Arizona Animal Welfare League, Inc.
Rating: 4.83 stars 82 82 reviews 5,682
25 N 40th St Phoenix AZ 85034 USA
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.
We continue to grow each year since 1971 and remain the first, oldest no-kill animal welfare organization in the state of Arizona.
homeless Dogs & Cats and educate children
Direct beneficiaries per year:
over 4,000 Dogs & Cats and over 3,000 Children
Geographic areas served:
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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We moved to Arizona recently. We are looking for another dog to join our family. This organization is top notch they have a great program to find homes for the animals they have rescued and they are really invested in making the right match for the animals. all the animals are very well cared for.
I am an unpaid volunteer at AAWL and I see on a weekly basis the amount of work that goes into caring for the dogs and cats they put up for adoption. It's amazing what they can do with such a limited staff when combined with a dedicated group of volunteers! I also see firsthand how donations impact the lives of these animals, from even the simplest gifts of toys or treats to the bigger donations that can have an immediate and positive impact at the shelter. One of my favorite daily activities is watching Facebook for the pictures of the newly adopted dogs so I can smile and sometimes cry tears of joy when a dog I have walked and played with finds their new home.
Love the great work they do! It has always amazed me how some people treat their animals. Thankfully there are others, like AAWL, that are dedicated to protecting & saving these sweet souls. Keep up the great work! :-)
Arizona animal welfare league is an AMAZING organization! So happy there is such a safe loving place for dogs to go while they wait to find their forever home! Love spending my time here and making a difference
AAWL try their best to make every adoption successful. They work with you to find the best addition to your family, and they give you the tools to help integrate your new friend into your home. The cat I adopted from them has the potential for severe ear problems (from his previous life in a hoarding situation), and while I am fortunate enough to not need them, AAWL's low-cost vet clinic and 30 days of free pet health insurance made it a lot less nerve-wracking (and his current vet says his ears are probably going to be fine!).
AAWL truly has the best interests of the animals at heart all the way from management, to everyday staff , to its volunteers. In pursuit of its goal of saving lives, the organization is run effectively and efficiently. This is not an organization that is stuck in its ways but is always evolving to do what it does better and thus save more dogs and cats. I'm blessed to be a volunteer at such a great organization!
Great place! Always clean and the staff is very helpful and friendly!
It is hard to choose just one story of how amazing AAWL&SPCA is. The care and attention that each animal receives should be a model for all shelters. At AAWL every staff member and volunteer works to ensure that all animals are healthy, socialized, nourished, and loved. From dog walking to reading in the kennels to classes to improve interaction with animals, AAWL&SPCA sets the standard by which all other shelters should be measured.
I got my old dog from AAWL nearly 12 years ago. They were wonderful and caring then and have gotten even better since.
They were ao patient while we made sure our adoption was going to work out. At no point did they pressure us to adopt. They even called during our "sleep over" to see how everything was going. It was definitely a good experience.