Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is an independent, local, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Operating the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility and Alexandria’s only animal shelter, the League touches the lives of more than 6000 animals every year, including strays, lost pets, local wildlife, rescue animals, and animals surrendered by their owners. The AWLA is committed to addressing animal homelessness, promoting animal welfare, and serving as an educational resource for the community. More information is at Guidelines for Use of This Facebook Page Thank you so much for your interest in and support of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria! We’re so excited to share the stories of Alexandria’s animals, as well as our staff, volunteers and community. Commenting Policy: AWLA reserves the right to delete all comments that contain • Offensive language • Personal attacks • Inappropriate comments that target any ethnic, racial or religious group • Spam or certain links to other sites Repeats offenders may be banned from the AWLA Facebook page.
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Animal Welfare League of Alexandria added 3 new photos.Friday, August 18th, 2017 at 5:35pm
This #FosterFriday several of our adoptable fosters are preparing to return to the AWLA tomorrow for #ClearTheShelters. If you’ll be joining us tomorrow for this epic event, here are a few of the smiling foster faces who are looking forward to meeting you:

Senior Sneaks, affectionately known as “Grampy” by our medical team, has overcome a lot of challenges since coming to AWLA, but he never lets any of it bring him down. Sneaks is a diabetic and FIV+, but thanks to our medical team and his amazing foster family, Sneaks is feeling great and ready to start his next adventure! He gets along well with every person and animal he meets, even dogs, and loves to be held!

Rudy has been spending his time in foster care learning to live life as a pampered pet. He loves to sample different treats and carry around his stuffed toys. Rudy LOVES other dogs and wants to find a home with another dog who will be his best buddy and show him the ropes. He is also a master napper and loves to hang out in his crate with lots of blankets and a teddy bear when he needs to relax in his safe space.

Lolita is a friendly bunny who loves attention and munching on fresh produce. She’s enjoyed the one-on-one attention she’s received from her foster home, and she’s looking to hop along and find a family of her own with whom to cuddle and enjoy salad!

If you’re planning to join us tomorrow, check out our cheat sheet to give you more information about how the adoptions process will work: We look forward to seeing you there!
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Animal Welfare League of AlexandriaFriday, August 18th, 2017 at 2:10pm
Guess who’s coming to #ClearTheShelters tomorrow? Puppies! Chive, Parsley and Sage are just one litter of puppies who will be available for adoption tomorrow, and there will be more! We’ll be opening at 11am to accommodate all of our extra visitors, and we look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

If you’d like to read more about how the adoptions process will work, check out our Clear the Shelters cheat sheet at

And don’t forget that even if you aren’t joining us in person tomorrow, you can still support our efforts to clear the shelter by making a pledge to “Clear It Forward” and help us defray the expenses of tomorrow’s waived adoption fees. You can make your pledge at and then follow our progress tomorrow at
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Animal Welfare League of AlexandriaFriday, August 18th, 2017 at 9:51am
Our adoptable animals are gearing up for #ClearTheShelters tomorrow, and curious ferret Bandit wants to remind you that this means ALL adoptable animals. If you’re not looking to adopt a dog or cat, we have some smaller animals looking for new families, including bunnies, guinea pigs, mice and Bandit! We open early tomorrow at 11am and adoption fees will be waived for all adoptable animals; standard adoptions procedures and policies apply.
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Animal Welfare League of AlexandriaThursday, August 17th, 2017 at 4:55pm
Max is one cool cat! This tabby boy has lots of energy and loves to play! Crinkle balls are his favorite toy ever, but he also loves interactive playtime with feather teasers. Max is a talkative fella and enjoys singing you the song of his people while you are in the shower or getting ready for a night out. He adores cuddle time and is the perfect buddy for a movie marathon. Max enjoys watching are birds fluttering outside the window from his cat tree and is happy to entertain himself if his people are busy. If you're looking for an easygoing roommate this Saturday during #ClearTheShelters, look no further than Max!

If you want to be a part of the Clear the Shelters action this Saturday but aren't able to join us in person, consider making a pledge to help us "Clear It Forward" to defray our adoptions expenses for the day at You can pledge an amount per animal adopted so that the closer we get to clearing the shelter, the more you support Alexandria's Animals.
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Animal Welfare League of AlexandriaThursday, August 17th, 2017 at 9:07am
Are you feeling blue this Thursday morning? 8-year-old Bichon Frise-mix Blue isn’t, because he’s getting excited for #ClearTheShelters this Saturday, August 19. Blue was found as a stray in Old Town by a kind citizen who brought him to the AWLA, and now this pint-sized pup is hoping to find his new family this weekend. As a reminder, adoption fees will be waived for Clear the Shelters, but all standard adoptions procedures and policies apply. We’ll be opening early at 11am to give everyone more time to meet all of our amazing adoptables.

This outgoing boy is happy to see new faces at the shelter and wants to meet everyone who passes by. Blue is a bit particular about his dog friends and may be happiest in a home where he can be the only canine companion. Blue thinks that Saturday will be a red letter day for all of our adoptable animals; will you prove him right and help us Clear the Shelters?

Photo courtesy of Alison Lane Photography.

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