February 8, 2016
Potomac Highlands Animal Rescue (PHAR) in West Virginia delivers a dog to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, which operates the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. Some West Virginia counties have a surplus of dogs, many of them in demand in Alexandria.
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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).