The Animal Welfare League of Arlington is committed to the humane treatment of animals and to the promotion of animal welfare.
Daisy and Beagle Beagle Rescued from a Desperate Hoarding Situation
Timid and scared Daisy, 7-year-old female, and Beagle Beagle, 7-year-old male, bonded beagles, were rescued by the Animal Welfare League of Arlington from a desperate hoarding situation in Southern Virginia. The dogs, terrified, filthy and exhausted had not been outside of their horrible, outdoor kennels for years. They lived an existence of confinement in a six-by-six foot, chain-link kennel with a concrete floor and a plastic dog house. They were also in dire need of medical care.
Upon arrival to the League, our animal care medical team discovered Daisy was in great need of dental care, but her best buddy Beagle Beagle had far more significant health issues. After a medical evaluation by our staff veterinarian, as well as a board certified veterinary neurologist it was determined that Beagle Beagle has a genetic deformity on one of his hind paws causing him to limp and compressed discs in his lower vertebra causing him pain. Beagle Beagle will bear these conditions for life, but his pain has been alleviated by a simple treatment regimen.
Although Daisy and Beagle Beagle endured an awful existence for years, today they are enjoying their freedom from confinement, an improved quality of life and human companionship from AWLA shelter volunteers and staff. They are just waiting for that special someone or family who will recognize their endearing personalities and provide them with the comfort of a home. Giving Daisy and Beagle Beagle a second chance is possible because of their fortitude and will to thrive and because of our animal care team’s unwavering dedication to improving the lives of animals.
The Animal Welfare League of Arlington transforms the lives of animals, like Daisy and Beagle Beagle, every day. AWLA provides animal adoption and community programs to the northern Virginia and D.C. metropolitan area, as well as animal rescue and control services within Arlington County. For nearly 70 years AWLA has remained committed to its mission to improve the lives of animals through sheltering, community services and humane education. Over 3,000 companion animals benefit from the League each year with 92 percent of sheltered animals in 2013 either being placed for adoption, reunited with their owner, or transferred to one of many of AWLA’s network of rescue and rehabilitation partners.
The League has recently received industry, state and local accolades, including a 2012 People’s Choice ABBIE Award for “Best Community Nonprofit” by the Arlington Economic Development; the 2013 Compassion Award from the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies for demonstrating strong leadership qualities and accomplishments for reducing the euthanasia of healthy and treatable dogs and cats in the community; as well as a resolution from the Virginia General Assembly in honor of the League’s efforts to reduce the number of animals that need to be euthanized due to lack of homes and shelter space and a proclamation from Arlington County declaring November Animal Welfare League of Arlington Shelter Appreciation Month. As reflected by these awards, AWLA exceeds the national standards, with 92 percent of the cats and dogs it takes in ultimately leaving the facility.
To learn more about how you can adopt, donate, get involved or benefit from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, visit www.awla.org. AWLA’s diverse selection of companion animals including cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and hamsters can also be viewed by downloading the Arlington Pets App.