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. 

Walk-in $10 Rabies Vaccines Offered 10/21/15

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The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is offering $10 rabies vaccines for cats and dogs who are at least 4 months of age on October 21, 2015. Vaccines will be offered on a walk-in basis at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (operated by the AWLA) at 4101 Eisenhower Ave. in Alexandria from 8am to 11am and 4pm to 7pm. AWLA staff will also be offering city pet licensing, spay/neuter information, veterinary referrals, and behavior assistance.


To ensure the safety of all pets attending the event, the AWLA asks that pet owners keep their dogs on leashes and bring cats in carriers.  Owners of pets who have received rabies vaccines in the past are asked to bring records with them to the event.