Animal Welfare Association of Warren County - (AWA)

P.O. Box 122
Warrenton, MO 63383
Phone: 636-297-0486

Website Address:

Our Pets List

Featured Pets

Rusty is about 3 years old. Rusty was given up when his family couldn't take care of him anymore. He is a Labrador Retriever mix. Rusty is super friendly and loves to play ball! Rusty loves being with his people, super friendly & loves attention. He would though prefer to be your only canine family member Rusty`s adoption fee is $125; which includes heartworm check (negative and on monthly preventative), fecal check (and any treatment prescribed by our vet), neuter, micro-chips and age appropriate shots. For more information on Rusty, please call AWA at 636-297-0486 or email


Muffie is a beautiful lady @ 7 years old. Muffie was adopted out previously and came back to us to find a forever home. Muffie is affectionate & loving. Muffie`s adoption fee is $100.00. He has been tested for Feline Leukemia and fecal checked-both negative. He has also been brought up to date on all age appropriate vaccinations, spay, current on flea/tick preventive, and microchipped. To meet Muffie, please call AWA at 636-297-0486 or email:

Our adoption fee is $100.00 unless otherwise noted...

~ which for DOGS includes heartworm testing (age appropriate), fecal check (and follow-up treatment as prescribed by our vet), spay/neuter, micro-chipping, shots as appropriate for age, and flea and tick treatment.

~ and for CATS includes Feline Leuk/FIV testing, shots as appropriate for age, spay/neuter, micro-chipping, fecal check (and treatment, if necessary as prescribed by our vet), and flea treatment.

Our Special Pet

Colby is a happy little dog, at about 1.5 years old and approx. 15 lbs, he is the perfect example of a lapdog! He was found as a stray in a rural area alone and hungry, but was rescued by AWA and has been healthy and happy since. At home, he is a ham, full of energy, much preferring to snuggle up with you or play with his toys with you beside him than to do anything else in the world. He has the best little personality and would be happy with any kind of attention from you at all, he LOVES to snuggle with you and get attention. Typical of most chihuauas, he is a little wary of strangers, but not overly so, merely seeming to say hello with a cautious bark. He gets along well with other dogs, having both large and small with him in his foster home. He has not been exposed much to cats, but he is curious. Colby is mostly potty trained with very few accidents, and he is crate trained. Because of his nature of being cautious and small childrens exuberance, he would probably not be the best dog for people with small children. Colby's adoption fee is $150.00, which includes all age appropriate vaccinations, micro chipped and neutered, fecal check - negative (along with any medication prescribed by our vet), and current on flea/tick/heartworm preventive. Colby is a little guy with a huge heart, just waiting to bestow his love on a deserving family, and he would love to meet you! If you are interested in being his forever family, please contact his foster mom Erin at 314-805-1251 or

Thank you for helping us make a difference, one animal at a time!


We have moved our adoption location to the new PetsMart in Wentzville MO, where the AWA hosts adoption events on the 1st, 3rd, and the 5th Saturday of every month. Also new at this location - we have cats at the Love - A - Pet Center! They are available during regular PetsMart business hours to visit, get acquainted and to adopt!

Click here to see our adopted dogs! Click here to see our adopted cats!

Who We Are

The Animal Welfare Association of Warren County (A.W.A) was founded in 1989, to address the lack of county funded animal control. We are an all volunteer, 501 c (3) not for profit organization, licensed by the state of Missouri. Since Warren County is still a mostly rural area, it has become a dumping ground for unwanted pets from nearby urban counties. Our main goal is to find good homes and forever families for these "disposable" pets. Since we began, our volunteers have rescued over 9,00 stray, abandoned or abused animals throughout the unincorporated area of Warren County. We have also, on occasion, accepted owner turn-in pets. We also work in cooperation with the Warren County Sheriff's Department in rescuing, investigating, and prosecuting animal neglect and abuse cases.

We maintain an adoption phone line at 636-297-0486 to assist anyone in need, answer pet questions, make referrals to other sources of aid or to other rescue groups, assist owners in finding lost pets, and help potential adopters find the perfect pet for themselves or for their family.

Advocates for spaying and neutering!

Please call 1-800-248-7729 or 1-800-321-7387 for information regarding "low cost" neuter and spay services; or visit these websites for a detailed listing of low cost Spay/Neuter providers ~

For a pet that is healthy, loving and dear.
Not just for today, but year after year.

A Dog Sits Waiting

A dog sits waiting in the cold Autumn sun
Too faithful to leave, too frightened to run
He’s been here for days now with nothing to do
But sit by the road waiting for YOU
He can’t understand why you left him that day
He thought you and he were stopping to play
He’s sure you’ll come back, and that’s why he stays
How long will he suffer? How many more days?
His legs have grown weak, his throat’s parched and dry
He’s sick now from hunger and falls with a sigh
He lays down his head and closes his eyes
I wish you could see how a waiting dog dies

~Author Unknown~

Until we save them all ~

unseen they suffer

unheard they cry

in agony they linger

in loneliness they die.

We maintain an adoption phone line, at 636-297-0486 to assist anyone in need, answer any questions about pets, make referrals to other sources of aid or to other rescue groups, assist owners in finding lost pets and help potential adopters find pets.


All of our funds and most of our food and supplies come from donations. No A.W.A member earns a salary, and all donations go to the care and welfare of our foster pets. We are always in need of donations of dog and cat foods, chew toys, washable pet toys, leashes, crates, pens, bedding, old rugs, carpet samples, blankets, water bowls, and cleaning supplies. If you would like to help us save even more pets by donating to the Animal Welfare Association of Warren County, please make your check payable to the AWA, and mail to the Animal Welfare Association, PO Box 122, Warrenton, MO 63383. You may also contact us at 636-297-0486 for additional information about our organization. Since we are a certified charity your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Any and all donations are much needed and greatly appreciated.


Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid. 

As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them. 

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. 

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one. 

I rescued a human today.

~ Author Unknown ~


As an all volunteer organization, we are always in need of more active members and volunteers in assisting at adoption events by walking dogs, transporting pets to and from these events, etc. Please contact us to let us know how you would like to help, or if you would like to become a member of the AWA.

Adopting a friend

Our adoption fee, at this time, is $100 for our cats and $125 (unless noted otherwise) our dogs. Our fees are subject to change in the future due to rising costs of medical care. All of our pets are Vet checked for health, spayed or neutered, wormed, up to date on all vaccinations to their current age and micro-chipped. Dogs are tested for heartworm, and placed on monthly preventative. Cats are tested for feline leukemia. All injured pets receive any treatment or surgery needed to restore them back to good health. We do not ship our pets. Our policy is to meet in person.

To adopt a pet from AWA, or to find out more about one of our adoptable pets, please visit us at any adoption event, e-mail us at, or call us on our adoption line at 636-297-0486. Because we are a foster home network, we prefer to meet adopters at times and places convenient to all involved. We do have an adoption application which can be emailed to you, and an adoption contract to be completed at the time of adoption. We do not discriminate against anyone for reasons of race, religion, politics, gender, or sexual orientation; but reserve the right to refuse adoptions based on the information we interpret from these forms, with regard to legalities, and the pet’s needs or requirements. We try very hard to make every adoption a happy and lasting one!

If contacting us about a pet you are interested in, please state the Pet’s name, Foster Parent's name, and ID# (if listed). Thank you.

Bring Your Pet To An Adoption!

If you are considering adopting a pet as a companion for your pet, it's a good idea to bring your pet along. By doing so you'll be able to better judge how the two pets interact, and maybe eliminate unforeseen problems and poor choices!

"A good man is concerned for the welfare of his animals…….." PR 12;10LB

A Pet's Ten Commandments

1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.

2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.

3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.

4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.

5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.

6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.

7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.

8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.

9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.

10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so. ALWAYS!

~ Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience, without God’s critters ~

We do not have to wait for Heaven to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!

~Author Unknown~


"As a volunteer with a rural Missouri county animal welfare group, I have seen animals at their best and at their very worst. I've watched as these helpless creatures were nursed back to health, helped to adjust to new people and surroundings, spoiled by their foster "parents" and eventually, adopted into loving homes. However, I have also been there when an animal is brought to us in such horrible condition, that the only way to end their suffering is by euthanization.

Not long ago, I received a call to retrieve a discarded stray dog from a private residence. Even though I was told the dog was in poor condition, I was unprepared for the extent of his neglect. He was curled up in the dirt and weeds, filthy, covered with ticks, quietly watching as I approached. I saw that he was a male Pit Bull Terrier, who had suffered long at the hands of an uncaring owner. As I knelt down, his tail began to wag, and he rolled onto his back coaxing me to rub his tummy. Amazing, I thought, that after all he'd been through, he could still trust a stranger not to hurt him as he lay helpless on the ground. As I stroked his head, and yes, rubbed his tummy, that tail continued to wag. That was when I noticed he was "smiling." His upper lip curled in appreciation and I couldn't help but smile back.

When he finally rose on unsteady legs, to stand at my side, I could see the walking skeleton that he'd become. His ribs and hips pushed against his dull black coat, and the huge collar he was wearing hung halfway to the ground. He was beyond emaciation, so thin that one hand would have fit around his waist. Then I realized, that the oversized collar probably use to fit!

I slowly led him to my car, gently helping him to curl up in the back seat, and off we went. When we arrived at the veterinary clinic, owners held their pets close as we walked in the door. Their well fed, well groomed, much loved pets were in such contrast to this poor, dirty, starving dog, fresh from the mean streets he'd been left to wander for who knows how long.

Even though the exam rooms were full and the phone never stopped ringing, the staff at the clinic took turns loving on this dear, sweet creature with the big brown eyes and the great big "smile." Finally, it was our turn to see the doctor. After a thorough exam, the prognosis was grim. The extent of his emaciation had probably begun to affect some of his vital organs, and he had heartworms. Considering his dire physical condition, and the fact that he wore no ID tags or microchip, after much discussion and alot of tears, we finally made the only decision possible. As I signed the consent form, I noticed a line for the animal's name. It was at that moment, that I decided this poor, dear creature was not going to leave this earth just a number, with no identity of his own. So, with trembling hands and tears streaming down my face, I carefully wrote the name "Smiley."

I held Smiley while we waited for the medication to take affect, and as we all said our goodbyes. I told him, through my tears, how beautiful he was and that soon he'd be able to run and play, free from the pain and neglect he'd suffered most of his much too short life. You see, we think dear Smiley was only about one year old. The long life that should have awaited him when he was born, was cut short by someone who never cared that all Smiley wanted was to be their best friend.

Even now, new animals, each with their own story to tell, are arriving to fill our foster homes every day. Most will be lucky, finding their forever home and loving family. A few however, like Smiley, will leave us way too soon and break our hearts along the way.

I share this with you, in hopes that you will hold your pet a little closer and respect the trust they put in you each and every day of their lives. You are all they live for. They love you unconditionally. They think you are perfect no matter what you look like, no matter how bad your day, how busy, tired or grumpy you are. YOU are their hero. Don't you think it's about time you work to deserve that honor? Smiley did."

~ Written by one of the devoted AWA volunteers ~

Come Visit Us!

We do not have a shelter site, so we invite you to visit us at our adoption events every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday of every month at PETsMART in Wentzville, MO. We'd love to meet you and discuss your adoption needs. Or, to get information about a specific pet, you may call us on our adoption line 636-297-0486. We will make every effort to meet potential adopters at times and places convenient to all involved.

Animal Welfare Association of Warren County
P.O. Box 122
Warrenton, MO 63383
Phone: 636-297-0486
Email: Animal Welfare Association of Warren County

New Website Address:

You may use the above phone number and email address to contact the AWA, or you can contact the foster homes directly thru the contact information supplied in their pet descriptions.

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