About AWL

We Help Pets AND People!

Working with an overflowing population of animals in a structure that needs constant attention, maintenance, and increased staff time, it is amazing what this staff has been able to accomplish in the last nine years. They struggle continuously to maintain a clean, healthy, almost odor free, facility in incredibly difficult situations.

Just think what this group of hard-working staff and wonderful volunteers could accomplish if they could move into the much more efficient, new, and well-designed structure! Following is where we (amazingly) are today, but read it and realize where we could (even more amazingly) be tomorrow with your help!

The Humane Society of the United States has a good relationship with our Animal Welfare League. We recently spoke with our Indiana representative about the following question: "There does not seem to be any cohesive or widely accepted version of the term "no-kill". Is there a universal definition of the term?"

This is their response" "There is no "official standard" for no-kill. For some it means zero euthanization, for others it means 90% live outcome, for many others it is something else. The goal should be to save as many lives as possible without allowing any animals to suffer. You can learn more about this at www.animalshelter.org."

Our organization like many others, has fluctuating levels, but our overall goal is always to maintain as low a number as possible. We never euthanize for space, nor do we put down any healthy animals. Our 0.6% total for the month of February 2018 is an indication of our deep commitment to maintaining a low rate that protects the lives of as many animals as possible.

Statistics for the month of February 2018:

Type Intake Adopted Percent Euthanasia Percent
Cat 33 25 0.76% 5 0.15%
Dog 44 34 0.77% 0 0.00%
Total 77 59 0.77% 5 0.06%

Statistics for the month of March 2018:

Type Intake Adopted Percent Euthanasia Percent
Cat 70 40 0.57% 8 0.11%
Dog 51 46 0.90% 4 0.08%
Total 121 86 0.71% 12 0.10%

Statistics for the month of April 2018:

Type Intake Adopted Percent Euthanasia Percent
Cat 102 32 0.31% 23 0.23%
Dog 58 26 0.45% 0 0%
Total 160 58 0.36% 23

Statistics for the month of May 2018:

Type Intake Adopted Percent Euthanasia Percent
Cat 110 22 0.20% 20 0.18%
Dog 69 31 0.45% 2 0.03%
Total 179 53 0.30% 22 0.12%

Statistics for the month of June 2018:

Type Intake Adopted Percent Euthanasia Percent
Cat 88 10 0.11% 14 0.16%
Dog 67 30 0.38% 2 0.03%
Total 155 74 0.43% 16


Statistics for the month of July 2018:

Type Intake Adopted Percent Euthanasia Percent
Cat 92 44 0.48% 20 0.22%
Dog 80 30 0.38% 7 0.09%
Total 172 74 0.43% 27 0.16%

As a premier "companion animal" resource center we are here to bridge the gap between abandoned pets and loving families and individuals.We have a new mission statement. With our strategic planning and professional board you will find us moving forward into the future with some great goals. The crux of the new mission statement is thus:This is possible because of our herculean efforts to find good homes for our pets, our efforts to CURE more of what sometimes ails them, and our refusal to put animals down because of space. It also means we are running a cleaner and healthier shelter. This also sometimes takes tremendous effort and help from our community, but everyone stepping up to the plate has made this incredible improvement. Thank you!

You will also hear me and my staff talk about our slogan "We Help Pets AND People." We have a commitment to be a major force for good in our community and in so doing, we bring in those who are handicapped, we visit nursing homes, we offer to house pets for abused women, we work with YMCA and actually have a camp here on our premises each year, we bring in brownies, girl scouts and boy scouts. Lakeland Christian Academy comes here once or twice a month, Peabody arrives here regularly, and the list goes on. We literally help or assist or welcome help from hundreds of organizations in the area.