Since 1944 dedicated to animal welfare, caring for homeless animals, adopting pets to loving homes, low-cost spay-neuter, humane education, preventing animal cruelty and protecting wildlife: 4-star Charity Navigator rating.
Why do we exist?
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is an open-door shelter that provides temporary care for homeless and suffering animals. The League places animals in suitable homes, provides animal control and sheltering services to Arlington County, and educates the public on a variety of topics from companion-animal behavior, to advice to living peacefully with wildlife, to the importance of spaying or neutering your pets.Whether or not you care for wild or domestics animals, they live in the area. As more and more buildings go up: more animal habitats are destroyed. This increases the chance that residents will have an encounter with a wild animal. Many apartments, condominiums, and townhouses allow pets. Your new neighbor could cause you to lose sleep by leaving their barking dog outside. The League helps solve these animal-related problems as well as offering help to those who have pets
What have you accomplished?
The League has a number of community programs, including but not limited to:
- Veterinary assistance loans: small, no-interest loans to help pet owners to care for their pets.
- Rabies-Vaccination Clinics: offering low-cost rabies vaccinations for cats, dogs, and ferrets.
- Companions in Crisis: offers temporary boarding and care for pets of Arlington County residents.
- Humane Education: our Humane Educator meets with people of all ages in a school, a church, a community center, or the League’s education room to teach about the humane treatment of animals and other important topics from bite prevention to responsible pet ownership.
- Animal Control Services: picking up animals at large, rescuing sick or injured wildlife, responding to cruelty reports, and carcass removal for Arlington County.
- Owner-requested euthanasia: a humane way to end the suffering of a sick companion animal. Owners may be present, if they wish, during the procedure.
- Low-cost spay/neuter program: reducing the cost of the spay or neuter procedure to enable more low-income individuals to spay or neuter their pets.
- Behavioral help: the League is available to the public for advice to help keep pet owners and their companion animals happy together.
- Pet-care information: the League has many informational handouts that offer advice on how to best care for your pet.
- The Woody and Mickey Healthy Pet Fund: which allows the League to provide veterinary care for surrendered or stray animals in order to make them more adoptable.
- Crate rentals: new dog owners can rent a crate from the League and get advice on how to start off on the right foot with housetraining.
- Humane trap rentals- the animal control department offers a humane option of removing wildlife from your living space.