Back-to-School Adoption Event Matches A+ Animals With Adopters

Event Date

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 6:54pm - Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 8:00pm
Event Location
Vola Lawson Animal Shelter 4101 Eisenhower Avenue Alexandria, VA 22304

Unique promotions and adoption discounts to start the new academic year.   Alexandria, VA, August 15, 2012 – Beginning today, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is holding the Back-To-School Adoption Event for the next four weeks. Each week features a different animal adoption promotion at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, and unique adoption discounts. The event celebrates the new academic year and the League’s first assignment is to find permanent, loving homes for all animals in the shelter before the end of summer. More information about the adoption event, weekly promotions, and discount details can be found at   Weekly adoption promotions include Rush Week (8/15 – 8/21), Fill Your Empty Nest (8/22 – 8/28), Meet the Class of 2012 (8/29 – 9/4), and “Bark” to School Week (9/5 – 9/11). Discounts on adoption fees will be available to adopters each week, including an Underclassmen Discount on all small animals. Rush Week includes the League’s first “formal” of the season with alumni reuniting for the AWLA Canine Cruise on August 16. During the final week of the event, the League will host “Bark” to School Night at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, where adopters can enjoy light refreshments while meeting adoptable animals and their daily caretakers. Dog adopters can even continue the education process after the event with four free classes in the League’s Charm School.   “The adoption event is a fun way to engage potential adopters as they prepare for the start of another school year,” says Kathy Vellenga, Director of Adoption Programs. While the event and adoption discounts are not limited to parents, heading back to school is an experience that everyone can relate to. Vellenga adds, “August is typically a slow period for animal adoptions around the country and we want to help our animals, many of whom have been here the entire summer, find the homes they deserve.”   The Back-to-School Adoption Event ends on September 11. All standard application processes and screening procedures remain in place for adopters. The Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, located at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue is Alexandria, is open for adoptions and animal viewing from 1:00 Pm to 8:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. The shelter is closed to the public on Wednesday. More information on the AWLA’s Back-to-School Adoption Event can be found at   Contact: Patrick Cole, Director of Communications and OutreachAnimal Welfare League of Alexandria(o) 703.746.5655>(c)   ###   About the Animal Welfare League of AlexandriaThe Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is an independent, local, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and recognized by Charity Navigator as a Four Star Charity. Operating the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility and Alexandria’s only animal shelter, the League provides care for more than 3,500 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.