We're all about people and pets…


A Refuge Since 1965




The shelter keeps a current list of missing pets from our area. We also advise pet owners on the proper procedures for locating a lost pet.



The shelter staff provides telephone consultations for families who need advice on training or have concerns about their adopted pets. We can also refer you to a local professional trainer if needed.



The Animal Welfare Society will waive 100% of the usual donation fee so that a Senior Citizen (aged 60 and over) can adopt one of our senior cats or dogs. Please contact us if interested in taking advantage of, or contributing to, AWS-Senior Cats and Dogs Companion Program.

It is generally acknowledged that a senior person who lives alone will benefit medically and emotionally if they have a pet living with them for company and companionship. AWS Senior Cat and Dog Companion Program helps make this possible for Seniors. This program is made possible by the very generous donations of individuals and families who sponsor each pet's adoption fees.

Donations to this special program can be in any amount. All donations will be used solely for the purpose of helping an older person adopt the best companion. Learn more: AWS Senior For Seniors Program



Our Humane Education Volunteer is available to present programs to church groups, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, etc. at the shelter or to visit classrooms and other groups.

Presentations include topics such as providing information about the shelter itself, life in an animal shelter, the importance of spaying and neutering, the human-animal bond, the truth about “puppy mills,” the feelings of loss involving a pet, responsible pet ownership, and how kids can make a difference.

Certain visits may include pets, and many involve humane education and the fostering of empathy and compassion through narrative.

We are always looking for volunteers to help educate our young people and area residents on proper animal care and responsible pet ownership. No formal teaching experience is necessary - just a love of animals and a desire to help! Please contact us if you are interested in this type of experience and opportunity. See Volunteer at AWS

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.