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Miracles happen every day at AAWL on 40th Street in Phoenix!

AZ Animal Welfare League (AAWL)
21st Century Pet Health recently visited Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL), Arizona’s largest no-kill shelter, to donate nutritional products.  We met Staff and the multitude of volunteers who were all hard at work.  When the offloading of vitamins and supplements was complete, we were treated to a tour of their animal care campus, including medical facilities, adoption center, and lots more.  We saw dogs, cats, sugar gliders, a pair of exotic birds, even reptiles.  How do they do it?  Through contributions of money, donations of supplies, and offering assistance (along with a few miracles)!

You can be a miracle worker, too!  Order any of these items from and make the delivery to AAWL, 25 N. 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034. Items needed include: Cat Litter (any type), Pooper Scoopers, Canned Dog Food (any type), X-Pens, Wire Collapsible Crates (various sizes), Dog Collars, Dog Leashes (6 ft. or longer), Kitten and Puppy Milk Replacer, Glucosamine,

Stress/Anxiety Medications, or Money! You can donate directly

AAWL’s Beginnings
The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) was founded in 1971 by a group of concerned animal lovers. Amanda Blake, “Miss Kitty” on the television program, “Gunsmoke”, led this group.  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 the 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).

The Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA (AAWL & SPCA) is the largest and oldest no-kill shelter in Arizona. They are a no-kill shelter in that they 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 Creates Happy, Healthy Arizona Families
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. They do this primarily by rescuing animals 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 the AAWL shelter will hold 140 cats and 190 dogs. They 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. AAWL’s medical team provides any medical treatments needed, including surgeries, and all animals are evaluated by our behavior department.

Helping Animals by Building a Better Community
AAWL & SPCA not only adopts companion animals into loving homes, they also hold a leadership position in the community in education and animal welfare issues. We offer a robust Education program reaching approximately 9,000 annually from toddlers to teens. In addition, they offer extensive dog and obedience training classes. Learn more about their Phoenix veterinary services and animal clinic (PetMD) open to the public by visiting this LINK.

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