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Lost and Found

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If you lose your pet or find a lost animal, please contact your county Animal Control office. If you are a resident of Charlotte County, please contact Animal Control at (941) 833-5690 or the Animal Welfare League at (941) 625-6720.

Our shelter's lost and found program provides an essential service in reuniting hundreds of pets with their owners each year.

If you have lost a pet, it is important that you come to the shelter to identify your pet, since one description can match many animals. You are the only one who can positively identify your pet. If your pet is not here at the shelter, you will be able to file a lost report; you can also bring a picture.

If you find an animal, call us immediately to check if the owner has contacted the shelter looking for their pet. Often times the owner will call the shelter first to report their pet missing.

Please note: All stray animals picked up by Animal Control in Charlotte County are brought to the Animal Welfare League and held for five days in order for their owner to locate them. After five days they are evaluated as to their suitability for adoption.

Depending on your location, you should also contact:

Sarasota Animal Services (941) 861-9500
Sarasota Humane Society (941) 955-4131
Suncoast Humane Society (941) 474-7884
City of North Port (941) 426-3111
Lee County Animal Services (239) 533-7387
Gulf Coast Humane Society (239) 332-0364

AWL is now offering microchipping for your pets.

This simple procedure provides pets with a permanent source of identification. The $30.00 cost, which includes registration of the chip, is modest when compared to the possibility of losing your pet forever.

Appointments are available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Please call the shelter at (941) 625-6720 to schedule your appointment.

Also, please check our calendar of events for upcoming Microchip Clinic specials.

Canine Manners

AWL offers free obedience training to all dogs adopted from our shelter.

Our Canine Manners program is held on the first and third Saturday of each month at 9:00 AM at the shelter. The program is run by Birenda Russell. Please contact us at (941) 625-6720 to register for these classes.

This month, the Canine Manners Program will be held on September 7th and 21st at 9 AM at the shelter.

Dog Training

Southwest K-9 Academy offers a 10% discount on training for any dog adopted from the AWL. Click here to visit their website.

Peace River Dog Fanciers also offers obedience training, and more. Click here to learn more about Peace River Dog Fanciers.

Dog Parks

Dog parks are a great place for your dog to run, play, and socialize with other friendly canines. In Charlotte County, you can visit these parks:

Paw Park: Fenced-in park with small dog alternative.
Location: 22410 Bayshore Rd, Port Charlotte.
Directions: Take Rt. 41 to Edgewater Drive, turn onto Bayshore Rd. Entrance to the park is at first street on the left.

Hounds on Henry: Off-leash park with separate area for small dogs. Picnic benches, water, fully fenced.
Location: Henry and Shreve Streets, Punta Gorda.
Directions: from Rt. 41 go west on Henry St, cross Shreve St. Park is on the right.

Please note: All dogs must possess a current rabies vaccine and license before entering the park. The license tag must be worn on the dog's collar or harness at all times when inside the park. Dog owners are responsible for their dogs at all times and for cleaning up after their pets.

Angel Come Home

By Author Stuart Wisong

Help raise funds for the Animal Welfare League by purchasing this heartwarming story. "Angel Come Home" can be found at the Walgreen's located at 3798 Tamiami Trail in Punta Gorda. A donation will be made to the AWL for every "Angel Come Home" book purchased at this Walgreen's.

Help the homeless animals of Charlotte County by reading a wonderful story. Get your copy of "Angel Come Home" today!

Unconditional Love

Love your pet?

Then you will love this story by Don Landy.

Please click here to read about Sabrina, and learn how a dog's love is nothing less than unconditional.

Four Winds Chelsea Blue

By Dottie Withrow

Go on an adventure with Chelsea as she explores the world on a cold, snowy day.

Please click here to learn more about this children's book.

Winklebee Tales

Some people think these are children's stories. Winklebee thinks these are tales for the young at heart. Winklebee also claims that these stories are absolutely true! Would a pussycat lie to you?

The stories were written between 2001 and 2011. Some are in prose, others are poems. Some are illustrated using "enhanced" photos, others are wonderfully illustrated by some of the author's very talented artist friends.

Be prepared to feel good, and hopefully you will also be inspired. If not, pussycats don't care! We are an independent lot, you see!

Please click here to buy Winklebee's book. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Animal Welfare League.