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. 

Upcoming Events

Read Fall 2014 issue of Animal Welfare Matters newsletter/calendar – View PDF.



Check out our featured event below, and go on to read our previously-featured blogs at the bottom, too!





Poster11x17_phixr Santa Photos on Dec 5, 6 and 7th - Have you secured your dog(s)’/cat(s)’ or other animal(s)’ spot on Santa’s lap for a beautiful holiday photo? On December 5, 6 and 7, Olde Towne School For Dogs will hold its 22nd annual “Santa Photos” – a fundraiser for AWLA at their store at 529 Oronoco Street. Call 703.836.7643 to schedule an appointment. All proceeds […]
rescueme Art Show ‘Rescue Me’ - Oct. 27th, 2014 – January 25th, 2015 Reception: Friday November 14th from 7-9pm Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria are teaming up to present an animal-themed art exhibit and fundraiser on the walls of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter in Alexandria (4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria VA 22304)- “Rescue Me”.  Dogs, cats and other […]
photo (42)_phixr Howl-O-Ween, a Fundraiser for AWLA - Vinnie, AWLA alumnus and local “celebripup”, is getting ready for Howl-O-Ween on October 30th! This is the annual Doggie Costume Contest hosted by Hotel Monaco Alexandria – A Kimpton Hotel and Jackson 20 to benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Vinnie is excited to be one of the judges of the contests this year. […]
AWLVA_featured-newsletter Fall 2014 Newsletter & Calendar - Hot off the presses: read the Fall 2014 issue of Animal Welfare Matters newsletter and calendar – View PDF. Check out stories, upcoming events, pics and more about what’s new at AWLA. Share it! If you are interested in helping AWLA, please click Donate to make a difference. Check out more Featured Events and Fundraisers […]
size2_7421 (1)_phixr Calendar Contest Winners - Thank you for making AWLA’s Photo Calendar Contest a huge success!! Thank you to everyone for helping us to raise more than $50,000 in this year’s 2015 Alexandria Animals Pet Photo Calendar Contest!! Support came from all of you who entered pets, voted, purchased honor blocks, and purchased calendars. Gifts came through the website and […]
Photo-Contest_2015_featured Pet Photo Contest - The Pet Photo Calendar Contest is a way to showcase your favorite animal companion while supporting those animals who are waiting for a home of their own. Each year, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria produces a full color calendar and allows supporters to decide the next ‘top models’ for pet of the month and […]


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