To find homes for as many adoptable animals as humanly possible. To educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering to help control the pet population. To put an end to the needless and senseless killing by shelters of healthy adoptable puppies, dogs, kittens and cats.


The Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan ("AWS") was formed in 1982 by a group of concerned veterinarians and individuals who were alarmed at the rate of euthanasia performed on healthy and social cats, dogs, kittens and puppies. The goal of the organization is to secure homes for as many rescued animals as possible.  In the past 30 years, AWS has found homes for over 20,000 "unwanted" felines and canines. These puppies, kittens, dogs and cats are rescued from various pounds throughout Michigan and Ohio, some are strays, and some are owner surrenders. Each accepted animal is given a thorough physical examination, vaccinations and treatment by a participating veterinarian to insure they are healthy and well adjusted. All animals over 4 months of age are spayed or neutered. An incentive sterilization deposit is refunded after the procedure is performed on animals under the age of 4 months.   

AWS also strives to educate the public on the importance of spaying and neutering and responsible pet ownership. AWS adopts out approximately 800 cats and dogs per year. AWS utilizes approximately 40 volunteers, 20 of them being foster care at any one time. AWS receives no government assistance. All money is self generated through adoption fees, donations and fundraising.

AWS is an adoption network committed to finding homes for companion animals. We are a no-kill 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and we place animals of all ages into loving homes. Although we opened our own 5,000 square foot shelter in May, 2007, we still rely on a network of volunteer foster homes and owners to hold onto their pets until adopted, as there is simply not enough room in our shelter for all the unwanted animals we wish to save. It is through the generous contributions of caring people that AWS is able to keep our shelter open and save as many animals as we do.

AWS offers a Free Pet Food Program to persons needing assistance obtaining food for their dogs and cats.  Persons in need can stop into our shelter to pick up free pet food.

Through our annual newsletter, websites, local news publications and media, as well as information booths at area public shows, our volunteers assist the citizens of the communities in learning more about animals and their care. Every working day callers receive answers to their inquiries from our shelter staff.

AWS can always use foster homes and shelter volunteers. Our shelter is open 6 days per week to the public and we care for the animals around the clock every day. Please save a life and adopt a shelter pet today!  If you cannot adopt, please volunteer your time to a pet in need. Thank you for your continued support.


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