Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the most common questions we receive.

Is AWL a member of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Best Friends Animal Society and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)?

The Animal Welfare League partners with these three national animal welfare agencies. They support our mission through training, evaluation, publication, and, if needed emergency response. Animal Welfare League also serves as an emergency placement partner for all of these organizations when natural and manmade disasters occur.

How many locations does the Animal Welfare League have?

Our campus consists of two buildings, one for intake and medical care, and one for adoptions. both are located at 3519 Drance Street in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Where does the Animal Welfare League get the funds to operate?

We rely on the generosity of the community to fund our operations and programs. We do not get funding from the county or any other national or local organizations. Income sources include adoption fees; services such as microchipping; fundraising events; grants; general donations; and bequests.

How many dogs and cats does the shelter take in each year?

The Animal Welfare League receives thousands of animals each year (owner surrenders, strays, neglect and abuse cases).

How many pets does the Animal Welfare League adopt out each year?

Every year more and more pets find homes as a result of our efforts. In 2018, we placed 2,360 pets into new homes.

Does the shelter offer affordable spay or neuter services for my pet?

No, we only spay/neuter the animals that are available for adoption at our shelter.

Does the Animal Welfare League pick up animals?  

No.  This is the responsibility of Animal Control of Charlotte County.  Their number is (941)833-5690.

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Does AWL euthanize animals?

It is not our policy or philosophy to euthanize animals unless it is absolutely necessary. It is our responsibility to the public not to adopt out dangerous or sick animals. We work very hard to keep all our animals healthy and to find them new homes. However, if an animal is suffering, very ill, refuses to eat/drink over a prolonged period of time, or is completely unsocial around people and/or other animals, it may be considered for euthanasia. We have a review process. Each decision is carefully evaluated. Once a decision is made, we have trained and certified technicians on staff to ensure the animal doesn’t suffer and passes on peacefully.

Is there a fee to surrender my pet?

Our standard surrender fee is a $30 donation to help offset the cost of caring for the animal.  Surrender fees may vary, depending on the needs of your pet. If your pet has significant medical needs, please call us to discuss.

Is there a time limit for animals held at the shelter?

No. Once an animal is evaluated and is available for adoption, there is no time limit as long as the pet remains friendly and healthy. We have had several animals that stayed at our shelter for over a year until they were adopted.

If I can no longer keep my pet, can I bring it to the shelter?

We do take owner surrenders but first, we want the opportunity to talk with you about alternatives to surrendering your pet. Please call us at the shelter at (941) 625-6720 after 10 am to discuss your situation and possibly schedule an appointment to surrender your pet.

I’m going on vacation.  Can I board my pet at AWL? 

No. We do not offer pet boarding. There are many boarding facilities in the area.  Please Google Pet Board facilities in your area.

My pet is old and I can’t afford to take it to the vet to be put to sleep (euthanized). Can I bring my pet to the shelter?

 Yes.  Animal Welfare League does offer these services for pets in need of euthanasia as determined by our veterinarian.  There is a donation fee of $50 for cats, rabbits, and ferrets.  There is a donation fee of $75 for all dogs.  Please call (941) 625-6720 to make an appointment.

Please note that there are times when our veterinarian and/or staff feel that euthanasia is not the appropriate option. We reserve the right not to euthanize healthy, treatable, or rehabilitable pets. Those pets can be surrendered instead of being euthanized.

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