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. 


Sustaining Members

Thank you for considering a sustaining or recurring gift to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Sustaining gifts are a convenient way to show your support of the League and can be automatically charged to a credit or debit card on a monthly or quarterly basis (for a minimum donation of $10 each transaction).

Sustaining gifts offer a variety of benefits. Please consider the following points.

Donor Convenience

  • Sustaining gifts require donors sign up online one time only. The gift will be charged monthly or quarterly as specified until the donor indicates otherwise.
  • Sustaining gifts allow donors to make larger donations because you can spread your payments over a year.
  • Donors receive less postal mail. Monthly donors do not receive solicitations in the mail from the League. Sustainers will receive 3 newsletters per year to keep you informed of new shelter developments and highlight our wonderful companion animals.

Reduced Administrative Cost

  • Sustaining gifts require less administrative oversight—while delivering great support to our companion animals.
  • The continuous funding provided through sustaining gifts enables us to plan programs according to our known revenue streams.

Pawsitive Environmental Impact

  • Sustaining gifts limit the amount of printed material we generate and reduce our environmental impact. Thank you for showing your concern for our companion animals as well as our environment!

Other Questions?

Please contact Donna Brown, Development Coordinator at dbrown@alexandriaanimals.org or 703-746-5512 with any questions.

Click here to become a sustaining member.