Animal Welfare Association

Animal Welfare Association LogoAnimal Welfare Association (AWA), a private, nonprofit organization, operates the oldest and largest low-cost spay/neuter clinic, adoption center and no-kill animal shelter in South Jersey. Through a variety of innovative programs including adoptions, veterinary services, pet therapy, trap-neuter-return and humane education, we strive to ensure that animal companionship is accessible to all.


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All healthy and adoptable companion animals that come through AWA’s doors are given as long as it takes for us to find them a home of their own, regardless of age, beauty, or infirmity.  In addition, we provide medical care and treatment for our shelter guests who need a little something extra to make them adoptable.

helenkeller kitty picDuring the late 1960’s and 70’s, AWA opened its shelter on what was a rural dirt road and continued their progressive ways by opening the area’s first Spay/Neuter Clinic, the ABC (animal birth control) Clinic in 1974.  Fees were as low as $25 and in the first year over 1,700 dogs and cats were sterilized.  In the 1980’s,  AWA operated numerous community services and added the Pet Therapy Program to honor the bond between people and their pets.