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Arizona Animal Welfare League, Inc.

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Services, Animals

Mission: Our Mission: To create a world where there are no homeless dogs and cats Our Vision: To be the community’s leading source for pet adoptions, veterinary services, volunteer opportunities, humane education and expertise in animal welfare.

Results: We continue to grow each year since 1971 and remain the first, oldest no-kill animal welfare organization in the state of Arizona.

Target demographics: homeless Dogs & Cats and educate children

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 4,000 Dogs & Cats and over 3,000 Children

Geographic areas served: Arizona

Programs: Our Mission: To create a world where there are no homeless dogs and cats Our Vision: To be the community’s leading source for pet adoptions, veterinary services, volunteer opportunities, humane education and expertise in animal welfare. The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA) is the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona. We are a no-kill shelter in that we do not euthanize animals except for the rare occasions when it is in the best interest of the animal to do so, usually from untreatable medical conditions. AAWL & SPCA is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, tax ID 23-7149453. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. AAWL & SPCA rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes more than 5,000 dogs and cats that are abandoned or that have been surrendered by their owners. We do this primarily by rescuing them from other shelters in Maricopa County where they are likely to be euthanized due to the lack of time and resources to care for them. At any one time our shelter will hold 140 cats and 190 dogs. We also have a foster parent network of approximately 90 families who provide care and shelter in their homes for puppies and kittens that are too young to be adopted, and those animals that are recovering from medical procedures or that need socialization before adoption. All pets offered for adoption have been spayed or neutered; micro-chipped and are current on all vaccinations. Any medical treatments needed, including surgeries, are provided by our medical team and all animals are evaluated by our behavior department. Learn more about our Phoenix veterinary services and animal clinic. AAWL & SPCA not only adopts companion animals into loving homes, we also hold a leadership position in the community in education and animal welfare issues. Please review our Education section to learn about all of our programs (including our school holiday and summer camps) and don't miss our extensive dog and obedience training classes. Background The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) was founded in 1971 by a group of concerned animal lovers. This group was led by Amanda Blake, best known as "Miss Kitty" on the television program, Gunsmoke. Starting out on a small scale, concerned volunteers adopted rescued cats and dogs from foster homes. In the late 1970s, the organization built its first shelter. By the mid 1990s, the AAWL & SPCA began rescuing animals scheduled to be euthanized by the County, and, after rehabilitation, made them available for adoption to the community. Over the past 42 years the organization has grown from adopting a handful of animals each year to a full service animal welfare organization and leader in innovative behavior training, medical care, adoption, education and community outreach programs. Today our shelter has an onsite veterinary clinic, kennels with a separate cattery, a training center and a freestanding infirmary. In 2005, the Arizona Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) merged into AAWL. The new organization was renamed the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA).

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123 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello. A couple years ago I adopted the best little dog in the world. I already had two border collies but I wanted to adopt. I was looking for a high drive smaller dog. I visited with several dogs that day. When they brought "Moby" now Piper, out to meet me, I knew in my heart that he was mine. Piper is a poodle dachshund cross. He loves to play with his border collies, sleep with his two cats and go on mini "trail rides" in the arena following his horse around. We have participated in two walk a thons that were promoted by the AAWL. They do such a great job and the animals are well taken care of. I just love my lil Piper dog and I love AAWL

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopting our little 5-month old puppy Cheddar from the AAWL was an excellent experience. The facility in Chandler was clean, the animals were well cared-for and everyone who worked there was friendly. The process of adoption was very thorough--they want to make sure that each animal is a good match so they will be placed in a "forever home"--and we were given extensive information about Cheddar's history. She had a rough start in life, but the AAWL housed her, nursed her back to health, fed her, played with her and gave her lots of love until she was ready for adoption. Now she is over a year old and has been an absolute joy, a happy and healthy member of our family! Thanks, AAWL!

2 Shelly37

Client Served

Rating: 5

AAWL provided a wonderful experience when we visited to choose two cars for our household. After we had spent time with various cats, an employee helped us choose cats that were right for our home. We were able to "audition" the cats together in a small room to make certain they were comfortable with each other. Our first pairing didn't work well and the employee suggested a few other cats that might get along with the cat my daughter had chosen. We were able to find two cats that became best friends.

The employees are very helpful and the facility is clean, bright and comfortable for visitors and the animals. The animals are very well cared for.

2 Kay_36

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the owner of Watchdog Pet Care in Phoenix, AZ, I follow the work of many animal rescue groups in Arizona and around the country. I have been following Arizona Animal Welfare League on Facebook for a long time. They consistently post creative, attractive pictures of their adoptable animals. They make the animals very appealing through the backstory of the potential pet. Also, they celebrate the ones who have been adopted. They do such a good job that I always repost their posts, and advise my clients to donate to them and adopt from their shelter. I personally donate to this organization as often as I can.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing! They truly care and are always so kind, warm and friendly. The staff and volunteers are passionate and committed individuals. I adopted a deaf Australian Cattle Dog from AAWL and the experience was incredibly wonderful. The facility is clean, comfortable and the second best thing to a forever home. The pups and kitties get so much love and attention. A fully support AAWL and encourage anyone looking for a rescue to check them out.

2 Amy_246

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 3 dogs from AAWL. Upon entering the facility, you can see it is well maintained and the staff are invested. We will adopt from there again when the time is right. We have recommended AAWL to friends and family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have sent many people there looking for an animal or turning one in that is lost. They are a non kill shelter and off medical help at a cost that is affordable compared to the neighbor hood vets. I always suggest them on Facebook ..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE Arizona Animal Welfare League. I am not only a volunteer there, I also got my cat there in 2010. This nonprofit organization has always made me feel real comfortable about being there and even through struggles I have had, they would always check on my health and other things that would sometime s prevent me from going when I wanted to and never made me feel guilty when I could not make it to an event or had to take time off from volunteering. The staff has always been very welcoming. When I adopted my cat from there, it was also a very rewarding experience and things were completely explained very well. I also LOVE that this is a no-kill shelter and that they rescue animals from other shelters where they are in rescue of being killed.

Missy N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My fiance and I adopted our wonderful cats Tyrael and Olivia from them. On both occassions the staff was knowledgable and able to give us an inside look at the personalities of the cats that we wouldnt have seen on location (cats tend to withdraw in shelters and other high stress situations). The volunteers have always been kind courteous with us. They are always interested in how Tyrael and Olivia are doing when we stop by to pick up toys for them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just over a year ago I went to AAWL to look for a second dog. I had very specific needs and had a certain dog that I wanted to meet. Unknowingly, I had chosen a dog with behavioral issues in his previous home. Before AAWL would allow me to meet him, they screened me to ensure I could provide an appropriate forever home. This was huge! They had his best interest in mind! Thankfully, he turned out to be exactly what my family needed. We can't imagine life without him. AAWL truly wants the best for their adoptable pets. They're an amazing group of animal lovers!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog Grover from arizona animal welfare league and had the most amazong experience ever. The staff were so caring and helpful and there were so many amazing dogs to chose from. When I chose my dog I felt extremely confortable knowing what his behavior was like from aawl's behavior exam. I also appreciated being able to take him home for a "sleepover" first to make sure he would be ok with my cat. He has been the perfect addition to our little family and we owe it all to AAWL!

1 Shelley37

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've adopted two dogs from here over the past 15 years. Both have turned out to be the absolute best dogs I've ever owned. They do a great job ensuring their pets are adoptable and go to the right home.

1 Beth170

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The best place to volunteer! They offer so much flexibility for volunteer involvement...all to focus on the animals best interest.

1 V. Ruth S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to AAWL for taking in Sarah, now my beloved girl, when she and her brother were surrendered as the last of their litter. I later learned that an AAWL staff person had adopted her brother and we keep in touch via Facebook. Sarah was a shy, scruffy dog when I adopted her, but with the help of AAWL's dog obedience classes, where she was a tiny fluff-muffin among several big dogs, she is now the confident little princess!

1 lyndaf

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer and a client served. I am grateful and proud to be associated with such an amazing organization! Of course it is always so wonderful when furever homes are found but I never feel bad about these babies being here. I know they are, each and every one, cared for and loved. Can't wait to retire so I can spend more time there!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for 16 months and I can't say enough about how wonderful this place is! It is apparent that the staff give more than their job roles require. And I know as a volunteer that besides what I get out of being there with and for the animals, I love being in that life giving, love giving environment! One of my rescues is from here, she was there for 9 months before I adopted her. In that time she went on Slumber parties and was adopted at least once and always returned. For the life of me, I don't know why! But the point is that she was taken care of and loved the whole time she was there- even when no one wanted her! I am so grateful to get to participate with such an amazing organization!

2 Gil_2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this place. I have been a volunteer for about 2 years, ever since I retired. I play with the cats and do data input work. Both activities are very rewarding and a great use of some of my free time. I would encourage anyone to volunteer for the AAWL !!!

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development13 05/04/2016

Thank you for your consistent and 'git'r-done' attitude! We could not do what we do here without your help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at the Chandler Mall location. I love volunteering with the pets because even though I have a a regular job this never feels like work to me. This is the 3rd Non-profit No Kill Animal rescue I have volunteered my time at and is by far the most organized and sanitize wise they are very conscientious. People think they are in their kennels all day and make comments. I let them know they get walked at least 4 times per day and we also take them to the play yard to run around with another dog they get along with and play well with. The pets are very loving and brighten up my day. It is also beneficial to my health. I take each dog for a 10-15 minute walk and before you know it I have walked for 2-3 hours not even realizing it. If I would have walked around my neighborhood I would have stopped long before that. I have made friends volunteering. One of the friends I have made suffers from depression. When her Mom notices her mood she encourages her to volunteer. She tells me that she was depressed but at the end of the day, when I ask if she is still feeling sad, she always says she is glad she came in because she is now much happier than before she came in. I feel Arizona Animal Welfare League definitely cares about their animals and they not only help pets but by volunteering the Animals help us by putting us in a great mood and help us exercise. Lots of fun. If you love pets this is a great place to volunteer.

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development13 05/03/2016

Thank you for helping out at the Chandler Fashion Center location. With over 3,000 successful adoptions from our Chandler location since opening in 2012 we feel lucky to count you as a reason for our success in finding these homeless pups and cats homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted from AAWL over 15 years ago and was so impressed with their organization that I've been volunteering for them ever since. A great deal of thought and effort goes in to making sure that every animal in their care is as healthy and happy as possible, and that every adoption is a good match for both the animals and their new humans. Their dedication to animal welfare goes beyond "rescuing" homeless pets, working to improve the conditions of animals in the community through outreach, education, and making affordable veterinary care and animal behavior help easily available.

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development13 05/03/2016

Thank you for adopting and for continuing to spread the word about volunteering to make a difference in our community. We appreciate your help!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is an unbelievable place. Staff is kind and caring, the animals are so well cared for...I feel so lucky to be able to help out in my free time to give the animals a little love. If I didn't have a full time job, I would spend every day at this place!!!

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development13 05/03/2016

Thank you for helping us help them - the homeless dogs and cats as they wait for their furever homes. We could not do it without your effort!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We moved to Arizona recently. We are looking for another dog to join our family. This organization is top notch they have a great program to find homes for the animals they have rescued and they are really invested in making the right match for the animals. all the animals are very well cared for.