Adopt It Forward - AWLA

Not everyone can adopt. But you can Adopt It Forward.

As a member of the Adopt It Forward Sponsorship Program, you will be making a difference in the life of a shelter animal. It has been shown across the country that waived adoption fees help to shorten the length of time an animal spends in a shelter environment. It especially makes a difference in finding homes for older animals, animals with special medical needs, or animals that have been living in a shelter for a longer period of time.
Meet McMuffin the Cat at AWLA

Here’s How It Works:

There are a couple of options for your participation in the program.  You can choose to sponsor an animal as an individual donor, as a business or company, or anonymously. You can also choose a specific animal to sponsor, or ask one of our staff members to choose an animal that would benefit the most from a sponsor.

Once you have chosen the animal you wish to sponsor, you can come into the shelter to pre-pay their adoption fee, or mail in a check.

A sign will then be placed on the kennel of the animal you chose to sponsor, marking them as part of the Adopt It Forward Program. This will notify members of the public that the adoption fee of that animal has been sponsored, and it will increase the likelihood that they will show an interest in that animal.

Ace the Dog - Adopt Me at AWLA (Photo courtesy of DeSilva Studios)

Once your sponsored animal has been adopted, you will receive a postcard notifying you of their successful adoption!

To take part in our Adopt It Forward program, please call 703-746-4774 or email us at

Thank you in advance for your generosity.  It makes a difference!