2020

Annual Fund Drive

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Animal Welfare Society

8 Dodd Road – New Milford, CT 06776   Tel: 860.354.1350

 

 

Dear Friend of the Animal Welfare Society,

GRATITUDE

A year ago we announced the extraordinary bequest that has allowed us to expand and renovate our 1991 vintage shelter. It's hard to believe we will be wrapping up the project by December 1. What an incredible year!

We plan to have an open house in the early spring but extending our gratitude to those closest to the project shouldn't wait. So many people worked hard to provide our dogs and cats with the best care during this time.

We are truly grateful to the Cheryl Kupper Trust for the building bequest and to the John and Margaret Sinclaire Foundation for providing grants that funded architectural plans, technology, building enhancements and veterinary equipment to take us into the future.

Our staff is outstanding. It isn't easy to work out of construction trailers for 7 months. The care of our cats and dogs was always the focus. Our animals fared well. We remained open for adoptions by appointment. Even with all the adjustments, we cared for 324 cats and dogs from January through September this year, in comparison to 474 in all of 2018.

An incredible core of volunteers worked daily to assist the staff, raise funds and provide added companionship for our animals.

The team formed by our architects, Architecture Design Alliance, and contractor, Old Mill Builders, was exceptional. Working in a building under construction that housed animals, workers and visits from the public was new to all of us. Their concern for our animals and staff, coordination skills and attention to safety were paramount.

Our gratitude certainly includes every donor who has helped us over the years.

OUR FUTURE

We now have a building that provides additional rooms and equipment for health assessments and veterinary care. The cat rooms and kennels have been refurbished. The addition offers bright open spaces for welcoming adopters and allowing them to visit with dogs and cats they are considering for their family. A meeting room will be available for education and community programs. All of this will improve the care of our animals and our service to our communities.

YOU ARE IMPORTANT

Each donor adds to the foundation of this organization and helps our homeless cats and dogs. Our ongoing expenses remain. Veterinary care, food, utilities and every day needs are necessities. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit and do not receive any funds from taxes. Your support is essential.

Please make a donation to invest in our exciting future and support the welfare of animals in our communities.

 

Sincerely,

 

Janet Bloch

President

YOUR DONATIONS MAKE OUR COMMITMENT

TO THE HEALTH OF AWS DOGS AND CATS A REALITY

With our outstanding team of local veterinarians we provide a solid health protocol.

 

  • Each of our cats and dogs is spayed or neutered and is microchipped.
  • They receive all necessary vaccinations, are tested for tick borne diseases and given flea & tick prevention.
  • Dogs are tested for heartworm and treated if positive.
  • Senior pets also receive senior blood work and dental care.
  • We treat diseases and arrange for needed surgeries.
  • Adopters receive a health record to present to their veterinarian.

SPECIAL AND LONG TERM CARE

 

Oliver is a 7 year old cat who came to us as a local stray. He has a great, outgoing personality. Oliver is diabetic and receives ongoing testing, insulin, a special diet and lots of love.

Hadley's mother came to us from West Virginia and delivered her litter of puppies about a month later. Our veterinarians diagnosed a serious heart condition and she was referred to a specialist. Now 7 months old, Hadley lives in a warm, experienced permanent foster home where she receives medication and is checked by the specialist on a regular basis. AWS assumes all of her medical expenses.

AWS is a unique regional animal refuge. Founded in 1965, the shelter strives to offer the very best in care for abandoned and neglected animals seeking adoption. Your generosity allows us to make that possible.

Your donations provide all of this care. Thank you.

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