Animal Welfare Association (AWA), a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 animal welfare organization, operates the oldest and largest low-cost pet clinic, adoption center and no-kill animal shelter in South Jersey. We do not receive funds from the government or national groups. We rely upon local donations to fund our life-saving programs.
Through a variety of innovative programs including adoptions, veterinary services, pet therapy, trap-neuter-return and humane education, we strive to ensure that animal companionship is accessible to all.
No animal is euthanized due to space, length of stay, or for treatable/manageable conditions.
Caring For Animals… Benefiting People
Our 2021 stats are in and it was another remarkable year! We end with a 97% save rate – which represents tons of late nights working around-the-clock bottle feeding neonatal kittens! It represents extensive medical care – over 50% of the dogs, cats and bunnies brought to us from owners or other area shelters are in need of medical care. We saved more senior dogs and cats than in any prior year. Thanks to the community support 1,412 dogs, cats and bunnies went into their new loving homes.
The Pet Clinic provided nearly 2,000 low-cost spays/neuters surgeries and much more. None of this could be possible if you weren’t part of our team supporting us each and every day. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to our donors, supporters, adopters, volunteers, business partners and staff.
HISTORY OF AWA
During the late 1960’s and 70’s, AWA opened its shelter on a rural dirt road and continued their progressive ways by opening South Jersey’s first Spay/Neuter Clinic, the ABC (Animal Birth Control) Clinic in 1974. Fees were as low as $25 and in the first year over 1,700 dogs and cats were sterilized. In the 1980’s, AWA operated numerous community services and added the Pet Therapy Program to honor the bond between people and their pets.
To read about our full history, visit here.