Sunday, October 13, 2013

Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals on October 20, 2013

My friend Patrick at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria sent me an email recently with another event for dogs and their humans!  Really cool as I love to go places with my human- the more I know about the better!  WOOF!!

A barkingly pawsome event is being held by the The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) on Sunday, October 20, 2013!!  You are invited to participate in the Second Annual Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animal.

Walkers and their dogs will walk through historic Old Town Alexandria beginning at 9:00 AM at Market Square, located in front of City Hall at 301 King Street in Alexandria. Participants can register online at Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals.  This is really cool!!  My human and I have taken some interesting walks through old town areas- the people you will see, the places you will go! WOOF!!!!!!

The Walk raises much-needed funds to help the AWLA care for homeless animals at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter and support programs that promote responsible pet care, spaying and neutering, humane solutions to animal behavior issues, and adoptions of shelter animals.

More than 400 animal enthusiasts are expected —many accompanied by their dogs—to flood the Old Town streets once walked by George Washington. Leading the pack are ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8’s Steve Rudin and his rescue dog Gus. All walkers will receive a t-shirt and a doggie bandana, and the event also includes a pre-walk exhibit area and welcome ceremony featuring local community leaders.

Once you and your human get to the event, you can elect to compete with other walkers and form a team or you can do it together!   Megan Webb, Executive Director of the AWLA says, “One of the best parts of the Walk each year is the formation of teams who compassionately ‘compete’ to fund raise for Alexandria’s animals.” Walkers may register as individuals, join an existing team such as Paw Force One, Stray Cat Strutters, or West End Pet Lovers, or create their own team to represent their passion for Alexandria’s animals in a special way. The team that raises the most money will win a prize for all of its members. Other prizes will be awarded to the top individual fundraiser and the top youth fundraiser.

Online registration is open now and will close at noon on Friday, October 18th. The registration fee for adults is $25, the youth registration fee is $10, and children under the age of 6 may participate for free. Walk-up registrations will be accepted on the day of the event, but fees will increase to $40 and $15 for adults and youths, respectively, so all are encouraged to register online at Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals.

Individuals unable to attend the Walk but want to support the event can make a donation to a specific Walk team, an individual walker, or the event as a whole, please visit Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is located at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304 | 703.746.4774 | Alexandria Animals.

About the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria: The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is an independent, local, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Operating the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility and Alexandria’s only animal shelter, the League provides care for thousands of animals every year, including strays, lost pets, local wildlife, rescue animals, and pets surrendered by their owners. Serving the community since 1946, the League has contracted with the City of Alexandria to provide animal care, control, and sheltering services since 1989. The AWLA is committed to ending animal homelessness, promoting animal welfare, and serving as an educational resource for the community.

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