Alexandria, VA – Twenty-twenty was easy for no one, human and animal alike. But this is a new year, and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is taking a moment to reflect on all the good that came out of 2020 for all of its animals, employees, and volunteers.
AWL’s 2020 statistics show impressive numbers for animal adoption, volunteer hours, pet supplies donations, and overall success in a year riddled with adversity.
AWL ended 2020 with a 96% pet placement rate, securing adoptions for 1,291 animals. Also, 507 animals were fostered by 210 foster volunteers, and 622 animals were transferred in. AWL helped animals far and wide. Some 2,216 calls were placed to animal services and 268 animals received significant medical treatment.
During 2020, 42 AWL staff members earned Fear Free certification, volunteers logged 22,977 hours, and 186 pet vaccinations were administered during drive-up clinics. AWL counted over 800 attendees at its in-person and virtual events.
Statistics for pet supplies received are most impressive. The Pet Pantry provided 13,978 pounds of pet supplies and the community donated more than $35,000 worth of pet supplies online.
“We are very proud of our 2020 numbers, which were successful for any year, let alone the past year,” says Gina Hardter, AWL’s Director of Marketing and Communications. During a year of turbulence and unpredictability, AWL kept as many animals, and humans, as possible happy and healthy.