About the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
Helping Animals, Supporting Community
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. 
We place more than 1,300 companion animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas, chinchillas and many more, in permanent, loving homes each year. An additional 300 stray pets are reunited with their owners through the League annually. Our specially-trained staff also assist area wildlife that have been injured or are in distress—with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into their natural habitat or transferring them to licensed wildlife rehabilitators for care and eventual release. 
The League has a vibrant volunteer corps of 200 animal lovers who support our 40+ full and part-time professional staff. In everything we do, League staff and volunteers demonstrate that love and compassion are just as important as food and water for the animals in our care. 

2016 Alexandria Animals of the Year calendar now available

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Our 2016 Alexandria Animals of the Year calendar is now available for purchase!


The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s annual calendar contest raised an incredible $66,596 this year. We couldn’t be more proud of this year’s calendar, which features calendar contest winner Doug on the cover. The calendar costs $20 and all proceeds support the work of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

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2016 calendar contest winner Doug at our calendar launch party.


You can purchase the calendar at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter at 4101 Eisenhower Ave. in Alexandria (and visit our adoptable animals while you’re here), and the following businesses will also be selling our calendars:


Alexandria Compounding Pharmacy
Caring Hands Animal Hospital
Diversions Cards and Gifts
Dog’s Best Friend
Dogtopia of Alexandria
Felix and Oscar
Fort Hunt Animal Hospital
Hayfield Animal Hospital
Imagine Artwear
Nature’s Nibbles
Olde Towne School for Dogs
Paws Purrs and Exotics Animal Hospital
Pro Feed
VIP Pet Spa
The Christmas Attic
The Dog Park
Truly-Life Eco Gifts
VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital
VCA Annandale Animal Hospital
VCA Old Town Animal Hospital
Whole Dogz


Please email development@alexandriaanimals.org if you have any questions about the calendar, or call (703) 746-4774.