Howl-O-Ween in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Costumed Canines to Compete for Howl-O-Ween Prizes

Alexandria, Virginia area dogs will be showing off Halloween costumes and competing for prizes, including for the spookiest, funniest, and most original costumes and most/least enthusiastic pet at the annual Doggie Costume Contest ‘Howl-O-Ween’ hosted by Hotel Monaco Alexandria – A Kimpton Hotel and Jackson 20 to benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA).

Steve Rudin of ABC 7 News will be the emcee. Megan Webb, Executive Director of Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and Charlie, Alexandria’s 2017 Animal of the Year will be the judges.

Register to enter the contest here!

This Happy Hour event will feature Halloween-themed cocktails and light bites, as well as contestants strutting down the “catwalk” while competing for “Most Glamorous Get-Up”, “Best Dressed Couple”, and the prestigious, “Top Dog” Award. Winners will receive fabulous prizes, courtesy of Kimpton Hotels and local restaurants.

NOTE: Registration fees benefit AWLA; Hotel Monaco and Jackson 20 restaurant are donating 10 percent of happy-hour food and beverage sales to the AWLA.

Animal Welfare League Offering Reward for Information about Neglected Dog

This is an update to this post. On Sunday, August 14, 2016, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) was contacted by a couple who had discovered a dog abandoned in a crate under a bush on Patrick Street in Old Town Alexandria. The crate was extremely dirty, containing feces and urine. The dog, a black and brown male Yorkshire terrier mix wearing a purple collar with no tags or microchip, was transported to VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital for emergency care. An examination of the non-responsive animal revealed a dog, coat matted with filth, suffering from dehydration and labored breathing–a possible case of severe heatstroke. Despite expert veterinary treatment, the dog could not be revived . AWLA has requested a necropsy to confirm the cause of death.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is asking the public for any information about the identity of this dog and is now offering a $2500 reward (up from $1,000) for any facts that lead to the successful conviction and prosecution of the person(s) responsible.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the AWLA End Animal Abuse & Neglect Fund candonate online or by mail to AWLA/EAAN Fund, 4101 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304.

This fund is used to provide rewards in criminal investigations of animal abuse and neglect and to provide veterinary care for animals rescued from these situations. It is important to emphasize that in situations of extreme heat, animals should not be left unattended or without access to water. The AWLA asks that rather than allowing an animal to suffer in the city of Alexandria, it be brought to the shelter for assistance.

For more information, please contact Chief Brian Rees of Animal Services at 703-746-5582.

Neglected dog in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia - REWARD offered in this case

Animal Welfare League Offering Reward for Information about Neglected Dog

On Sunday, August 14, 2016, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) was contacted by a couple who had discovered a dog abandoned in a crate under a bush on Patrick Street in Old Town Alexandria. The crate was extremely dirty, containing feces and urine. The dog, a black and brown male Yorkshire terrier mix wearing a purple collar with no tags or microchip, was transported to VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital for emergency care. An examination of the non-responsive animal revealed a dog, coat matted with filth, suffering from dehydration and labored breathing–a possible case of severe heatstroke. Despite expert veterinary treatment, the dog could not be revived . AWLA has requested a necropsy to confirm the cause of death.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is asking the public for any information about the identity of this dog and is offering a $1,000 reward for any facts that lead to the successful conviction and prosecution of the person(s) responsible.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the AWLA End Animal Abuse & Neglect Fund can donate online or by mail to AWLA/EAAN Fund, 4101 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304.

This fund is used to provide rewards in criminal investigations of animal abuse and neglect and to provide veterinary care for animals rescued from these situations. It is important to emphasize that in situations of extreme heat, animals should not be left unattended or without access to water. The AWLA asks that rather than allowing an animal to suffer in the city of Alexandria, it be brought to the shelter for assistance.

For more information, please contact Chief Brian Rees of Animal Services at 703-746-5582.

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Air Conditioning goes out at Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

Readers have reached out to let us know that the local animal shelter at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) has suffered a major air conditioning outage this weekend.

Readers have also let us know that for the Memorial Day weekend, AWLA is running a promotion for local veterans called “Paws and Stripes Furever,” During the promotion, veterans can adopt an animal for free this Memorial Day weekend until tomorrow (Monday, May 30) at 5:00 PM.

We hear repairs can’t be made until next week. VDOT stepped up with a temporary solution earlier today.


(Photo via J Sibiga Photography, on Flickr)

(H/T Shelly)

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May 5th Street Festival, ‘Dog Days in Del Ray,’ to Benefit Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

UPDATE (11:41am): FIRST THURSDAY, Del Ray’s monthly street festival, will be postponed until May 12 due to rain

FIRST THURSDAY, Del Ray’s monthly street festival, takes place THIS Thursday May 5 from 6:00pm to dusk with the theme “Dog Days in Del Ray.”

Bring your favorite four-legged friend out to Mount Vernon Avenue for a wide variety of canine-themed activities, including an obstacle course,  K-9 Unit demonstration, doggie beer & wine tasting, dog massage & reka; a dog wash, and more.

Participants are encouraged to bring unopened cans of dog or cat food, or small puppy training treats, for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Donations of KONGs for dogs or cats, wand toys for cats, and dog toys. Drop off your donated items at the parking lot where the Farmers Market is held at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Ave. and E. Oxford Ave.

The event is FREE, open to ALL in Alexandria, and sponsored by Your Dog’s Best Friends and the Del Ray Business Association.

Visit our events calendar for more information.

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In the spirit of the giving season, beginning Tuesday, December 1st, The Majestic Cafe, located at 911 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, will begin raising money for The Majestic Cafe Grant Fund, hosted by ACT for Alexandria (ACT), to support its nonprofits members. The four nonprofits chosen for this launch effort are Animal Welfare League of Alexandria; The Art League; Carpenter’s Shelter; and The DreamDog Foundation(more…)

REMINDER: Please consider sharing a photo of your own pet by emailing it to me at lee[at]redbricktown[dot]com or you can drop it in our Flickr Pool. Just please let us know the name of your pet and where you live.

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If you have EVER thought about adopting a pet, just DO IT. My wife and I did several years ago, and it is one of the best decisions we ever made.

Here’s an adorable video from the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA). They are a FANTASTIC place to adopt a pet in Alexandria, Virginia.

Check out this great video of Tiger who’s been waiting a while for a forever home!

You can follow AWLA on Instagram at this link, Facebook at this link, and on Twitter at this link.

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