This past February, the hubby and I took an unexpected leap and opened our hearts to a new family member: Remington.
We met Remi (formerly "Mortimer") through the shelter where we volunteer, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA). It was a chance spotting on their Facebook news feed of this incredibly darling rescue from West Virginia. I instantly was drawn but knew a dog wasn't planned in our immediate future. I resisted the temptation of meeting him for two weeks. He would be scooped up in a heart beat with those beautiful brown eyes and funny left ear, right?
During that time, all Mike heard from me was Remi updates: "he's still there" or "not adopted yet." Never before had I raved about a dog at the shelter, just the occasional kitty crush. Eventually, I sheepishly raised the question if Mike would consider meeting Remi.
He exhaled a deep sigh. It turned out he had been planning on adopting Remi as a surprise for Valentine's Day. He was so taken aback by my Remi ramblings that he knew that this dog was special. Is the man good or what?
In honor of AWLA, we decided to enter Remington into one of their key annual fundraisers, the Calendar Contest! It only seemed right to participate since they helped us find a home for Penelope, introduced us to Slade, and brought us Remi. Time to pay it forward!
All donations from the Calendar Contest are in support of the day to day activities of the shelter including medical procedures. AWLA places more than 1,500 companion animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas, chinchillas and many more, in permanent, loving homes each year. An additional 300 stray pets are reunited with their owners through the League annually. Any animal adopted through the shelter receives vaccinations, spaying/neutering, and is micro-chipped.
Please consider supporting this worthwhile cause! Spread the word! And naturally... feel free to vote for our little Remington! *wink wink*
Since 1946, the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) has been a resource for the community and a shelter for homeless animals. AWLA operates the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter and Animal Services for the City of Alexandria. AWLA's shelter is the only open door facility in Alexandria, Virginia and takes in any animal in need. AWLA also investigates animal abuse and neglect and works hard to charge and prosecute animal abusers. The League plays a key role in promoting responsible pet care across Northern Virginia by facilitating animal adoptions as a viable option to purchasing animals from breeders, spay and neuter assistance, education and community service and outreach.