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Now that it is getting darker earlier in the evenings, the AWL will be implementing a change in operating hours.
Starting Tuesday, 11/10/20, the shelter will be open to the public the following days and times:
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday – Friday: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 11:00am – 4:00pm
We are still operating by appointment only and all visitors will need to wear a face mask while on the premises per COVID19 guidelines.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free call or email us.


The AWL Annual Meeting has been postponed until January 2021, due to the COVID-19 virus.  We thank you for your understanding and patience.


Good day friends! It’s me, Sally, your director of the AWL. I just wanted to give a quick update about what is happening at the shelter. Many have asked “When are you opening?” It’s a simple question that is proving to be difficult to answer. While I would love to tell everyone “Yes!  We are opening and everything will be back to normal!”  That is not the case, because things are not back to normal and it is a possibility they never will be.  This is a scary and uncertain time for all of us.  Our top priority is the safety of our pets, staff, volunteers, and the public.  I do not want to put anyone’s health at risk.  I ask for your understanding and patience as we navigate this pandemic. 

I have decided that for the time being the following protocols will be put in place starting Tuesday, May 12th, 2020. 

  1. The AWL will be operating by appointment only. Tuesdays – Fridays at 11:30am-6:00pm and Saturdays at 11:30am-4:00pm.  We will be closed Sunday and Mondays.  Call our shelter at 574-267-3008 to set a time.  Please tell us the reason for your visit (adoption or surrender) and how many people you are bringing.   
  2. Those adopting or volunteering please enter through our front door and ring the doorbell, one of our staff will let you inside. 
  3. Those wanting to surrender an animal, please enter through our side door and ring the doorbell, one of our staff will let you inside.  Please try to have the animal secured on a leash or in a pet carrier. 
  4. All volunteers, guests, and Front Office staff must wear a mask during their stay at the AWL.  If you do not have one, our shelter can provide. 
  5. All volunteers must sign up for a designated time to come into the AWL.  You can visit this link.
    • You will not be allowed entry without a sign-up time. 
    • All volunteers will be required to wear a mask. 
    • You can only volunteer during the time that you have signed up for. Please follow this so we can abide by social distancing requirements! 
    • If you are bringing family members (or friends) with you to volunteer, you must sign up for one slot per person. For example, if you and two children want to volunteer, you must sign up for 3 slots. 
    • When you arrive for your scheduled shift, you will be assigned an activity to keep all volunteers separate from each other. 
    • No children under the age of 16 years are permitted to volunteer at this time. 
  6. Please use hand sanitizer when you first enter the AWL, between each animal, and before you leave.  We will have it stationed throughout the building. 
  7. Any persons found not following these rules will be asked to leave the AWL property immediately. 
  8. If it is after hours and you require assistance please call the non-emergency dispatch numbers: 

Warsaw Police Department:  574-372-9511 

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department: 574-267-5667 

I want to thank everyone for their continued support of our shelter.  We couldn’t reach our goal of rescuing the many pets in need without you.  If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us via telephone, email, or Facebook messenger.  Be well and stay safe! 

-Sally Scott
Executive Director of the Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County

AWL PH: 574-267-3008



Working with an overflowing population of animals requires constant attention, maintenance, and staff dedication. Our staff works continuously to maintain a clean, healthy facility in incredibly difficult situations.

Our overall goal is to have the fewest number of animals possible in our shelter. We are an open door shelter. All animals are welcomed into our care. We do everything possible to get them well and find them forever homes – and we are always looking for new, creative ways to encourage adoption.

Through our programs, we bring animals to handicapped individuals and visit nursing homes. We also work with the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and area school groups to create educational programs. We partner with hundreds of organizations in the area to carry out our mission.


Find the Perfect Pet

As a companion animal resource center, we are here to bridge the gap between abandoned pets and loving families and individuals. With our amazing staff and professional board of directors, you will find us always moving forward with primary goals of finding good homes for our pets, reuniting lost animals with their current owners, and educating the public on best pet care practices.

These goals require tremendous effort from our staff and help from our community. It is our donors and supporters who allow us to help pets and people and be a major force for good in our community.



Mission Statement

The mission of the Animal Welfare League of Kosciusko County (AWL) is to bridge the gap between abandoned pets and loving families and individuals.