Alexandria, VA

Morning Notes

Alexandria Among Top Cities Where Women Find Success — “Here in Alexandria, more than two-thirds of women have a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The median income of women is more than $75,800. In addition, almost one-third (31.3 percent) of local businesses are owned by women.” [Alexandria Living]

Mayor Supports Governor Extending Rent Moratorium — “The extraordinary financial pressure facing residents of Alexandria who are experiencing unemployment or loss of income continues.‬ ‪Today, I supported the Governor of Virginia’s efforts to extend the moratorium on evictions to allow state/local rent relief programs to assist.” ‬[Facebook]

Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins Retires — “People in Alexandria turned out Friday to celebrate the retirement of the circuit court’s first Black judge. News4’s Northern Virginia bureau chief Julie Carey reports.” [News4]

Volunteer Alexandria Makes 7,000 Face Masks — “This week, Griffin, Jenelle, and Caroline helped bag masks. Griffin and Jenell even helped two days in a row! So far, volunteers have completed 17 orders totaling 7,000 masks that will be going to local nonprofits.” [Facebook]

Together We Bake is Taking Orders — “Orders are now available for contactless pick-up! You can pick up your orders Tuesday’s and Thursday’s between 10:30 and 3. Please allow 24 hours for your order to be processed.” [Facebook]

City Needs Employers for Job Fair — “WDC is seeking employers to participate in the Virginia Careerworks Alexandria/Arlington Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participation is free. Employers must register by July 6.” [Facebook]

New Job: Pet Care Specialist at Barkley Square — “We are looking for dedicated animal lovers to join our growing company! We offer a competitive benefits package including health insurance, supplemental insurance, IRA, and smartphone for full-time VIP client routes. Applicants MUST have a car, internet access, and basic computer skills to be considered for employment. We conduct a thorough background check before hiring.” [Indeed]

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While many Alexandrians are struggling to figure out how to provide for themselves during the pandemic, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is taking the strain off some local pet owners trying to take care of their animals.

Since mid-March, the local animal shelter has donated 5,000 pounds of supplies to a Community Pet Pantry. The AWLA said the pantry is also stocked with donations from animal-loving Northern Virginia residents offering food, bed, toys and more.

“The AWLA offers several programs to assist pet owners in these times,” the AWLA said in a press release. “The Community Pet Pantry provides pet care items like wet and dry food, cat litter, ‘puppy pads’ for house training and more.”

The AWLA said the program was originally implemented for the government furlough in 2019, but has seen a greater number of requests than ever before.

“Requests were up nearly 400% in April alone over previous months,” the AWLA said. “Pet owners are invited to contact the AWLA at [email protected] or (703) 746-5508 to discuss what items are needed for their pet and how to arrange for pick-up or delivery.”

The AWLA is also continuing to offer programs like pay-and-neutering for pets in low-income families, community pet care fairs and behavioral support and advice.

“Animal welfare is a fundamental goal of our work at the AWLA,” Director of Community Programs Joanna Fortin said in the press release, “and that’s not just the animals here in the shelter. The more we can reach animals in need across the community, the better home we can make Alexandria for all animals and for everyone who loves them!”

Photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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Morning Notes

Goodhart Group Buys Alexandria Hospital Staff 100 Meals From Mason Social — “Our General Manager, Mark delivered 100 meals to Alexandria Hospital this evening on behalf of @thegoodhartgroup. We love partnering with our community to help support each other during this time of uncertainty.” [Facebook]

GoFundMe Campaign Started for Business Owner With Cancer — “I can’t go anywhere, and I’m riddled with anxiety with everything going on. As you can imagine it’s extra tough to get supplies. Especially with the things I need, supplies are cleared and simple things like hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves are hard to come by.” [Zebra]

Beyer Presides Over Congress Wearing Face Mask — “Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) wearing a face mask and gloves presided over this morning’s House pro forma session during the coronavirus pandemic.” [Twitter]

Hunger Free Alexandria Updates Food Resource List — “Notable change: West End Food Pantry now requires a Valid photo ID with current City of Alexandria address or a Photo ID and current bill with City of Alexandria address.” [Facebook]

Fresh Market Asks Customers to Wear Masks — “The Fresh Market, which has an Alexandria grocery store in Bradlee Shopping Center, announced Tuesday it will ask shoppers to wear masks.” [Alexandria Living]

Senior Services of Alexandria ‘Animeals’ Program is Operational — “Our Animeals program is continuing to care for the animals of older adults in Alexandria! Thank you to our volunteers who deliver pet supplies to our local seniors.” [Facebook]

Mia’s Italian Kitchen Donating $2 For Every Prosciutto Pie Sold — “ONE DAY ONLY  In honor of Spring2ACTion Day, The Patterson Group will be donating $2 to ACT for Alexandria for every Spring2Action Prosciutto Pie sold. This special pie featuring prosciutto di Parma, burrata, Calabrese pepper sauce and spinach pesto will be available for pickup and delivery this Wednesday, April 15 only!” [Facebook]

ACPS Now on Multiple Public TV Channels — “Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade Dragons! ACPS-TV will be providing content on channels 70 and 71. Check it out starting today! There will be lessons on a wide variety of topics, read-alouds, movement activities, and more.” [Facebook]

Old Town Festival of Speed and Style Rescheduled to September — The annual classic car show on King Street in Old Town was originally Scheduled for June 7, and has been pushed to September 6. [Facebook]

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If you’re tired of going out for yoga and meditation with bunnies and want a partner for your own at home, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) has the perfect companion.

Meet Tiger, a two-year-old white rabbit available for adoption at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (4101 Eisenhower Avenue).

“Tiger first hopped into local attention when she was spotted near the Shell Station in Alexandria,” Gina Hardter, spokeswoman for the AWLA, said in an email. “A kind resident scooped her up and brought her to the AWLA.”

Hardter said she is “hoppy” to try new things like games and clicker training.

“[She’s] one smart cookie and can sniff out a treat from a mile (or at least several feet) away,” Harter said.

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Onyx is a curious kitty and a bit clumsy, but this sweet cat would love a new human to take him.

The short-haired black cat is six years old is available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue.

Gina Hardter, spokeswoman for the AWLA, said Onyx is an office pet, like Sugar and Cali.

“[Onyx] really takes his office duties seriously,” Hardter said. “Onyx the Office Assistant is happy to help with filing, typing, organization or any other office duties you might need an extra paw for.  He has exacting but particular standards, so while the job might not be finished exactly how you would have done it, you can be sure it will be up to his high Onyx standards.”

Hardter said Onyx is also a hide and seek champion who likes exploring small spaces, but he loves human company and happily shows human friends his hidey-hole he’s found.

A video shows Onyx trying to help with filing but having a little difficulty.

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Bunny yoga and meditation is returning to Alexandria this weekend, this time at Lost Boy Cider (317 Hooffs Run Drive), just off Eisenhower Ave.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 9 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

“Join me at Lost Boy Cider in Alexandria, along with a fluffle of lionheaded bunnies visiting from Tripple Springs Farm in Brandywine, MD, for Hoppy Hour,” organizer Beth Wolfe Yoga said in a Facebook post.

Tickets to the meditation are $30.

The event is a 45-minute guided meditation, which will include some bunny snuggling. Included in the ticket price is a post-meditation beverage of hard cider or non-alcoholic, house-made apple juice, according to the Facebook page.

Space for the event is limited and attendees are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats. If the event fills up, another is scheduled for April 5.

Photo via Curtis.Kennington/Flickr

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After more than three decades, overnight emergency services at the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital will come to an end on Feb. 24.

The 78-year-old animal hospital at 2660 Duke Street announced on Jan. 30 that it cannot find veterinarians capable or willing to work the exhausting and emotionally draining overnight emergency service hours. The hospital will continue its general practice and urgent care services during daytime hours.

“It’s very sad. It’s very hard for all of us. Imagine how the employees feel,” VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital Manager Karen Bates told ALXnow. “We lost eight veterinarians last year because they can not handle the stress or the requirements of the exhausting overnight hours. If someone is interested in an emergency position, they want to work during the day. At night you’re alone, you don’t have colleagues to bounce ideas off of — especially if you’re a new graduate.”

Bates, who has worked at the hospital for 30 years, said that the Alexandria hospital had to ask permission from VCA to discontinue its overnight services. VCA Hospitals owns hundreds of animal hospitals in the U.S. and Canada and bought the Alexandria location more than a decade ago. All VCA hospitals are run independently by individual management teams.

“This has nothing to do with the purchase of us by a corporation,” Bates said, adding that staffing overnight has been an issue for more than five years. “We had to ask VCA for permission to do this. We have the business, we have the staff, we just don’t have the doctors. We’ve been working with relief veterinarians. They’re not technically employees, but they have been able to keep us afloat this long.”

VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital will continue operating during general practice hours, which are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the week and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The hospital is closed on Sundays, but staff hope to expand weekend hours and be open seven days a week.

The nearest overnight emergency care facilities include:

Map via Google Maps

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Morning Notes

Catch on the Avenue Closing — “In a quick social media post on Sunday, December 8, 2019, Catch on the Avenue, 2419 Mount Vernon Avenue, announced it is closing. ‘It is with regret that we announce the permanent closing of Catch on the Ave. Thank you for all your support. We look forward to seeing you at our other locations.'” [Zebra]

Some Residents Want to Ban Waze — “A few residents asked why Alexandria can’t just ban Waze and other congestion-avoidance apps from allowing commuters through certain parts of the City where cut-through traffic is the worst. The reason Mayor Wilson gave: free speech. Other municipalities that have tried to block Waze have lost in court on the premise that Waze is simply providing data to the public and thus has some protection.” [Alexandria Living]

Free Adoptions for the Holidays — “Those looking to add a furry member to the family are in luck this holiday season. Priority Toyota in Springfield, Virginia, is paying for all adoption fees, spaying and neutering and other medical expenses for all pets ages six months and up at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria… The adoption fee promotion runs through January 2, 2020.” [WTOP]

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Priscilla, a two-year-old terrier mix at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is a bundle of energy, but she’s sweet and hoping for a home to help her relax.

The pup is very excitable but has been training in patience and meditation with the AWLA staff, according to Gina Hardter, spokesperson for the organization.

“Priscilla is also super food-motivated,” Hardter said, “so if you are looking for even more hobbies you can take up together, she’s a willing and eager learner… where treats are involved.”

She also snuggles, but Hardter noted that she prefers not to share cuddles with another dog. Priscilla needs a home where she’s the only puppy.

Photo courtesy Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria has a new executive director with a new focus on expanding the programs the shelter offers citywide.

Most Alexandrians likely know the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) for the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue — the place to adopt pets like Cappuccino and Macchiato — but AWLA also offers a variety of other programs to help pet owners throughout the city.

For four years, Stella Hanly worked closely on the outreach programs, first as a community programs liaison then later as AWLA’s chief operating officer. Now, the AWLA has named Hanley as its executive director.

Among Hanly’s first priorities as executive director, AWLA said in a press release, is expanding the pet pantry program that offers pet food and supplies to residents in need.

“No pet should be separated from his or her owner because of health issues or finances,” Hanly said in a press release. “Animals provide so much support to their owners during crises, and we want to help more pets stay with their families when they are needed most. By expanding our Community Programs department, we hope to help our community address issues that may lead to surrender so that cherished pets can stay in their homes — where they belong.”

Hanly said pet pantries need to be offered in locations where they are most accessible to the pet owners who need them. Other programs offered by AWLA include Animeals, which provide food and resources to pets of seniors participating in the Meals on Wheels program, and Crisis Care, which provides Alexandrians with short-term pet care in emergencies like hospitalization or housing crisis.

Other new initiatives are in the works under the new leadership.

“[Hanly] also plans to work with local veterinarians to find solutions for low-income owners whose pets need medical support; expand the footprint of the Spay and Neuter Assistance program currently offered by the AWLA; and manage regular in-community Pet Care Fairs offering free vaccinations, grooming, behavioral advice and supplies for dogs and cats,” AWLA announced.

The funds for the expanded program come from a donation from the Anne Cabaniss Trust, though AWLA continues to seek corporate support to expand the shelter’s programs.

Photo courtesy AWLA

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Perk your ears up: Ease Yoga and Cafe is partnering with Tripple Springs Farm to bring Bunny Meditation to Del Ray on Sunday (Nov. 3).

From 12:30-1:15 p.m. at 3051 Mount Vernon Avenue, a “fluffle” of lionhead rabbits from Tripple Springs Farm in Maryland is scheduled to make an appearance and play around during a guided meditation.

The yoga session is scheduled to be followed with bunny snuggling and bunny selfies.

Space for the event is limited and $30 tickets can be bought in advance.

Attendees should bring their own yoga mat. Children over ten are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

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If you’ve ever thought “I want to drink beer outdoors, with other people, but I also want to hang out with my dog,” Port City has the event for you.

Dogtoberfest, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, is a free event planned in the parking lot of Port City Brewing Company’s brewery at 3950 Wheeler Avenue.

“It’s an all-day event, so from about 12-8 p.m. the whole parking lot will be filled with non-profits that are canine or animal-focused,” Emma Quinn, events and marketing manager for Port City. “A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.”

The event is a collaboration with Frolick Dogs, a “canine sports club” at 3208 Colvin Street.

According to the Facebook post for the event:

This event will be held in our parking lot outside of the brewery with activities throughout the day for dogs as well as a dog adoption (1-3 p.m.), bulldog kissing booth, agility course, and local organizations that support our animal friends! Also, Dog Trivia will be held from 3-5 p.m. outside so dog friends can attend and Heavenly Santa will be there for dogs to get their holiday photos.

In addition to food trucks for humans, a truck called Woofbowl with food for dogs will be set up at the event, the post said.

Photo via Facebook/Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

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