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Animal Welfare League of Arlington's mission is to spread compassion for all living creatures, to aid those animals in need, to find a home for every animal and to educate the public on being the most responsible, caring pet parents they can be.

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington was founded in 1946. They have been serving the animal-loving community selflessly ever since! The Animal Welfare League of Arlington, outside of providing shelter for the area's homeless, abused and neglected animals, boasts many programs to aid in decreasing the over-population of pets such as a spay and neuter operations and education about its importance, vaccination clinics and other community outreach events.  

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington houses close to 2000 animals per year, including dogs, cats, turtles, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, chinchillas and iguanas. The League consists of 200 dedicated, animal loving workers who won't rest until every animal inside their walls finds their happily ever after.  

If you are looking to adopt your first pet this year or thinking of expanding your fur (or scaly, shelled or feathered) family, the staff at The Animal Welfare League of Arlington hopes you come visit them soon. When you visit, please consider adopting a special needs animal or a senior pet. All of the pets inside the rescue need a home, but the special needs and older pets are often overlooked. They have plenty of love to give too - and are just as deserving.  Come on in and see all of these adorable animals today!  

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is a non-profit organization that receives no funding from the State; they operate solely on donations from animal lovers just like you. If you are able to give during this season, please consider supporting this very worthy cause.  They do so many good things for so many loving animals who - without the help, food, medical attention and shelter of the League, would all be hungry. homeless, injured, abused or worse. If you are unable to make a financial donation, you could donate some of your time instead. There are plenty of jobs that need to be done! It takes a lot of people to make the League run smoothly.  

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is an amazing organization that needs your help to continue their selfless work on behalf of their animals.  If you are interested in adopting, volunteering or fostering, please contact the the League.

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Alexandria

  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 2:00pm-9:00pm

    #1 Holiday Boat Parade of Lights

    Whether you have a boat or not - everyone is invited to participate in or support this great dog-friendly event! There will be lots of family-friendly activities at the marina before and after the 5:30 pm parade. The parade will take place at Alexandria's waterfront at the foot of Cameron Street near the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Decorate your boat with festive lights and boughs of holly, and cruise up the Potomac River for all to cheer on from the shore! Don't you worry - Santa will be arriving via fireboat at 3:00 pm before the parade starts! It's never too late to get you and Fido's wish list to his elves!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month November
    Duration 6:00pm-9:00pm

    #2 City of Alexandria Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Oh, Christmas Tree in ol' Virginia! Get into the holiday spirit by coming downtown to Alexandria's dog-friendly Tree Lighting event (with Fido on his leash please) and count down to the big tree lighting on Market Square! Come one, come all and heed the Town Crier's call! Be sure to clean up after your pup while you are downtown and don't forget your camera, as Santa will be making a special appearance too! Tis the season to spend time with family, friends and your furry buddies! Happy Pawlidays!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Month December
    Duration 3 days

    #3 Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend

    This is an old-time tradition that has been going on since the city's founding in 1749! Did you know this city was established by three Scottish Merchants? That is why Scottish heritage is celebrated each year! The Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend is a dog-friendly event that consists of a full weekend of family activities. There will be the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade, where members of the area's Scottish clans make their way through the streets followed by pipers and drums (and don't forget the traditional Scottish dogs - the terriers and the hounds!) Come all three days for tons of tail waggin' good times!
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  • Admission FREE!

    #4 Canine Cruise on the Potamac

    Ahoy, Matey! It's time to board the S.S. Fido with your furry friend and wind your way down the Potomac on this canine cruise! Doggies and their people can do a little sightseeing as they lazily drift down the river. All dogs get on board for free- but their people must pay! You are going to want to bring your camera to catch all the great memories of this day out on the water. The cruise is 45 minutes in total and your pup must stay on their 6-foot leash the whole time. Be a responsible pup paw-rent and make sure to clean up after your fur baby!  For cruise schedules, contact the Potomac Riverboat Company. Bon voyage!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration Weather Permitting

    #5 All the President's Pups Walking Tour

    This event is really pup-tastic! On Saturdays April through June and September through October, bring your leashed pup and be prepared for some history lessons, some fresh air and everything you ever needed to know about all the dogs who have lived under Mount Vernon's roof. The tour consists of 5 buildings and is about 1.25 miles in total. Fun fact - George Washington had an extreme love and respect for dogs? Join them for the tour and learn all about his dogs, their names and their lives inside the historic Mount Vernon. For more information on this event, contact Mount Vernon's ticket staff. Have a Yankee-Doodle-dandy time with your pup!
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