Saturday, June 9, 2012

Summer Olympicats Adoption Event Helps Homeless Cats Find Permanent Homes

"Aren't I just the Cutest Cat?"
There is a really cool cat event going on this month I'd like to let you know about.  Yes, I said cat.... my mom human loves them so occasionally I will paw a blog post about them.  And, of course my friend "The Cat Lady" appreciates it!

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA), Virginia, is celebrating Adopt-A-Cat Month by hosting the Summer Olympicats Adoption Event at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. The goal of the event is to find permanent, loving homes for as many adoptable cats as possible during the month of June. Throughout the entire month, the League is waiving all adoption fees on cats ages two and older. All standard application processes and screening procedures remain in place.

The League encourages prospective adopters, first-time cat owners, current cat owners, and all animal lovers to meet the world-class “cathletes” at the shelter. The friendly staff is available to help adopters select the winning cats for their homes. The adoptable cats include medal-winners in the De-Cat-Alon, High Jump, Scratch & Stretch, Cat-Napping, Synchronized Purring, Rhythmic Gymnastics, and other Olympicat Events.

Mary Beth Mount, Acting Executive Director at the AWLA, says, “We have been fortunate enough to witness the 'cathletic' prowess of our cats for several months as they trained for the Summer Olympicats. Now, we're helping our cats go for the gold and find the loving homes they deserve. It's never been easier for adopters to come to the shelter and leave with a winner.” Director of Adoption Programs Kathy Vellenga adds, “All adopters must still complete the comprehensive application process, but our hope is that the Summer Olympicats Adoption Event dramatically changes the lives of dozens of cats who might otherwise reside in our shelter for months before getting adopted.”

The Vola Lawson Animal Shelter is located at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, VA. The shelter is open for adoptions and animal viewing from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. The shelter is closed to the public on Wednesdays. The Summer Olympicat Adoption Event runs through June 30 and adopters can view all adoptable cats online at (Alexandria Animal Welfare) or call 703.746.4774 for more information.

About the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is an independent, local, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 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 animals surrendered by their owners. The AWLA is committed to ending animal homelessness, promoting animal welfare, and serving as an educational resource for the community.

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