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Mars has lived at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria for four months without being adopted.

The three–year-old fawn-colored terrier mix has expressive eyes and a tail that doesn’t stop wagging when he’s in the company of his favorite people, AWLA told ALXnow.

“Mars is the AWLA’s longest resident,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter said. “While the team at the AWLA provides enrichment, exercise and a whole lot of love to all the animals in our care, a shelter is no substitute for a home, and sensitive Mars is getting more and more stressed every day in his kennel.  This type of stress can affect an animal’s mental and physical well-being, and we’re worried that is just what is going to happen to Mars.”

Hardter said that Mars needs to get out of the shelter environment, whether it is through meeting his new family and being adopted into a new home or even a break from his kennel in a foster home.

Anyone interested in learning more about and adopting Mars should email [email protected], and anyone who would like to foster him should email [email protected].

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Adoptable pooch Shadow makes up for being a slow mover with his sunny disposition.

The four-year-old black and white Labrador retriever mix is up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“You may think a bigger guy like Shadow might move a little slower, but Shadow loves all kinds of fun and games, including Fetch and Tug-of-War, as well as a long stroll,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Because Shadow will probably take up all of your lap, he’d prefer not to have to share it (and you!) with other pups.”

Schedule time to meet Shadow by emailing [email protected] or calling 703.746.4774 (opt. 2).
Via AWLA
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Terrier mix Carlie might be a handful, but she makes up for it with positive energy.

The three-year-old’s adoption fees have also been pre-paid by a generous donor, and the Animal Welfare of Alexandria says she is a smart dog capable of learning lots of tricks.

“Carlie loves her toys, especially the ones that can be as rough and tumble as she is,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow.

To learn more about Carlie, email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

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The AWLA’s Spring Fling adoption event is on Saturday, May 14. (Via AWLA)

Looking for a companion? On Saturday (May 14), the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is opening its doors for its annual Spring Fling adoption event.

The adoption event allows folks to name their own adoption fee for the AWLA’s adoptable cats, dogs and small animals in their care.

Among those animals is Liberty, a two-year-old male, black medium-haired cat.

“Liberty doesn’t know just how handsome he is, with his striking black fur and gorgeous green eyes, and we don’t think we’re going to tell him,” Gina Hardter of the AWLA told ALXnow. “It would spoil his sweet and humble nature.”

The adoption event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at the AWLA, which is located at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue.

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Mr. Rex Smiles, a dog available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (photo via Facebook/Animal Welfare League of Alexandria)

In a national ranking of fastest-emerging dog-friendly cities, Alexandria took third place.

The ranking looks both at where dog-owners are registered on the dog boarding and walking site Rover and where there are the most page views of pet-friendly single-family home rental listings on real estate marketplace site Zillow.

The city was beaten by Baltimore, Maryland and Antioch, Tennessee.

It’s not the first time the city has gotten praise for it’s dog care: in January it was listed among 70 best cities for dog care.

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Senior mastiff mix Brown spent the last 13 years perfecting the art of snuggling, and he can’t wait to show off his skills.

The light brown-colored male mastiff mix is up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Brown is an easygoing fellow who’s not asking much of our his future family,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “He loves leisurely walks, comfy bed and all the ear scratches you have to offer. Bonus points if you let dogs on the couch!”

Brown’s adoption fee has been pre-paid by a generous donor. Learn more at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt/By-Appointment.

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The countdown to Cinco de Mayo has begun, and a number of Alexandria’s watering holes are offering special deals for residents and guests to fiesta in style.

All week, Tequila & Taco (540 John Carlyle Street) is gearing up for the big day on Thursday (May 5). Customers can get free queso with every order on Monday, $4 bottled beer today (Tuesday) and $8 nachos on Wednesday. On Thursday, the party begins at 9 a.m. with margaritas on sale for 5 cents until 10 a.m., followed by an outdoor party until 8 p.m.

There are a number of other ways to commemorate the Mexican victory over the French in 1862.

The American Legion Post 24 (400 Cameron Street in Old Town) is also hosting its annual Cinco de Mayo bash on Thursday. The event is open to the public, and tickets cost $10.

“Enjoy a refreshing glass of cerveza or freshly made sangria, and bring your festive spirit,” notes the Legion’s event listing. “Live music, patio party, corn hole games, and grilled food… Beer, wine, sangria, and soda available for purchase at bar.”

For dog owners, Barkhaus (529 E. Howell Avenue) is hosting a bingo night, along with District Dogs and Chippin’. Tickets cost $10 for members and $15 for the public, and ticketholders will get Cinco de Mayo swag, bingo cards and photo ops with a themed backdrop.

Residents can also order cocktails to go from dozens of Alexandria restaurants and bars.

Via Facebook

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A recent ranking by Zillow of fastest-emerging dog-friendly cities — cities where pet-friendly home rentals are on the rise — Alexandria ranked third nationwide.

The ranking looks both at where dog-owners are registered on the dog boarding and walking site Rover and where there are the most page views of pet-friendly single-family home rental listings on real estate marketplace site Zillow.

In their writeup about Alexandria, Zillow said:

It seems that more dog owners are sniffing out Alexandria. Its average daily page views of pet-friendly single-family home rental listings on Zillow are up 70.1% over last year. This D.C. commuter town is home to several dog runs, off-leash areas and plenty of family-owned pet supply stores. Take a look at rentals currently listed on Zillow and you just may find your dog’s next home here.

Boiling Alexandria down to a D.C. commuter town might get some locals barking mad, but overall it’s good news for local dog owners.

Nearby Baltimore was number 2 on the ranking, with Antioch, Tennessee taking the number one spot.

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Ten-year-old Trixie is full of excitement and is up for adoption with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

The dachshund/beagle mix loves three things most of all: snuggling, sniffing and snacks, according to AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter.

“Don’t let her frosted face fool you,” Hardter said. “Trixie has quite a bit of pep in her step and loves adventures where she can get outside and explore the world.”

Trixie recently had a mastectomy, and due to the size of the mass, it is likely that is was not able to be entirely removed, and AWLA can discuss next steps and Trixie’s medical records.

Find out more about Trixie by emailing [email protected]org, or calling 703-746-4774.

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