LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PET RECOVERY PLAN
It feels great going into stores again, and seeing more people out-and-about after a very long year. We, too, are looking forward to opening the doors and welcoming visitors and customers as we did in 2019!
Unfortunately, Covid-19 negatively impacted the timeline for the construction of AWA’s new Adoption Center, pushing the anticipated opening from May to December 2021.
During the remaining construction, on-site adoption services will continue to occur in the retrofitted Pet Clinic building.
To make the best use of our very limited space – and therefore to save the most pet lives – many of the dogs and kittens are being housed in foster homes.
This means that during your visit, we may only have a handful of dogs available for adoption, or the team may be preparing to transport, into AWA, more pups from other shelters.
During the summer months AWA experiences an influx of cats and kittens coming into the shelter. The current temporary cat space allows us to house over 30 cats at a time.
Ordinarily we would welcome visitors, but we have determined that continuing adoption appointments, at this time, is the most effective way to limit frustration for those visiting AWA and finding their desired pet is already adopted.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we all look forward to moving into the new larger building and welcoming everyone in without an appointment or delay.
The AWA Team
Throughout the upcoming months AWA will continue to provide lifesaving care to animals along with assisting pet owners in the community. We also want to share with you the happenings at AWA along with information on our services and operations.
Some highlights from the past months:
- Sharing in the Community
- COVID-19 Impact Report (March 13 – June 13)
- First TNR MASH Event held at AWA
Catch up on all the news at AWA.
Capital Campaign “Building a Place Where Happiness Begins”
COVID-19 may have slowed us down, but things are moving forward now! The clinic has re-located into an onsite trailer, which allowed the shelter staff and animals to move into the clinic space.
We are expecting the old shelter to be demolished mid-September and construction of the new 25,000 sq. ft. animal shelter and education center to begin soon after. For updates or to help Pave the Way to Happiness visit here.
Status of our operations, services, and programs.
- Adoptions are taking place at the shelter by appointment only, but we continue to limit the number of animals staying in the shelter, thanks to the dedication of our wonderful foster families. Not only are they providing foster care, but also finding them loving homes through our Fur-ever Finders program.
- The AWA Pet Clinic is open for vaccinations on Mondays and select Saturdays. No appointment is needed, clients will be helped on a first-come-first served basis. View schedule.
- Appointments for pet spay/neuter surgeries are available via a wait-list signup.
- The expanded on-site Pet Food Pantry is available every day for curbside, grab and go pet meals and Chow Stops in the city of Camden occur on the third Wednesday of each month.
With your ongoing help and support, our new normal is making us resourceful and stronger. Please know, that the health and safety of our employees, clients, volunteers, and animals are of primary importance as we continue to adjust during this uncertain time.
Stay safe and be well.
Read important information regarding pets and COVID-19 here.
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’re able please donate $30, $45, $100 or whatever you can afford during this critical time.