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‘Ricasso’ Rakes in Donations and Helps Waive Adoption Fees at Animal Shelter

Ricasso, known to his friends as Rico, made international headlines for his tail painting antics and has raised enough money that all adult adoptions at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) are currently free.

“All of our adult animals have their adoption fees waived, so that’s nearly 35 who are available right now,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson for AWLA. “That number can change based on animals adopted and new animals coming into the shelter through the end of the year.”

The adoption fees were prepaid by Priority Automotive as part of the AWLA’s Home for the Pawlidays event, according to Hardter.

Rico himself is still adoptable as well at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (4101 Eisenhower Avenue).

With his painting behind him, Rico has started to dabble in acting. He recently starred in a video from the shelter inspired by a scene from the Christmas film Love Actually.

“He hasn’t let it make his head big (or at least, bigger),” Hardter said in an email. “He’s still the same shy, sweet-natured pup, and he has a special message for his special someone this ‘pawliday’ season.”

After a busy weekend full of an art auction, greeting fans and long walks, Rico took a few days to relax and reflect….

Posted by Animal Welfare League of Alexandria on Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Photos courtesy Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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