Arlington, VA

The Arlington County Fire Department will be kicking off a donation drive for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington this week.

Called “Operation FirePaws,” the annual event aims to gather donated pet supplies at fire stations for use by AWLA. This year, both the fire department and the shelter will be sharing safety tips with donors who drop off goodies, per a county press release.

Those interested in participating will be able to drop off supplies in donation bins in the lobby or outside of the county’s 10 fire stations. The fire houses will accept donations every day from this Thursday, August 1 to August 31, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Since the first drive in 2015, the county says people have donated more than 1,600 pounds of pet supplies.

AWLA shared a wish list of everything from food dispenser toys for dogs, to microwave heating pads for kittens, to plastic tarps and zip ties. However, the group is reminding residents that it cannot accept used beds, homemade treats, or milk bones.

Donation bins can be found at any of the following fire stations:

  • Fire Station 1 (500 S. Glebe Road)
  • Fire Station 2 (4805 Wilson Blvd.)
  • Fire Station 3 (4100 Old Dominion Dr.)
  • Fire Station 4 (3121 10th St. N.)
  • Fire Station 5 (1750 S. Hayes St.)
  • Fire Station 6 (6950 Little Falls Road)
  • Fire Station 8 (4845 Lee Hwy.)
  • Fire Station 9 (1900 S. Walter Reed Dr.)
  • Fire Station 10 (1791 N. Quinn St.)

Images via Arlington County

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