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. 

 

Resources for Pet Owners

Resources for Pet Owners
With more than 65 years’ experience in the field of animal welfare, the AWLA can help pet owners answer many questions they may have about their companion animal, his or her care, training and general well-being. The League also provides a variety of pet-related services. Please click on these links for more specific information regarding:
Behavior and Training Tips and Support
Finding a Pet Care Provider
Spay and Neuter Assistance
Relinquishing Your Pet
Pet-Related Seminars and Workshops
Dog Parks

End of LifeResources for Pet Owners

With more than 65 years’ experience in the field of animal welfare, AWLA can help pet owners answer many questions they may have about their companion animal, his or her care, training and general well-being. The League also provides a variety of pet-related services. Please follow the links below for more information.

Finding a Pet Care Provider

Behavior and Training Help

Spay/Neuter

Giving Up a Pet

Events Calendar

Disaster Preparedness

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.  When a natural disaster threatens the area, you can be ready with guidance from these helpful links.

Make a Disaster Plan for Pets – Humane Society of the United States

Disaster Preparedness – ASPCA

Disaster Preparedness for Veterinarians – American Veterinary Medical Association