2018 Year in Review

AWL Stats:

  • 247 Cats and kittens that came into our care
  • 234 Cats and kittens that went to loving homes (a small number were transferred to other rescues or sanctuary)
  • 261 Dogs and puppies that came into our care
  • 261 Dogs and puppies that went to loving homes (some were transferred to other no-kill rescues or sanctuaries)
  • 96.3% Live release rate (save rate) = number of animals that went to loving homes plus animals on hand at the end of the year divided by those on hand at the beginning of the year plus those taken in. We take in some very vulnerable and sick animals; therefore, some do die in our care in spite of quality care and some must be humanely euthanized to end suffering. 
  • Emergency Veterinary assistance provided to animals owned by families within the community:  77 dogs and 9 cats


  • 228 Total cats and kittens adopted from AWL
  • 124 Total dogs and puppies adopted from AWL 

Sources of Animals

  • 393 Animals from POA Animal Control
  • 36 Animals through Community Animals
  • 6 Animals in LAP Program (Looking Ahead for Pets)
  • 73 Other: animals returned from prior adoptions, born in our care, etc. 

Spay & Neuter:

  • 285 AWL animals sterilized pre-adoption
  • 304 Low income family pets sterilized at spay/neuter clinics
  • 603 Low-income family pets sterilized with spay/neuter vouchers
  • 6,026 Total owned pets sterilized since 2007 through spay/neuter program (not pre-adoption) as of 11/1/19.


  • 3 area schools - Schools receiving donated educational materials for classroom use and books for their libraries
  • $220 Amount of prizes to students for 3rd grade essay contest
  • $179 Books for libraries
  • $1,392 "Kind News" subscriptions for all 3rd graders


Volunteers in various capacities: at the Adoption Center (office, dog walkers, cat cuddlers); foster homes; at Spay/Neuter Clinics; behind-the-scenes (e.g., photography, publicity, recycling, grant writing, corresponding, fundraising) 

Donation Programs and Fund Raising Events:

  • 100 Champions = sustaining monthly contributors
  • One major fundraiser every year
  • 3-4 mini-fundraiser events every year
  • 5-6 on-going internet/business rebate programs
  • Recycling of aluminum cans and ink cartridges


747 members as of 10/14/19

(individual memberships counted as 1, family memberships counted as 2) 

GuideStar Exchange Award

HSV AWL received the GuideStar Exchange Gold level logo, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. The logo demonstrates HSV AWL's deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, HSV AWL had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit report on www.guidestar.org for the Gold level of participation.

We hope you will check us out and tell us what you think: HSV AWL GuideStar for your organization's profile on GuideStar.


2019 AWL Awards and Recognitions


AWL wins Best Club/Organization Award!

We are proud to have been voted 1st place in the 2019 Village Voice Readers Choice Awards as the best Club or Organization in Garland and Saline Counties.  Thank you for this honor!


AWL 1st Place Winner in the first KVRE 92.9 FM Listener’s Choice Awards!

The AWL was awarded 1st Place in the non-profit Philanthropic/Service Organization category.

 Each choice was nominated by the listeners of KVRE. Then the top three in each category were voted on by the listeners again.  Over 20,000 votes were placed to determine the winners in each category.  The AWL is very honored to receive this award!

We are extremely grateful to all the  generous donors and Rev. Neil Kaminski at Holy Trinity Episcop

AWL receives Blessing of the Animals gift from Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

We are extremely grateful to all the donors and Rev. Neil Kaminski for supporting the AWL at Holy Trinity's recent Blessing of the Animals on October 6th. Thanks to their overwhelming generosity, the AWL received $700. 


AWL awarded $5,000 grant from the Arvest Foundation!

 Arvest Community and Business Relations Advisor Donna Aylward presented  the "ceremonial" check to AWL President Susan Luse at the Puttin' on the Dog and Cat fundraiser.  


AWL awarded $25,000 grant from Petco Foundation in honor of our lifesaving work



AWL First Vice President Shelley Shepherd recognized as the POA Volunteer of the Year!

Awarded 1st Place: Readers’ Choice 2018 Best Nonprofit.


Do You Know?

• AWL, an all-volunteer nonprofit, has no paid employees

and receives no funds from POA.

• We are supported entirely from our modest membership

fees, donations, grants, and fundraisers.

• AWL typically cares for 550+ cats and dogs every year in

our shelter, and even more with our Foster Parent program.

• Most of our funds pay for veterinary care to prepare pets

for adoption.

• Our spay/neuter programs help low-income families in

Garland and Saline Counties.