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Two dogs from Page County, Va., arrive at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter in Alexandria in search of homes. Dogs who can’t find homes in that county often succeed in Alexandria.

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Column: Out-of-State Animals Find the Good Life in Alexandria


About once a week, Chestina Merriner loads four or five dogs into a white van and makes the 150-mile trip from Wardensville, W.Va., to Alexandria. Destination: the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA).


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