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Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Virginia Incorporated

aka AWLA

Alexandria, VA

Mission

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. The League is an animal sheltering and welfare organization focused on community responsiveness, professional animal care, dynamic education, compatible adoptions and a philosophy of compassion in all we do.

Ruling Year

1966

Executive Director

Megan Webb

Main Address

4101 Eisenhower Ave

Alexandria, VA 22304 USA

Keywords

Homeless Animals, Humane Education, Animal Adoption, Animal Welfare, Pet Bereavemnet, Animal Control, Wildlife Assistance, Animal Licensing,

EIN

54-0796610

 Number

1475552902

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Other Services (D60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (M01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Since 1946, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria has been a resource for our community and a shelter for homeless animals. Through adoptions, spay and neuter assistance, education and community service and outreach, the AWLA plays a key role in promoting animal welfare and responsible pet care across Northern Virginia.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Animal Adoptions

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of animals rescued

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Animal Adoptions

Context notes

If you consider animals rescued to be ones transferred from other locales where they might not have been able to find homes, we have significantly increased transfers/rescued year-over-year.

Number of animal adoptions

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Animal Adoptions

Context notes

As we work in reduce of length-of-stay per animal, it means we can take in and find homes for even more animals, as noted by the significant increase in adoptions between 2016 and 2017.

Average length of stay (in days)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Animal Adoptions

Context notes

We continue to seek ways to make our animals available for adoption and help them find their families more quickly, not only improving that animal's quality of life but making space for more animals.

Number of Facebook followers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Animal Adoptions

Context notes

As social media becomes more popular, we realize that one of the best and most cost-effective ways to share our animals stories with the biggest audience is via Facebook and others.

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Context notes

Working with more volunteers and fosters means that our animals can get even more care and attention, improving their quality of life with us as we help them find their families.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The mission of the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is to inspire compassion for all living things, to provide shelter to animals in need and to promote adoptions, animal welfare, education and responsible pet ownership in our community.

The AWLA touches the lives of more than 6,000 animals every year. This includes sheltering nearly 2,000 animals a year, and as an open-access shelter, that can include not only dogs and cats, but also rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, turtles, chinchillas, reptiles and more. We also contract with the City of Alexandria to provide animal care and control for City residents through our Animal Services department, who respond to more than 200 calls for service monthly, including animals running at large, wildlife that has become trapped inside residents' homes and even cruelty investigations and animal seizures.

We offer humane education services and resources, including our shelter tours for youth groups, summer camp programs, birthday parties and additional youth services like our Book Buddies program. We also work with local veterinary partners to offer discounted spay/neuter procedures to low-income residents.

We are supported by a corps of more than 200 volunteers and fosters, who care for and socialize animals, providing them with home stays and extra attention as necessary and generally assisting us in all aspects of operating a large and busy facility.

We are grateful to the City of Alexandria, which makes it possible for us to provide care, control and sheltering services to Alexandria's Animals. We are able to build upon those efforts thanks to the amazing support of our community. This includes our amazing volunteers, who help with a variety of of roles both in- and outside of the shelter, including working with and caring for animals; helping with laundry, dishes and other cleaning; administrative tasks and support; assisting with events; caring for animals in a foster capacity and so much more. We also are grateful to be the recipient of financial contributions, which allow us to care for the animals in our community, provide medical treatments and surgeries to improve their quality of life and help support other local/regional shelter partners who may not have the resources to provide the same standard of care for animals in their area.

We measure our results both quantitatively and qualitatively. While we don't want to see animals in need, we know that we help more animals each year than we have the previous year. We have lowered the average number of days that animals stay with us before they find appropriate placement, which means that we can take in more animals in a year, and also that these animals spend less time in a shelter environment. We also measure how many animals with medical and behavioral issues we are able to help a year, which again results in finding homes for more of Alexandria's Animals.

We also aim to reach more of our community, which may not always be measurable. We can count the number of people who visit our facility or who we meet at community events, but we also understand that our reach might be demonstrated by fewer pet owners coming in with animals experiencing health issues, because we have already reached them to educate them where they live. We may see fewer dogs and cats being found without proper registration, because owners are more aware of City registration processes. We hope that fewer animals might be surrendered to us, because we may be able to assist owners with care and other concerns they are having.

While the ultimate goal of an animal welfare organization is to have no reason to exist, we will continue to work with our community to support their needs as long as it is necessary.

We continue to reduce the number of days that animals stay with us, which means individual animals find homes more quickly and spend less time in the shelter environment. This also means we have more room to help other animals in need. We also continue to look for more ways to engage with our animals while they are with us, like doggy playgroups and a fenced-in outdoor area for our cats to enjoy the sun.

We have expanded our foster program, bringing in more amazing volunteers to dedicate additional time and care to animals outside of the shelter environment. These foster animals have expanded opportunity for growth to make them more attractive to potential adopters, which again gives us greater facility to care for animals in need.

We have expanded our animal behavioral volunteer corps and will continue to do so, meaning we can take in and work with animals with behavioral issues and make their stay more engaging as they move toward adoptability.

We held our first in-community pet care clinic, offering free rabies vaccines to cats and dogs in underserved communities, as well as behavioral guidance, basic grooming, free food, supplies and more. We hope to hold more events like this and continue our community outreach, including our Animeals program (aiding senior citizens who are part of the City's Meals on Wheels programs and their pets) and look for more ways to assist our citizens in times of hardship so they have the resources they need to keep and provide for their pets and themselves.

We will continue to work with the City to aid animals in dangerous situations and see legal recourse in instances of neglect or mistreatment.

Most of all, we will continue to be a resource to the animals and people of the City of Alexandria, to help inform, educate and assist, and continue to build the relationships between people and animals in our community.

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Financials

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Virginia Incorporated

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable