Arizona Animal Welfare League, Inc.

Rating: 4.87 stars   104 reviews

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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1 person found this review helpful

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

I LOVE Arizona Animal Welfare League. I am not only a volunteer there, I also got my cat there in 2010. This nonprofit organization has always made me feel real comfortable about being there and even through struggles I have had, they would always check on my health and other things that would sometime s prevent me from going when I wanted to and never made me feel guilty when I could not make it to an event or had to take time off from volunteering. The staff has always been very welcoming. When I adopted my cat from there, it was also a very rewarding experience and things were completely explained very well. I also LOVE that this is a no-kill shelter and that they rescue animals from other shelters where they are in rescue of being killed.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

The best place to volunteer! They offer so much flexibility for volunteer involvement...all to focus on the animals best interest.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I am a volunteer and a client served. I am grateful and proud to be associated with such an amazing organization! Of course it is always so wonderful when furever homes are found but I never feel bad about these babies being here. I know they are, each and every one, cared for and loved. Can't wait to retire so I can spend more time there!

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering for 16 months and I can't say enough about how wonderful this place is! It is apparent that the staff give more than their job roles require. And I know as a volunteer that besides what I get out of being there with and for the animals, I love being in that life giving, love giving environment! One of my rescues is from here, she was there for 9 months before I adopted her. In that time she went on Slumber parties and was adopted at least once and always returned. For the life of me, I don't know why! But the point is that she was taken care of and loved the whole time she was there- even when no one wanted her! I am so grateful to get to participate with such an amazing organization!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I love this place. I have been a volunteer for about 2 years, ever since I retired. I play with the cats and do data input work. Both activities are very rewarding and a great use of some of my free time. I would encourage anyone to volunteer for the AAWL !!!

 
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Thank you for your consistent and 'git'r-done' attitude! We could not do what we do here without your help.

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3 people found this review helpful

I volunteer at the Chandler Mall location. I love volunteering with the pets because even though I have a a regular job this never feels like work to me. This is the 3rd Non-profit No Kill Animal rescue I have volunteered my time at and is by far the most organized and sanitize wise they are very conscientious. People think they are in their kennels all day and make comments. I let them know they get walked at least 4 times per day and we also take them to the play yard to run around with another dog they get along with and play well with. The pets are very loving and brighten up my day. It is also beneficial to my health. I take each dog for a 10-15 minute walk and before you know it I have walked for 2-3 hours not even realizing it. If I would have walked around my neighborhood I would have stopped long before that. I have made friends volunteering. One of the friends I have made suffers from depression. When her Mom notices her mood she encourages her to volunteer. She tells me that she was depressed but at the end of the day, when I ask if she is still feeling sad, she always says she is glad she came in because she is now much happier than before she came in. I feel Arizona Animal Welfare League definitely cares about their animals and they not only help pets but by volunteering the Animals help us by putting us in a great mood and help us exercise. Lots of fun. If you love pets this is a great place to volunteer.

 
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Thank you for helping out at the Chandler Fashion Center location. With over 3,000 successful adoptions from our Chandler location since opening in 2012 we feel lucky to count you as a reason for our success in finding these homeless pups and cats homes.

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2 people found this review helpful

I adopted from AAWL over 15 years ago and was so impressed with their organization that I've been volunteering for them ever since. A great deal of thought and effort goes in to making sure that every animal in their care is as healthy and happy as possible, and that every adoption is a good match for both the animals and their new humans. Their dedication to animal welfare goes beyond "rescuing" homeless pets, working to improve the conditions of animals in the community through outreach, education, and making affordable veterinary care and animal behavior help easily available.

 
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Thank you for adopting and for continuing to spread the word about volunteering to make a difference in our community. We appreciate your help!

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2 people found this review helpful

This organization is an unbelievable place. Staff is kind and caring, the animals are so well cared for...I feel so lucky to be able to help out in my free time to give the animals a little love. If I didn't have a full time job, I would spend every day at this place!!!

 
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Thank you for helping us help them - the homeless dogs and cats as they wait for their furever homes. We could not do it without your effort!