10/23/2012 02:31 pm ET Updated Oct 23, 2012

Alexandria Shelter Walk For Homeless Animals Raises $24,000 To Care For Shelter Pets, End Animal Homelessness (PHOTOS)

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- More than 350 volunteers and their furry friends, walked through Old Town Alexandria this past weekend raising money to help prevent animal homelessness.

The Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals, held on Sunday, raised more than $24,000 for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter. About $4,000 of that came from the event's top fundraising team, the Lyles-Crouch Lions, a group of elementary school students who won a a Party Boat Prize Package and praise from Charlotte Hall, chair of AWLA's Board of Directors.

“It was especially heart-warming to see the Lions lead the way in fundraising, and we’re thankful that the animals in our care have such good friends at Lyles-Crouch," Hall said in a statement. "Only through support from our community, including the next generation of animal lovers, is the League able to provide outstanding care for animals in need and combat animal homelessness.”

Check out some photos from the beautiful fall day's event -- proceeds will go toward spay and neuter programs, behavioral training programs, community outreach services and other animal welfare activities:

Alexandria Shelter Walk for Homeless Animals,