End of year reports: CAAWA helps hundreds of animals in 2019

Cullman Area Animal Welfare Association (CAAWA) volunteers Becky Greggs and Sue Jones pose with three pups in February 2019. (Courtesy of CAAWA)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Area Animal Welfare Association (CAAWA) is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) that rescues dogs and cats in Cullman County, fosters them and provides low-cost spay/neuter assistance through Snip It Tickets. According to CAAWA, all animals accepted into the foster program are quarantined to ensure their health before being placed in foster homes, where they can be socialized with people and other animals. CAAWA partners with the Cullman PetSmart and a New England adoption liaison to help animals find homes both around Cullman County and across the country.

Adoption Coordinator Pat Bentley shared CAAWA’s 2019 achievements:

  • 571 bags of dog and cat food given out at the CAAWA Dog/Cat Food Bank, which served 20 families in Cullman County
  • A total of 360 animals (318 puppies/dogs and 42 cats/kittens) went through the organization, with most of them going to their three “partner rescues” in New England, Chicago and Huntsville.
  • 208 spay-neuter surgeries completed for animals belonging to residents of Cullman, Winston, Morgan and Walker Counties
  • 182 Snip It tickets purchased by the public, 19 purchased by an anonymous sponsor and seven by the organization itself for a total of 208


CAAWA will be at the Cullman PetSmart (1244 Cullman Shopping Center N) Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with dogs up for adoption and Snip It tickets available. Adoption donations are $125 for dogs and puppies and $70 for cats and kittens; the donations are tax-deductible and help offset the cost of vetting, emergency medical care and fostering needs. Spay-neuter assistance rates are $55 for female dogs, $45 for female cats and male dogs and $25 for male cats. All requests for assistance are considered, but priority will be given to lab, bulldog, sporting, herding, brindle, black and large female dogs belonging to people with low income who live in Cullman County.

When asked for any additional comments, Bentley said, “Unfortunately, we are an aging organization; the principal people in the organization are between 60 and 70. Our hope is to turn more attention to activism, including legislation, while continuing to focus on spay-neuter assistance.”

Applications for adoption and volunteering can be found on CAAWA’s website, www.caawarescue.com/, and any questions can be sent to spay-neuter@caawarescue.com (for the spay-neuter assistance program) or caawarescue@yahoo.com (for general questions, adoption or volunteer opportunities).

Learn more about CAAWA at www.facebook.com/rescueCAAWA.

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Heather Mann