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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

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Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with the AWLMC for about four years in various ways. I love this organization so very much. It is amazing to know the impact we are having on the lives of the cats and people in our community. There is nothing better than reading an update about one of our cats and hearing just how much their new family loves them. This is especially wonderful when that particular cat had a rough background -- was abandoned, hurt, sick, scared, or had lost trust in people. And to read that they are now lap cats that snuggle with their owners every night is frankly...awesome. We have so many great cats at our shelter, and that is obvious as our turnover is incredible! Because we are close to cage-free, our "kids" tend to be more relaxed and comfortable while in the shelter. They are played with, brushed, given manicures, and loved on constantly. And because we are a no-kill shelter, one of a scant few, all of us know that the cats in our care will be so until they find their forever homes. I also love that this is an all-volunteer organization because every single person that gives of their time to taking care of the shelter and the cats is truly in it for the joy and love of animals. We love our shelter. We love our cats. And we are also there for each other. Recently, one of my cats became quite ill. I sent out a request for a pill gun and a water fountain. Within 30 minutes, I had over 10 responses to help. And many more emails of concern. This is a very special organization with a very special mission made up of very special people.



Rating: 5

AWLMC is an all volunteer nonprofit that runs a no kill almost cage free cat adoption shelter and a low cost spay neuter certificate program for cats and dogs. It also has a monthly pet food bank to help pet owners under hard economic times provide food for their pet so they can keep it until they are back on their feet again. I have been a volunteer there since 2010 and find my volunteer experience extremely rewarding and believe that each volunteer hour makes a HUGE difference in helping save animals. The friendly volunteers are relentless about helping in a very positive way. Our shelter is the happiest cat house you have ever seen. Our adoption rate is up by more than 60% this year. Although our annual budget is only about $160,000 per year it amazes me that we get so much done with so little money. We are truly the little shelter that can make a difference. Www.awlmc.org