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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

Carla15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to rate AWLMC. The cats they shelter and put up for adoption are lovable and healthy, well taken care of. My foster cat Don Juan is a sweet boy and will soon be available to adopt. People are welcome to visit AWLMC at 12 Park Avenue in Gaithersburg, MD and see what a cage-free no-kill home-like all-volunteer shelter is like.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a terrific cat rescue group. Volunteers are passionate and hard-working. Caring and loving toward their cats.

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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.

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.