Annual Fund Drive


Animal Welfare Society

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



2021 Annual Fund Drive


Dear Friend of the Animal Welfare Society,

To say this year was unique and challenging would be an understatement. Despite changing our operating procedures and complying with CDC guidelines, our staff never wavered during these times of uncertainty. Every staff member and volunteer continued their commitment of delivering the highest level of care and service to all our pets every single day. We cannot thank them enough.

This year we marked our 55th continuous year of being an independent, non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization serving the homeless pets of our communities. Together, with generous donations from our supporters, we provided 152 dogs and cats (and assorted rabbits, birds, etc.) with needed medical procedures and 312 adoptions into loving homes. We sincerely thank you for your generosity and look forward to another fifty-five years of helping our future pets find loving homes.

Janet Bloch has committed the past seven years serving as our president and has done a wonderful job throughout this time. Navigating us through the shelter expansion in 2019 was no small feat. For this, and her countless years of serving the animals in so many ways, we are eternally grateful. Although Janet has made the decision not to seek re-election this year, we are delighted she will continue to support AWS in many other ways. We appreciate her leadership, commitment, and support as we work through transitioning during this time. I am excited to serve as your new president and am looking forward to working with the Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, the staff, and our communities.

Please donate today to help provide a bright future for the cats and dogs in our care. Medical supplies and procedures, food, training, and general shelter expenditures are daily required expenses that your donation will support. We do not receive funding from the town or state; therefore, we must rely on your generosity.

Together we will positively impact every dog and cat who passes through these shelter doors.



Diane Saraceni

AWS President



We provide a solid health protocol for all animals in our care at all times.

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 and 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.





As soon as they enter our shelter, all of our pets receive the best in veterinary services. AWS is dedicated to spaying (and neutering) all pets that we care for to minimize the stray pet population and ensure that our pets have the healthcare they need to thrive.


Sissy and Monkey are two chihuahuas from West Virginia. Both had dental problems and tumors that needed surgery, and they also needed to be spayed. After multiple surgeries both older girls were placed together and are doing very well in their new forever home.


Peach was a mom cat who arrived at the shelter in summer 2019. The AWS shelter became Peach’s home for a year while she awaited her forever home. Peach could be a little shy but at long last the right person came in. Peach was adopted and is loving her new life.

Finding the perfect home for our pets is part of our mission here at AWS. We happily care for and love all our pets at AWS until the purrrfect family comes along.

Your donations provide all of this care.

Thank you!


©2021, The Animal Welfare Society, All right reserved.
Animal Welfare Society is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.