Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA)

EIN: 54-0603502

Mission Statement

Improve the lives of animals and people by providing resources, care, and protection.


Program Summary

What We Do

  • Provide temporary care and refuge for animals in need.
  • Place animals in loving homes.
  • Provide the public with resources and programs pertaining to animal care and welfare.
  • Provide community services to keep pets healthy, safe, and with their people.
  • Reunite lost animals with their owners.
  • Prevent cruelty to animals.
  • Provide animal control services in Arlington County and Falls Church City.

Impact Statement

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) provides animal adoption and community programs to the Northern Virginia and D.C. Metropolitan area, as well as animal rescue, control, and wildlife services within Arlington County. For more than 75 years, AWLA has remained committed to its mission to improve the lives of animals and the people who love them by providing resources, care, and protection.


How are charitable dollars spent? Where does my donation go?

AWLA recognizes the value of a dollar and thoughtfully uses every donation to further the shelter’s mission to improve the lives of animals (and the people who love them). Impartial third-party organizations including Charity Navigator and Guidestar rate AWLA highly for financial health, accountability and transparency with four-stars and a Platinum rating respectively. AWLA’s annual financial statements are available to the public on our website.

Information provided January 2024