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Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, Inc.

A Boutique No-kill Shelter With Happy Cats And Happy Endings

aka AWLMC   |   Gaithersburg, MD   |  www.awlmc.org

Mission

Our mission is to improve animal welfare in Montgomery County, Maryland by operating a no-kill shelter for adoptable cats and promoting responsible pet ownership.

Ruling year info

2005

President, Board of Directors

Christy Perando

Main address

PO Box 7041

Gaithersburg, MD 20898 USA

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EIN

20-3382175

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Montgomery County, Maryland has a large number of homeless cats and kittens, many of which will end up in overcrowded shelters only to be euthanized. Costs of spay/neutering of animals in Montgomery County are out of reach for many economically disadvantaged county residents leading to an increase in the number of county animals being relinquished to shelters with each new preventable litter. Costs of pet food can be too high for economically disadvantaged people, causing some to relinquish their companion animals to shelters while some people, especially seniors, have at times chosen to forgo purchasing food or medicine for themselves in order to feed their companion animals.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Shelter and Foster Care

Up to 20 cats are housed in our Shelter. Additional cats and kittens are in volunteer foster care homes.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provide $150 spay/neuter certificates to economically disadvantaged Montgomery County residents, in partnership with participating veterinary hospitals and the Montgomery County Humane Society.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Help families affected by the current economic climate keep their pets fed so they don't have to consider surrendering their companion animal to local shelters.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total pounds of pet food and litter distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Chompers Pet Food Assistance Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These numbers refer to pet food distributed only. We do not distribute litter.

Number of animals receiving subsidized or free spay/neuter services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Spay/Neuter Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number is from the spay/neuter program only. It does not reflect procedures done on the shelter animals. All shelter animals must be spayed/neutered prior to adoption.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Shelter and Foster Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The shelter was closed for adoptions in part of 2020 due to Covid.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1 To find homes for adoptable Montgomery County, Maryland homeless cats and kittens that would otherwise fill county shelters and be subject to possible euthanasia.

2. To provide services, enrichment and socialization as needed to our shelter cats and kittens to enhance their adoptability.

3. To decrease the overall population of shelter relinquished cats and kittens in our county.

4. To decrease the likelihood that an economically disadvantaged person in our county would not have to relinquish their companion pet to a shelter due to inability to afford pet food.

5. To decrease the likelihood that an economically disadvantaged person in our county would forgo food or medicine in order to feed their pet.

1. AWLMC picks up cats and kittens that are deemed adoptable (non-feral strays and abandoned animals) from high-kill shelters. All cats and kittens are treated by certified veterinarians, given all appropriate shots for their ages, treated for endemic parasites and other common ailments, spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to adoption. Short term fostering by volunteers allows a thorough evaluation of each animal and advances the animals ability to live with other animals so that they are more adoptable when shown in our unique free-range shelter. Potential adopters are vetted carefully so that cats and kittens successfully remain in their new homes, are well treated and are rarely returned to the shelter.
2. AWLMC is constantly recruiting and training new volunteers to replace the number of people who retire from fostering and/or work at the Shelter or behind the scenes.
3. AWLMC provides spay/neuter certificates to economically disadvantaged people in our county with dogs or cats.
4. AWLMC runs CHOMPERS pet food bank which provides pet food to economically disadvantaged people in our county so they can keep their pets rather than having to relinquish them to a shelter.
5. AWLMC runs CHOMPERS pet food bank which provides pet food to economically disadvantaged people in our county so they don't have to decide between taking care of themselves or their pets.

1. AWLMC maintains a strictly no-kill cat and kitten shelter in a house where 20 animals at a time are given free-range in five large, airy rooms.

2.AWLMC is an all volunteer organization with approximately 150 members working in teams to provide fostering support as well as adoption counseling, cat and kitten enrichment and socialization support, health checks, intake selection, outreach work, spay/neuter vouchers and pet food.

3. AWLMC contracts with county veterinarians who provide low cost spay/neuter and other medical services to enhance the adoptability of AWLMC feline residents.

4. AWLMC provides economically disadvantaged county residents spay/neuter vouchers which can be taken to any one of our contracted veterinarians for dog or cat spay/neuter services.

5. AWLMC accepts donations of pet food to the self-sustaining CHOMPERS Pet Food Bank which offers economically disadvantaged county residents access to wet and dry pet food for their dogs and cats.

1. AWLMC has been able to take in and have approximately 175 cats and kittens adopted yearly reaching a cumulative total of adoptions of approximately 3000 cats since its launching.

2. AWLMC has attracted approximately 150 exceptionally dedicated volunteers that allow us to continue running our programs.

3. AWLMC awarded economically disadvantaged people approximately 229 Spay/Neuter certificates last year.

4. AWLMC via our CHOMPERS Pet Food Bank gave economically disadvantaged people 9550 pounds of food for their pets last year.

5. AWLMC is working to increase the geographic area from which it takes in cats and kittens.


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How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 08/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Christy Perando

Jacquie Wagner

Allison Phillips

Christy Perando

Cheryl Afflerbach

Ann Leger

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/4/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability