Meet Sunny

This out-of-towner is looking to make a home in Alexandria.

Meet Sunny. He's a 3-year-old Pointer mix. Unlike some dogs, his past is a bit of a mystery. But this much is known: he's a ball of energy and an absolute joy.

This is also known:  he’s not from around here.

On a tour of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, one might think all of the dogs, cats, rabbits, birds and hamsters waiting for homes are natives of northern Virginia. The truth is, not all animals in the shelter are picked up as strays, surrendered, or abandoned. The AWLA transfers in many animals from other shelters and welfare organizations to give them a chance to find a home in Alexandria, one of the most pet-friendly cities in the entire country.

Shelters throughout Virginia unite to care for animals finding themselves in unfortunate circumstances, and the AWLA routinely takes in animals from other parts of the commonwealth to the best of its ability as part of its mission.  Sunny is one of seven dogs the AWLA took on from a recent hoarding case near Richmond.  Authorities discovered more than 70 dogs in a single house in Goochland, VA—a case that made headlines throughout the region. This overwhelming number was more than any one shelter could take but in cases like these, groups like the AWLA and others come together to help where they can. Working closely with Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, the AWLA took in four dogs and three puppies.  Several of the dogs, including Sunny, have benefited from the AWLA’s Foster Care Program, and all have received care, medical attention, love, and compassion.

Alexandria and Northern Virginia have opened their hearts and homes to several of the dogs rescued from the hoarding case, and at the AWLA, only Sunny continues to look for his forever home. Currently living in a foster home, he has responded well to treatment for a skin condition and is happily enjoying the care and attention he deserves.  All that remains is for Sunny to win the heart of one lucky adopter, and settle in to a loving, permanent home. Could you be the one?

Click here to learn more about Sunny, and call the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter at 703.746.4774 to schedule a visit.

Written by Michael Krause, volunteer at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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