Need a new best friend? The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria says that their number of pet adoptions is up this year.
“It’s a very stressful time and a pet can really be a companion, they can provide support,” Gina Hardter, a spokesperson with the AWLA told ALXnow. “Even though this is a terrible time it’s been a wonderful time to show us just what is important in our lives, and one of those things is the unconditional love that a pet can give.”
Hardter said that adoptions have increased 3% over last year, a significant little jump since the AWLA was forced to suspend adoptions in April. The nonprofit also canceled events and then shifted to a virtual adoption format that lasted until in-person appointments resumed in July.
AWLA, which is still running by appointment-only, currently has about 60 pets available, including dogs, cats, turtles, rabbits and parakeets.
The adoptees include the inseparable two-year-old kitties Naya and Egypt (pictured above). The lifelong friends were recently featured in the following video with an AWLA volunteer.
AWLA is keeping one tradition alive — its annual Home for the Pawlidays event where adoption fees are waived for all pets above six months old. The event kicks off this Saturday (Dec. 5) and runs through the end of the month.
Hardter also said that most of the pets featured in ALXnow’s weekly Pet Pick posts have been adopted.
Hardter said that AWLA’s team of nearly 40 full and part-time staff deserve high praise.
“I’ve seen our staff go above and beyond to try new things to help the animals, to keep people safe and all while still trying to do our main job of connecting animals with people who love them,” she said. “I think our team here has just done amazing. I would rate them off the charts. They’ve had flexibility, they’ve had patience, they’ve had compassion and I’m honored to work with them.”
Photos via AWLA
Seven-year-old Reno moved to Alexandria from Florida, so the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s pet of the week might not know what to expect from cold winters.
The black Labrador retriever mix is currently in a foster home, and all of his adoption fees have been paid by a generous donor, according to AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter.
“Reno can be a little hesitant in new situations, so he’d love a home with a quiet lifestyle where he generally has human and animal friends around so he can establish his routine…and enjoy a whole lot of napping time,” Hardter said.
To schedule time to meet with him from his foster home either virtually or in-person, please email [email protected].
Photo via AWLA
“Four-year-old felines Emmie (orange) and Chloe are ready to double your pleasure and double your fun, because this dynamic duo of bonded kitties are looking for their new family…together,” said AWLA spokesperson Gina Hardter. “While their looks couldn’t be more opposite, their purr-sonalities are pretty similar: both girls are sweet, outgoing and go out of their way to get pets from new people.”
You can meet both of these lovely ladies BY APPOINTMENT virtually or in person. Learn more at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-
Photo via AWLA
Tank always makes sure to put his toys away after he finishes with playtime, and the three-year-old Pit Bull Terrier is also looking for a new home through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
“Tank’s favorite place to be is in his cozy bed full of blankets and toys,” said AWLA spokeswoman Audrey Alessi. “He’s looking for a best friend who can relate!”
Tank recently benefited by having his dog dorm sponsored through AWLA’s Adopt the Shelter program.
Anyone interested in meeting Tank can schedule an appointment at AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-
Photo and video via AWLA
After spending time with one of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria’s foster caregivers, 19-month-old Ace is looking for a home of his own.
The black and white domestic short-haired cat has even become popular with AWLA youth volunteers.
“He is a great snuggler!” wrote a youth volunteer. “A perfect day for Ace includes snuggling on the couch, looking out a window in a sunny spot, maybe exploring the outdoors through a screened in porch. Ace prefers not to hang out in loud places, as he can be a little shy at first and takes time to warm up in a home. If your family is loving and all about the snuggles, Ace is a great match.
If you are interested in learning more about Ace or scheduling time to meet him either virtually or in-person, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-
Photos via AWLA
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Even at 15 years old, Jasmine the Chihuahua is spry and can smell treats from the other end of the room.
A native of Florida, Jasmine she spent some quality time with the True and Faithful Pet Rescue Mission before making Alexandria her home.
“Jasmine is partially blind and partially deaf, but she doesn’t let it slow her down,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. “She’s a speedy gal who loves to explore and spend quality time in the yard and on walks.”
If you are interested in learning more about Jasmine, or scheduling time to meet her by appointment virtually or in person, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-
Photos via AWLA
Fry, a three-year-old ginger tabby, is this week’s Pet Pick from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
“Fry is a well-traveled gent, having lived as far away as Hawaii, but he’s loving life so far in Virginia,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson for the AWLA. “Fry is an affectionate guy who needs some time to explore his surroundings, but once he’s comfortable, get ready for a very sweet lap kitty.”
If you’re interested in learning more about Fry or scheduling time to meet him virtually or in-person by appointment, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-
Photos via AWLA
With Halloween around the corner, this week’s Pet Pick from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is Spooky.
“At seven months old, this black lab mix is a bundle of energy who is looking for someone who is ready to match his rambunctious attitude,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson for the AWLA. “Spooky is still young and could be very interested in training to help him grow into a polite adult dog while stimulating him mentally and physically.”
Spooky has lived with both cats and dogs, and can use a little attention.
Anyone interested in learning more about how to meet Spooky virtually or in-person can visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-
Jumpy lives up to her name.
The five-month-old kitten is up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
“As a kitten, she loves jumping of every variety, from pouncing to leaping to bounding after a toy,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson for the AWLA. “She’s especially fond of toys, and loves to chase after laser pointers and wand toys. Though she can be a little shy around new people, she loves other cats and might even enjoy a kitty sibling in her new home as a playmate.”
If you are interested in learning more about Jumpy, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-
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Nightcap isn’t named for any late night drinks, but this sleepy cat might warm your heart by rubbing against your ankle at home.
The one-year-old gray female is up for adoption through the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.
“She’s named, not after the drink, but after the old-fashioned sleep-time headgear, because when she first came to us,she loved to spend all of her time in her bed,” said Gina Hardter, spokesperson for the AWLA. “Since then, she’s grown more familiar with her new environment and now loves to greet visitors with purrs and ankle rubs.”
If you are interested in learning more about her or scheduling time to meet her, either in person or virtually, visit AlexandriaAnimals.org/Adopt-
Photos via AWLA