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Alexandria nonprofit celebrates National Adopt a Senior Pet Month this November by waiving fees

Love is ageless. During the month of November, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is waiving its adoption fees for senior pets.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Editor's Note: The above video was published in 2018.

In honor of National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is waiving its adoption fees for its senior furry friends through November. Raise the ruff!

Why adopt a senior pet?

  1. Many are already house-trained.
  2. Calmer. Since senior pets have already grown into their personalities, they are usually pretty easygoing and set in their ways.
  3. Don't require the constant monitoring and training that puppies or kittens do.
  4. Since senior pets are fully grown, you’ll be immediately aware of important information like personality type and grooming requirements, making it easier to choose the perfect pet for your family.
  5. Senior pets are lower maintenance.
  6. They are less likely to be adopted.

According to the AWLA website, "Most senior animals have had experience living in households, which means they are often house-trained and understand how to live in a home environment. Unlike youngsters, seniors tend to be calmer, though that doesn’t mean they won’t be up for a brisk walk in the autumn air. Many seniors have learned tricks and training and love to show off their skills. And of course, so many wonderful seniors make amazing cuddle companions."

The AWLA located at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue is currently open by appointment only for virtual and in-person adoption meetings, found animals, surrenders and Pet Pantry pick-ups. 

The nonprofit's normal operating business hours are as follows:

  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Monday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: CLOSED 
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Since 1946, the AWLA has been a resource for the community and a shelter for homeless animals. Through adoptions, spay and neuter assistance, education, community service and outreach, the AWLA plays a key role in promoting responsible pet care across Northern Virginia. The AWLA has worked with the City of Alexandria to provide animal care, control, protection and sheltering services since 1989. 

The AWLA cares for more than 2,000 animals per year, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas and chinchillas. Their specially-trained staff also assist area wildlife that have been injured or are in distress, with the ultimate goal of releasing them back into their natural habitat or transferring them to licensed wildlife rehabilitators for care and eventual release.

Click here to look at the pets available for adoption.

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