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Arizona Animal Welfare League, Inc.

Rating: 4.87 stars   104 reviews 7,452

Address:

25 N 40th St Phoenix AZ 85034 USA

Mission:

Our Mission: To create a world where there are no homeless dogs and cats Our Vision: To be the community’s leading source for pet adoptions, veterinary services, volunteer opportunities, humane education and expertise in animal welfare.

Results:

We continue to grow each year since 1971 and remain the first, oldest no-kill animal welfare organization in the state of Arizona.

Target demographics:

homeless Dogs & Cats and educate children

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 4,000 Dogs & Cats and over 3,000 Children

Geographic areas served:

Arizona

Programs:

Our Mission: To create a world where there are no homeless dogs and cats Our Vision: To be the community’s leading source for pet adoptions, veterinary services, volunteer opportunities, humane education and expertise in animal welfare. The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA) is the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona. We are a no-kill shelter in that we do not euthanize animals except for the rare occasions when it is in the best interest of the animal to do so, usually from untreatable medical conditions. AAWL & SPCA is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, tax ID 23-7149453. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. AAWL & SPCA rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes more than 5,000 dogs and cats that are abandoned or that have been surrendered by their owners. We do this primarily by rescuing them from other shelters in Maricopa County where they are likely to be euthanized due to the lack of time and resources to care for them. At any one time our shelter will hold 140 cats and 190 dogs. We also have a foster parent network of approximately 90 families who provide care and shelter in their homes for puppies and kittens that are too young to be adopted, and those animals that are recovering from medical procedures or that need socialization before adoption. All pets offered for adoption have been spayed or neutered; micro-chipped and are current on all vaccinations. Any medical treatments needed, including surgeries, are provided by our medical team and all animals are evaluated by our behavior department. Learn more about our Phoenix veterinary services and animal clinic. AAWL & SPCA not only adopts companion animals into loving homes, we also hold a leadership position in the community in education and animal welfare issues. Please review our Education section to learn about all of our programs (including our school holiday and summer camps) and don't miss our extensive dog and obedience training classes. Background The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) was founded in 1971 by a group of concerned animal lovers. This group was led by Amanda Blake, best known as "Miss Kitty" on the television program, Gunsmoke. Starting out on a small scale, concerned volunteers adopted rescued cats and dogs from foster homes. In the late 1970s, the organization built its first shelter. By the mid 1990s, the AAWL & SPCA began rescuing animals scheduled to be euthanized by the County, and, after rehabilitation, made them available for adoption to the community. Over the past 42 years the organization has grown from adopting a handful of animals each year to a full service animal welfare organization and leader in innovative behavior training, medical care, adoption, education and community outreach programs. Today our shelter has an onsite veterinary clinic, kennels with a separate cattery, a training center and a freestanding infirmary. In 2005, the Arizona Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) merged into AAWL. The new organization was renamed the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA).

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Reviews for Arizona Animal Welfare League, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

Not only did I adopt from AAWL, I was so impressed by their facility that I began volunteering. I just knew I had to be a part of the incredible work they were doing. My rescue dog has rescued me and volunteering is my favorite part of the week. These animals are so well cared for, he staff is so knowledgable and friendly, and the awareness an organization like this raises in our community is priceless.

 
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I started my volunteer journey a few months ago at AAWL. From the first day on I see how much caring there is by all staff members for the animals and each other. They inspire me to be a better person. And I've learned a lot. With so many dogs it always amazes me that staff know every single dogs name and their story. The commitment to all animals is evident at AAWL and I'm proud to be a volunteer. Cheers to AAWL!

 
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After going through a disorganized orientation process at a different shelter, and seeing people get nauseous to the point of getting sick because of the lack of cleanliness and smell, I reached out to AAWL as a volunteer... I had already heard good things.

Their orientation was conveniently organized for a Saturday afternoon. Was straight forward and friendly. When we toured the facility I was amazed at the cleanliness and the nice play areas for the dogs to run around and play with toys and jump in kiddie pools.
This is an adoption facility that has staff and volunteers that are there for one uniting reason, their passion for animals.
After 8 months of volunteering (cuddling with dogs, taking them on walks) I could take it no longer, I had to become a customer. I brought home a big puppy with giant ears just over two years ago.

AAWL is a fantastic organization. They have low cost pet clinics open to the public. Educational events for children. Programs for the sheltered animals where they get a break from the kennels and can go home with designated volunteers for a couple of nights. Fostered and sponsored dogs, and a fantastic staff who always prioritize the animals well being.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Hello. A couple years ago I adopted the best little dog in the world. I already had two border collies but I wanted to adopt. I was looking for a high drive smaller dog. I visited with several dogs that day. When they brought "Moby" now Piper, out to meet me, I knew in my heart that he was mine. Piper is a poodle dachshund cross. He loves to play with his border collies, sleep with his two cats and go on mini "trail rides" in the arena following his horse around. We have participated in two walk a thons that were promoted by the AAWL. They do such a great job and the animals are well taken care of. I just love my lil Piper dog and I love AAWL

 
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Adopting our little 5-month old puppy Cheddar from the AAWL was an excellent experience. The facility in Chandler was clean, the animals were well cared-for and everyone who worked there was friendly. The process of adoption was very thorough--they want to make sure that each animal is a good match so they will be placed in a "forever home"--and we were given extensive information about Cheddar's history. She had a rough start in life, but the AAWL housed her, nursed her back to health, fed her, played with her and gave her lots of love until she was ready for adoption. Now she is over a year old and has been an absolute joy, a happy and healthy member of our family! Thanks, AAWL!

 
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AAWL provided a wonderful experience when we visited to choose two cars for our household. After we had spent time with various cats, an employee helped us choose cats that were right for our home. We were able to "audition" the cats together in a small room to make certain they were comfortable with each other. Our first pairing didn't work well and the employee suggested a few other cats that might get along with the cat my daughter had chosen. We were able to find two cats that became best friends.

The employees are very helpful and the facility is clean, bright and comfortable for visitors and the animals. The animals are very well cared for.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

As the owner of Watchdog Pet Care in Phoenix, AZ, I follow the work of many animal rescue groups in Arizona and around the country. I have been following Arizona Animal Welfare League on Facebook for a long time. They consistently post creative, attractive pictures of their adoptable animals. They make the animals very appealing through the backstory of the potential pet. Also, they celebrate the ones who have been adopted. They do such a good job that I always repost their posts, and advise my clients to donate to them and adopt from their shelter. I personally donate to this organization as often as I can.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This organization is amazing! They truly care and are always so kind, warm and friendly. The staff and volunteers are passionate and committed individuals. I adopted a deaf Australian Cattle Dog from AAWL and the experience was incredibly wonderful. The facility is clean, comfortable and the second best thing to a forever home. The pups and kitties get so much love and attention. A fully support AAWL and encourage anyone looking for a rescue to check them out.

 
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We have adopted 3 dogs from AAWL. Upon entering the facility, you can see it is well maintained and the staff are invested. We will adopt from there again when the time is right. We have recommended AAWL to friends and family.

 
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I have sent many people there looking for an animal or turning one in that is lost. They are a non kill shelter and off medical help at a cost that is affordable compared to the neighbor hood vets. I always suggest them on Facebook ..

 
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