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Hope springs eternal at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria—especially during Spring2ACTion!
It was Christmas Eve when Hope arrived at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. The brown tabby was severely underweight and malnourished, her fur matted and dirty. She had a serious wound on the left side of her neck and various scratches and sores.
Hope received immediate treatment from the League's animal care technicians but her condition was so poor that many did not expect her to survive the night. On Christmas morning, she was still weak but her will to survive was strong, earning her the name Hope.
Over the next several weeks, the League's veterinarian continued to treat Hope and monitor her progress. The 2-year-old cat was a perfect candidate for a foster home, where she would be able to regain her strength and recover in a quiet, nurturing environment.
AWLA staff member Joe Klatt, and his fiancé Tracy, welcomed Hope into their home and began nursing her back to health. Although skittish and fearful at first, Hope quickly recognized that Joe and Tracy were there to help her.
Several more weeks passed and Hope's health and behavior improved dramtically. She loved her soft bed by the sunny window and interacting with Joe and Tracy. She was a playful, affectionate, friendly girl who was now ready to find her forever home.
Hope returned to the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter from foster care in early March. It only took her 6 days to win the hearts of her new family. Hope's adopters were so excited to find her and knew immediately she would be a perfect addition to the family. At last, her long journey back from the brink of death came to an end in a forever home with a family to care for her.
Hope is just one example of the thousands of animals (and people) whose lives are forever changed by the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Though we love and care for animals in their darkest hours, it is supporters like YOU that make it possible for so many beautiful creatures to receive a second chance to find the homes they deserve. Hope's story was made possible by the generous donations the League receives throughout the year.
It takes much more than food, water, and medicine to improve the lives of our animals. It takes the support and of an entire community.
Our Spring2ACTion Goals:
Operating the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter, an open-admission facility and Alexandria's only animal shelter, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria provides a safe haven for all creatures, great and small. In addition to placing dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, reptiles, and other companion animals in loving homes, the League serves as a community center and educational resource for animal lovers throughout the region.
Thank you for your support of the AWLA! You can designate your donation towards a specific fund that helps animals that need extra care. Choose from:
You can also apply your donation to a specific department or program, such as youth summer camp, animal control, behavior and training, animal care, or the foster program. No matter how you choose to give, your donation will make a lasting impact on the lives of animals in need and no gift is too small. Thank you!