During the pandemic, the Animal Welfare League has responded to record requests for assistance from pet owners through its community pet pantry. In spring 2020, demand increased by more than 400 percent over previous months, largely due to pet owners who had lost jobs or had to reduce their hours to provide child care. AWLA responded to this community need by providing more than 40,000 pounds of pet supplies and food in 2020, helping animals and pet owners in the region.
According to patch.com, “By providing these supplies, AWLA seeks to help pet owners who face the decision of buying food for their pet or themselves or consider surrendering their pet. Staff work with pet owners in the community to see what supplies and assistance they need. Thanks to a network of individuals and businesses willing to help, AWLA can provide this assistance.”
As per patch.com, “The pet pantry is one of a few community programs to assist pet owners. Another program is AniMeals, offered in partnership with Senior Services of Alexandria to provide pet food and supplies to seniors and homebound recipients who receive Meals on Wheels. AWLA has also run pet care fairs at Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority locations to provide vaccines and pet supplies directly to areas with limited access to pet resources. More recently, AWLA started collaborating with ALIVE! in the monthly food distributions, offering pet supplies to pet owners with limited budgets.”