The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) was founded in 1971 by a group of concerned animal lovers. This group was led by Amanda Blake, best known as "Miss Kitty" on the television program, Gunsmoke. Starting out on a small scale, concerned volunteers adopted rescued cats and dogs from foster homes. In the late 1970s, the organization built its first shelter. By the mid 1990s, the AAWL & SPCA began rescuing animals scheduled to be euthanized by the County, and, after rehabilitation, made them available for adoption to the community. Over the past 42 years the organization has grown from adopting a handful of animals each year to a full service animal welfare organization and leader in innovative behavior training, medical care, adoption, education and community outreach programs.
All adoptions are on a first come, first serve basis. Adopters must visit one of our adoption centers to meet the animals they are interested in and speak to an adoption counselor. Once a match is made, you will complete the adoption paperwork, pay the adoption fee and purchase any retail you need.
All dogs are required to go home with a leash and collar. You are welcome to bring your own, or purchase a set in our retail store. When bringing a collar from home, if it is not the right size, you will be required to purchase one that fits the dog appropriately.
If you have a landlord, please review your lease policy to verify any breed restrictions or weight restrictions beforehand.
You can see all the animals we have available for adoption in one place by visiting the links below:
Adopt a Dog: https://aawl.org/content/adoptable-dogs
Adopt a Cat: https://aawl.org/content/adoptable-cats
day hours Monday Closed Tuesday 11:30am - 6:00pm Wednesday 11:30am - 6:00pm Thursday 11:30am - 6:00pm Friday 11:30am - 6:00pm Saturday 10:30am - 6:00pm Sunday 11:30am - 6:00pm