AAWL is an incredible organization; they never cease to impress me with their compassionate staff and their challenging mission. The genuine concern they feel for the animals there is apparent within the first few minutes of meeting them -- and is truly inspiring.
I have adopted 2 dogs from them so far and I am absolutely positive that when I am ready to add another member to my family, I will be coming back to AAWL. I have the utmost confidence in this organization that they will help me to find the perfect addition to my family.
The adoptions counselors are extremely educated when it comes to animals and their vast mix of behaviors -- and they are very patient as well!! It took me a good couple of months to find the perfect companion for my 1st dog, but AAWL never complained or gave up on our search. They truly wanted to find JUST THE RIGHT companion for my 1st dog and I.
I have been so thankful beyond words for everything that AAWL has done for my family and I. I could not be happier with the 2 dogs I have now that came from this wonderful organization. AAWL has enriched my life with these dogs...my babies. I feel so blessed.
I've been a member of the board for over 6 years. During that time I have seen tremendous changes, all for the good, but AAWL has never forgotten its mission of rescuing dogs and cats from being euthanized by the county. The best thing about AAWL is that it doesn't kill animals to "make space" just because an animal doesn't immediately find a home. AAWL will work with the animal to solve any underlying reason why the animal has been overlooked. Sometimes the animal just needs a little PR to get the public to consider it. AAWL has been really creative, especially under our new director, to find ways to interest the public in adopting rescue animals. For instance, this year, AAWL is having its first H'AAWL'-o-Ween event, a fun event for families with children to visit the Shelter. AAWL has a summer camp program with classes for children of all ages from introducing them to animals for the very youngest kids to developing interest in working in shelter or being a vet for teens. AAWL also has a "Gimme a Break" program to provide dogs who have been in the shelter for a while a break from the kennel environment by encouraging volunteers to take a dog home for a weekend. I can't say enough good things about AAWL. It keeps getting better every year.
It is a terrific organization to volunteer for! I also foster & act as an adoptions councilor. I have adopted 2 pets from there & so you can say I have a great all around view! Their mission is so worthwhile & AAWL does a great job at working towards their goals. I recently had the opportunity to help with a large adoption event. It was so heartwarming! One of the adopters I worked with hugged me after her adoption was over. Please consider this terrific organization to donate to, volunteer with, foster for and adopt from!
my wife and i both take great pleasure in volunteering with the cats and also adopted one. the aawl is a great organization that we are proud to be a part of.
In the 90s, a new concept hit the animal shelter community – the ‘No Kill’ movement. Shelters such as the San Francisco SPCA worked to change the status quo in their community. Little did the country know, but the Arizona Animal Welfare League was already operating a No Kill shelter. The AAWL has always advocated for animal welfare and has developed programs and services designed educate the public, bring awareness of the pet overpopulation problem and provide needed public services to the community they serve. Combined, these efforts are contributing to ending the needless euthanasia of animals.
This advocacy is seen every day with the dedicated staff and army of volunteers who work tirelessly to save animals. They don’t say the dog or cat is too old or unhealthily but rather, they work to save every life they can. The shelter is a partner with the Maddie’s project as well as having strong collaborative relationships with other Valley rescue groups and pet affiliations.
I have seen this personally as a volunteer, donor and adopter of four dogs from the AAWL. As a volunteer, I work with the medical staff. The vet and vets techs are all professional and compassionate. Emergencies are addressed with the utmost professionalism and with the animals’ comfort and safety in mind. The adoption counselors take the extra time to work with potential adopters so they understand the animal’s history. The education and volunteer departments have a monumental task but are always willing to answer questions. The management team has a vision for the shelter and works to solicit donations as well as being the front face of the shelter. The training department has developed programs that differentiate AAWL from other Valley shelters.
These actions don’t go unnoticed because with the help of an anonymous donation, the shelter is embarking on building a new adoption center in order to increase the life saving potential. That is also why your help is needed. If you are considering an organization to make a donation, volunteer your time, looking for a companion animal or just want to get involved in the animal welfare community, please consider the AAWL.
I volunteer at Arizona Znimzl Welfare League/SPCA. I have also adoped 2 cats from them. The care and kindness AAWL/SPCA gives all of the animals in their care is outstanding. The cats are well cared for, socialized, and taught things to help them get adopted. I am a "foster failure" as I took my Willie Tiger home as a behavioral foster, and could not give him up. The cats are grouped as to their personality type to help them get the best home.
This past year we adopted a beautiful spunky cocker spaniel. The staff at AAWL was amazing and supportive. We took the puppy classes and the instructors were great and we learned valuable tips. I just wish we would have taken this class when we got our first dog. The staff and volunteers at the AAWL are fantastic and keep the animals well cared. The adoption counselors take the time to make sure that the animals adopted are the right fit and will be adopted into loving homes. The Education Department is dedicated to teaching children about animals and offer great programs.
For over 30 years, I have donated to many animal agencies. Arizona Animal Welfare League is one of my favorites. As a no-kill shelter, AAWL allows the animals in their care the time they need to recover from poor treatment or abandonment, or to "unlearn" behaviors that may prevent them from being adopted.
I adopted my dog Griffin from AAWL about 5 years ago. He is a lovely boy but exhibited signs early on that he may have been mistreated by his former owner. It's not pleasant to think what might have happened to him if AAWL had not stepped in and given him a new chance. I know my life would be diminished without him!
AAWL's emphasis is always on helping animals find their forever homes. Such a pure focus allows them to reach out to the community to constantly uncover loving homes for animals.
I feel my donations to AAWL are well-spent. This is a quality animal agency serving the metro Phoenix area. I am proud to support them.
My husband and I adopted our first baby (dog) from the AAWL in 1997 and I've been a financial donor ever since. We now have two more dogs from the AAWL, and we also volunteer. I like the fact that the shelter is no-kill and has been in existence a long time in our area. The staff is great, and the volunteer staff is huge in number, and fantastic at what they do! Everyone pitches in quickly when there is a need.
This shelter is awesome. It's across the street from a community college and has many opportunities to adopt and volunteer. Everyone is very kind and takes the time to ensure the right fit for you.
When I was attending the community college across the street, I would often here dogs barking and was curious to find out what all the commotion was. I visited both the shelter and the website www.aawl.org, and found so many opportunities to volunteer and help save the lives of animals. Each and every day, a pet finds a forever home and brings joy to a loving family, thanks to AAWL. With the start of construction on the new adoption center, any funds they can get would be most helpful.
I initially went there to donate old towels and blankets and asked if I could walk around, they were very friendly and said sure. When my daughter and I 1st entered the outdoor kennel area there was a box of dog treats there for visitors to feed treats to the dogs, to help the dogs become socialized and know that people are a good thing. I said to my daughter " do you hear that?" she said hear what? and I said " exactly! you dont hear the dogs barking " they were relaxed and happy and napping in nice clean surroundings. It was at that moment i decided to volunteer and AAWL. It was a happy, clean place for the animals, and since I started, the people I have met are some of the nicest and most dedicated animal lovers I have met anywhere. I see 1st hand the love and care the dogs recieve, and cats too.
The AAWL is a rewarding volunteer organization! Once I finally signed up for orientation and found out how educational & friendly everyone was, I wish I had made the decision to do it sooner. At the AAWL, there are nice big yards to play with the dogs and canals nearby for quiet and refreshing walks - the dogs love it! It is just amazing how well the AAWL does their job - from the layout of the kennels to the efficiency of the cattery to the ease of tracking daily potty breaks. Not to mention volunteer communication and adoption programs. Every day the AAWL saves an animal and that's a beautiful thing. I LOVE VOLUNTEERING and aspire to help even more!
I love volunteering with the Arizona Animal Welfare League. They have an amazing training program for volunteers and the tenured volunteers and staff are incredibly helpful at assisting you. Everyone there makes you feel appreciated and welcome. The work they do every day is amazing and I was SO proud to be a part of the 2011 Empty the Shelter event.
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The staff at AAWL is super supportive and appreciative of its volunteers.
This organization gets most of its animals from the euthanasia lists of other shelters. Since AAWL is a no-kill shelter there is a real commitment to these animals to find them a forever home.
We foster puppies for AAWL and volunteer at some of the events. The organization is well organized and makes sure every volunteer is well educated to deal with the animals or whatever assignment they have. The staff is friendly and cares very much about the animals.
I have volunteered at AAWL for over a year and have really enjoyed my experience there. I love the fact that it's no-kill shelter, so they keep a dog or cat at the shelter for as long as it takes to find them a forever home. Their staff and volunteers work with the animals that need more socialization or training to become more adoptable. If a dog is very scared and shy, the staff and volunteers work with the dog to get him/her used to being around lots of people, etc, or whatever the dog needs. They also work with special needs animals, providing the appropriate medical care. I like how the staff get to know each animal and provide that animal with whatever it needs medically, socially, physically and emotionally.
Arizona's oldest and largest no-kill shelter for dogs and cats. Animals are rescued from the county facility and the humane society - most are scheduled to be euthanized. AAWL/SPCA provides full medical evaluation and treatment, behavior evaluation and modification when needed, spay/neuter surgeries on all animals, current vaccines and microchip. Adopt more than 2,000 animals a year. Also provides educational programming for children ages 4-18. Teen Tracks program for teens; robust foster and volunteer programs; conducts training classes, puppy and kitten socialization and much more.