To paraphrase the late Dean Martin, "Find Some Bunny to Love" this Valentine's Day.
That's the name of the game on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria shelter. At 1 p.m. they will kick off Adopt-A-Rabbit Month with a 1 p.m. seminar on having a rabbit as a pet. It will be presented by Suzanne D'Alonzo, the league's manager of training and education.
Rabbits are now the third most popular pet. This seminar will be followed by three others on Saturday, Feb. 28, to help those who already have rabbit pets and those who want to adopt a rabbit. Those seminars, presented by Friends of Rabbits, times and subjects will be:
* 1 p.m. Bunny Fun Time: How to keep your bunny happy and active.
* 1:45 p.m. Bunny Body Language: How to translate what your bunny is trying to tell you.
* 2:30 p.m. Rabbits and Other Pets: Friction between your bunny and other pets — learn what to do.
Throughout February there is a special discount, $20, for adopting a bunny. That includes adoption consultation and no charge for sterilization. But, bunnies are not the only Valentines at the AWLA during February. In fact February has been declared AWLA's "Month of Love," according to Martha Armstrong, AWLA executive director.
On Saturday, Feb. 21, AWLA will join with more than 20 other shelters across Virginia for a Midnight Madness adoption event. The Virginia Animal Control Association has invited all shelters to stay open until midnight that day to promote adoptions.
A Midnight Madness party at the AWLA shelter, 4101 Eisenhower Avenue, will commence at the 5 p.m. and run to midnight. The Adoptions Desk will be open for business — helping guests meet and mingle with furry friends while enjoying light refreshments and raffle prizes.
<b>AWLA IS ALSO</B> offering adoption discounts throughout February. Adopters of two cats or kittens will pay an adoption fee of only $50 for the pair, rather than the normal $85. Adopters will pay all costs associated with spay or neuter.
"Don't let the winter blues keep you down. Our great pets have plenty of love to share with their new adopters, and our staff can help you find just the right pet companion," said Armstrong.
Whether looking for a lap cat, curtain climber, or cuddle buddy; a pound puppy, Frisbee player or couch potato, a new best friend is waiting at AWLA. Join the Midnight Madness and find the only love money really can buy.