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. 



Not everyone can adopt. But you can Adopt It Forward.

1395284_585220078192077_1408334530_n.jpgAs a member of the Adopt It Forward Sponsorship Program, you will be making a difference in the life of a shelter animal. It has been shown across the country that waived adoption fees help to shorten the length of time an animal spends in a shelter environment. It especially makes a difference in finding homes for older animals, animals with special medical needs, or animals that have been living in a shelter for a longer period of time.

Here’s how it works: there are a couple of options for your participation in the program. You can choose to sponsor an animal as an individual donor, as a business or company, or anonymously. You can also choose a specific animal to sponsor, or ask one of our staff members to choose an animal that would benefit the most from a sponsor. Once you have chosen the animal you wish to sponsor, you can come into the shelter to pre-pay their adoption fee, or mail a check and the application form (you can download the form by clicking the link at the bottom of the page).

1512383_568552199888579_777971081_n.jpgA sign will then be placed on the kennel of the animal you chose to sponsor, marking them as part of the Adopt It Forward Program. This will notify members of the public that the adoption fee of that animal has been sponsored, and it will increase the likelihood that they will show an interest in that animal.

Once your sponsored animal has been adopted, you will receive a postcard notifying you of their successful adoption!

To take part in our Adopt It Forward program, please call 703-746-4774 or email adoptions@alexandriaanimals.org.