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5 Ways to Help the Animals of Hurricane Sandy

5 Ways to Help the Animals of Hurricane Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy struck the coast at the end of October it did damage that hit the news channels around the globe. The 80 mile per hour winds took lives, did billions of dollars in damage, and left thousands of people homeless. Many people are aware of the human impact of this tragedy, but few know about how the animals were in impacted in the area. As it turns out, many pets were lost, displaced, injured, and separated from their families.

“There is an element of tragedy here that many people have not even heard about and it is all the animals that have been impacted,” explains Robert Misseri, president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping animals in need. “What we try to do is help raise awareness and to help as many animals as we can, but we really need the support of others in order to be more successful at our mission.”

Find A Forever Friend At AWLA's Black Friday Adoption Special

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - At last, a Black Friday deal that doesn't involve waiting in a line getting frostbite at midnight or battling crowds for a too-good-to-be-true discount.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is once again hosting a Black Friday Adoption Special at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. On Black Friday, Nov. 23,from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., you can name your adoption fee (minimum $10) for all animals age six months and older. This is a reduction on the typical adult dog/cat adoption fees of $150-120.

All animals are spayed or neutered before adoption, and have been examined by the shelter veterinarian, tested for heartworm (dogs) and FeLV/FIV (cats), are current on all basic vaccinations, and microchipped for permanent identification.

Helping Feral Cats: Animal Welfare League Of Alexandria Launches New Program

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) - Those neighborhood cats in parts of Alexandria, the ones some folks feed and nurture, and others avoid (or complain about!), are getting a boost from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA), which has officially launched Alexandria's first trap-neuter-return (TNR) program.

The TNR program is meant to address the health, welfare, and growing numbers of feral cats in the City, thanks to financing by a PetSmart Charities grant and funds from Alley Cat Allies. The project will humanely and effectively reduce the population of free-roaming cats, starting with two targeted neighborhoods.

PHOTOS: AWLA's Doggie Howl-O-Ween

ALEXANDRIA,  Va. (WUSA) - Due to Sandy's arrival in the area, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria had to cancel its Doggie Howl O ween Costume Contest on Tuesday at the  Hotel Monaco Alexandria and Jackson 20. 

The event, an annual tradition in Alexandria, always features fabulous canines in costume, and its proceeds from the contest benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

Disappointed dogs and their owners can be certain there will be another Doggie Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest next year, and maybe some special events before then. But if you can't wait to see some canines in costume, check out the attached photos of adoptable dogs residing at AWLA, posing in their most fun Halloween finery. Will one of them find his or her forever home with you so you can collaborate on an imaginative costume next time?

Shelter Walk Raises Funds For Alexandria's Homeless Pets

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  (WUSA) - More than 350 walkers, many accompanied by faithful canine friends, spent a brilliant autumn Sunday taking part in the Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals.

The event, which filled the streets of Old Town, was held by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA), and presented by Fusion Meetings and Events. It raised more than $24,000 that will go directly to the support of the animals residing at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, and go toward the League's life-saving programs for pets throughout the region.

Leashes On! AWLA's Shelter Walk For Homeless Animals

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -  Grab your dog's leash and slip on your most comfortable walking shoes for Sunday's dog-and-family friendly event. 

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA)  is hosting the Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals starting at 9 a.m. Sunday. This fun weekend event will benefit the residents of the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, and is the only walk to benefit Alexandria's homeless pets.

The walk helps increase awareness about the ever-present problem of pet overpopulation,and covers 1.5 miles, beginning and finishing at Market Square. For registration information and details about the walk route, go to www.AlexandriaAnimals.org/Walk .