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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).

Community Stories

123 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

11 scottazrhc

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an unpaid volunteer at AAWL and I see on a weekly basis the amount of work that goes into caring for the dogs and cats they put up for adoption. It's amazing what they can do with such a limited staff when combined with a dedicated group of volunteers! I also see firsthand how donations impact the lives of these animals, from even the simplest gifts of toys or treats to the bigger donations that can have an immediate and positive impact at the shelter. One of my favorite daily activities is watching Facebook for the pictures of the newly adopted dogs so I can smile and sometimes cry tears of joy when a dog I have walked and played with finds their new home.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love the great work they do! It has always amazed me how some people treat their animals. Thankfully there are others, like AAWL, that are dedicated to protecting & saving these sweet souls. Keep up the great work! :-)

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arizona animal welfare league is an AMAZING organization! So happy there is such a safe loving place for dogs to go while they wait to find their forever home! Love spending my time here and making a difference

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

AAWL try their best to make every adoption successful. They work with you to find the best addition to your family, and they give you the tools to help integrate your new friend into your home. The cat I adopted from them has the potential for severe ear problems (from his previous life in a hoarding situation), and while I am fortunate enough to not need them, AAWL's low-cost vet clinic and 30 days of free pet health insurance made it a lot less nerve-wracking (and his current vet says his ears are probably going to be fine!).

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAWL truly has the best interests of the animals at heart all the way from management, to everyday staff , to its volunteers. In pursuit of its goal of saving lives, the organization is run effectively and efficiently. This is not an organization that is stuck in its ways but is always evolving to do what it does better and thus save more dogs and cats. I'm blessed to be a volunteer at such a great organization!

7

Donor

Rating: 5

Great place! Always clean and the staff is very helpful and friendly!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got my old dog from AAWL nearly 12 years ago. They were wonderful and caring then and have gotten even better since.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They were ao patient while we made sure our adoption was going to work out. At no point did they pressure us to adopt. They even called during our "sleep over" to see how everything was going. It was definitely a good experience.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We adopted a dog and a cat here. The facility is clean and they have programs in place to make sure new adopters are successful. Great place.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In the 80's I went to aawl to adopt a dog. Only few staff then and small. But they knew every animal they had. That makes them different from the others. I met RUFUS he had been there over 5 yrs. He had been badly abused but they never gave up on him. He came home w me and lived the rest of his life w me. He was a funny, happy, loving dog. I've have adopted fogs and cats ftom them since. Although they have gotten bigger (thank goodness) they still make it a point to know the animals to try to get best match. THANK YOU

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted all my dog fur family from aawl. They keep their shelters really clean and really take good care of all the animals there. I began fostering for them about a year and a half ago because I wanted to be involved in this great shelter. The people who work and volunteer are amazing and caring.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted 3 dogs from AAWL so far. It's so obvious they really care about the individual dogs, providing weekends away with volunteers as well as learning as much as possible about each dog as individuals (adopters get accurate info abt dog personality). Premises clean, caring staff, dogs regularly exercised. Post adoption services available. LOVE LOVE LOVE AAWL!!!

1 Mike153

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The animals are cared for by many volunteers and staff who really shower them with affection and concern. Problems are taken care of promptly. The animals are nurtured until they find wonderful furever homes. It is the best.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is run by caring, compassionate individuals who make sure that you are paired with the pet that's best for you!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

2 loving dogs-1 owner surrender & 1 E-list= inseparable .

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AAWL provides a loving, positive, enriching environment for the dogs waiting for their forever home by daily walks, enrichment activities such as reading to the dogs, bubbles, Find-it games and spending time with the dogs in the kennels. This care is especially evident when very shy dogs are turned around to outgoing happy dogs.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Arizona Animal Welfare League is an amazing no-kill shelter in Phoenix. When I adopted a dog from them and I saw how much they loved and cared for him, I knew I had to be a part of it and help care for dogs before they are adopted by other people as well, so I became a volunteer. I call it the "country club" of shelters since it is so clean and spacious, and the animals receive so much care and attention. The staff forms bonds with many of the dogs and cats and know their particular personalities well, so they are able to choose a good match for families who come to adopt. The goal is to adopted them out to forever homes and of course never see the animals have to return to the shelter again.

AAWL allows its volunteers to participate in numerous areas of the shelter, including direct animal contact right from the start. They invest a lot of time in training and explain the reasons behind the protocols required in interaction with the animals and our responsibilities as volunteers. We, as volunteers, are offered multiple areas to assist in. Socializing and spending time with the animals, taking dogs offsite for a couple of nights when the shelter is closed, participating in offsite adoption events, adoption counseling, administrative help, assisting in the vet clinic, just to name a few. I am MORE than proud to be a part of the volunteer team and I have exposed myself to almost every area offered.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From personal experience I can tell you this is the greatest no kill shelter in the state of Arizona. I have seen first hand how the dogs and cats are helped to thrive and get the best treatment possible to make sure these precious animals get a new loving home forever.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have volunteered for AAWL and meet many greats friends as humans and furry friends we will never forget.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Years ago I looked into volunteering at AAWL but family & medical issues put a halt after the orientation. About a year ago I came back & there were so many nice improvements how could I not join the team. I deal with MS so it is hard to live by a schedule, which is partly why I'm on disability. The flexibility at the shelter is so awesome. After leaving the shelter I feel so good inside. You might say it gave something back to me, a purpose?