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ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE OF ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA INCORPORATED

Rating: 4.76 stars   17 reviews 970

Address:

4101 Eisenhower Ave Alexandria VA 22304 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

In 2015: We assisted more than 2,000 animals. Many of these animals came to us with serious medical and behavioral issues. We were able to help critically sick and injured animals, such as a group of cats that had been locked in a U-haul for five days with no food or water, with the incredible support of our donors and community partners. We collaborated with 36 shelters and rescue groups in Virginia, the D.C. metro area, and West Virginia to help place animals in need of loving families. We also partnered with Humane Society International and helped 30 dogs rescued from meat farms in South Korea which helped educate people in the United States about the plight of dogs raised for food and educated the community about the work of local animal shelters - increasing shelter adoptions in the region. We expanded our foster program and facilitated 637 placements of animals in foster care. This allowed us to provide care for underage animals, animals who needed extra care, and animals with behavioral needs that were better addressed in a home environment. This year,151 volunteers donated over 11,860 hours of time to AWLA. The time our volunteers donated is equivalent to 5 1/2 full-time staff. In 2014, 7,390 hours were donated, so our volunteers' increased impact was awe-inspiring this year. We hosted and helped organize 6 training sessions on animal care and made them available for free to all shelters in the region, increasing knowledge and capacities for our counterparts throughout our Virginia and the D.C. metro area. We collaborated with the Alexandria Police Department to create general police orders for animals to give clear direction to police officers on how to handle animals and animal issues in the field. We rescued animals and investigated / charged 25 cases of criminal animal abuse and neglect and took these to the Virginia's Commonwealth and the City Attorney for prosecution.

Target demographics:

animals including domestic and wild

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 2000 animals

Geographic areas served:

the City of Alexandria and surrounding areas of Northern Virginia

Programs:

sheltering of over 2000 animals per year and investigating cases of animal abuse and neglect

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for the Alexandria Animal Shelter for about 20 years. We have adopted four animals from the shelter. This shelter continues to amaze me with their level of care and professionalism. They are led by an experienced and well regarded Executive Director. In recent years they have significantly increased the number of animals they have found homes for, including reaching out to other shelters to assist them with animals they cannot handle. It is obvious that the staff really cares about each and every animal that comes through their doors.

 
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I have been a volunteer here since 2009 and have loved every moment I have spent either at the shelter or helping with special events. I was hesitant at first to volunteer at an animal shelter since I figured it would be horribly depressing. And while spending time with homeless animals (dogs in particular) tugs on the heart strings, I am never sad to visit or upset when I leave because it is such an amazing organization supported and run by wonderful people who are so committed to the mission of helping our community's most helpless citizens. The shelter is clean, well maintained, never smells (amazing considering how many animals call it home) and is incredibly welcoming. Thank you to the Alexandria Animal Welfare League for everything you do every day!

 
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I adopted my amazing dog from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria several years ago, and it was a fantastic experience. From our foster through our post-adoption period, the Shelter was amazing, answering questions, providing "charm school" classes, and giving great advice. It was such a great experience, that I have chosen to become a volunteer for the shelter, to help others (peoples and pets) have an equally positive time of it. Thanks so much to the AWLA for bringing beloved companions to pet owners like me.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered here for over a year. It's clear they care about their animals and will do everything they can to find them the right home no matter how long it takes. Fantastic staff.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer here and the staff, facilities, and animal care are all top notch—highly recommend!!

 
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I volunteer with then and got 4 pets through them. The staff goes above and beyond, the animals are all well cared for and it is a wonderful place to visit.

 
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Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is the absolute best facility in DMV (metro area)
The staff is attentive, compassionate and committed to getting animals to good homes. In memory of Sophie, an AWLA alum, thank you.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with many shelters and AWLA has the most caring staff, makes more favorable adoptions and has cleanest facilities of any i have been associated with.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria for almost a year. I find shelter staff to be incredibly conscientious and dedicated to doing what is best for the animals who they see (in whatever capacity) and also the people who use their services (either to adopt, to surrender their animals, or to bring in a "stray" they have found). The staff is comprised of true animal lovers who also care deeply about people. A winning combination!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my local animal welfare league as I am a City of Alexandria resident. I am proud to "wear the shirt" and volunteer there. It is wonderful to be truly appreciated. Their volunteer program is very well organized and I can't say enough positive things about the entire staff, especially management and the volunteer coordinator. Thank you for letting me be a small part of your organization.

 
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