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Arizona Animal Welfare League, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals

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).

Community Stories

136 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ann A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a very strong bond with one of my rescues. I couldn’t keep him. After I surrendered him I telephoned where he was awaiting his adoption from Arizona Animal Welfare League.. They were very kind to me, they wrote down his favorite toys, & sent me a cute video of him. He was adopted in a great home a few days later! I am so grateful for this shelter who helped my sweet rescue to his happy home with his installed microchip!!!

1 Vicki D.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an AAWL volunteer for about 3 years & the positive impact it has had on my life is immeasurable.
My husband & I began volunteering shortly after losing our beloved chihuahua, Mijo. We were so sad but when we took our first pup to the yard to play, I saw my husband smile for the first time in 2 months. We were helping a pup in need, but we were healing our souls.

We also like to serve AAWL and the public by working at events such as the monthly low-cost vaccination clinics, Walk to Save Animals, Bark at the Park with the D'backs, Bark Breaks at companies, adoption events at local businesses etc. We enjoy interacting with our animal loving customers, educating them on ways to keep their pets safe & informing them of other AAWL services that would benefit their families & pets. We are serving the public & highlighting an organization that we truly believe in, but we are also enriching our lives by helping others.
The greatest impact AAWL had on my life was when they allowed me to bring Trevor, a pup who needed a break, home with me. My husband, our pup, Lulu, & I spent a week loving on that sweet boy, going on adventures & spoiling him. That renewed, relaxed pup was adopted shortly after he returned to the shelter and I had found a passion & a new purpose for my life. Over the last 1 1/2 years we have welcomed 12 needy pups into our family, given them what they needed to thrive and helped to find the perfect forever homes. Yes, we gave them love, comfort, training, exercise, socialization & sometimes physical therapy. We showed them that the world is not such a scary place & that they will be loved & cared for the rest of their lives - but they gave me so much more. Helping them transform from a sad, scared pup into a happy, confident, balanced pup & placing them in the arms of their forever family feeds my soul and brings me so much joy.
I am grateful to AAWL for the trainings they have provided for me to learn more about animals, for the friendships I have made, and for the opportunity to become a better human being.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have adopted two cats from AAWL and absolutely love going to visit the other cats in the cattery. The staff and volunteers take such good care of them and give them lots of love. The shelter has an outstanding reputation in the community, as well. Many of my friends have adopted dogs and cats from AAWL and have nothing but positive things to say about this nonprofit. They are doing an extraordinary job helping so many animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AAWL has been such an inspiration to me. Being an animal lover myself, I’m so happy that there is such an amazing organization out there that dedicates itself to saving the lives of animals. Just like every living thing on this planet, animals deserve every bit of care and love we can give them. AAWL goes above an beyond to ensure they help as many animals as possible. May god bless them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 3 dogs from AAWL. They are an amazing organization. They are very knowledgeable about each dog in the shelter... What they like, what they don't like, activity level, how their personalities are with other dogs, etc. AAWL makes sure that the adoptees are a match for the adoptors.
Not only do they have adoptions, they also offer low cost vaccines and training classes. AAWL also have camps for the younger generation to get involved with and learn about the dogs, cats and animal ambassadors.
I have only had positive experiencs with AAWL and have recommended then to several friends who have since adopted and had the positive experiencs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beautiful facility, filled with amazing animals they have given a second chance to.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked and volunteered for this exceptional organization. They are a no-kill shelter and most people don’t know it was founded by Amanda Blake. “Miss Kitty” from Gunsmoke. The animals are well take care and they sponsor many events to promote their mission of finding homes for their critters. I especially enjoyed visiting their cat area where the felines are spoiled. We got a small kitten through them years ago. The person who brought in the kitten said her landlord was going to through him in the canal. We brought her home and she lived with us for 18 years before passing a few months ago. We also had a cat that couldn’t put up with our other cats. She was very docile. AAWL found a home for her with an older lady with no other animals. It felt great to find a home for this beautiful Persian cat. Yeah, I’m a cat person.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff was amazing. I know the volunteers were amazing as well because of how they cared for our dog. Without workers and volunteers taking care of the shelter animals plenty of them would not be a adoptable. We had a great experience through the process of picking a dog, the meet-and-greet, the follow-up and the adoption.

Tina K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Cattery volunteer and getting to come to this wonderful shelter every week is a true blessing to me. Although it’s sad for these animals to not have a forever home yet, the staff and the facilities are welcoming and Arizona Animal Welfare League provides a loving and safe place for animals in need. The happiness I get from spending time with these babes is truly amazing & brings balance to my life & hopefully to theirs.

Ali E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Back in 2002, I was a volunteer for AAWL. It was there I met Jade, a Lethal White puppy, that was just picked up from county along with her brother. She was born blind and was about the cutest puppy I had ever seen. I called my husband over and we adopted her that day. Because of her special needs, I stopped my volunteer work and dedicated my time to working with our new family member and helping her overcome all the obstacles that being a blind dog presents.
Four years ago, Jade left our world and a big whole in our hearts. It was quite devastating, and the thought of adopting another dog has seemed too overwhelming and sad. However, my love of dogs brought me back to AAWL. A couple of years ago, I went back there as a volunteer and am still there, every week, working with the homeless dogs there. Not only have I loved spending time with all of the dogs that come into the shelter, but I have also made human friends there! We take the dogs out hiking together, spend time working on play groups together, etc. AAWL has had a huge impact on my life and I love the work they do!

Krystal B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

AAWL is such an amazing shelter. We have rescued both our dogs from them. They are all about educating pet owners and making sure animals get the right treatment. The staff and volunteers are so friendly. I have never seen a single person with a frown. Everyone is always willing to help anyway possible. I have fallen in love with this shelter so much, that I am now a volunteer there as well.

TeddyBoy

Client Served

Rating: 5

AAWL is an amazing organization and does so much for our community. The staff and volunteers are generous and kind-hearted. They saved our little Maggie girl from wondering rural areas as a hungry, scared stray. We are so happy that they brought us together because we can't imagine life without her.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with AAWL for years, and the work they do is incredible. I adopted my girl after she had been treated for Valley Fever and was incredibly shy. I was her foster dad when she was at the shelter, as well as after she was returned for being "too shy". She now comes to work with me every few weeks, makes new friends, and is an absolute love bug. They never gave up on my sweet girl, and for that I am extremely thankful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since my first day of volunteering at AAWL my friends; humans and four legged, have enriched my life tenfold.

The dogs and cats take me to another realm, and my everyday concerns fall to the wayside.

It is so rewarding to have an impact on the animals' lives, and to simultaneously have my heart lightened.

AAWL has such a team approach to the care of the animals. Any questions and concerns for the animals are immediately addressed. And, no topic is unimportant.

I consider AAWL a "be all end all" entity that benefits the most vulnerable members of our society.

My dedication at AAWL has been, and continues to be infinitely rewarding.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are doing a great job helping lost dogs and helping those who want a dog to love. They are easy to work with and have some animals that really need love.

Laura F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer at this AWESOME no-kill, non-profit organization. I've worked w/staff & volunteers that are devoted to rescue, rehabilitate, re-home dogs, cats, puppies & kittens. AAWL strives to reduce shelter population and animal surrendering. They offer affordable vet care and dog training classes to the public. AAWL is very committed to save lives and end animal suffering and homelessness.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

At AAWL I've interacted with staff and volunteers who are so dedicated and passionate in rescuing animals; making sure that they get a 2nd chance to a forever home. There are so many opportunities/training for us as volunteers to engage with our four-legged friends. We go beyond walking dogs. We do enrichment games, dog training, shy-dog classes, and play groups. Through my volunteering I found our new fur baby to add to our family. It's awesome feeling being part of AAWL who are committed in saving, rescuing and loving each and every animal that comes through their doors!

Laurie S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

AAWL's MD Petcare Clinic has tremendously helped me with three of my senior kitties chronic kidney disease problems. Dr. Bukowy, and her tech staff have been so very helpful and patient, in my learning how to give my cats the on-going quality of life that they deserved, nearing the end of their lives. I have been able to prolong my Lucy (and Missy's) life, although Missy passed away in April. Dr. Almazon was very kind, humane, and compassionate to both Missy and I, at this difficult time. This organization provides high quality, AFFORDABLE veterinary services. They will always receive my vote!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This shelter does exceptional work in finding homes for both dogs and cats, as well as offers a low cost clinic. The clinic just helped me with cleaning my 14 year old cat's teeth, and some extractions. They did a great job and the pricing was much more affordable! I adopted one cat there and he was the best cat ever! The staff knows the personalities and can help you make an informed, well-thought out decision in choosing your furever pet. I also signed up to become a volunteer in the dog kennels; I've taken advantage of some of their dog training classes, which are a great asset.

As you can see, I am a BIG fan of this shelter for many good reasons. Please consider voting for them as well. Stop by sometime and scritch a dog or cat's head! They will love you for it! Woof!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted our dog from here 4 years ago! They were patient with us and even let us do a "sleepover" with him for the first night to make sure we were a good fit. The support we have received over these past years is awesome!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization that truly puts the animals first! I was a medical foster for them years ago and they showed nothing but kindness towards the animals and myself. They fully stand behind their animals!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this shelter, well kept and everyone loves the animals. My son adopted his Rei dog over a year ago from this shelter so my daughter and I now volunteer here to give back to them what they gave to my son. His Rei is so amazing, I don't know what he would do without her.