A Refuge Since 1965

The Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (AWS) was founded in 1965 as an independent, non-profit, non-destroy animal rescue organization. Our mission is to offer refuge to homeless and abandoned dogs and cats and place them in loving, responsible homes. Animal Welfare Society

Your Generosity Of Time and Donations Make It All Possible...



Our shelter and the services we provide our animals are solely dependent upon the concern and generosity of the people and businesses in our community. We do not receive any public funds. We place many dogs and cats over the course of a year, but many more are waiting for the opportunity to come to our shelter. We encourage you to learn more about our organization, mission, work, shelter activities, as well as how you can help make it all possible through your membership, financial donations, sponsorship and volunteer support.

Animal Welfare Society is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are generally tax-deductible.

AWS takes pleasure in announcing our first Community Programs for 2020


Consecutive Sunday and Wednesday Classes in February and March

We are offering training classes by Donna Gleason, CDBC, CPDT, MA. These classes feature invaluable lessons and working tools for new dog owners, particularly for those with pups of 9-months or less. CLASS SIZES ARE LIMITED. Fees apply. Be sure to register early. [Update 2.14 – Additional classes added for March-April] More info



The Shelter Thrift Shop will be open Saturday, April 11, 2020 and every second Saturday of each month through October. Hours are 10 am - 1 pm. All proceeds help our rescued pets. Flyer/Info



New AWS Partner

AWS has partnered with Pets for Patriots. Eligible vets can adopt a perfect cat or dog companion free-of-charge. Plus, Pets for Patriots helps veterans find affordable lifetime care for their adopted pets through their network of providers. More info



AWS Petco WeekendS

First Sat/Sun Each Month

Meet with us and a few of our cats at the New Milford Petco. AWS representatives will be there from 10 am - 2 pm to answer your questions, and introduce you to some of our feline friends. Petco, 169 Danbury Rd, New Milford (in the Kohls/Home Goods Plaza)



2020 AWS Shelter Adoption Hours

Tuesdays: 11 am - 7 pm

Wednesdays-Saturdays: 11am - 2 pm

To ensure that staff is available to meet with you during your visit, it is advisable to make an appointment ahead of time – when possible – 860.354.1350. Walk-ins are welcomed during our adoption hours, but we can better accommodate visits if we know you are coming in advance –  whether it is to view our adoptable animals, to tour the facilities or simply to learn more about AWS Programs. Information on AWS animal adoption


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KICKS 105.5 FM brings you the Pet Of The Week every Monday at 7:10 a.m. Pet of the Week is presented by the ”Adopt and Save Program” at Agriventures Agway and the Animal Welfare Society in New Milford.

AWS has partnered with a national nonprofit, "Pets for Patriots," to help U.S. military veterans adopt the pet of their dreams.


Pets for Patriots aims to get harder-to-adopt pets out of shelters while offering free memberships to U.S. veterans and incentives to help them care for their new pet. The organization has a network of shelters that their members can use to find their perfect pet, and they pre-screen members before they visit shelters to make sure they’ll be good pet parents. More info

Animal Welfare Society would like to thank absolutely everyone that was involved in contributing to the success of the 2019 AWS Give Local Fundraiser. Your generous giving during this event truly assists AWS in providing food, shelter, medical care and affection to abandoned and neglected dogs and cats until they can be placed in responsible, loving homes. We are so very grateful for your support.

A special thanks to the Connecticut Community Foundation, and their staff, organizers and sponsors for hosting the event. They are truly a valuable asset to Connecticut's non-profit organizations.

This year's Give Local Event will be April 21-22, 2020. Check for additional information as the dates come closer.


Animal Welfare Society

8 Dodd Road

New Milford, CT 06776

Tel. 860.354.1350

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Animal Welfare Society is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.