Saturday, October 26, 2013

National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month- The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

BARK!!!!   My friend Patrick Cole works for a cool animal shelter in Alexandria, VA, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria -which is this weekend's shelter of the week for National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month!  I've done some writing for him over the past few years to help bring attention to the great work the humans do there to help animals!
(C) Allen Pearson

From what I've seen, observed and read, this is a really cool shelter.  They work to be much more than a place to for homeless animals or to leave unwanted pets. How?

Barkingly, for over 6 decades their mission is to inspire compassion for all living things, provide shelter to animals in need, and promote adoptions, animal welfare, and responsible pet ownership in the community.  WOOF!!!  Offering adoptions, spay and neuter assistance, education, community service and outreach, the organization plans a key role in promoting responsible pet care throughout the Northern Virginia region.
"Looking for a Friend?"
(C) Allen Pearson

In 1989, the League contracted with the City of Alexandria, Virginia to provide animal care, control and sheltering services which includes operation of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility.  The agreement includes accepting any and all animals brought to them and providing the care that every animal so richly deserves.

The Leagues volunteer corps of 200 animal lovers who support around 40 full and part time staff have placed more than 1,300 companion animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas, chinchillas and many more, in permanent, loving homes each year. WOOF!!! Also, around  300 stray pets are reunited with their owners.
"Mr. Turtles"
(C) Allen Pearson
A specially-trained staff assists area wildlife that has been injured or are in distress—with eventual release back to their native habitat or transferring them to licensed wildlife rehabilitators for care and eventual release.

In they everything they do, the League demonstrates that love and compassion are just as important as food and water for the animals in their care. Which is something my human noticed when he visited their facility.

Ruff!! If you love animals but are not able to adopt. Or don't have the time to volunteer, you can donate needed supplies and items for animal care.  Financial donations are welcomed too.

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.

(C) Allen Pearson

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