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AWLA's annual Photo Calendar Contest is one of our most important fundraisers of the year and helps support our efforts to care for animals in need.

Since 1946, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) has been a resource for our community and a shelter for homeless animals. AWLA operates the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter and Animal Services for the City of Alexandria.  AWLA's shelter is the only open door facility in Alexandria, Virginia and takes in any animal in need.  AWLA also investigates animal abuse and neglect and works hard to charge and prosecute animal abusers.  The League plays a key role in promoting responsible pet care across Northern Virginia by facilitating animal adoptions as a viable option to purchasing animals from breeders, spay and neuter assistance, education and community service and outreach.

We place more than 1,500 companion animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas, chinchillas and many more, in permanent, loving homes each year. An additional 300 stray pets are reunited with their owners through the League annually. Our specially-trained staff also assist area wildlife that have been injured or are in distress—with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into their natural habitat or transferring them to licensed wildlife rehabilitators for care and eventual release.

The League has a vibrant volunteer corps of 200 animal lovers who support our 40+ full and part-time professional staff. In everything we do, League staff and volunteers demonstrate that love and compassion are just as important as food and water for the animals in our care.

For more information, go to, 4101 Eisenhower Ave. Alexandria, VA 22304, 703-746-4774.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is an independent, local, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are not affiliated in any way, nor do we receive support from the Humane Society of the United States, the American Humane Association, the ASPCA or Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. All of the financial support we receive stays within our community. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

AWLA recently participated in "Clear the Shelters" and found homes for 40 animals in one day.
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