Adopt a Pet at the Alexandria Animal Shelter - KALB
Thank you for considering adoption of your next companion from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA)!. At the AWLA, matchmaking is our specialty.
The dog, known as Zara, had been surrendered to the shelter because her owner could no longer care for her. It quickly became clear that she was a very high-energy dog who desperately wanted to work. She wasn’t an appropriate pet for most families because her energy level and drive were so intense. The AWLA contacted the Alexandria Police Department to determine if Zara might be a candidate for the its K-9 Unit. Zara passed the department’s test with flying colors and was accepted into the Basic K-9 School. She has now been in school for almost a year and will graduate on Wednesday. After graduation, Zara will serve in the Police Department’s K-9 Unit.
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria helps all animals, including guinea pigs! Guinea pigs are cute, communicative, have distinct personalities and live longer than many other small pets (5-7 years on average). These South American rodents can be wonderful pets, but often end up in our shelter due to accidental litters or owners underestimating how much care guinea pigs require. We encourage anyone looking to add a guinea pig (or two) to their household to consider adopting a guinea pig in need of a home instead of purchasing from a pet store.
Alexandria Animals - Animal Welfare League of Alexandria | AWLA
Jul 3, 2017 - White male german shepherd dog, husky
AWLA behaviorist Jennie Lane conducts a behavioral exam on shelter dog Wynonna. Lane responds to questions on pets from Alexandrians who call the shelter’s help line. Photo by Mary Flynn/AWLA The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria operates the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter under contract to the City of Alexandria. We provide a temporary safe haven for stray and lost animals and animals given up by their owners. The League is defined as an “open admission” shelter, meaning we turn no animal from our jurisdiction away. As an open-admission shelter, we take in ill and injured animals and those that are not immediate candidates for adoption. We receive pets that are no longer wanted, pets from people who can no longer care for them, as well as stray animals.The Walk raises critical funds to support the many AWLA programs that curb animal homelessness, promote responsible pet care, and match all types of shelter animals with loving adopters. It is the only walk to benefit Alexandria’s homeless animals and the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter.Thank you again for choosing the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria for your child’s birthday gift “beneficiary.” Here’s a list of shelter pet favorite gifts under $20:Since 1946, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria has been a resource for our community and a shelter for homeless animals. Through adoptions, spay and neuter assistance, education and community service and outreach, the League plays a key role in promoting responsible pet care across Northern Virginia. The League has contracted with the City of Alexandria to provide animal care, control and sheltering services since 1989. As part of our contract with the City, we operate the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility accepting any and all animals brought to us. We have made a commitment that if an animal is in need, we will provide the care that every animal so richly deserves.Alexandria’s CART is a volunteer organization comprised of specially-trained citizens, shelter staff, and members of Alexandria’s Animal Control Department. Working with City agencies, federal and state government, other CART in the state, and the , the Alexandria CARTs supports pet owners through emergency preparedness and disaster response.