It’s a Wonderful (2nd) Life: Adopt a Pet at AWLA

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is promoting “It’s a Wonderful (2nd) Life” opportunity for the felines in its care this season.  “In keeping with the annual holiday tradition of the Frank Capra movie classic, AWLA is hoping that animal lovers will find their own special angel “Clarence” to add to their family.”

There are cats and kittens available for adoption and need a chance for a second life in your home.  Adoption fees have been greatly reduced to FREE for some cats!  As a cat owner (my wee little Fiona and the Mighty Mighty Mac Daddy are both from rescue shelters) I can speak from experience that adopted cats overflow with sweetness and love once they are safe and secure in a new home.

“Just as George Bailey found his angel Clarence in the movie, adopters can find their own heavenly feline friend and provide a loving forever home to an animal in need. The AWLA staff believes that “Everytime a bell rings, a kitty finds a new home” and will ring a bell every time a cat gets adopted to celebrate.”

Alexandria may be a dog-centric city and that’s a good thing, but kitties need homes too!  There is no reason dogs and cats can’t live together in peace and harmony.  With your help, and your new cat adoption, you can be a living example of that peace and harmony during this joyous season.

All standard application/adoptions processes, rules and procedures apply.

Giving Thanks in Alexandria: This Week’s Latest ACTion

  • During the holiday season, the Carpenter’s Shelter needs volunteers more than ever to help serve warm meals and assist in other services.  To participate, visit  their Volunteer page.  Monetary donations are also welcome in their Alternative Holiday Giving Program.
  • On Thanksgiving Day, you can put your feet to good use by running in the 2010 Alexandria Turkey Trot. Race organizers will be collecting food donations for ALIVE!, a nonprofit organization serving Alexandria’s needy. Please bring two nonperishable food items (cans, boxes) on race day. You may also make an optional cash donation when you register for the race.
  • The D.C.-based Capital Area Food Bank asks for your donations to provide meals for its 2,800 low-income families and senior citizens.  To learn more and donate, click here.
  • The Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless has a similar meal donation program called the Thanksgiving Basket Drive.   Your gift will feed those at Sullivan House, or will go toward the Adopt-A-Family program.
  • The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) recently announced that they’ll host their own “Black Friday,” when black and partially-black pets’ adoption costs will be greatly discounted in hopes that the animals will find a home. “The number of pets brought to us is up significantly this year, and they just keep coming,” remarked the League’s Executive Director Martha C. Armstrong. To learn more, visit the AWLA website or call (703) 746-4774.
  • Shopping on “Black Friday”? The City of Alexandria is offering free parking in all City-owned garages on Friday, November 26. Free parking is a special incentive for shoppers to visit Old Town to make their holiday purchases. Dozens of merchants are opening early, some as early as 6 a.m., and offering deep discounts. Find out more at

Contact Volunteer Alexandria for more Thanksgiving related volunteer opportunities.

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!