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The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Virginia Incorporated Shelters Animals and Promotes Responsible Pet Ownership

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Animals deserve the same caring treatment as all creatures on Earth do. It’s the job of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Virginia Incorporated to promote kindness for animals and correct pet care techniques, and give animals a home until they can be adopted. Using methods like adoption, spay and neuter surgeries, and instruction, they work to spread the word about responsible pet care in Northern Virginia. The AWLA helps about 2,000 animals every year. They have worked together with 37 other shelters and rescue groups in Virginia and D.C. Their team consists of the caring animals lovers who work for them and about 500 volunteers who support the AWLA’s staff. The AWLA helps all kinds of domestic animals like dogs and cats and rehabilitates wildlife too. It’s the work of the AWLA that allows terribly sick or animals to get important medical care. 

 

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Virginia Incorporated has been helping animals for 75 long years. 26 people in Alexandria were disgusted by the conditions at the local dog pound. Wanting to do something to help the animals where they lived, they founded the organization in June of 1946. After being given a desk and phone, the AWLA begins to start their mission. On January 1, 1951, the city of Alexandria gave the AWLA control of a shelter, with a $9,000 budget. The devoted animal-loving founders were able to raise $3,000 to cover expenses, and their friends donated equipment and built humane cages for the animals. Later, on January 20 of that year, the new shelter opened its doors. Over 1,000 animals were helped and over 250 of them were adopted.

 

In 1952, the Alexandrian newspaper gave a report about an unusual rescue by the shelter. The AWLA had rescued a pregnant deer drowning in the Potomac River, and the paper declared “Few Alexandrians seem aware of the truly marvelous pets available at the shelter.” During the 1970s, the AWLA held their first “canine games” in Jones Point Park. On September 1, 1989, the City of Alexandria gave the AWLA a contract to supervise everything in their shelter. For more about the AWLA’s history, click here:  https://alexandriaanimals.org/75-years-of-supporting-animals-across-the-community/.  

 

Bringing home a new pet is an exciting experience. However, you may have questions about welcoming a furry, feathered, or scaled friend into your family. The AWLA has any information you may need, whether it’s your first time owning a pet or you’re moving an existing one into a new home. For tips on this topic, click here: https://alexandriaanimals.org/welcoming-new-pet/

 

If you have found a stray domestic animal that needs assistance, the AWLA can help. You can call them at 703-746-4774 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend. You can also bring in the animal you have found to the AWLA if you’re able to during these hours. If the situation is an emergency, you should call the AWLA’s emergency hotline at 703-746-4444. For more information about found animals, click here: https://alexandriaanimals.org/found-an-animal/

 

The AWLA wants to do whatever they can to keep pets in their homes. Part of that includes running a Community Pet Pantry. If you can afford the food or other supplies your pet needs, you can contact this service to see what they can do. For more information, click here: https://alexandriaanimals.org/communitypetpantry/.  

 

If you would like to donate to the AWLA, you can do so by clicking here: https://alexandriaanimals.salsalabs.org/donate/index.html

 

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