Alexandria, VA

Sara loves nothing more than a dedicated snuggling session. The eight-year-old terrier mix is also looking for a new home via the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Sara is recovering from knee surgery in the care of a foster family, and her adoption fee has been taken care of by a donor.

“Though she is technically a senior, you’d never guess by her goofy manner and excited personality,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “There is nothing she loves more than a good, dedicated snuggle session with her favorite humans.”

If you want to  learn more about Sara or schedule time to meet with her in her foster home, email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

“The AWLA team would be happy to tell you more about her physical therapy, so her new family can take it on when she moves in with them,” Hardter said.

Photo via AWLA

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Darcy is usually sprawled out somewhere.

The couch, the table, your lap — the possibilities are nearly endless for the two-year-old tabby, who is currently up for adoption via the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“She’s a social girl who will make sure you know when she’s looking for a little love, so be ready with the chin scratches and ear rubs,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow.

Learn more about Darcy and how to schedule time to meet her at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Photo via AWLA

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Morning Notes

Statewide vaccine town hall tonight — “The Virginia Department of Health will host a live broadcast Town Hall on May 4, from 7 to 8 p.m. The program will feature in-depth discussion about COVID-19 vaccines and offer a forum to ask questions about the vaccines and the next steps in the vaccine roll out. Panelists include Virginia State Health Commissioner Dr. Norm Oliver and State Vaccine Coordinator Dr. Danny Avula, as well as other academic, medical, and public health experts.” [City of Alexandria]

Alexandria Democratic Committee’s City Council candidate debate is at 7 p.m. — “Please join us to watch the ADC City Council Debates!” [Facebook]

In-person Alexandria Jazz Festival on May 29 — “The Alexandria Jazz Festival returns on Saturday, May 29, 4-9pm at Oronoco Bay Park (100 Madison St.). Enjoy a variety of musicians and styles of jazz throughout the day. Admission is free, but space will be limited. ” [Twitter]

‘Dogs Of Del Ray’ mural to be finished on Thursday — “The Del Ray community plans to celebrate the mural’s completion during First Thursday: Dog Days in Del Ray, which takes place on Thursday, May 5, from 6 p.m. to dusk along Mount Vernon Avenue. Participants are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to the Avenue for a socially distant street festival featuring themed activities, rescue groups, and more.” [Zebra]

Today’s weather — “Sunshine early then becoming cloudy later in the day. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph… Sunshine early then becoming cloudy later in the day. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 87F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New job: Refuse collector — “A Refuse Collector collects garbage as part of a refuse collection crew. This is routine but heavy manual work which is performed under adverse weather conditions. Refuse Collectors regularly perform their tasks at a rapid pace as compared to most labor class positions. Assignments and work leadership is provided by an Equipment Operator II. Supervision is provided by the Refuse Collection Superintendent.” [Indeed]

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Six-year-old Coco likes the simple things, like stuffed toys and treats. The six-year-old Staffordshire terrier is also looking to be adopted through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Coco is the cuddliest girl, with the most squishable face, and be ready for her to take her place of honor on your lap,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow. “Coco loves her people and wants to be the sole focus of their attention, so she would prefer to be your only pup to make sure she has all your love and snuggles.”

Coco also loves stuffed toys that make noise and can regularly be seen carrying one around on walks, napping with one or showing her human friends how they can be used in an excellent game of tug-of-war.

You can schedule time to meet with Coco in-person or virtually at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-By-Appointment.

Photo via AWLA
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Morning Notes

Sheriff’s Office warns of phone scammers — “If you receive a call from someone saying they are from the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office (or any other law enforcement agency) and that you have to pay them money, hang up. Scammers will try a variety of approaches to intimidate and coerce people into giving them money. But actual sheriffs’ offices in Virginia will never call you and demand money.” [Twitter]

April 30 deadline for logo design contest for Alexandria City High School — “All ACPS currently enrolled students are invited to participate in a logo design contest to represent the new high school name Alexandria City High School. The deadline to submit an entry is April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. See the complete competition guidelines and rules. Logo entries must be uploaded through the Logo Design Submission Form. Featured above are the previous logos used for T.C. Williams. More information about designs for Naomi L. Brooks Elementary School will be shared in the coming weeks.” [ACPS]

Bug appetit: These city residents are eating cicadas — “This year, you won’t find cicadas on the menu at restaurants in Alexandria — serving bugs is a health code violation and isn’t allowed in Virginia.  But for the adventurous, there are a lot of ways to cook cicadas at home. Brian Schwatken, who lives in Alexandria, cooked and ate a cicada a few years ago — and liked it.” [Alexandria Living]

Today’s weather — “Partly cloudy (during the day). High 88F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph… Cloudy (in the evening). Low 66F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.” [Weather.com]

New job: Dog walker — “Walkers will be expected to pick up dogs from their owners and drive them to the dog park, play with them at the dog park, and then drive the dogs back to their homes. Pay ranges from $350 to $500 per week, depending on the number of dogs scheduled for that week.” [Indeed]

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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.”

Photo via AWLA
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It’s no secret that Del Ray loves its dogs, and next month a new mural will be unveiled in their honor.

For the last month, local artist Patrick Kirwin has been working on the “Dogs Of Del Ray” mural, which is on the north side of Stomping Ground, facing the Pat Miller Neighborhood Square in the heart of Del Ray.

“It’ll last forever, or as long as the siding lasts,” Krwin said. “The trick is balancing the eyes, getting them right according to the axis on the head gives them their personality.”

Del Ray is full of personalities, like Dodger, Olive, Sadie and Aspin. Sue Kovalsky’s dog, Barley, for instance, will walk right up and lean on strangers on Mount Vernon Avenue — just to get a friendly pet.

Pat Miller came up with the idea with neighbor Karen Johnson.

“Dogs bring a lot to Del Ray,” Miller said. “When you’re out walking your dog, you always stop and talk to the next person that has a dog, so you get to know the community. And the dogs start liking each other and they start like being together.”

Miller says that the waiting list for dog portraits is completely full, and that some of the paintings are from dogs who have passed on.

“It was a tear-jerker, a way to memorialize their dog,” she said. “And that’s important because dogs are all about love and fun.”

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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.

Photos via AWLA

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You don’t have to go to a galaxy far, far away to bring BobaFettHan Solo and Yoda into your home.

The four 10-week-old male hamsters are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

“Hamsters are clever and industrious, and they are going to want an enclosure full of enrichment activities, like wheels, chew toys and, of course, plenty of bedding for digging and tunneling,” AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter told ALXnow.

Hardter continued, “Hamsters can also be taught tricks, ranging from general socialization to spinning in circles to navigating fun hamster obstacle courses, and the enrichment (and treats that are part of it) can help keep your hamster happy and healthy.”

Click here to schedule time to meet with these hamsters, either virtually or in-person.

Photos via AWLA

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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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