Animal Welfare League of Alexandria Awarded Grant to Assist Pet Owners

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Pet owners who cannot currently afford pet care can smile today. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) announced the receipt of a $10,000 grant from Mars Petcare.

The “Better Cities for Pets” grant is meant to help owners whose pets have urgent or chronic veterinary needs.

“The AWLA already goes above and beyond to help animals in our facility,” said Director of Community Programs Joanna Fortin, “and we want to be able to extend that same level of care to animals throughout the community.  This generous grant from Mars Petcare will mean we can help even more pets across the community receive the much-needed care they deserve.”

The AwLA’s Community Programs, created last year, is in place to make sure that all pets and their owners are supported.As the pandemic has continued to affect our area and left residents out of work, Forlin and her team have provided 7,000 pounds of pet food from AWLA’s Pet Pantry.

On a case-by-case basis, the Community Programs team will see who can most benefit from the grant fund. The decision will be made based on type of treatment and level of assistance needed.

To learn more about submission requirements, write to [email protected].

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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