AWLA - circa 1965Since 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 shelter close to 2000 animals per year, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas, chinchillas. 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.

AWLA - circa 1969The League has a vibrant volunteer corps of 200 animal lovers who support our full and part-time 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.

Learn more about our history “Born 70 Years Ago”.