"AWL has the best volunteers!"
Susan Luse, President
VOLUNTEERS ARE THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE AWL
They come from all walks of life, and from a wide geographic expanse, but the AWL
volunteers are all fiercely united in their passion to help animals in need. Simply put,
the AWL wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the 200+ volunteers who generously give their
time, talents, and expertise. Since their beginnings in 1991, AWL volunteers have been
critical in transforming animals’ lives within the caring and compassionate community
of Hot Springs Village and neighboring areas.
To honor the volunteers for the tireless work they do, a luncheon was held in their honor at the DeSoto Club on August 31st. More than 90 volunteers attended the event, which has been delayed for several years due to covid.
Vice-President Shelley Shepherd quipped that the “cats and dogs have been asking us to do something for you!”
AWL visionaries Cheryl Schaefer, Angela Nickols, and Nancy Jones received awards for the life saving programs they helped established many years ago, including fostering, spay/neutering, and Trap, Neuter, Release (TNR). Pictures can be viewed in the photo gallery below.
Cheryl Schaefer, Angela Nickols, & Nancy Jones received special awards for their life saving work.
Dog Walkers Get Together
The AWL's team of dog walkers gathered on April 29th, 2022 to get to know one another, share good food, and stories about their favorite dogs! Special thanks to head dog walker Julie Keck who organized the fun afternoon.
Did you Know?
Our shelter dogs are walked are several times a day, 365 days a year
by our fabulous dog walkers (a team 17 strong along with 22 dog helpers!)
Wonderful weather, great friends (and the opportunity to meet new ones), a scenic trail, plus adorable dogs of all shapes and sizes guaranteed a fun time for all at our Walk & Wag-A-Thon on May 8, 2021.
Over 75 registered walkers and volunteers, along with 40 of our four legged friends, walked along the Balboa Trail to support the AWL. (View photos on the gallery below).
We are grateful to everyone who registered to walk, and especially to their family members and friends who sponsored their walk. To date, more than $8,500 was raised to help care for our adoptable pets.
Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Clampit's Country Kitchen, Brookshires, ReMax, Barkansas Pet Supply, and Artfully Baked & Brewed for providing treats and refreshments; and to Village True Value and Ike Eisenhauer at State Farm for their contributions.
Cleverly dressed up K9s and their owners enjoyed the 1st Annual K9 Costume Party on the patio of the DeSoto Club on Halloween. A special thank you to Bryan Garrett, Food and Beverage Manager, for orchestrating the fun filled event. Guests enjoyed a lunch of hot dogs, brats, hamburgers and beverages, as well as a variety of salads. Anita Cox and her daughter Toni from Sweet Treats Bakery provided baked treats, with all proceeds from the lunch sales supporting the Animal Welfare League.
Thanks to everyone's generosity, more than $500 was raised for AWL programs!
The highlight of the afternoon was the "Pooch Parade" and gift cards to POA restaurants were awarded for the best dressed K9s.
Thanks also to Bryan's staff at the DeSoto Club, and to Kim Massey, Human Resources Manager, for their valuable assistance.
We also want to thank Ben E. Keith Company and Miller Lite for sponsoring the event.
3rd place - $25 GC to "Sophie - the Batgirl" and Liz Lovelace
2nd place - $50 GC to "Poppy - the Bad Pet" and Sue Avery
1st place - $100 GC to "Jessie - the Budweiser Dog" and Allison & Mark Allen
This raucous girl’s night out happens every other year, and has gathered loyal followers because of the night’s entertainment and dinner. Catered food, wine fountain, a bit of shopping, style show, and the highlight – a performance by our very own “Cheapendales” dancers.
AWL’s largest fundraiser is held every other year, and has been a repeat success through the years. Participants enjoy a gala evening with dinner and hundreds of auction items to review. A raffle is one of the highlights of the evening with superb prizes available. It is basically a flashy evening for all.
Often AWL sponsors miscellaneous special events, such as dog walks/shows, charity days at local businesses, adoption events, or other fun events that are not recurring, and from which AWL receives support.