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. 

 

Special Funds for Our Special Residents

Special Funds for Our Special Residents
The League has two specially-designated funds that help us to provide extra medical care for some of our residents. Please consider donating to either (or both!) of these funds, and know that your gift will make all the difference for some of our most vulnerable companion animals.
Sarah’s Fund
Since 2003, Sarah’s Fund has enabled us to provide special medical treatment for pets who need more care than the League can routinely provide. Sarah’s Fund has helped hundreds of companion animals over the years—covering emergency surgeries, physical therapy, and costly medication that may otherwise have fallen outside of our budget.
Turbo, a small terrier mix, arrived at the League in poor condition. His former owner had not groomed the adult dog in quite some time. Thinking that a haircut would relieve discomfort caused by hair mats, our animal care staff set to work. As they snipped and trimmed, our staff quickly realized that hair mats concealed serious skin and sinus infections requiring immediate medical attention. Following surgery, recuperation and several veterinary follow-up visits, the true Turbo emerged: a happy, spunky dog who was adopted into a loving new home. Sarah’s Fund covered Turbo’s surgery and treatment.
Senior’s Fund
The AWLA believes that senior pets can make excellent companions. We often have lovely, lively older pets who are looking for new homes—and may be overlooked when visitors spot young puppies or kittens. In order to increase our seniors’ adoptability, the League created the Seniors’ Fund which finances basic diagnostic screening for any adoptable dog or cat over eight years of age. A clean bill of health gives adopters one more reason to consider mature pets for their homes.
Dijon, a 12 year old Siamese mix, was found abandoned in an apartment with one other cat. Despite her charming personality, League staff worried that Dijon would be overlooked for other, younger cats. Through our Seniors’ Fund, the League sent Dijon in for diagnostic bloodwork as well as a much-needed dental cleaning. Dijon’s bloodwork showed that she was in excellent shape for a senior gal. She shares her new home with a dog, two cats, two birds…and a loving adopter.
Help other companion animals like Turbo and Dijon. Donate to Sarah’s Fund or our Senior’s Fund today.

The League has two specially-designated funds that help us to provide extra medical care for some of our residents. Please consider donating to either (or both!) of these funds, and know that your gift will make all the difference for some of our most vulnerable companion animals.

Sarah’s Fund

Since 2003, Sarah’s Fund has enabled us to provide special medical treatment for pets who need more care than the League can routinely provide. Sarah’s Fund has helped hundreds of companion animals over the years—covering emergency surgeries, physical therapy, and costly medication that may otherwise have fallen outside of our budget.

Ben

Ben, an Airedale puppy, arrived at the League in poor condition. His rear leg had been injured and left untreated. Our staff quickly realized that Ben required immediate medical attention resulting in amputation of his leg. Following surgery, recuperation with a foster family and several veterinary follow-up visits, the true Ben emerged: a happy, spunky dog who was adopted into a loving family. Ben was renamed “Speaker” because of his vocal personality. He now lives with multiple League graduates and can run circles around most dogs. Sarah’s Fund covered his surgery and treatment.

Rosemary’s Seniors Fund

The AWLA believes that senior pets can make excellent companions. We often have lovely, lively older pets who are looking for new homes—and may be overlooked when visitors spot young puppies or kittens. With support from a generous supporter, the League created Rosemary’s Seniors Fund which finances diagnostic screening for older dogs or cats who may need additional care. A clean bill of health gives adopters one more reason to consider mature pets for their homes.

Read one adopter’s loving memories of Fox, an AWLA Alumnus that was adopted at 8 years old and proved he still had a lot of love left to give.

Dijon_Seniors_Fund

Dijon, a 12 year old Siamese mix, was found abandoned in an apartment with one other cat. Despite her charming personality, League staff worried that Dijon would be overlooked for other, younger cats. Through Rosemary’s Seniors Fund, the League sent Dijon in for diagnostic bloodwork as well as a much-needed dental cleaning. Dijon’s bloodwork showed that she was in excellent shape for a senior gal. She shares her new home with a dog, two cats, two birds…and a loving adopter. 

Help other companion animals like Speaker and Dijon. Donate to Sarah’s Fund or Rosemary’s Seniors Fund today.