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. 

Alexandria Animal Art Gallery

Alexandria Animal Art Gallery (feature)

Del Ray Artisans have expanded their passion for the arts to the benefit of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

The Del Ray Artisans, founded in 1992, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote visual arts for the benefit of artists and the community. DRA regularly supports local charities through proceeds from exhibits and other events.  In December 2013, they raised $700 from their Holiday Market Bake Sale for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria to provide food and supplies for the animal shelter, adoption, and foster programs.

Blue Boy (painting) The success of the event led to a partnership between the two organizations to display art at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter.  “Many of our artists are animal owners who use their pets as their muses,” stated Eileen O’Brien, Program Coordinator of Del Ray Artisans.  “For example, our abstract artists often use animal movement as inspiration for their work.”

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria worked with the City of Alexandria to transform the shelter’s adoption hallway into the”Alexandria Animal Art Gallery”.   The first exhibit at the gallery will be “All Creatures Great & Small”.  Del Ray Artisans put out the call for artwork to local artists and the response was strong, with 26 artists submitting 57 entries.  The “All Creatures Great & Small” exhibit will run from August 3rd through October 26that the 4101 Eisenhower Avenue shelter.  The public is invited to the opening reception on August 8th from 7-9pm.

Border Collie (glass) For more information on this and other Del Ray Artisans events, visit their web page at thedelrayartisans.org and the gallery can be viewed during shelter open “adoption” hours, www.alexandriaanimals.org.

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