Alexandria, VA

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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