Alexandria Shelter Walk benefits Vola Lawson Animal Shelter and Alexandria's animals

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) invites community members to participate in the Second Annual Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals on October 20, 2013. Walkers and their dogs will travel through historic Old Town Alexandria beginning at 9:00 AM at Market Square, located in front of City Hall at 301 King Street in Alexandria. Participants can register online at

This is the only walk benefiting Alexandria’s homeless animals. The Walk raises much-needed funds to help the AWLA care for homeless animals at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter and to support AWLA programs that promote responsible pet care, spaying and neutering, humane solutions to animal behavior issues, and adoptions of shelter animals.

The AWLA expects more than 400 animal enthusiasts—many accompanied by their dogs—to flood the Old Town streets once walked by George Washington. Leading the pack are ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8’s Steve Rudin and his rescue dog Gus. All walkers will receive a t-shirt and a doggie bandana, and the event also includes a pre-walk exhibit area and welcome ceremony featuring local community leaders.

Megan Webb, Executive Director of the AWLA, says, “One of the best parts of the Walk each year is the formation of teams who compassionately ‘compete’ to fundraise for Alexandria’s animals.” Walkers may register as individuals, join an existing team such as Paw Force One, Stray Cat Strutters, or West End Pet Lovers, or create their own team to represent their passion for Alexandria’s animals in a special way. The team that raises the most money will win a prize for all of its members. Other prizes will be awarded to the top individual fundraiser and the top youth fundraiser.

Last year, the LCTA Lions, a team from the Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy, took home the top team prize. This inspiring group of children is already hard at work raising funds for the 2013 Walk and they will also be holding a bake sale at Market Square before and after the Walk to further support the AWLA.

Online registration is open now and will close at noon on Friday, October 18th. The registration fee for adults is $25, the youth registration fee is $10, and children under the age of 6 may participate for free. Walk-up registrations will be accepted on the day of the event, but fees will increase to $40 and $15 for adults and youths, respectively, so all are encouraged to register online at

Individuals who are unable to attend the Walk on October 20th but want to support the event can make a donation to a specific Walk team, an individual walker, or the event as a whole. For more information, please visit


Media Inquiries:
Patrick Cole
Director of Communications and Administration
703.746.5655 (office)
703.585.7065 (mobile)


About the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is an independent, local, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Operating the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility and Alexandria’s only animal shelter, the League provides care for thousands of animals every year, including strays, lost pets, local wildlife, rescue animals, and pets surrendered by their owners. Serving the community since 1946, the League has contracted with the City of Alexandria to provide animal care, control, and sheltering services since 1989. The AWLA is committed to ending animal homelessness, promoting animal welfare, and serving as an educational resource for the community.


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