AWLA event to provide health and behavioral services to underserved pet owners
The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) will continue its efforts to support Alexandria’s underserved community by hosting a pet care clinic on Saturday, Sept. 23. The AWLA is coordinating with the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the Virginia Department of Health to provide rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats of Alexandria city residents as well as behavioral advice, basic grooming and nail trims. In the past, the AWLA has held similar events at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, but this event is the first to be offered in the community, allowing city residents to more easily attend and bring their pets.
The clinic will be held in the courtyard in front of the Ruby Tucker Family Center at 322 Tancil Court, Alexandria, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. AWLA plans to host more pet care events throughout the City of Alexandria in the areas where the most requests for animal service support are received, to continue to reach the parts of the community that most benefit from such assistance.
“We are excited to offer this service to underserved communities in Alexandria to help provide needed resources for their pets — before a crisis occurs,” said Stella Hanly, AWLA Director of Community Programs. “This clinic will also help us understand more about what’s needed for the pets living in these communities and how we can continue to help both pets and pet owners in Alexandria.”
Dog owners are asked to bring their dogs to the Sept. 23 pet care clinic on a leash; cats must be safely enclosed in carriers. Leashes and carriers can be provided to those who need them. All pet owners will receive an official rabies certificate with each vaccination, and dogs will receive a rabies tag. Spanish-speaking personnel will be present to assist with translation as necessary.
The AWLA currently works with Senior Services of Alexandria to provide pet food to Meals on Wheels recipients upon request as part of the Animeals program, which distributes donations from the community to individuals in need. The AWLA also seeks to aid individuals in need of temporary pet assistance in times of hardship. The AWLA plans to expand these offerings to find new ways to keep pets with their families and overcome barriers that might lead to the surrender of a beloved family member.