Paws for a Cause

Paws for a Cause

Dog Walk promotes sustainable living.

Hundreds turned out April 20 for the third annual ALX Dog Walk, a two-mile walk along Union Street followed by a celebration in Oronoco Bay Park.  

The annual event was founded to promote plastic-free/sustainable living. The walk culminated with a Sustainability Festival that featured an ACT for Alexandria Spring2ACTion Nonprofit Village, a goodie bag for participants, music, bubbles, kids and dog activities, and a judged dog competition with prizes.

NBC4 Washington’s Meteorologist Chuck Bell served as emcee for the event. Volunteers from The Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail led the Walk along with supporters from The Board of Lady Managers of Inova Hospital hosted a bake sale, and The Greenery Coffee, a sustainable coffeehouse, provided coffee for those who brought a reusable cup.

The ALX Dog Walk, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, organizes the annual dog walk to educate the community about plastic-free and sustainable living while also helping to beautify the City of Alexandria and protect its environment.

The organization provides financial support to other nonprofit programs that directly help to extend the sustainability mission. The 2024 walk beautification support will go towards helping the Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail with upkeep and maintenance of the Trail.

A participant walks along Union Street during the April 20 ALX Dog Walk.

Mary Wadland, right, with Royce Cohen and Rupert at the April 20 ALX Dog Walk.

A dog owner sets out along the two-mile course as part of the April 20 ALX Dog Walk.