLA’s Summer Camp Policies

 

AWLA Summer Camp Registration Fee Refund Policy

AWLA will refund the camp registration fee (not including the 5% service charge + 0.50) up to 21-days prior to the start of the summer camp session for which you have registered your child.

Scholarships for AWLA Camps

For all of our camps, we offer scholarships to cover the cost of registration for a small number of families. If you would like to learn more about our scholarships, please email our Humane Educator, Karyn Orth at korth@awla.org  

Paws and Read Program

Paws and ReadAll humane education programs, including Animal Allies Club, Shelter Tours, Spring Break Camp, and Paws & Read are currently suspended in order to limit the number of people in our facility. Read more here.

School children in the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas are invited to improve their literacy by reading books to cats through the Paws and Read Program. The Paws and Read program is mutually beneficial for the shelter cats as well. Annually, AWLA receives approximately 900 cats with an average length of stay of 35 days. With no time limit for any of its animals, some cats may live at the shelter for as long as a year before finding permanent homes.

Children in kindergarten through eleventh grade are invited to participate in walk-in 20-minute reading sessions with shelter cats and small companion animals on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from noon-6:40PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from noon-3:40PM. For the safety of our animals and your children, there must be one parent or guardian present to supervise each child at all times. 

Children are able to choose a book from AWLA’s selection of stories or bring one of their own. Cats participating in the program are identified with a “Purrfect Reader” sign on their kennel. All small companion animals can be read to.

There is no fee or sign-up required to participate in the Paws and Read Program. Simply visit AWLA anytime during the hours listed above, sign a liability form, and start reading!

If you have any questions about the Paws and Read program, please contact Ashley Hay, Community Support Director at (703) 931-9241, ext. 213 or ahay@awla.org.