About Animal Welfare Assoc. of Warren County
About Our Rescue Group...
New Website Address: http://www.animalwelfareassociation.org
The Animal Welfare Association of Warren County "A.W.A." was founded in 1989. Since then, volunteers have rescued over 8,000 stray, abandoned or abused animals throughout the unincorporated area of Warren county. We are an IRS certified charity, licensed by the state of Missouri. Rescues are primarily cats and dogs. Warren county, still being a mostly rural area, has become a "dumping ground" from nearby urban counties; and A.W.A was formed to help rescue these unfortunate pets. We also work in cooperation with the Warren county Sheriff's office in investigating, rescuing, and prosecuting animal neglect and abuse cases.
We maintain a adoption phone line, 636-297-0486, to assist anyone in need, answer any questions about pets, make referrals to other sources of aid or to other rescue groups, assist owners in finding lost pets and help potential adopters find pets.
Our basic goal is to find good homes for impounded, stray , abused or abandoned, and under special circumstances, owner turned in pets.
A Dog Sits Waiting
A dog sits waiting in the cold Autumn sun
Too faithful to leave, too frightened to run
He’s been here for days now with nothing to do
But sit by the road waiting for YOU
He can’t understand why you left him that day
He thought you and he were stopping to play
He’s sure you’ll come back, and that’s why he stays
How long will he suffer? How many more days?
His legs have grown weak, his throat’s parched and dry
He’s sick now from hunger and falls with a sigh
He lays down his head and closes his eyes
I wish you could see how a waiting dog dies
Until we save them all ~
unseen they suffer
unheard they cry
in agony they linger
in loneliness they die.
Advocates for Spaying and Neutering!
Please call 1-800-248-7729 or 1-800-321-7387 for information regarding "low cost" neuter and spay services; or visit this website for a detailed listing of low cost Spay/Neuter providers ~
I RESCUED A HUMAN TODAY
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.
As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.
A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.
I rescued a human today.~ Author Unknown ~
Come Meet Our Pets...
We do not have a physical shelter location. All of our animals are housed in foster homes. We then show them at the Wentzville MO Petsmart. We show them there on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday of each month. So please come see us there!**************************
A Pet’s Ten Commandments
1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
2. Give me time to understand what you want of me.
3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your
entertainment, but I have only you.
5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
10. On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me
please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't
make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me
if you are there, because I love you so. ALWAYS!
~ Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them. Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience, without God’s critters ~
We do not have to wait for Heaven to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!
Our Adoption Process...
Our adoption fee, at this time, is $110 for cats and kittens , $150 dogs and puppies (unless noted otherwise) for micro-chipped pets (cats and dogs). The fee is subject to change in the future due to rising costs of medical care.All of our pets are Vet checked for health, spayed or neutered, wormed, and up to date on all vaccinations, to their current age. Dogs are tested for heartworm, and placed on monthly preventative. Cats are tested for Feline Leukemia. All injured pets receive any treatment or surgery needed to restore them back to good health.
"As a volunteer with a rural Missouri county animal welfare group, I have seen animals at their best and at their very worst. I've watched as these helpless creatures were nursed back to health, helped to adjust to new people and surroundings, spoiled by their foster "parents" and eventually, adopted into loving homes. However, I have also been there when an animal is brought to us in such horrible condition, that the only way to end their suffering is by euthanization.
Not long ago, I received a call to retrieve a discarded stray dog from a private residence. Even though I was told the dog was in poor condition, I was unprepared for the extent of his neglect. He was curled up in the dirt and weeds, filthy, covered with ticks, quietly watching as I approached. I saw that he was a male Pit Bull Terrier, who had suffered long at the hands of an uncaring owner. As I knelt down, his tail began to wag, and he rolled onto his back coaxing me to rub his tummy. Amazing, I thought, that after all he'd been through, he could still trust a stranger not to hurt him as he lay helpless on the ground. As I stroked his head, and yes, rubbed his tummy, that tail continued to wag. That was when I noticed he was "smiling." His upper lip curled in appreciation and I couldn't help but smile back.
When he finally rose on unsteady legs, to stand at my side, I could see the walking skeleton that he'd become. His ribs and hips pushed against his dull black coat, and the huge collar he was wearing hung halfway to the ground. He was beyond emaciation, so thin that one hand would have fit around his waist. Then I realized, that the oversized collar probably use to fit!
I slowly led him to my car, gently helping him to curl up in the back seat, and off we went. When we arrived at the veterinary clinic, owners held their pets close as we walked in the door. Their well fed, well groomed, much loved pets were in such contrast to this poor, dirty, starving dog, fresh from the mean streets he'd been left to wander for who knows how long.
Even though the exam rooms were full and the phone never stopped ringing, the staff at the clinic took turns loving on this dear, sweet creature with the big brown eyes and the great big "smile." Finally, it was our turn to see the doctor. After a thorough exam, the prognosis was grim. The extent of his emaciation had probably begun to affect some of his vital organs, and he had heartworms. Considering his dire physical condition, and the fact that he wore no ID tags or microchip, after much discussion and alot of tears, we finally made the only decision possible. As I signed the consent form, I noticed a line for the animal's name. It was at that moment, that I decided this poor, dear creature was not going to leave this earth just a number, with no identity of his own. So, with trembling hands and tears streaming down my face, I carefully wrote the name "Smiley."
I held Smiley while we waited for the medication to take affect, and as we all said our goodbyes. I told him, through my tears, how beautiful he was and that soon he'd be able to run and play, free from the pain and neglect he'd suffered most of his much too short life. You see, we think dear Smiley was only about one year old. The long life that should have awaited him when he was born, was cut short by someone who never cared that all Smiley wanted was to be their best friend.
Even now, new animals, each with their own story to tell, are arriving to fill our foster homes every day. Most will be lucky, finding their forever home and loving family. A few however, like Smiley, will leave us way too soon and break our hearts along the way.
I share this with you, in hopes that you will hold your pet a little closer and respect the trust they put in you each and every day of their lives. You are all they live for. They love you unconditionally. They think you are perfect no matter what you look like, no matter how bad your day, how busy, tired or grumpy you are. YOU are their hero. Don't you think it's about time you work to deserve that honor? Smiley did."
~ Written by one of the devoted AWA volunteers ~