About the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County

We are an award-winning, 501(c)3 non-profit organization fully devoted to the wellbeing of homeless pets. What truly separates the AWL, is we promise that any animal that enters our doors and any animal that can be made adoptable through veterinary care and/or training will have a roof over their head, food, enrichment, and the love of our staff and volunteers for as long as it takes for each and every one to find their new home.

Our Mission

Advocate animal protection and welfare.

Our Vision
Achieve a community void of homeless animals.

To achieve our vision and accomplish our mission, our goals are:

  • Protect, care for, and nurture homeless and abused animals
  • Help eradicate the need for euthanasia of adoptable dogs and cats
  • Promote responsible pet ownership
  • Support legislation and regulatory changes that benefit animals
0 Adoptions in 2018
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Our History

Board of Directors

Cherie George

Cherie George


Cherie is the Customer and Public Relations Director for the Gettel Automotive Group in Punta Gorda.  She has a degree in...

David Ivankovic

David Ivankovic

Vice President and Treasurer

A family man, business owner, and animal lover.  Dave truly loves spending time with his wife (Toni), children (Amanda & Adrian), grandchildren...

Rita Kagan

Rita Kagan

Corresponding Secretary

Rita is the most tenured AWL board member.  Rita was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Queens.  Rita...

June is the owner of Creative Window Treatments and has offices in both Englewood and Port Charlotte.  June opened the...

Nanette Leonard’s career has spanned over 40 years in the entertainment industry as a PR/Marketing professional, a personal Press Agent...

Mark graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 and has been practicing in Charlotte County...

Sara graduated with a J.D., magna cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law in 2013 and with a B.A. from University...


Ashley ParolisaIntake
Brenda WrightIntake Supervisor
Briana MacMasterFloater
Dayna AdamsFoster Care Specialist
Diana MitchellAnimal Care Specialist
Dr. Christy FieldVeterinarian
Gail DugasVolunteer Manager
Gwen FarrisCat Adoption Specialist
Heather StevensIntake
James CarranoDog Care Specialist
Jeffrey BossertDog Care Specialist
Jonathan BuckleyDog Care Specialist
Karen SlombaExecutive Director
Lisa WagnerProgram Manager
Marco AssisMarketing Manager
Melinda LincolnIntake
Monica MoloughneyCat Adoption Specialist
Randy PleasantFacility Manager
Ryan LongOperations Manager
Samantha CrossVet Tech
Sharon HodgesAdmin Assistant
Sherri DennisHR/Development Director
Taylor LamarVet Tech
Tracey OwenAdmin Assistant
Trudy Hewitt

Finances Manager