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. 

Volunteer/Foster

The League is assisted by a vibrant corps of volunteers who help with everything from dog walking and cat socializing to wildlife transport and even gardening. Our volunteers provide all the “extras” that we need to keep our animals happy and our shelter humming. Never afraid to roll up their sleeves and tackle a new task, the League’s dedicated volunteers pitch in when and where they are needed most; sometimes at high-profile events and sometimes folding the mountains of laundry generated every day. Every task is important and we sincerely appreciate every volunteer hour.

Volunteering at the League is a two-way street. Volunteers give their time and talent and receive the love and affection of hundreds of animals (and humans!) in return.

The first step in becoming an AWLA volunteer is to attend a volunteer information session. This session is a chance to learn about the League, our volunteer program and other ways you can support the AWLA. To sign up for upcoming Volunteer Information Sessions, click here.

We are always seeking volunteers for the Foster Care ProgramClick here to learn more about fostering animals for the League.

Volunteers under the age of 18 can participate in the Youth Volunteer Program.Click here for more information.

Please check back in the future to learn about more opportunities for new volunteers.

 

Already a Volunteer?

Click here to sign in to Volgistics.