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Baby Shower at the Animal Shelter

It's puppy and kitten season and the doors of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter are open to the unplanned and unwanted litters. You can help our puppies and kittens start life on the right paw by coming to the AWLA Baby Shower with a gift from our Foster Care Wish List.

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Mardi Growl tickets on sale now!

There is much to celebrate today, the 12th of February. Not only is it Mardi Gras, it's also Robert Griffin III's birthday. I'm not superstitious, but all signs point to purchasing your tickets to MG3, the 3rd Annual Mardi Growl Gala, today!

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January is Adopt-a-Bird Month and you can find your feathered friend at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. Birds are sensitive and intelligent animals that can provide a lifetime of companionship.


The Proper Way to Select a Pet

If you are considering giving someone a pet as a gift this holiday season, please READ THIS FIRST. If you want to give someone the joy and companionship that pets bring, there is a proper way to do so.

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Kuranda Cat Bed Drive

You can give our homeless cats the gift of comfort this holiday season by donating a cat bed from Kuranda. We're collecting 100 cat beds before the end of the year, and donating through Kuranda earns you a 28% donation discount! Donate today at

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Trap-Neuter-Return Program Launched in Alexandria to Help Feral Cats

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria works with citizens to humanely address population growth of free-roaming cats.

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Why Adopt? Ask a Child

Autumn is a season of transition, and each year we marvel at the leaves changing color and falling to the ground. It is only fitting that October, the peak period of fall foliage, is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month. While each season is temporary, the change you will make in a dog’s life by adopting is forever. But don’t take our word for it. See why the kids in the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s Youth Volunteer Program think you should adopt!

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If you can't adopt, foster!

foster catAdopting a shelter animal is an amazing way to change lives. Not only are you rescuing a homeless animal in need, but your life and the lives of your family members are sure to change as well. Many of us want to help homeless animals in any way possible, but the reality is that adoption simply isn't an option for everyone. However, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria's foster care program is an excellent alternative for animal lovers that are able to provide temporary care.

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Shelter Walk helps Alexandria's homeless animals in more ways than one

What’s the best way to help Alexandria’s homeless animals? Obviously, adoption is the best and most immediate solution for the current residents of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, but what about the next generation of unwanted and abandoned animals? And if you’re like most of the staff and volunteers at the shelter, or most of Alexandria for that matter, what do you do if you already have a home full of animals?

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