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. 

Hours of Operation

***Viewing of adoptable animals begins at noon on open days
Monday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 12:00 Noon to 5:00pm
Sunday 12:00 Noon to 5:00pm

***Viewing of adoptable animals begins at noon on open days

Call 703-746-4444 to request field service by an animal control officer.

Holidays / Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving (CLOSED)
Christmas (CLOSED)
New Year’s (CLOSED)
Memorial Day (weekend hours)
Independence Day (CLOSED)
Labor Day (weekend hours)
Veterans’ Day (weekend hours)

Directions and Info

4101 Eisenhower Avenue

Alexandria, VA 22304
703-746-4774 (phone)
703-746-4775 (fax)
Staff@AlexandriaAnimals.org (email)

Please call 703-746-4444 for emergencies.