Foster Program

Click here to learn about our short-term foster program, Home for the Holidays!

AWLA Foster volunteers have helped thousands of animals over the last 13 years. Temporarily caring for an animal in your home allows our shelter to take in more animals that need help. In-home care by a dedicated foster parent also offers the individual attention that is just what our most vulnerable animals need. Foster parents are special people who selflessly open their homes to give animals a new chance at life.  This is not an easy task, but the impact on animals is incredible.

There are hundreds of kittens, cats, puppies, dogs, and small companion animals each year  who need our help. As a foster volunteer you may host animals with special medical or behavioral needs, mother animals with nursing litters, or orphaned animals who need special feeding and socialization, like puppies or kittens. By fostering animals you are directly preparing them for adoption into loving homes.

If you have room in your home and in your heart, please consider becoming a part of our team. The League provides all supplies, there is no minimum time requirement, and we are happy to help people find their niche. Fostering offers you the opportunity to volunteer in the comfort of your own home as many or as few times throughout the year as you’d like.

To get started as a foster, please take the Foster Program AssessmentIf you can’t foster right now but want to help, please donate items from our wishlist.

Kitten College

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington has opened the regions first neonatal kitten nursery in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area!

Local support and fundraising can help us save many more kittens at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s Kitten College.  The response to our program and services has been overwhelming as we have been able to assist under-served areas and shelters forced to euthanized kittens on intake.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is one of the only municipal shelters in the nation that takes in kittens from other jurisdictions. In fact, AWLA takes in just a very few kittens from Arlington Co, thanks to our highly successful trap-neuter-return program that has greatly reduced the population of feral cats. Instead, the Kitten College answers the needs of shelters and groups in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. We take in orphaned and sick kittens that require bottle-feeding and specialized care; some remain in the College for intensive care, while others go to our expansive network of foster caregivers.

The Kitten College opened in late July 2017 and by year’s end had taken in 356 kittens from newborn to eight weeks old; during the entire previous year (2016) AWLA took in 92 kittens of the same age. In just five months the Academy tripled the amount of kittens saved while also increasing the survival rate.  So far in 2018 we are on track to reach our goal of saving 1000 kittens!

Please email if you would like to become a part of the Kitten College Foster Program!