My first Sheltie, Mickey – also known as Bright Eyes for his big, round playful brown eyes – and his excellent Sheltie dog companion, Woody, inspired me to volunteer with them at my local animal shelter,

the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) back in the 1990s when they were young and frisky pet therapy dogs! Mickey and Woody were best friends. Together they became pet therapy dogs at AWLA visiting nursing homes to play with seniors and the disabled. Although riding the elevators was a little tricky for them, they did love starting out in the 2nd floor community room where it rained tasty doughnuts upon their arrival!

When Mickey and Woody left this world in 2003, I co-founded The Woody & Mickey Healthy Pet Fund at AWLA to extend financial support to League animals for medical services to make animals for adoptable. The Fund has even purchased dental equipment to do dental work in-house! The Fund has become increasingly important to help AWLA take in animals from across the country and even internationally as shelters suffer from overcrowding. I have continued to support the Fund with a major gift annually. DONATE BELOW if you’d like to add your support!

I volunteer as a photographer for AWLA and you’ll see my photos on the www.AWLA.org website and mobile application. I love this photo activity and look forward to making all the animals look great for adoption with professional portraits!

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George - dog

George

George, a Shiba Inu puppy, was given up for adoption by his owners when they realized that they could not afford medical care of the puppy’s deformed back left leg. The Fund was used to examine, x-ray and perform surgery to amputate George’s leg. Nicknamed Tripod, George was adopted by another volunteer professional photographer at AWLA! He’s now healthy, happy and a photography model!

Barney - cat

Barney

Barney came to AWLA from the Stafford County, VA Animal Shelter to receive specialized eye treatment. The Fund provided surgery to remove Barney’s eye. Barney, now named Wonder, made a speedy recovery and was quickly adopted into a home with two young boys who love him!

Johanna and Katniss - Bunnies

Johanna and Katniss

Johanna and Katniss, a bonded pair of Mini Rex, Mini Lop rabbits, came to AWLA after two stops at other shelters because there is a dedicated space for care of rabbits. Katniss required immediate surgery paid for by the Fund and after a month of recovery was bonded again with Johanna and both were adopted! The couple that adopted them report that the bunnies, each with their own personality quirks, have given back so much to their family that they can’t imagine their lives without them!