Arlington County Animal Shelter

Find Arlington County Virginia animal shelters, puppy dog and cat shelters, pet adoption centers, dog pounds, and humane societies. Animal shelters provide information on adopting dogs, cats, and pets, animal care and rescue, and animal control.


Animal Welfare League of Arlington 2650 South Arlington Mill Drive Arlington VA 22206 703-931-9241


Arlington Animal Control 822 North Kenmore Street Arlington VA 22201 703-249-5066

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue PO Box 100968 Arlington VA 22210 703-766-2647

Metro Ferals PO Box 7138 Arlington VA 22207 703-528-7782

SPCA of Northern Virginia PO Box 100220 Arlington VA 22210 703-799-9390

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What is an Animal Shelter?

Household animals that no longer have homes are often brought to animal shelters. Animal shelters are safe places to bring animals that are abandoned or lost. Many shelters will also take in animals that are sick or injured. In some areas of the U.S., humane societies will also provide shelter for animals. Shelters often serve as pet adoption centers. Animal shelters are also open to household pets taken from owners who can no longer care for them, those who have mistreated them, or those who have violated animal welfare laws.

Shelters provide animal care, rescue, and animal control. They assist with adopting dogs, cats, and other pets. They also may offer services like spaying or neutering. Shelters may offer adoption. Local and county governments fund some dog pounds and animal shelters, while volunteers and donations provide further support.