Animal Welfare League of Alexandria


To inspire compassion for all living things, to provide shelter to animals in need, and to promote adoptions, animal welfare, and responsible pet ownership in our community.

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Since 1946, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria has been a resource for our community and a shelter for homeless animals. Through adoptions, spay and neuter assistance, education and community service and outreach, the League plays a key role in promoting responsible pet care across Northern Virginia. The League has contracted with the City of Alexandria to provide animal care, control and sheltering services since 1989. As part of our contract with the City, we operate the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility accepting any and all animals brought to us. We have made a commitment that if an animal is in need, we will provide the care that every animal so richly deserves.


Vola Lawson Animal Shelter 4101 Eisenhower Ave. Alexandria, VA 22304 703-746-4774

Our Events


Alexandria's Walk for Animals

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 8:00am
Details TBD


All Creatures Great and Small

Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 12:00pm - Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 7:00pm
Animal Welfare League of Alexandria 4101 Eisenhower Ave Alexandria, VA 22304


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Our Blog Posts

Animeals: Delivering Pet Food to Senior Pet Owners

Posted on: 06/03/2014 - 12:53pm

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

Posted on: 09/30/2013 - 11:11am

Meet Sunny

Posted on: 07/19/2013 - 3:33pm