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Animal Welfare League of Alexandria breaks adoptions record this weekend

Ginger, a rabbit available for adoption at AWLA (photo via AWLA/Facebook)

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) has hit a record for the most adoptions in one day.

The local shelter at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue said that it hit the record with 22 animals adopted on Sunday, Aug. 20.

“We had a record-breaking day for adoptions yesterday (22 animals went home — woo hoo!)” The shelter said on social media. “Thank you to everyone who visited and added a furry friend to their family!”

The AWLA said there are still dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs available for adoption at the shelter, though.

“All of the cuties pictured have their paws crossed that today is another great day for adoptions, as they’re all still searching for homes,” AWLA said. “If you’ve been considering adding a dog, cat, rabbit, or Guinea pig to your heart and home, please come visit us today from noon until 5 p.m.”

The AWLA has a full list of animals available for adoption online.

The next big event for the shelter is Paws in the Park, an annual animal lovers festival at Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison Street). The event is scheduled for 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.

The AWLA has also been contending with a rise in neglected animal seizures over the last few years.

Photo via AWLA/Facebook

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