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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: AWLMC seeks to enhance the lives of Montgomery County, Maryland residents and animals through programs directed at education, adoption, animal shelter, and low cost spay/neuter. 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

93 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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.

Jan_41

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.

Heather Edmonds

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the last year I've had an opportunity to become involved in other AWLMC programs, in addition to serving on a weekly cat crew that feeds and cleans at the shelter. What strikes me the most is just how much this nonprofit does! From finding forever homes for cats in need, to offering low cost spay/neuter to county residents, to giving pet food to those unable to afford it-- the AWLMC is making a real difference in Montgomery County. I have met and gotten to know many other volunteers over the past several months, and every single person gives their all. I'm so proud to be a part of this group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been actively volunteering with AWLMC for almost a year, and I can honestly say that the time I spend at the shelter or with other members of the org is the highlight of my week. AWLMC is a wonderful nonprofit with dedicated volunteers, complete professionalism, and a real impact on the community. I am very fortunate to be a part of this group.

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Mary Jane W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteer staff is dedicated to the care of rescued cats and kittens and provides an excellent home like atmosphere until they are adopted. The shelter is clean and friendly and allows good interaction of potential new pet parent with the cats.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization provides a clean, caring temporary home for cats waiting tor their forever home. The volunteers are kind and loving in the daily care of the cats. I enjoy my time spent there volunteering. I also enjoy doing intake foster.

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Bellaforeveryoung

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County (Maryland) is a spotlessly clean, homey, welcoming NO KILL shelter where cats roam freely in their rooms. The AWLMC is 100% volunteer - over 150 volunteers contribute to finding safe, loving homes for cats. In 2014 we found homes for 151 cats and kittens! We support our local community with programs such as TWICE A YEAR free spay neuter certificates for families that cannot afford this critical procedure for their pets. We offer a pet food bank that assists families in need to feed their cats and dogs so they can keep their beloved pets with them. We partner with local shelters to take adoptable cats, so that the shelters have more room, and we work with the public whenever possible to take adoptable cats when family illness, tragedy or challenges necessitate an animal leaving its home. I am proud to volunteer for such a wonderful organization, and am inspired by the adopters, donors, supporters and volunteers that I meet through the AWLMC. Come visit the AWLMC!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always loved animals, but only in the last 10 years become involved in animal welfare. I have worked at other shelters - AWLMC is an entirely DIFFERENT and WONDERFUL concept. Cats roam freely in their little individual rooms. They are SO healthy and you can see it - their fur is shiny and their eyes are bright. Since I work there as a volunteer I see why. They are loved, cared for and adored by 150 volunteers. Shelter is spotlessly clean. Even if you are not ready to adopt you should visit. There are many things you can do to help animals. Just visiting and petting cats and kittens, and spreading the word about adopting an AWLMC cat makes such a difference. Our cats are being given a second chance - help us make a difference and hear about what we do for cats. Stop by for a visit.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer for eight years and a board member for one year, and I love this group. The people are very friendly, the shelter is adorable, spotless, inviting, & comfortable to both humans and kitties. There is an incredible variety of volunteer activities to choose from: laid back duties to highly interactive stints...something to fit every desire. There is an amazing collection of people talents that includes cleaners, IT brains, fundraising talents, creative artists, public communicators, and many others. Everyone is needed, welcomed, and appreciated. The one exclusive feature that everyone has is a passion for caring about cats. It's a great group to join!