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. 

Spay and Neuter Assistance

Spay and Neuter Assistance
The League encourages all pet owners to have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered to prevent the birth of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Additionally, sterilizing your pet can eliminate or reduce unwanted behaviors such as urine marking, the urge to roam and the messiness associated with a heat cycle (for females). Long-term, spaying and neutering also reduces the risk that your pet will suffer from cancers associated with the reproductive organs. 
To encourage pet owners to have their companion animals spayed or neutered, the League and 20 area veterinary clinics have created a reduced-cost spay/neuter program. To participate, pet owners should go to the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, review the list of participating veterinary clinics and the costs associated with the surgery and then purchase a spay/neuter certificate from the League in advance of making the appointment for the pet’s surgery. Please note that the cost of surgery varies from clinic to clinic and often depends upon the size and gender of the animal being treated. 
For more information about this program, call the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria at 703.746.4774. 

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The League encourages all pet owners to have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered to prevent the birth of unwanted litters of puppies and kittens. Additionally, sterilizing your pet can eliminate or reduce unwanted behaviors such as urine marking, the urge to roam and the messiness associated with a heat cycle (for females). Long-term, spaying and neutering also reduces the risk that your pet will suffer from cancers associated with the reproductive organs. 

To encourage pet owners to have their companion animals spayed or neutered, the League and 20 area veterinary clinics have created a reduced-cost spay/neuter program. To participate, pet owners should go to the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, review the list of participating veterinary clinics and the costs associated with the surgery and then purchase a spay/neuter certificate from the League in advance of making the appointment for the pet’s surgery. Please note that the cost of surgery varies from clinic to clinic and often depends upon the size and gender of the animal being treated. 

For more information about this program, call the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria at 703-746-4774.