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Have you been looking for an adorable and enthusiastic companion?

Meet Mimi, a 2-year-old, 58 pound dog up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

This girl is not only adorable, but happy-go-lucky and has never met a stranger she didn’t like, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford. She loves meeting everything with enthusiastic tail wagging along with her charm and signature smile!

“Mimi loves to explore the play yards and go on walks,” said Shackelford. “She’s doing very well with her clicker training and is learning lots of cues.”

Mimi may just be the companion for you if you’re searching for an affectionate and energetic pup to go on adventures with!

To learn more about Mimi, you can read her entire profile. And to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

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Tajae is a beautiful 10-year-old dog looking for her forever home!

She’s definitely a favorite at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, where she is available for adoption.

Tajae is a lovable and smoochable dog, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“She is bubbly and active despite being in her senior years,” said Shackelford. “She is always happy to meet a new friend and is incredibly social.”

Some of her favorite things include going on walks, playing in the backyard and lounging around! Of course she loves to relax every once in a while. Tajae is also familiar with children as she has lived with children of all ages in her previous home.

Want to meet Tajae in person? To learn more be sure to read her entire profile.

And to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

Professional photos courtesy of DeSilva Studio.

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Have you been searching for a sweet furry companion?

Meet Toby, a 5-year-old tabby who is the definition of sweet and available for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Though Toby is very sweet, he is a bit uncertain of new surroundings, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

His friends at the shelter had this to say:

Typically, he’s hiding away under his blanket fort where he feels safe and secure.

He needs to find a person who understands he will need some time and space to feel comfortable in his new home. He likes visitors who come in slowly and speak softly.

Toby really likes crunchy Temptation treats and will quickly gobble them up if offered.

He’s been waiting for the perfect forever home and would be a great addition to any family!

Ready to meet Toby? Be sure to read his entire profile and email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774 to start the adoption process.

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Looking to fall in love? Ready for your heart to melt?

Meet Jack, aka Colby Jack, a 3-year-old dog up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. This guy is searching for a forever family!

Jack is very smart and clicker trained. He knows commands like paw and sit, and capable of learning so much more, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“He is a playful, energetic guy who would do best with a companion who can take him on walks or play with him in the yard,” said Shackelford. “Jack loves to play with busy boxes and other inexpensive food puzzles.”

Some of his favorite things are empty egg cartons filled with peanut butter and towels rolled up with treats! It’s the simple things he really loves.

Jack would make a lovely addition to any family. He is heartworm positive, but is already in treatment!

Is Jack that special furry companion you’ve been searching for? Read his entire profile to learn more and to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774

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The countdown to spring has begun! And what better way to welcome warmer weather than with a new addition to the family?

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria currently has a number of adorable dwarf hamsters up for adoption.

“These itty-bitty cute critters are approximately 2 months old,” said AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

These dwarf hamsters are low-maintenance and balls of fluffy cuteness that make the best companions!

Don’t believe me? The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria had a bit more to say:

Hamsters are typically quiet, clean, inquisitive, trainable and entertaining.

Since they are nocturnal, they are most active at dusk and overnight. They love to dig, burrow and make tunnels in their bedding, which is where you’ll find them throughout the day.

They need solid enclosures with plenty of soft bedding, a hidey hut, an exercise wheel and of course food and water. They also enjoy enrichment time out of their cage, interacting with people.

Hamsters have an average lifespan of 2-3 years.

Ready to adopt? View all the available hamsters and read their profiles to learn more!

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Handsome, friendly and fun?

Meet Jason, a 2-year-old pup who is up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and ready to find his special someone!

Jason is a ball of fluff that just exudes playfulness and joy, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“Besides being strikingly handsome with ice blue eyes, Jason is eager to be a part of a family,” said Shackelford. “Some of his favorite things to do are chew on a bone or bully stick, zoom around the play yard, and chase a toy or two.”

This adorable guy is ready for adventure and up for exploring anytime!

Jason is sure to bring plenty of love to any home with his happy-go-lucky and social nature.

Want to know more about Jason? Be sure to read his entire profile and email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774 to start the adoption process.

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ALXnow has adopted a new assistant editor from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA).

Hugo (né Mallow) was born late last year at the local shelter (4101 Eisenhower Avenue) and adopted earlier this week by editor Vernon Miles. He was profiled last week for Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month at the AWLA. His sisters Clover and Poppy remain there, available for adoption.

In a release, AWLA said 1,545 animals were adopted from the shelter in 2023. There were 434 animals with medical or behavioral needs who were fostered and 718 were transferred from under-resourced areas.

Hugo will oversee the rabbit affairs desk at ALXnow; a surprisingly busy section with a local poultry market in hot water for selling rabbits last year and new veterinary offices opening up in Old Town.

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Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for love!

As it is February and Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria has a number of fluffy rabbits up for adoption.

“You may not have considered a bunny as a companion animal, but they make amazing and loyal friends,” said AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

A few reasons why rabbits make the best companions:

  • They’re quiet and don’t take up much room — perfect for city living
  • Rabbits form strong bonds with their guardians
  • They can be as cuddly as a dog or cat
  • Rabbits can be litter box trained
  • Their schedules match ours. They’re most active at dawn and dusk.
  • They are full of personality and character
  • Despite their small size, they live longer lives — around 10 years is their estimated life span

Think you’re in love? See all the available rabbits at alexandriaanimals.org/adopt/!

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Beatrice is a 4-year-old dog up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and is definitely ready to find her forever home!

This girl may be the coolest dog ever with the friendliest vibes.

Beatrice is an easygoing girl who loves to play and solve food puzzles, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“Her favorite snacks are liver treats, and she’ll dazzle you with her repertoire of tricks (like sit, paw and down) to secure them,” said Shackelford. “At 4-years-old, she’s past those puppy shenanigans and is a great combo of active and affectionate.”

Beatrice is pretty much the whole package!

Want to meet Beatrice in person? To learn more be sure to read her entire profile.

And to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774. Her adoption fees have been paid!

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Sam I Am needs a forever home

Sam I Am is an adorable senior dog searching for his forever home!

This 12-year-old is up for adoption at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Sam loves to take naps in his fluffy bed and to take long leisurely walks to sniff everything, according to AWLA spokesperson Erin Shackelford.

“Sam I Am loves snacks and treats, but if he’s honest, he could stand to lose a few pounds,” said Shackelford. “Sam I Am is a newfound food puzzle pro — he has bested every treat and enrichment puzzle he’s received.”

As an older dog Sam does have reduced eyesight, but can still get around just fine! Sam also gets along fine with other dogs.

Have you found a match in Sam? To learn more be sure to read his entire profile. And to start the adoption process email [email protected] or call 703-746-4774.

Photos courtesy of Lucia Smith Art.

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