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Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County Inc

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Homeless & Housing, Housing & Shelter

Mission: To improve animal welfare in Montgomery County by operating a no-kill shelter for adoptable cats and promoting responsible pet ownership. AWLMC is committed to ending the euthanasia of adoptable animals in Montgomery County. With this in mind, we are partnering with the county shelter to help save the most at-risk animals. In order to save as many cats as possible, we have opened a no-kill, cage-free shelter in Gaithersburg.

Results: We've distributed 3665 spay-neuter certificates, 1193 for dogs and 2472 for cats since our Spay-Neuter program began. 1075 were free certificates. We've distributed 37,923 lbs. of cat and dog food to needy pet owners over the past 10 years through our Chompers Pet food bank. We have adopted out over 1,300 cats since our organization was formed 10 years ago.

Target demographics: cats, county residents

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 cats find good homes and helped many others with pet food and pet altering

Geographic areas served: Montgomery County, Maryland

Programs: Low-cost spay-neuter, free pet food bank for low-income pet owners, cage-free, no-kill cat shelter, adoption program where all cats are vetted, neutered, vaccinated, and micro-chipped before adoption

Community Stories

127 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our experience with AWL started with me asking advice about a cat that we were trying to trap. However, when that failed I desperately wanted a cat. Edna was my main point of contact and she was the nicest person and patiently answered all of my questions no matter how silly. We had initially applied to adopt a calico but when we got there, there was this little kitty that just kept coming to us for pets and plays and he was rubbing his head against us. We had heard that cats choose their humans and we asked AWL if it was OK to change the cat we wanted and they were very willing to accommodate us. We named him Eggsy and he has been a daily joy in our lives. He's so chill and very well behaved. I continue to send the shelter pics of Eggsy so they can see his progress and even if I have any questions about the cat to date and I ask Edna, she is more than willing to help wherever she can. AWL is a great facility. You can see the cats are loved and that they are well cared for. I truly love this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In our house we had two cats, one a Tuxedo cat who is 17 and a Calco who is 6. My wife recently fell in love with Nala a 6 year old Calco who had severe medical problems and spent a great deal of time being treated before being placed for adoption. When we received her two months ago she was in excellent condition and at her vet visit this week she received a very good report with no medical conditions noted. She is a joy to have and has almost settle in with our other two cats, they are a work in progress. WE cannot thank the AWLMC enough for going the extra mile in providing her medial care at considerable cost to AWLMC when other shelters may have not done so with a result less than acceptable for Nala.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

If you are looking for a Cat or Kitten to enter your life - the AWL is the place to start your search. The AWL House is a two story home where the Cats reside in separate rooms, depending upon the number of Cats there may be one or two per room. You will see a large cage in the room as this is where a new Cat spends a few days acclimatizing to their new room. In a few days they are introduced to their Room Mate as they are released and free to roam the entire room. Each room has multiple windows , toys and Cat Trees. The AWl Healthcare Team ensures each Cat is up to-date on immunizations and in excellent health. The AWL Staff cares for each Cat as an individual and various AWL Staff Teams visit with each Cat on a daily basis, feeding, grooming and playing - including weekends in efforts to achieve totally socialization for You. You are free to enter the rooms and interact with the resident Cat(s). The AWL welcomes each visitor and will provide you with a total history of each resident Cat. I encourage you to stop by and see for yourself, there is a Cat waiting to make you a member of his/her family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a specific need for an adult, neutered female cat to serve as both my personal cat and to live with our neutered male, who is primarily my wife's cat. The first cat we tried turned out to have a strong desire to be an outdoor cat, so we returned her without any problem. After spending a lot of time looking at listings I finally found a tortoiseshell called "little one" who was, at 12 lbs, in the same size range as shadow, our male. Her behavior profile seem to indicate that she would be more suited for us than the previous cat and after talking to both the shelter manager and the current foster home, we decided to meet her at the shelter and, if she seemed appropriate, adopt her. I arrived at the shelter with an empty carrier and sat in a room with Little One. we just looked at each other for a while and then I walked over and picked her up. After another interval, the shelter manager asked how things were going and I replied that she seemed a good fit and I was ready to take her home. The manager asked if I would need any help putting her into a carrier, but when she came to the door and say Little One very relaxed in my lap, the question was obviously moot.As of this time, the two cats have decided to tolerate each other. Little One has accepted a name change to Luna and I wake up every morning with her asleep beside me. She has also found a place on the top of my roll-top desk from which she can supervise me when necessary (see photo). So I am very happy with my experience with AWLMC and would highly recommend them to anyone who asks.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is one of the most dedicated, involved organizations I have ever had a chance to work with. Each volunteer puts in so much time in effort to finding homes for our shelter cats. I highly recommend adopting from AWLMC.

kls5275

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am such a huge fan of this organization. It is truly my happy place. Everyone cares so deeply for animals and the community and the dedication of my fellow volunteers never ceases to amaze me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A very dedicated team of volunteers that help a lot of local kitties find homes!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such a delight to work with AWLMC. We decided to adopt a cat. We went for a visit to their facility which was very clean and well run. We couldn't decide on a cat and said we were going to think on it for a few days. There was no pressure to adopt. A few days later we went back and brought home our cat to his forever home. They shared their notes with us that the volunteers who work with each cat wrote every day so we could get a sense of his personality. They were very professional during the entire process, and advised we could call them any time with questions. They even reached out a few days after the adoption to make sure our cat was adjusting nicely. I highly recommend working with this organization.

Carla15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This wonderful cat rescue has adopted out several cats and kittens despite the pandemic, using fosters' homes to keep the cats safe. Hard workers, kind and compassionate volunteers, especially the Board of Directors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization. Take good care of cats. Cats are free to roam, play, sleep. Volunteers see to the cats' every need.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer here for a while many years ago. The facility is very comfortable and clean. Its a very welcoming environment too, most of the cats are roaming freely inside a room instead of being in a tiny cafe. Everyone (volunteers) that I've met was very nice and kitty loving but most of all, I fell in love with every single kitty that lives in the house the ones that's stuck in my memories are Hunter and SuzyQ. All the memories I have of this place is a happy one ♡ and im so thankful for this no kill shelter for saving all these lovely cats thats looking for a new beginning in life.

Matthew M.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

The folks at the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County were friendly and helpful when we stopped in with the aim of adopting a cat. The staff dearly cares for their residents, and the whole environment is open, clean, and healthy for all of the cats there.

Kimberly W.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

In August of 2017, we very unexpectedly lost a beloved cat. By November we were ready to adopt another cat. We didn’t need a kitten and were interested in giving an adult cat a loving home. We went to AWLMC and were so impressed by the facility and the volunteers. They were thorough in the screening process without making us feel like we were getting the third degree.
We adopted Winston (aka Morty). He is all we ever could have asked for in a pet!
A year later when our son graduated from college and got his first job and apartment in NJ, we were back. Now Simon (aka Buster) has a new home and comes to Maryland periodically for play dates with his cousin Winston.

Dorisandrichard

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWLMC is a unique shelter that provides a home-like environment for their cats until they find their forever homes. As an all-volunteer organization, everyone is happy to be there and to care for the cats. They also provide temporary food help so people can care for their pets, especially during this very challenging time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWLMC has provided homes for many cats (and cats for many delighted people!), provided food, allowing people in financial struggles to keep their cat or dog, decreased the animal population through a spay/neuter program and raised awareness of the continuing problem of homeless animals in Montgomery County. To achieve so much it has to be (and is) a well-run ‘machine’ staffed by incredibly dedicated volunteers. What’s more-it’s FUN! Definitely a winning combination.

Jannerl

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here since 2013 and love that it is a no-kill, largely cage-free (except for a cat’s first few days to get used to the shelter), bright and cheery old house where the volunteers are dedicated to finding a loving home for each cat that passes through our shelter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering at the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County in Maryland for about 7 years. The volunteers there are very committed to the cats. Many of us help out by getting small items we can afford. I used to volunteer at another shelter and there wasn’t the passion there as there is.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County(wow no wonder we always shorten it to AWLMC!) for about 6=7 years. I wouldn't do it if I was not happy with the shelter. Sure, some times the volunteers have a difference of opinion but in the end, the shelter ends up being a better place. I buy the supplies(I don't spend my own money, which I appreciate). I also work with the team which is crew, meaning we feed, clean the litter and take some time with the cats who are with us at the time. I like the fact that with a few exceptions, the cats are NOT kept in cages. A few lucky cats roam the house as long as they behave themselves with another cat. this is a great way for potential adopters to see them in a slightly different setting. The adoption counselors do a great job interviewing the potential adopters so we find the best home for the cats. all in all, this is a great place to volunteer

Kat C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love this organization! We recently adopted our kitten from this rescue. We had no issues and they made the whole process very easy for us. I will gladly go with them again next time we decide to add to our menagerie.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about AWLMC and the people who worked with me to find not just one kitty but then a playmate for her. Bridget was my first cat from AWLMC and she was quite a handful. Volunteer Jacki and I worked together to find ways to acclimate Bridget to her new home. We thought that she needed a playmate but it had to be a specific personality for it to work. Jacki found the perfect cat, a tuxedo named "Bogart." After introducing him to Bridget, it was love-at-first-sight. The volunteers at this amazing organization go more than the extra mile to not only care for their sweet cats while they are with them, but also to stay in touch with people like me who appreciate follow-up. Jacki and I stay in touch even now with updates from me of my thankfulness for AWLMC and for her. If anyone is looking for a cat, please adopt from AWLMC.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Loved my first adoption here! They were easy to talk to, clear about the application process and what is expected of me as a new pet parent. So happy I turned to them when I was emotionally ready to adopt again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great shelter that always goes above and beyond for the cats they care for!

Doreen G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited and met all of the kitties that reside at the shelter. The shelter is awesome. clean and clearly dedicated to the residents. I met many of the volunteers and they love what they do and take such good care of each and every four baby there and the adoption. Rate is very high. I have 1 kitties but if the time comes that I want another this is where I will go.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering with AWLMC and the phrase that I constantly say is "this is a well oiled machine." Seriously! Every volunteer is so compassionate and strives to do what they can in order to get the cats into the homes best fit for them. Not only are the volunteers amazing and the processes that are set in place extremely efficient--but the environment is great for the cats. One volunteer team is the enrichment team. This team comes into the house to play with and really get to know the cats, so they are never short of any attention. Additionally, it's a cage free house, so the cats get to roam around in their designated spaces and make their temporary stay feel like home. I have nothing but positive things to say about AWLMC!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've loved my time as a volunteer and now a board member with AWLMC. This is a caring organization with no paid staff who care passionately and work hard to care for the cats in our shelter and in our county.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The AWLMC is a fantastic place to adopt a cat or kitten. This no-kill, all volunteer shelter takes wonderful care of its residents. The cats have plenty of space to roam and lots of care and companionship from the many volunteers. There's really no other place like it around here.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization runs a no-kill cat shelter in Gaithersburg. I volunteer as an adoption counselor several times a month. Adoption events are held three times a week by this 100% volunteer organization and the shelter is maintained beautifully by many volunteers who do so because of their love of animals.

Susan Miner I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started fostering kittens for AWLMC and can’t say enough good things about this organization. Walking through the shelter was like walking through a home - so clean, inviting and warm. I’m so happy the cats have such a home like and cage free place to live while waiting for their forever homes. All the staff and volunteers love and care about every single cat and kitten that comes through their doors. I highly recommend and have referred friends and family here for kitten adoptions.

Cyndi Komisar M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has added such value to our lives as fosters. Every animal is treated with such personalized care. The team is incredibly sensitive to the well being of these beautiful creatures, even helping out other states when needed (recently rescued 17 animals in need from NC)!!!! Great folks, great organization....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughters and I had been volunteering with AWL for a year. The place is clean and organized. Everyone is filled with love and heart for animals and people, helping each other out to make this place precious.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A serene place with a wonderful staff. This facility does away with the basic concept of seeing your future pet in a cage and has them roaming free in a home like setting that is sure to put your "adoption anxiety" at ease.

The staff is knowledgeable as they are helpful when it comes to questions and you can take advantage of cuddling on a couch with a new "furry friend" while you're asking. After experiencing the vibe at The Animal Welfare League, I would never bother to go anywhere else. My family has sent several people there and we will continue to do so. BRAVO!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An all volunteer no-kill cat shelter in a homelike environment. Cats are well taken care of and well loved.

jeannewithawlmc

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with AWLMC. We work together to help as many pets as possible through our shelter/adoptions as well as the reduced cost spay/neuter and pet food bank programs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am so pleased with the efforts AWLMC makes to improve the lives of the animals and people in our community. This organization has exceptional Volunteers who will stop at nothing to continue making a difference. I am proud to be part of the leadership supporting the mission. Please take a moment to learn more about us and visit our beautiful cat shelter in Old Town Gaithersburg!

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Nancy153

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great facility, well socialized cats. Truly a team effort supporting each and every Cat!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They value and encourage their volunteers, they select adopters with great attention to detail, they support other animal organizations and residents of Montgomery County with their programs and they are absolutely WONDERFUL to the cats! I've often thought that, If I was a cat, I would never want to leave AWLMC!!!

1 Kristen89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been a volunteer here in various capacities for a few years now. Each cat has a wonderful space to meet adopters, a caring and compassionate staff that attends to each individual kitties unique needs. The foster program is wonderful and helps kitties get adjusted and the staff to learn more about them before they even get to the house for adoption. Just an amazing bunch of dedicated people who are so devoted to these animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a proud volunteer of this organization. The house is wonderfully homey and organized. The cats receive excellent care, lots of attention, and a personalized experience to ensure that they receive the best home possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization for a number of years. The shelter in unlike any in existence - it is homey and comfortable for cats and people. The AWLMC has found homes for many cats over the years and helped other rescue groups with fewer resources. A low-cost spay/neuter program along with a pet food bank are among the many ways the AWLMC helps the local community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The AWLMC is a very caring and loving shelter..
I started sending them emails just after midnight on New Year's Eve about Kinsey who I was interested in adopting .. They responded to me right away the next day.. The provided answers to all of my questions and details about Kinsey.. They even provided me with the opportunity to Foster her first to make sure we were a good fit for one another. I emailed them every day after I took Kinsey home and they provided me with many useful tips to help Kinsey in her adjustment phase. The AWLMC is a lovely facility and provides a home-like environment for each cat.. Most importantly it's clear to me that the volunteer staff love each and every kitten or cat that enters their doors as if they were their own!

Karen461

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 wonderful cats - Angel and Randy - from AWLMC. These folks genuinely care about the cats in their care.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I added two tabby kitten littermates to our family last summer at an adoption event sponsored by AWLMC. The entire experience was just great. The volunteers were friendly and very knowledgeable. The kitties were very healthy and well cared for. They had all their shots, were spayed/neutered and microchipped, all for an incredible bargain price. The love for animals this group has is evident in all they do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

we had a wonderful experience adopting 2 kittens from this shelter. We could tell how much the volunteers really care about their cats and kittens. I highly recommend AWLMC to anyone looking to adopt a cat or kitten.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This volunteer-run animal shelter is a great nonprofit. The commitment of our volunteers is absolutely incredible. Volunteers do a great job of matching cats to their prospective forever families. I love AWLMC!

Megan149

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had been to no-kill cat shelters before, and even got one of my own cats at a Second Hand Chance, but when I got there I was absolutely blown away. These cats live in conditions that are probably better than some housecats! An abundance of cat trees, lovely window views, and each room only comes with two or three cats at the most. Not to mention how clean it is! The volunteer setup is really well organized, so that cats are always receiving some level of care, whether that's just having people play with them or coming to clean the litter boxes. It feels more like a sanctuary sometimes than a shelter. An absolutely wonderful place to volunteer--I feel lucky to be involved and I love watching all these cats feel so comfortable putting their personalities on display.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have great cats here. Well-run organization. I would definitely recommend them.

Pamela134

Donor

Rating: 5

After a couple of tragic experiences with other facilities I found AWLMC and found my forever pal. As a redhead I was delighted to find a furry ginger to share my life. The staff were very forthcoming regarding Skipper's past - as they knew it - so that I was fully prepared to make our transition to each other as smooth as possible. I love their care and concern for the creatures who have come to be in their care. I know finding them - and have Skipper come to live with me - was an angel thing. Thank you for the work you continue to do, AWLMC!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization to visit, donate to, or adopt from. They have beautiful kitties and dedicated volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beautiful shelter. Great place to volunteer. Great place to find a cat to adopt.

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Rachel148

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a board member of the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County! This organization impresses me every day by all they are able to accomplish, especially being 100% volunteer!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a cat from the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, and I'm so happy about my experience with them. I visited their facility a few times before I actually adopted my cat, and each time the volunteers were kind, informative, and patient with me. The facility itself is also a lovely home to all of the cats AWLMC rescues, so I knew my kitty was well-loved and cared for during his time with them. I have also been able to keep AWLMC updated on my cat's progress since we've brought him home via Facebook, and their continuing words of kindness and encouragement mean a lot... I can tell everyone involved there cares a great deal to volunteer with AWLMC.

Vegan4them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you AWLMC . You all have been so helpful with friendly, previously owned cats that end up in feral cat colonies and need foster until they can find a new loving home. You are so great to work with. The shelter is so beautiful and everyone is so nice.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AWLMC is a wonderful organization. I was private fostering a kitty for 9 months when I found out about AWL. I visited the facility and was very impressed by the cleanliness, and the very home-like set-up that the facility has. The workers and volunteers are friendly and out-going. I encouraged the kitty's owner to see AWL and consider moving her to AWL as the kitty was very nice and not getting any exposure to the public at my home. Sylvia(the kitty) was accepted at AWL and was adopted within 10 days!
If you are looking for a cat to join your family, please make AWL your first stop. Also if you are looking for a good group to donate to, this facility and the work they do, are very deserving of your $$. Photo is of Sylvia.

Edwin V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and had just bought our first house. Growing up we always had cats. The house was so quiet and when home alone it felt so lonely. Thanks to AWL we were able To adopt our two beautiful cats. Our home feels complete. I can't imagine being without these guys. Thank You!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was recently introduced to AWLMC and had a great experience with them. They really care about the animals and go the extra mile to help! I am thrilled to have a relationship with AWLMC now, so even more animals can be helped. In my dealings with them, they have been professional, prompt, and caring. On top of that, they send me pictures and keep me updated on the welfare of the cat I found. I highly recommend them.

anlopez1118

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with AWLMC for about 6.5 years. It is a great organization; a place you feel you really make a difference for our cats and everyone else we help through our spay/neuter and chompers programs. I also love spending time with the cats and all the volunteers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with AWLMC for about 5.5 years and love it! I always say if a cat has to be homeless, our shelter is the place to live. The cats live in a homelike environment, cage free with a dedicated team of volunteers that care and love for them until they find their forever home. AWLMC also offers a low cost spay/neuter program and a pet food bank for needy county residents. It is a great place to get some kitten love and make a difference in the world

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer here since 2011, and am constantly impressed by the dedication of our volunteers. They go above and beyond in caring for each cat as an individual, learning each cat's personality and preferences, and helping them find their forever homes. Being involved with AWLMC is extremely rewarding for me personally, and is even more rewarding for the cats that come to us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at AWLMC for almost two years, starting after only one visit. I look forward to coming in and seeing the cats and the other volunteers. It's an excellent shelter, with good people and a comfortable environment for the cats. I love working with a no-kill shelter. Some cats stay longer than others, but they are loved and safe, and will be with us until they find their special person.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for 3 years and I love the shelter. The home-like environment is wonderful for the cats, volunteers, and adopters. I recently adopted a kitty for myself and couldn't be happier.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the organization I turn to when I need help finding temporary housing for my foster cats. Over the years, they have demonstrated the caring and commitment that I want for all of my animals and I have absolute trust that they will find the best permanent homes for them.

The facility itself is immaculately maintained, which should be a top priority for potential adopters who visit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for AWLMC for several years now, helping out in various areas of the organization. I have never been with such a dedicated group of people, all devoting their time and efforts to help and save more cats. I have learned a lot about both cats and people through my experiences and have gotten much satisfaction from seeing what a difference AWLMC can make. We are a unique shelter in many ways and I enjoy getting compliments from those I work with and help out.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at AWLMC for about 14 months now and have greatly enjoyed my time there. The cats live in a very homey atmosphere and the volunteers treat them like their own pets. I truly believe that the cats chosen to stay for a while at the AWLMC are the luckiest kitties in Maryland and whenever one of our babies finds their forever home, the whole shelter celebrates. If you're looking for a wonderful feline companion to share your home and your life with, or whether you're looking for a fantastic place to volunteer, you won't find any place better than the AWLMC! Come check us out. You won't be disappointed!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering as a member of the cat crew about two months ago, and I just can't begin to express how much I love it and how impressed I am with this organization. I'm part of a group that helps feed and clean up after the cats in the shelter. After our chores are done, each cat crew member sticks around to spend time with each cat, so they can play and socialize with the volunteers (as well as the other cats in their room). In addition to caring for the actual shelter cats, AWLMC runs a low cost spay/neuter program, fosters kittens in volunteer's homes, provides food & supplies for cat & dog owners who can't afford it & otherwise would be in jeapordy of having to give up their pet. The work they do is just amazing. I'm so glad I found AWLMC and look forward to continuing to volunteer for as long as they'll have me!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been volunteering here several years and have been touched over and over with the care AWLMC cats receive. Their individual needs are closely monitored and tended (juggling a tray with every possible combination of flavor and texture of food to accommodate the preferences of a room housing just 3 cats is proof!) and they are given whatever attention they need to be comfortable and adoptable. Waiting for a forever home here is truly the best scenario!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's the lucky kitty that gets the team of AWLMC helping her/him find a forever home. I've been volunteering here for years and love the personal treatment each cat gets. Living quarters are comfy (sharing rooms like in dorm), meals are tailored to personal preferences (imagine juggling the bowls for the room where one cat dislikes chicken, one prefers dry food, and another is partial to a particular brand!), and any behavioral or health issues are dealt with sensitively, promptly, and with immense patience (including temporary foster arrangements, specified protocols for helping a cat address anxieties, etc.). It sometimes takes a while, but every cat I've seen come in has found her/his forever home. IMPRESSIVE!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough for this AWLMC. I adopted two cats from AWLMC, and have supported it ever since. The facility is scrupulously clean and reflects intelligent planning about how to house cats in a way that is both comfortable for them, and showcases them to prospective adopters. The volunteers really think about placing the cats in the best home for them. I wanted to adopt two cats and picked out the first one right away. We then paired him with several others to see how they got along, before we made the final decision. This is an organization that is well worth your support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful place to find a cat companion! Volunteers lavish attention on each cat and figure out the best socialization process to get that individual cat ready for a new life. Terrified strays transition to become happy, affectionate cats ready to take their place in a forever home. Adoption counselors get very well acquainted with every cat so they can give potential adopters valuable info and assist with the process of integrating the cat into its new family. The volunteers are constantly thinking about the cats, strategizing how to solve health & behavioral issues and how to enrich shelter life--like putting bird feeders near the windows to give the cats something interesting to watch! They try to keep a variety of color, age, gender, & personality so everybody can find just the right cat.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place to find a rescue cat that you will adore for life! It is a nice environment for the cats to live in. I have also volunteered here and know how well all the volunteers care for the health and well being of the cats. You can't go wrong with this organization!

1 Elisabeth B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been the best volunteer experience, friendly helpful people in a well organized shelter. The cats are living in a home environment until they find their forever homes. What a great way to meet your new best friend.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved volunteering here, the cats get plenty of attention and are friendly and well socialized. All of the other volunteers are great to work with and I will be quite saddened when and if I leave.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at AWLMC for a couple of years. It is a wonderful no-kill cat shelter with the best volunteers. The cats receive the amazing care and the volunteers do a fantastic job. I so enjoy being a part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with the group since it was founded. We provide a home for many cats until they are adopted. We have a Chompers program that provides food for cat and dog owners who cannot afford to buy food. We also have a low cost spay/neuter for cats and some dogs. We are an all volunteer organization that relies primarily on donations. Working with this group is extremely rewarding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with AWLMC since its inception as a foster and later as an adoption counselor. We take great joy in caring for our cats in a cage free house more like a home than a shelter. Many of us stop by even when we are not scheduled to work because the cats always put a smile on our face

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with this group since 2005. It is an all volunteer group, no one takes a salary. They have many programs to help the community and low income families. Like Low cost Spay/Neuter program and Chompers food for people in need of help to feed their pets. This program helps them keep their pets and not have to give them up. The group also takes in cats that are in need of new homes and helps get them adopted. This is a cageless shelter and after their quarantine time their have the run of a room with other cats. This makes for a more relaxed atmosphere for all. Volunteers take notes about the purrsonalities of the cats so that adopters have as much info as possible to make the right choose. The volunteers are friendly and very helpful and love the cats so much. It is a great bunch of people on the same mission, to help the cats and their owners. Mary Fisher Volunteer on the phone lines.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with AWLMC, a no-kill shelter, for 4 years. It is well organized and well run. My time spent there is always valued and never wasted. The shelter cats are extremely well cared for. Each day, each one gets individual care and feeding, including lots of play time and socialization. Because of this individual attention to our cats, the shelter's adoption rates are extremely high, which gives us volunteers a tremendous sense of satisfaction and joy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at AWLMC for about 8 months now. I really look forward to visiting the shelter every week. The cats here are so happy and really enjoy the cage-free environment. AWLMC does a great job of placing the cats in forever homes, as well as spaying/neutering cats and providing a Pet Food Bank.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWLMC volunteer staff are about the most dedicated i have seen. At no time does the welfare of the animals within this organization's care not come first. The cats who land here on their way to their forever home are about the luckiest cats on the planet. They're safe, they're well cared for, and they are loved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love volunteering here - the atmosphere is homey and friendly and the cats are relaxed and happy. Among other programs, this no-kill cat shelter offers low cost spay/neuter certificates and a cat (and dog) free pet food program for qualified pet owners so they don't have to give up their beloved pets. The all volunteer staff is caring and dedicated, and our adoption events bring in people from the community to meet their new best furry friend. Smiles all around!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just love this place! It's a no-kill cat rescue where caring volunteers place deserving kitties in loving homes. Everyone benefits! I have been volunteering here on the Cat Crew and the Enrichment Crew since November 2013 and have really enjoyed watching the cats come in and then quickly find their forever homes. The rescue is a big old house with open rooms for visiting and playing and the cats receive daily love, attention, and medical care (if needed). They spend only a few days in a very large cage to become acclimated, and then are allowed to play freely in the rooms so it's a happy place. We hear so many wonderful follow up stories about how the cats are fitting into their new families. I find the work very rewarding and encourage everyone who is thinking about adding a furry pet to their family to visit and check us out.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This no kill cat rescue group runs the nicest shelter home I've ever seen: sceen doors instead of solid between rooms and halls; homey furniture and windows in every room; cats grouped by personality and needs, care crews come 3 times a day to clean, feed, medicate, play. All kittens live in foster homes. Free and low-cost spay/neuter for cats and dogs, free dog and cat food for underprivileged owners, outreach and education to schools and public/private organizations, all cats neutered and pronounced healthy by local vets before adoption. A competent, organized, caring group of about 75 active volunteers work hard to find every cat a loving forever home, and reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a Volunteer since 2006 & have served on many committees. But the most fun for me are the special events, going to outside meetings and introducing attendees to AWLMC, marching in parades, distributing printed hand-outs to our county residents. I admire & support the no-kill philosophy, though it increases our costs and concerns about unadoptable cats. Many times, though, with the right counselors and enrichment, unadoptables become adoptable. Though quite allergic to cats, I want to do some direct care for our cats in our shelter-home setting, with separate screened & windowed rooms for cats with different needs. (Kittens are always fostered in private homes.) Our whole mission is about reducing unwanted cats & kittens in the county with low-cost spay/neuter (for dogs, too), and free food for qualified dog and cat owners. But while we have cats & kittens in our care, we do our very best to give them a loving, interesting & healthy life until we find the perfect human(s) them.