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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

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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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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