AWA Milestones

75 Years of Caring for Pets & Benefiting People

AWA has always been more than a shelter. Here are some of the important milestones we’ve hit over the last 70 years. We can’t wait to continue moving forward with the help of our passionate supporters.

  • 1948AWA Founded

    AWA was founded by a group of animal lovers who had a vision that there would be an alternative to the pain, suffering and sure death most animals face when impounded.
  • 1960’sAWA’s current shelter opened

  • 1970AWA’s Humane Education program launched.

  • 1974The first regional spay/neuter clinic opened.

  • 1980’sAWA launched our Pet-Assisted Therapy program.

  • 1990’sAWA became a limited admission shelter.

  • 2007AWA became a No-Kill Shelter.

  • 2008Community vet services expanded.

  • 2009Fortified our Transport Program, relieving community shelters from over-population

  • 2011Launched Pet Re-Homing and Community Engagement programs.

  • 2012Partnered with several mayors and Camden County Shared Services to reduce the number of lost pets in our community.

  • 2013Completed Phase I of Expansion Project with a New Clinic Building.

  • 2014AWA hones in on its Humane Education program and re-introduces Summer Camp. Vets on Wheels hits the City of Camden providing access to veterinary care and free pet food and supplies

  • 2015AWA begins offering Community Workshops free to the public. AWA also begins basic training classes and introduces dog owners to training methods to help dogs become better behaved

  • 2017AWA formalizes our Special P.A.W.S. Volunteer program, giving special needs youth meaningful ways to help AWA’s shelter animals

  • 2018AWA celebrates 70 years of saving lives