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Brief: Help Raise Awareness for Alexandria’s Homeless Animals

— Walk for Homeless Animals, Saturday, Oct. 21, and help AWLA raise awareness about pet overpopulation in Alexandria and throughout the region. Each year, the League cares for thousands of animals at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. Some are abused and neglected and some are simply unwanted, but all deserve a second chance in a permanent, loving home.

The Walk helps raise critical funds to support the many AWLA programs that combat animal homelessness, promote responsible pet care, and match all types of shelter animals with loving adopters. It is the only walk to benefit Alexandria's homeless animals.

Dogs are welcome and walkers are encouraged to bring their canine friends. We ask those with cats, small mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians to leave their companion animals at home, but hope you will join us and represent your companion animals. No species or breed is immune to homelessness and your participation helps support the AWLA's fight for all animals that do not have a voice.

Adult registration is $25 and includes an event t-shirt and bandana. Children and teenagers are invited to join in the fun under the supervision of a registered adult. Youth registration (ages 6-16) is $10 and includes t-shirt. Children 5 or younger are free. We encourage people to form teams with coworkers, family members or civic group members. Prizes will be awarded to the top team and individual fundraisers. Adult participants who raise $100 also win an LED flashlight and poop bag dispenser to keep your evening walks clean and bright. Day-of registration will be available the morning of the walk, at Market Square, starting at 7:30 a.m. Walk begins at 9 a.m. Event is rain or shine. Visit www.alexandriaanimals.org.