Animal Welfare Association of Hamilton
|Mailing Address||PO Box 57423 |
Hamilton, ON L8P 4X2
|Primary Contact||Helen Douglas, President; Phone: 905-544-1053|
|Alternate Contact||Dale Schustyk, Vice-President/Secretary; Phone: 905-547-4169|
|Alternate Name (Internal use only)||AWA|
|Located In Community||Hamilton (City of)|
|Description||The Animal Welfare Association of Hamilton is a registered charity which received its charter in 1949. |
The mandate is to rescue and find homes for abandoned animals and deal mostly with cats but occasionally with dogs.
All members of the association are volunteers who work out of their homes to avoid any overheads and all monies received go towards finding loving homes for the animals in our care.
Each animal is assessed by a local veterinarian. Any immediate health problems are treated and then the animal is vaccinated, neutered or spayed, de-wormed etc. and boarded (either at the vet's or in a foster home) until a suitable adoption can be arranged. The program does not euthanize healthy adoptable animals.
All our adoptive families are carefully screened and all animals are put into a two week trial period to ensure that both the animal and the owner are satisfied with the match. New owners are required to pay an adoption fee, but this generally covers only a small fraction of our costs and many animals have to be boarded for lengthy periods before a suitable owner can be found.
The organization receives no funding from any source and rely on private donations and fundraising activities such as penny sales, raffles etc. to help pay substantial vet bills.
Given the troublesome economic climate, the program is finding more and more animals in need of care, and it is becoming increasingly difficult. In an average year the program rescues, and is able to find loving homes for over 100 cats.
|Areas Served||Hamilton (City of)|
|Eligibility||Ages: 18 year(s) and up |
Anyone wishing to become a member must first work as a volunteer and then be proposed for membership by an existing member at a board meeting or annual meeting.
|Application||A brief application form for membership must be completed.|
|Fees||Membership - $10/year for a single; $15/year for a couple|
|Elections||None - when a board vacancy exists, remaining board members choose and invite another member to join the board.|
|Service Categories||Animal Adoption ~ Pets ; Animal Rescue ~ Pets ; Animal Rights Groups ; Foster Care/Temporary Shelter for Animals|
|Subjects||Animal welfare ; Pets ; Volunteer opportunities|