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  

1 person found this review helpful

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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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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My fiance and I adopted our wonderful cats Tyrael and Olivia from them. On both occassions the staff was knowledgable and able to give us an inside look at the personalities of the cats that we wouldnt have seen on location (cats tend to withdraw in shelters and other high stress situations). The volunteers have always been kind courteous with us. They are always interested in how Tyrael and Olivia are doing when we stop by to pick up toys for them.

 
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Just over a year ago I went to AAWL to look for a second dog. I had very specific needs and had a certain dog that I wanted to meet. Unknowingly, I had chosen a dog with behavioral issues in his previous home. Before AAWL would allow me to meet him, they screened me to ensure I could provide an appropriate forever home. This was huge! They had his best interest in mind! Thankfully, he turned out to be exactly what my family needed. We can't imagine life without him. AAWL truly wants the best for their adoptable pets. They're an amazing group of animal lovers!

 
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I adopted my dog Grover from arizona animal welfare league and had the most amazong experience ever. The staff were so caring and helpful and there were so many amazing dogs to chose from. When I chose my dog I felt extremely confortable knowing what his behavior was like from aawl's behavior exam. I also appreciated being able to take him home for a "sleepover" first to make sure he would be ok with my cat. He has been the perfect addition to our little family and we owe it all to AAWL!

 
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I've adopted two dogs from here over the past 15 years. Both have turned out to be the absolute best dogs I've ever owned. They do a great job ensuring their pets are adoptable and go to the right home.

 
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I am so grateful to AAWL for taking in Sarah, now my beloved girl, when she and her brother were surrendered as the last of their litter. I later learned that an AAWL staff person had adopted her brother and we keep in touch via Facebook. Sarah was a shy, scruffy dog when I adopted her, but with the help of AAWL's dog obedience classes, where she was a tiny fluff-muffin among several big dogs, she is now the confident little princess!

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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!).

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Adopted 3 dogs from AAWL so far. It's so obvious they really care about the individual dogs, providing weekends away with volunteers as well as learning as much as possible about each dog as individuals (adopters get accurate info abt dog personality). Premises clean, caring staff, dogs regularly exercised. Post adoption services available. LOVE LOVE LOVE AAWL!!!

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