Alexandria, VA

Goldy, a 12-year-old orange tabby, likes nothing more than to take a nap in the company of friendly people, and he’s up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Goldy’s new year’s resolution is to eat more food,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “This gentleman loves all kinds of food, and he hopes you’ll help him with his new year’s goals by providing him treats whenever he meows for them.”

Goldy’s adoption fees have already been paid by a generous donor. He is currently living with a foster family, and anyone interested in learning more about him should email [email protected]aanimals.org or call 703-746-4774.

Incidentally, Chaquira and Princesa, the special bonded senior Shepherds we highlighted just before Christmas have been adopted.

“It really means the world to everyone at the AWLA that these two (and more than 130 animals last month) are spending 2021 with new families,” Hardter said.

Photos via AWLA

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Nine-year-old Chaquira and her eight-year-old daughter Princesa are inseparable, and the pair are looking for a new home via the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

AWLA took in Chaquira and Princesa with 12 other dogs from the Florida-based True and Faithful Pet Rescue Mission.

“Senior dogs like Princesa and Chaquira have spent their whole lives giving love to others,” said AWLA Executive Director Stella Hanly. “They deserve just as much love in their older years.”

Princesa is reportedly the more outgoing of the two dogs, although treats and ear scratches have proven to quickly bring Chaquira around.

“They are sweet, curious girls who have taken in stride the many changes they’ve experienced over the last month,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter said. “We know that the person or people lucky enough to adopt them will receive double the love and gratitude from their new canine family members.”

Incidentally, their adoption fees have been pre-paid this month by Priority Automotive as part of the Home for the Pawlidays event, where adoption fees are waived for pets older than six months.

Anyone interested in learning more about these two should email [email protected]alexandriaanimals.org.

Photos via AWLA

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If you want to find the bright side of things, a little bit of Church could help. And don’t worry — we’re talking about the eight-year-old tabby that’s up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Church has an adorable little tongue that’s often sticking out, making every day with Church a #tongueouttuesday,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow in an email. “Her hobbies enjoy lounging in bed, being pet (especially in bed) and watching visitors and friends (from her bed).”

Church also loves tuna, Hardter said, and will rub her head up against you until you share.

Incidentally, the AWLS just released an infographic to help keep animals safe this winter. Tips include keeping pets inside during freezing temperatures, wiping off their paws after shortened walks, and giving them warm clothes to wear.

If you are interested in learning more about Church or scheduling time to meet with her virtually or in-person, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment for more information.

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There’s no doubt that Gunner‘s gaze will bring a smile to your face, and the medium-sized terrier is up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Gunner is an energetic, intelligent young man who loves to show off his tricks for treats and shower his friends in kisses,” said Gina Hardter, a spokesperson for the AWLA, who says he is currently her favorite pet at the shelter. “I’m trying to teach him the command, ‘Give kisses,’ but he loves to kiss so much that he’s already way ahead of me.”

Two-year-old Gunner and a few of his canine companions came to Alexandria from a shelter in Louisiana that was impacted by Hurricane Zeta in October. He’s currently undergoing heartworm treatment, which AWLA will complete at no cost to the family that adopts him.

“If you have a lap, you can bet Gunner wants to be in or near it,” Hardter said.

If you want to buy Gunner or his fellow adoptees a holiday gift, AWLA is asking for pet presents in its (Stocking) Stuff the Van event. The event takes place on Dec. 24 with virtual and in-person options.

If you are interested in learning more about Gunner or scheduling time to meet him virtually or in-person, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Photo via AWLA

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Seven-year-old Reno moved to Alexandria from Florida, so the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s pet of the week might not know what to expect from cold winters.

The black Labrador retriever mix is currently in a foster home, and all of his adoption fees have been paid by a generous donor, according to AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter.

“Reno can be a little hesitant in new situations, so he’d love a home with a quiet lifestyle where he generally has human and animal friends around so he can establish his routine…and enjoy a whole lot of napping time,” Hardter said.

To schedule time to meet with him from his foster home either virtually or in-person, please email [email protected].

Photo via AWLA

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Felines Chloe and Emmie are bonded for life, and the dynamic duo are looking for a new family through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Four-year-old felines Emmie (orange) and Chloe are ready to double your pleasure and double your fun, because this dynamic duo of bonded kitties are looking for their new family…together,” said AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter. “While their looks couldn’t be more opposite, their purr-sonalities are pretty similar: both girls are sweet, outgoing and go out of their way to get pets from new people.”

You can meet both of these lovely ladies BY APPOINTMENT virtually or in person.  Learn more at  AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Photo via AWLA

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Tank always makes sure to put his toys away after he finishes with playtime, and the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier is also looking for a new home through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Tank’s favorite place to be is in his cozy bed full of blankets and toys,” said AWLA spokeswoman Audrey Alessi. “He’s looking for a best friend who can relate!”

Incidentally, a number of pets ALXnow has featured in recent weeks have already been adopted, including Jasmine, Spooky and Jumpy.

Tank recently benefited by having his dog dorm sponsored through AWLA’s Adopt the Shelter program.

Anyone interested in meeting Tank can schedule an appointment at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

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Cats have a reputation for being somewhat aloof, but nobody has told that to Alex yet.

The five-year-old tabby up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is desperate for attention and affection.

“If you feel a tap on your shoulder when you’re at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, it might be Alex,” said Gina Hardter, a spokesperson for the AWLA. “He hasn’t quite gotten the hang of physical distancing, but he certainly knows how to get attention.”

Alex isn’t the biggest pet at the AWLA, but Hardter said he might have the biggest personality.

“Alex is looking for a playmate, and he’s willing to go to great lengths to meet you,” Hardter said. “Reaching through the bars of his kennel? Check! Showing off his belly? Check! Doing a happy little dance until you say hi? Check, check and check!”

Appointments to meet Alex and potentially adopt him can be made online.

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Bruce is a big boy with a lot of heart.

The two-year-old mastiff is a large dog currently looking for a new home in the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA).

“At over 100 pounds, Bruce is the largest animal currently at the AWLA,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson for the AWLA. “But he’s so sweet, we think at least 25 pounds of that must be his big heart.  Check out how he dwarfs the kiddie pool!”

Beyond his bulk, Bruce can also boast being bilingual (not counting barks). Bruce is familiar with some commands in both English and Spanish.

“Bruce is a clever puppy who’s always up for learning,” Hardter said. “He’s bilingual on several of his commands, so whether you ask him to Sit or Sientate, Bruce is happy to oblige.”

Prospective owners of the many-talented mastiff can meet him and learn more about the adoption appointment process at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

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The Alexandria Animal Welfare League has been overrun but a veritable vermintide as it seeks to find a new home for five spicy rats.

“Anise, Basil, Nutmeg, Paprika and Saffron may sound spicy, but these ladies are the sweetest rats in town,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson for the AWLA.

The rats came into the shelter last week and are all seeking new homes. Though they can be adopted individually, they are social animals who might be best adopted in pairs or more.

“Rats are social creatures who love the company of other animals (especially rats) as well as humans,” Hardter said. “Many would love to cuddle with you on the couch or hang out in your pocket with some rat-friendly treats. Our rats would be happy to be adopted in pairs or even more at a time.”

Rats are highly intelligent animals and Hardter said they can be trained to do tricks and learn new skills.

Though the ladies are part of the same crew, Hardter said they each have very distinct personalities.

“All our rats are female,” Hardter said. “In their friend group, Anise is the social one (she loves to meet new people); Basil is the tough one who looks out for all her sisters; Paprika is the “mom” rat who makes sure everyone is being well-groomed and polite; Nutmeg is the spontaneous one (you never know what she’ll do next!); and Saffron is the funny one – just watch her whiskers twitch at a good joke.”

For those hoping to meet the rascally rodents, appointments for visit can be scheduled online for either virtual or in-person meetings.

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