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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.

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.

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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Need a new best friend? The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria says that their number of pet adoptions is up this year.

“It’s a very stressful time and a pet can really be a companion, they can provide support,” Gina Hardter, a spokesperson with the AWLA told ALXnow. “Even though this is a terrible time it’s been a wonderful time to show us just what is important in our lives, and one of those things is the unconditional love that a pet can give.”

Hardter said that adoptions have increased 3% over last year, a significant little jump since the AWLA was forced to suspend adoptions in April. The nonprofit also canceled events and then shifted to a virtual adoption format that lasted until in-person appointments resumed in July.

AWLA, which is still running by appointment-only, currently has about 60 pets available, including dogs, cats, turtles, rabbits and parakeets.

The adoptees include the inseparable two-year-old kitties Naya and Egypt (pictured above). The lifelong friends were recently featured in the following video with an AWLA volunteer.

AWLA is keeping one tradition alive — its annual Home for the Pawlidays event where adoption fees are waived for all pets above six months old. The event kicks off this Saturday (Dec. 5) and runs through the end of the month.

Hardter also said that most of the pets featured in ALXnow’s weekly Pet Pick posts have been adopted.

“Over the past weeks, most of the animals you have helped us promote have been adopted, including Reno, Ace and Jasmine,” she said.

Hardter said that AWLA’s team of nearly 40 full and part-time staff deserve high praise.

“I’ve seen our staff go above and beyond to try new things to help the animals, to keep people safe and all while still trying to do our main job of connecting animals with people who love them,” she said. “I think our team here has just done amazing. I would rate them off the charts. They’ve had flexibility, they’ve had patience, they’ve had compassion and I’m honored to work with them.”

Photos 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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The Halloween spooky season isn’t quite over. Tomorrow is Friday, Nov. 13, and Mount Purrnon Cat Cafe and Wine Bar (109 S. Alfred Street) wants you to spend the unlucky day watching House on Haunted Hill with a black cat.

“Black cats and popcorn are the only way to celebrate Friday the 13th,” the cafe said on its Facebook page. “Watch House on Haunted Hill and spend some time with our resident kitties. Popcorn and soda (or tea, coffee) included in ticket price!”

The program is scheduled to run from 7-9 p.m. and tickets are $30 per person. Popcorn and tea or coffee will also be available during the program.

Mount Purrnon — which opened in August — is a cafe guests can visit with adoptable cats who roam the building.

Photo via Mount Purrnon Cat Cafe/Facebook

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After spending time with one of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s foster caregivers, 19-month-old Ace is looking for a home of his own.

The black and white domestic short-haired cat has even become popular with AWLA youth volunteers.

“He is a great snuggler!” wrote a youth volunteer. “A perfect day for Ace includes snuggling on the couch, looking out a window in a sunny spot, maybe exploring the outdoors through a screened in porch. Ace prefers not to hang out in loud places, as he can be a little shy at first and takes time to warm up in a home.  If your family is loving and all about the snuggles, Ace is a great match.

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

Photos via AWLA

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Morning Notes

Beyer Calls Trump ‘Super Spreader in Chief’ — “The Super-Spreader-In-Chief strikes again. From coast to coast he visits American communities spreading dangerous aversion to science and public health precautions. He brings large groups of people together under unsafe conditions in state after state, and this is what results.” [Twitter]

Halloween Weekend Events in Alexandria — “While Alexandria police are not planning to close down Lee Street for the annual Halloween party, there are lots of activities Halloween weekend.” [Alexandria Living]

ACT for Alexandria’s #ArtsALX Fundraiser Extended to Nov. 6 — “We are still fundraising to save the arts! 100% of donations will directly support artists in Alexandria. Donation portals open thru Friday, Nov. 6.” [Twitter]

Two Alexandria Restaurants Make Washingtonian’s List for Cozy Escapes — “The Yates family went above and beyond when reimagining the outdoor space at Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap during the pandemic. The 5,200 square-foot set-up has cabanas–hung with Moroccan lanterns–for parties of ten or less; pergolas glowing with string lights; and a new beer garden ringed around a fire pit… Pick (at Del Ray’s Evening Star Cafe) between two homey outdoor areas at this Alexandria mainstay: the Front Porch, where you can sip a bourbon slush by a fire-pit table, and the new, roomy Back Yard.” [Washingtonian]

ALIVE! Hosting Food Distribution Event on Halloween — “The event will be held at two drive-through sites: the parking lots of John Adams Elementary (5651 Rayburn Ave.) and Cora Kelly Elementary (3600 Commonwealth Ave.). Residents can pick up food at either location from 8:30-10:30 a.m. or until supplies last.” [Zebra]

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Gets Pets Displaced by Zeta — “We are so glad we were able to welcome a group of dogs and cats from @LASPCA last night. In preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Zeta, The Louisiana SCPA needed to make extra room in their shelter so they could help animals displaced by the storm.” [Twitter]

Today’s Weather — “Cloudy skies (during the day) . High 53F. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph. A few clouds from time to time (in the evening). Low 37F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New Job: Deputy Clerk — “The Deputy Clerk (Grade 7) is assigned operational responsibilities and ensures court’s instructions are executed and legal papers are prepared with accuracy and in accordance with appropriate policies and procedures.” [Indeed]

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Fry, a three-year-old ginger tabby, is this week’s Pet Pick from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Fry is a well-traveled gent, having lived as far away as Hawaii, but he’s loving life so far in Virginia,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson for the AWLA. “Fry is an affectionate guy who needs some time to explore his surroundings, but once he’s comfortable, get ready for a very sweet lap kitty.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Fry or scheduling time to meet him virtually or in-person by appointment, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Photos via AWLA

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Jumpy lives up to her name.

The five-month-old kitten is up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“As a kitten, she loves jumping of every variety, from pouncing to leaping to bounding after a toy,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson for the AWLA. “She’s especially fond of toys, and loves to chase after laser pointers and wand toys. Though she can be a little shy around new people, she loves other cats and might even enjoy a kitty sibling in her new home as a playmate.”

If you are interested in learning more about Jumpy, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Photos via AWLA

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