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Phone: 602-273-6852
25 N 40th St
Phoenix
Arizona 85034
USA
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Target demographics: homeless Dogs & Cats and educate children

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 4,000 Dogs & Cats and over 3,000 Children

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: walk dogs, socialize dogs and cats, help clean and feed animals, help with administrative work, help with off-site and on-site special events, etc.

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).

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.

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07/17/14
I have been volunteering at PetMatch, the Chandler Mall location of AAWL, since it opened in November of 2012, and consider it an essential part of my life now. The staff and other volunteers are amazing and each animal is treated like family for the time they are with us. It is such a joy to see ... more »
07/17/14
I have volunteered at the Chandler location for over a year. The facilities are always clean and the employees are always friendly and willing to help. After a few months of volunteering I adopted my cat from the main location. It was a great experience and I was so pleased with the added benefits ... more »
07/16/14
To NativeNicole, Thank you for being one of our amazing AAWL Volunteers! We couldn't continue to grow our mission of saving homeless without the help of volunteers like yourself. Thank you for the great suggestions on how we can improve the volunteer department! We are always looking for new ways ... more »
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