Not Just A Shelter

Posted on February 4, 2019

At AWLA, we pride ourselves on not “just” being an animal shelter. While animal adoptions and community education are central to our mission, we also know there are local families with pets experiencing hardships. To those families, we strive to provide any and all available resources to help keep pets in the home where they are loved.

AWLA’s pet food bank is one of the many resources we offer our community. The food bank was created to support local families in caring for their beloved pets by providing free pet food to families in need. The goal of the program is to keep pets in their homes and out of the shelter. Last month, the pet food bank was featured on NBC4 after we expanded the program to include anyone affected by the government shutdown. The community’s response following the story was amazing: we received numerous requests from people looking to donate and were able to help many families provide care for their animals during a challenging time.

Our recent experience with the shutdown also reiterated that anyone – regardless of job title or income – can fall on hard times, often for causes out of their control. For this reason, we’ve eliminated our prior food bank requirements. Now, we have neither residency nor income requirements in order to receive assistance, and our pantry is open any time during our front desk hours. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for our community to receive help when needed.

If you would like to donate to AWLA’s pet food bank, you can drop off donations at our front desk or shop from our Amazon Wishlist. All items donated to the League are tax deductible and can be dropped off at or shipped to our shelter location.


Sam Wolbert, AWLA President & CEO