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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering there last year, and I can honestly say it is the most fulfilling work I have ever done. The staff is always very friendly and knowledgeable. The cats are well taken care of and live in a home like environment until they find their forever homes. They are well fed and attended to.

1 Lois12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for AWLMC for a few years now, I find it to be the most rewarding experience I have been involved in.
February 29, 2012 I adopted Rudy the most amazing cat I have had the pleasure of having in my life.
When Hurricane Sandy came to town I volunteered to foster a kitty from the shelter which was Squinter. He made himself right at home once he was in my home. I could not stand to send him back to the shelter knowing he had recently been returned to our shelter after being adopted just a short before . He too is a wonderful kitty.
I enjoy taking care of the kitties at the shelter they keep me grounded.
Lois C

Karen251

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with AWLMC for 7 seven years and its been an awesome
experience. Each cat is treated like a family member their health and well being
is the priority. Their family is made up of committed volunteers who pull together to handle even the most difficult situations which come up often in the world of rescue.

The cats live in a clean and home like one of a kind cage free house until they find the right adopter.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AWLMC is a fantastic organization! I have been volunteering here for about 3.5 years and it is a fabulous place. The volunteers are a dedicated group of animal lovers and are so passionate about what we do. We are a growing organization and just keep getting better. I love what I do and am so happy to have found a place like AWLMC to volunteer with! Come and visit our shelter and kitties!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with AWLMC since its inception. We have grown so much due to the dedication of our volunteers and their love for cats. We need people with a variety of skill sets. Stop by out shelter and see what we are about.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always wanted to volunteer and work with animals, and AWLMC gave me the perfect opportunity to get started. I had practically zero experience working with animals before I came to AWLMC but everyone was patient, helpful, understanding and all around awesome. They took the time to teach by word-of-mouth, by showing me the ropes, and finally by encouraging me to find my own rhythm with every cat I came across.

You can tell as soon as you walk in the door that the cats are a priority to everyone who comes in daily, rain or shine. The volunteers take the time to learn the personality of each cat in our care and are as attuned to their needs as they would to another family member's. There is constant communication regarding the cats (and sharing of videos designed to make your heart melt). When one of our long-time residents finds their forever home, the entire organization cheers - not because we've raised our adoption numbers by 1, but because we've connected a cat and a family.

When it came time for me to add my own feline friends to my household, I worked with AWLMC. As a "client", I found the adoption process painless. The counselors are knowledgeable and really work with you to find the one (or two or three or however many) felines suitable to your household and your lifestyle. When I walked out with my cats, the volunteers came say goodbye and made me promise to give updates.

AWLMC is one of those organizations that made me feel like part of the family, regardless of whether I am volunteering or adopting from them.

Nancy153

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!!!

Pamela65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWLMC just keeps getting better and better. They take such good care of the cats.The cats get excellent medical care, the cats live in rooms in a real house,they have an enrichment team every day come and play with them, they have cat trees to jump on, windows to look out of. The volunteers work really hard with the kitties to make sure the cats are well adjusted and I think it shows. Adoptrrs have often commented on how well their cats adjust to their new home environments. I highly recomment this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can't say enough good things about the AWLMC. When I first started volunteering, I was impressed by the volunteer handbook and the policies and procedures in place as well as the spotless shelter and friendly volunteers. I've since had the pleasure of working with the amazing team of volunteers who are all there for one reason--the cats. The team approach encourages the sharing of information and ideas, and those who want to get more involved don't have to wait years to do so. The selection of cats available for adoption is always top-notch.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I signed up to volunteer after my first visit to the AWLMC. The shelter is homey, clean and bright. All of the cats seem happy to be there, and so do the volunteers. I'm thrilled to have found a no-kill shelter where I can interact with the cats, knowing that the only reason they'll be leaving is for their forever home. It is a well-run, happy place filled with caring people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at this shelter in a variety of ways, ranging from scooping litter boxes, feeding the cats and cleaning the rooms in which they live to helping to match cats with the right adopters so that all of the felines in our care find loving, permanent homes. I spend a great deal of time supporting the shelter while working a full-time job because of all of the work, patience and expertise that has gone--and continues to go--into ensuring that they are nurtured, understood, socialized as needed and, again, headed for homes that are safe and loving.
A legion of volunteers have been recruited (carefully) so that two cleaning and feeding crews tend to their needs each day and another team troops in almost daily to tend to their emotional and socialization needs. Many cats come with daunting baggage; some were homeless, dumped on the street, others were neglected or even abused; some had to be given up by families who could no longer care for them or from owners who died. Volunteers work with these cats to help them recover physically, emotionally and psychologically so that the right adopter will fall in love with them and the shelter's rate of successfully placing these cats in permanent homes is impressive.
I'm a willing soldier in a very successful army and my fellow service members know that this war--in favor of these wonderful cats--is one worth winning. I also learn a lot about the care and feeding of cats and about the skills and diplomacy it takes to run an organization staffed by many different people; the all-volunteer staff is more than 100 people strong.
I should add that I continue to volunteer with AWLMC and will continue to do so for as long as I can. AWLMC has an amazing array of dedicated, intelligent volunteers. I walk among two-footed titans; I serve a gorgeous, smart, appreciative constituency and they do reward me for my service in more ways than I could name (such as with head butts, purrs, lap-warming and furry side-of-body strokes). When I am down; when prospects dim, I go to this particular cat house where I cannot help but grin. To be there, for me, is always a win--because of both the feline and human company it puts me in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a current volunteer approaching my 1 year anniversary with AWLMC and I can say that it is a happy place for the cats and the volunteers. The cats have rooms instead of cages and they stay until they find their home, as long as it takes. I have met some wonderful friends there as well. We all work together toward the same goal of caring for the cats and finding them forever homes. AWLMC is a wonderful organization.

Tara35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the AWLMC for several years as a foster of kittens. I have found this organization to be highly professional and very compassionate. The shelter is a beautiful location where cats can enjoy their time while waiting for their new families to adopt them. The AWLMC does a tremendous amount of outreach work for the local community as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great rescue. I adopted my Brice there and love him to death. Not many rescues are run like this, instead of boring cages the cats are in a home setting so you can see their true personality.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County is a great organization that I volunteer for. They do a wonderful service to the community with their adoption program and their food bank. The current shelter in Gaithersburg is an amazing place! They cats are able to roam free inside and receive plenty of human socialization. They have saved many lives and I am proud to be associated with them!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Amazing all volunteer organization. Spends 95% of all donations on their programs.
Each year they break all performance records.
No-kill cat shelter, over 2000 spay neuters done, pet food bank and lots more with an annual budget of only $150,000. What makes the difference! Its the happy helpful volunteers relentlessly dedicated to the mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing nonprofit running on a shoestring budget. Great dedication and leadership. I am honored to be part of the volunteer team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is helping to save cats' lives by sheltering them, feeding them, fostering them, adopting them to good homes, spaying and neutering them, helping the community afford to spay and neuter their own pets, distributing pet supplies to needy families, and educating the public on caring for their pets in a responsible and loving manner. No one receives a salary. They do amazing work on a limited budget.

1 Michele38

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County is a wonderful organization with amazing volunteers that care so much for the animals. Their shelter is immaculate and houses well loved cats waiting for their forever homes. AWLMC also offers a pet food bank for those who need help with cat and dog food anda low cost spay/neuter program. I love being on this team of dedicated volunteers!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with the AWLMC in 2007, after having adopted my cat, Lord Greystroke (Grey) from them in 2006. The organization is filled with volunteers who are passionate and knowledgeable about promoting the welfare of cats (and other pets) in the Montgomery County, MD area. Their no-kill cat shelter and adoption center is one of the best I've ever seen. The programs they provide to the community, including low-cost spay/neuter and Chompers petfood bank, are amazing. I recently moved from the area, but still plan to volunteer with adoption counseling and social media affairs as the AWLMC is such a fantastic organization. I'm proud and humbled to be a part of such a wonderful group that is truly making a difference in so many feline and human (and even canine!) lives.

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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.