Alexandria, VA

Chanel likes hanging out in an office more than her cage. Every day, she and about 10 other “office animals” are let out to play in offices at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“A shelter isn’t a natural environment for an animal,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “We’ve got seven dogs and three cats in offices right now, and we do whatever we can make this experience better and more comfortable for them.”

AWLA has about 30 animals up for adoption, although some have to undergo surgery and other medical procedures before they can go to a new home. Many of those animals spend their mending days in offices, which have baby gates at their doors.

They’ve also allowed pets in offices for more than a decade, Hardter said.

Executive Director Stella Hanly has two dogs in her office, including Stevie, who came to AWLA with a severe eye infection. His eyes had to be removed, and Hanly said that the extra attention he got by sleeping in her office made a remarkable change in him.

“The first day he was with me, he wouldn’t even respond to anyone coming in the office, talking to him or petting him,” Hanly said. “By the end of that same week, he would do a little dance each time he heard me enter the room. I think having the extra time and attention in my office truly saved his life.”

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Kitties Kaleidoscope and her brother Lincoln Log are scratching around for a new home with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

The three-month-old siblings are up for adoption during a period known as “Kitten Season”, where AWLA starts to receive an influx of young cats.

“To help the AWLA with the influx in kittens we will be seeing, consider donating items from our ‘Kitten Season’ wish list,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “We are especially in need of fleece blankets and tiny kitten collars.”

If you are interested in learning more about Trap/Neuter/Return initiatives for adult cats in your community, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/CommunityCats.  If you’d like to learn more about our Spay/Neuter Assistance program, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/SNAP.

Kaleidoscope and Lincoln Log are available for adoption now, as will dozens more kittens throughout the summer.  If you’d like to learn more about adopting them, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

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A luxurious spa for felines just filed a special use permit with the city.

On March 23, the Happy Cat Hotel filed a special use permit (SUP) to operate at 2391 Dove Street, which is located in an industrial area next door to the Local Motion Project dance studio, the Full Metal Jacket military surplus store and Southern Kitchens, Inc. The last day for public comments on the SUP is April 22.

“We will offer both short term and long term boarding as well as full service grooming and spa options, seven days a week,” the franchisee wrote in her application. “[Services will include] a feline exclusive boarding facility with custom built, individually themed luxury spaces complete with room service and a feline exclusive grooming salon.”

The hotel and spa was founded in Connecticut in 2014 and began franchising last year. Themed rooms include the multi-dimensional Weekend in Purris and Mew Orleans. The hotel would be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to noon.

It costs upward of $50 a night to board a cat at one of the hotels, and the SUP includes 18 cat rooms, a kitchen and spa.

The location is also a mile away from a number of pet-related businesses, including the Wholistic Hound Dog AcademyFrolick DogsDogtopia, Pinnacle Pet Spa & More, as well as the Wild Bird Center of Alexandria.

Image via Happy Cat Hotel/Youtube / Google Maps image via City of Alexandria

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Shadow is looking for a new home. The a seven-year-old black short-haired cat has made fast friends at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Shadow is a cat with a job and is certainly serving as the ‘office mew-nager for our adoptions and care team,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Her paws-on leadership technique means that she might sometimes be watching you over your shoulder, but she’s more likely to be supervising from your lap.”

If you’d like to learn more about Shadow, email AWLA at [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

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Boots is named after “Puss in Boots” in the Shrek movies, and her eyes even get big when she wants attention.

The five-year-old tabby loves bird watching and making biscuits, and she’s up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Until she’s adopted, Boots is spending time in a foster home to get used to living with people.

“Boots can be shy at first, which is why she’s spending some time in a foster home to build her confidence and come out of her shell,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “She was named after the Shrek character Puss in Boots because of her big eyes, which only grow larger when she’s paying attention to you…or if she wants something.”

To learn more about meeting her from her foster home, call 703-746-4774.

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Cedric, an eight-month-old tabby who was found wandering the streets of Alexandria, is up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Cedric can be a bit shy at first, but if you show him a bit of patience, he quickly comes around and will be your best snuggle buddy in no time,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Cedric is currently staying in an AWLA staff office, where he has claimed a cubby of his own, but don’t be surprised to find this adventuresome young man in all kinds of entertaining and interesting locations.”

A generous donor has paid for Cedric’s adoption fees. While AWLA is closed today due to weather, you can schedule time to meet him at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

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Odie is all about domesticity, and the 10-year-old gray and white domestic short-haired cat is looking for a new home in Alexandria.

The affectionate feline is currently up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Odie is so sensational at being a cat that he’s pretty sure you won’t need any other cats, once you have him in your life,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Odie is pretty easy to please. All he needs is some cuddle time with his best friend and treats as a bonus.”

If you’d like to learn more about Odie and schedule time to meet him either in person or virtually, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Odie has been front declawed and can be seen in the video below.

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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] 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.

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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.

Photos via AWLA

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(Updated 8:10 a.m. on 12/15/20) If you’re a cat-owner that felt left out by the Barkhaus’ ugly sweater party for dogs, the new Mount Purrnon Cat Cafe and Wine Bar (109 S. Alfred Street) has some purrfect retribution.

The cafe’s cat ugly sweater party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19, from 7-9 p.m. The event is planned to include 15-20 cats in positively hideous holiday sweaters. Cookies and milk will be included.

The first hour will be family friendly, with adult tickets at $25 and children tickets at $15. The second hour will be adults only.

The cafe is also planning a trivia night for Thursday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. In-person participation is $25 for one hour of gameplay and one hour with the cats, while online participation is $10.

Image via Mount Purrnon/Facebook

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