An update on the re-opening of services from Judith Gardner, President & CEO of the Arizona Animal Welfare League - 5-20-20


The Arizona Animal Welfare League continues to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, customers and animals when making our plans for a modified and gradual reopening of full services:

  • AAWL is conducting adoptions of cats/kittens, dogs/puppies BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at the main shelter (25 North 40th St.) on a few specified days each week. You must register at in order to make an appointment. Also, please monitor our website for adoptable dogs/cats/puppies/kittens as they will be added throughout the week as more become available for adoption. Our website will also be updated as pets are being adopted so it is critical that clients monitor the available animals’ pages. If, for some reason, you decide to cancel an appointment (perhaps the pet you wanted is no longer available), PLEASE email to notify us so other customers on the waiting list can be contacted. We appreciate your help in making the process work for everyone.
  • AAWL will begin offering adoptions BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at our Chandler Mall Location beginning June 2nd. Available animals will be listed on our website. The entrance to the mall location will be closed, however, we will arrange for potential adopters to access the store at their appointed time. You must register at to make an appointment and please click on CHANDLER as the location for the appointment. Personal shoppers for pet products (toys, treats, gifts, etc.) are also available by emailing
  • AAWL’s low-cost vet clinic, MD PetCare, is open Monday-Friday for current clients ONLY until June 22nd, after which time new clients can make appointments.  Call (602) 358-7267 to make an appointment or see our website
  • AAWL’s Education Department is offering an on-site, limited summer camp program throughout the month of June for children ages 6 to 14. Priority will be given to those who have pre-registered on our website and all final registrations must be completed, and payment submitted, no later than midnight on Saturday May 30th. Class sizes are limited to 10 children in 3 different classrooms each week. For further information on our cleaning and personal protection protocols, please see our website or email

All adult visitors to AAWL’s campus or Chandler Adoption Center are required to wear protective masks while on property. We will provide further updates in late June for our July programs.

  • Many of our normal services to animals and people continue to be provided daily throughout the pandemic, which include:
  • Medical care for shelter animals, including spay/neuter surgeries and other medical procedures normally provided prior to making an animal available for adoption: vaccines, dental procedures, necessary medical procedures, behavior evaluations and follow up checks by medical staff.
  • Intake of owner surrender animals
  • Last Litter program to help with “oops” litters and assistance in spaying mom/dad dogs
  • Intake from our rural rescue partners throughout the state of Arizona
  • Donations of food, medicines, bedding and other supplies/materials to our rural rescue partners throughout the state
  • Sharing of donated food to pet food banks throughout the Valley
  • Operation of our Parvo puppy ICU
  • Operation of our cat/kitten ringworm facility
  • Construction of our new isolation building (to be completed late summer)
  • Construction of new medical team offices
  • Renovation of older kennels used to stage animals prior to adoption
  • Construction of new play yards for shelter dogs
  • Construction of new holding areas for dogs that require longer term stays
  • Expansion of our Foster program to help underage puppies/kittens and medical cases
  • Assistance to pet owners for needed resources
  • Enrichment program for shelter animals
  • Reuniting lost pets with their owners
  • Low cost veterinarian services for clients
  • Regular appearances on all forms of media; articles providing expertise on pet ownership issues
  • Educational videos, games and contests for kids of all ages
  • Volunteer opportunities for trained volunteers
  • Involvement in the community with other animal welfare organizations and government