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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted our dog from here 4 years ago! They were patient with us and even let us do a "sleepover" with him for the first night to make sure we were a good fit. The support we have received over these past years is awesome!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful experience adopting our dog from AAWL! When we adopted him, he was just recovering from life-saving surgery he received from the wonderful vets and care providers at Arizona Animal Welfare League - they had nursed him back to health and provided excellent care and attention to him, all free and as a result of the generous donations from donors who keep this wonderful organization operating every day. Please consider donating your dollars to this worthy cause!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great facility with caring people. Effectively provide quality of life to animals in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We were searching for a new fur baby for our family & we went to an adoption event Arizona Animal Welfare was at, instantly we fell in love with this pup and spent hours with him while the event was going on. Another family was "ahead" of us to see if their dog would get along with the little guy.
We left our name and number with some volunteers hoping we would end up with him & went home. About 20 minutes later a volunteer called to let us know the pup was ours if we still wanted him! OF Course we did!
The amount of love for each of the dogs being adopted is endless, the passion each volunteer had and still has is amazing! We couldn't be happier with the addition to our family & the memory of the adoption day!

Client Served

Rating: 2

I really loved this organization. I have been following the page for over 6 months and knew for sure I would be adopting my cat there. The Chandler location is a really great location. Even though small, the staff was extremely nice and helpful. The cat for me just wasn't there. So I went to the main location in Phoenix and it's amazing HOW much of a difference it was. The staff in the cat adoption section were extremely rude. Or I guess I should say mainly the girl at the adoption desk. So rude, short, snippy And ignorant. She made us feel stupid for asking any questions about the cats. It is an extremely important process to pick out a pet for your family. You need to find the one that works for you. The personalities go hand in hand. And the front desk worker cut us off and barely helped is. I was not happy at all. I know the dog adoption section is great and I've only heard great things but I'm seeing more and more bad reviews on the cat adoption workers. I don't understand what's wrong with asking questions about the pet you are going to bring into your family. It's important to know about health, food, past, behaviors etc. We didn't get much information. We did get her health records but when we asked any questions all we got in response was a short and rude tone, "is there something wrong with the medical records?". Especially adopting a kitten that was under 6 months I wanted to be absolutely sure our family knew how to take care of her and she will be comfortable. I'm still thinking about the day we adopted our cat and wished it would have been a better experience. I would have 100% left if I didn't fall in love with the kitten we adopted. She was truly perfect. But unfortunately I will not be going back unless something is done about the workers. And I really don't want this to stop me or others from adopting potential animals that we can care for and give them a great home and life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AAWL is amazing! We are forever grateful for them bringing us together with our loving pup, Murphy! They were so accommodating by allowing us to bring our other dog, Frank, and facilitating their first meeting (which went better than we could have ever imagined). We are so thankful of the hard work they do and will continue to always support this wonderful place!

Alyssa & Dan

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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 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.

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 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!

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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!).

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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!!!

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We heard about the shelter from a friend. Our dog passed away in October and have been wanting another. It is so much better to adopt a dog in need than to purchase one so we decided to keep looking at the shelter. We visited the shelter a few times for volunteer training and to look at dogs. Each time was a pleasant experience. My friend told us about these puppies and when we saw them were in love. They are brother and sister and we wanted to keep them together. The adoption was easy and everyone involved was very professional and helpful. There is plenty of information and a surprise insurance plan for a month. We will try to be more involved with the shelter through volunteering in the future.

Janet W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.