ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY, INC
8 Dodd Road
New Milford, CT 06776
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Director of Public
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Director of Fundraising
Renee Gardner – Shelter Manager
AWS BOARD OF TRUSTEES
AWS Annual Meeting
ABOUT ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY, Inc.
Welcome to the Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (AWS). We are an independent, nonprofit, non-destroy animal rescue organization whose mission is to offer refuge to dogs and cats and place them in responsible, loving homes. Located in New Milford, we have served homeless and abandoned animals from the towns of Bridgewater, Brookfield, Roxbury and Washington, Connecticut since 1965. When space permits, we sometimes rescue dogs from “high kill” shelters outside our area.
Each year hundreds of animals are rescued by AWS. Some are surrendered to us because their owners have become ill, died or are in a family crisis. Others are found as strays or have been abandoned. Many of our dogs come from the regional animal control facility in New Milford after a state mandated seven day waiting period to allow their owners to claim them.
From the moment they enter our care, these animals are no longer unwanted. We provide excellent veterinary care, including vaccinations for distemper, rabies, preventive worming, feline leukemia testing, canine heartworm testing and treatment. We spay/neuter every animal prior to adoption. Some animals need more extensive medical treatment and we have a special Emergency Medical Fund to help provide medical care for these animals. While they are with us we help our adult dogs improve their basic manners such as sitting on command and walking well on a leash. We have professional trainers who assess each dog and work with those that need extra training.
“Worried about adopting an animal from a rescue group?”
“Afraid they’ve been further traumatized in a shelter environment?”
Come see us – we think we’re unique. Our staff is well-trained, compassionate and has been with us for a very long time. Our highly experienced and dedicated manager has been with AWS since the opening of the shelter in 1991. Our dogs have toys, beds, access to the outside, spend time in the play-yards each day and take long walks with our dedicated volunteers. The majority of our cats are in sunny rooms where they can watch the birds outside or in spacious group cages where they can cuddle or can be alone in a “cat condo” space. We engage volunteer animal “socializers” who come to play, hold, brush, talk to, and help make our animals feel wanted. This is the kind of care you would give to your pet and we try to do the same while our residents wait for a new home.
We support our animals for life. If you adopt from us, we will provide you with tips on getting adjusted when you bring your pet home. We are here to talk you through your initial concerns and you can call us for guidance at any time in the future.
We look forward to meeting you.