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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