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. 

Shelter Wish List

Looking for other ways to support the League and Alexandria’s homeless animals? The Vola Lawson Animal Shelter is always in need of supplies and materials.Providing shelter, care, and enrichment for thousands of animals every year is no easy task, but donations of items from our Shelter Wish List help us meet every animal’s needs.

Please be aware that all of our dog and cat food is provided to us through our partnership with Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. Specific food items, such as grain-free food and treats, can be donated but the majority of our animal’s food is already provided by Hill’s.

Download the Shelter Wish List

Download the Foster Care Wish List – donate items specifically for use in our foster care program

Download the Youth Volunteer Program Wish List – items kids can donate and items that benefit the YVP

View the League’s Amazon Wish List (please see 2014 list!)

Featured Item

treat pouch 1Treat Pouches (fanny pack style)

Treat pouches are used every day by volunteers and staff members at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. They provide a convenient way to carry dog, cat, and small animal treats. The fanny pack style of treat pouches allow staff and volunteers to keep treats readily available at the hip, but out of the way so they can focus on training and socializing animals.

The League has no preference when it comes to brands of treat pouches, but we do prefer the fanny pack style.

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