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Animal Welfare Association of New Jersey

COVID-19 Updates

Your Gifts are Urgently Needed


While everyone’s daily lives are being impacted by COVID-19,the welfare of homeless and needy pets in the community is critically important to us. We are taking our role in being a resource for the community, as well as the safety and welfare of our supporters, volunteers and staff seriously.


Our ability to provide critical care to our most vulnerable animals — regardless of the environment around us — is dependent on your support.


This week we have had many changes to our normal operations

Emergency intake of kittens & rapid foster placement
Crisis transport and commitment to care for 5 heartworm positive dogs from a shelter closed due to COVID19
Rapid expansion of AWA’s Pet Pantry & Pet Food Curb Pick up programs so pets don’t go hungry
Quality care to over 50 animals currently at AWA waiting their adoptions this weekend


If you able please donate $30, $45, $100 or whatever you can afford during this critical time. We are all in this together.

For the welfare of our staff and our community, the management and leadership of AWA have made the decision to temporarily close AWA’s Pet Clinic, Development Office and further restrict access to the adoption Shelter  to the public. This means we will temporarily suspend normal operations and focus our efforts on emergency & direct animal care services only, beginning Monday, March 23 until further notice.

Here’s what that means:

  • Rest assured: all shelter animals will be cared for during this temporary suspension. We’ll be placing them in foster homes with our incredible volunteers and staff.
  • During this time, we plan to provide limited adoption services and pet intake admissions yet we know that these services also may face closure.
  • We are asking many of our staff to stay at home, with the exception of a small team of personnel who will provide very limited services, including:
    • Animal care, veterinary care to shelter animals and Foster animal management (medical care, medicines, foods, and supplies).
    • Pet food and supply delivery for AWA’s Pet Food Pantry and Chow Stops.
  • Receive and assist the community with lost pet / found pet reports.

We will continue to monitor animal welfare issues in our community and with our transport partners during this suspension.

This was an incredibly hard decision to make. I am personally saddened knowing many of our talented team members are out of work.  We’re eager to resume normal services at our shelter and clinic. We’ll let you know right away when we do. We will need  your help more than ever when we are able to bounce back!

Our hearts are with you, your families, and your pets during this unprecedented situation. Stay healthy and safe.

Maya Richmond

Executive Director

Animal Welfare Association

Updated Hours

Adoption Center: by appointment – book online

Pet Surrendering: by appointment – call the shelter

Development Office: Mon – Fri 12pm – 5pm

AWA Pet Clinic

All vaccine clinics from March 23rd to April 18thth are cancelled. This includes all Monday, Wed and Saturday clinics. 

All Spay/Neuter events scheduled from March 23rd through the end of April 30 are cancelled at this time. 

Customer Service / over the counter medicine sales: Mon – Fri 12pm – 5pm