Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County

Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County Serving animals and our community for over 70 years as a no-kill shelter. Help us, help them! We have served continuously since 1952.
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The Animal Welfare Society has a proud tradition of serving our community and domestic pets in need. AWS was formed to provide care and protection for suffering homeless and unwanted animals; to educate the public in respect to humane treatment of animals and to encourage and assist in the enforcement of laws against mistreatment of and cruelty to animals. During two decades from 1958-1978, the So

ciety passed through a period in which there was little growth and in which rising costs and limited membership income hampered the Society’s activities. Yet, the founders persevered in their vision and mission. The 72 member AWS was the only organization in the county trying to solve the problem of acute unwanted stray pet explosion. Among the projects undertaken was a spay/neuter program in cooperation with Friends of Animals and local veterinarians, a cooperative effort with the county on low-cost rabies vaccinations, a program to increase knowledge of children in proper pet care. All of these programs continue today! Proper housing for abandoned cats, kittens, dogs and puppies didn’t exist. The county only housed adult dogs. So in 1985, AWS completed construction of the current animal shelter on Old Leetown Pike Road. The shelter accommodates 20 dog/puppies and roughly 30 cats/kittens. As a No-Kill shelter, we are normally overflowing with pets seeking a second chance for a loving home. Each year, over 500+ pets pass through our doors. Dogs:
Puppies (1 year and under)- $175
Adult Dogs- $150
Senior Dogs (8 years and older) - $100

Cats:
Kittens (1 year and under) - $120
Adult Cats - $100
Senior Cats (8 years and older) - $80
- Includes all vaccines, spay/neuter and a microchip.

The K Family of students sold crafts and received donations at the 3rd Annual Mom Extravaganza this past Saturday at Was...
05/08/2024

The K Family of students sold crafts and received donations at the 3rd Annual Mom Extravaganza this past Saturday at Washington High. These students all braved the cold and rain and in turn donated their proceeds of $130.00 to the Animal Welfare Society. Many thanks for all their hard work on their event. ❤️ 🐾

Mother's Day approaching fast.Don't forget to stop by our Flower sale this Friday and get some pretty flowers for your M...
05/07/2024

Mother's Day approaching fast.

Don't forget to stop by our Flower sale this Friday and get some pretty flowers for your Mom.

You will be helping the animals in our shelter at the same time.

Hope to see you there.

Hi everyone,Save the date, June 1st 10-1 for our Annual Dog in the Park event.Bring your furry kids along and join in on...
05/07/2024

Hi everyone,

Save the date, June 1st 10-1 for our Annual Dog in the Park event.

Bring your furry kids along and join in on the fun.

Thank you to Home 2 hotel in Charles Town for the donation of items for the shelter.We appreciate it.
05/05/2024

Thank you to Home 2 hotel in Charles Town for the donation of items for the shelter.
We appreciate it.

We had the pleasure of having some students from Musselman High School French Club come volunteer at the shelter.They we...
05/05/2024

We had the pleasure of having some students from Musselman High School French Club come volunteer at the shelter.

They were here Saturday and Sunday to help out with some things.

Unfortunately it rained so we didn't get the outside stuff done.

They were a great group of volunteers.

We appreciate you very much.
Thank you for all your help.

This little guy is still looking for his fur ever home.He has spent most of his young life here at the shelter.Just look...
05/05/2024

This little guy is still looking for his fur ever home.

He has spent most of his young life here at the shelter.

Just look at that cuteness.

He would make a great companion and is eager to learn.

Stop in to meet Alvie, help him break out of the shelter life.

 Just wanted to give you an update.We have had about 370 shares, but still no come to come see her.We just don't underst...
05/05/2024



Just wanted to give you an update.
We have had about 370 shares, but still no come to come see her.

We just don't understand why.
We feel once she is in a home she will be your best friend and would love to go place with you and do activities with you.

Please keep sharing, we appreciate each one of you.

Mother's Day is just around the corner.Stop at our Flower sale and pick up some pretty ones for you Mom.
05/05/2024

Mother's Day is just around the corner.

Stop at our Flower sale and pick up some pretty ones for you Mom.

05/05/2024
Good morning, We want to thank our PET PANTRY PARTNER, Gower's Feed, and John Bic, General Manager, in Ranson!  We great...
05/05/2024

Good morning, We want to thank our PET PANTRY PARTNER, Gower's Feed, and John Bic, General Manager, in Ranson! We greatly appreciate Gower's participation in the Pet Food Pantry program! 🐾 ❤️

Please help support us and our partners by sharing this post. ⭐️

Even though it was raining, nothing could put a damper on this day for Amber.Amber was adopted today.She left with her o...
05/04/2024

Even though it was raining, nothing could put a damper on this day for Amber.

Amber was adopted today.
She left with her own wrapped in love blanket.

Mark your Calendars and come enjoy a fun event and fill up with some good food.AWSJS will be there as well with informat...
05/02/2024

Mark your Calendars and come enjoy a fun event and fill up with some good food.

AWSJS will be there as well with information on our animals available for adoption and other items.

UPDATE..WE WERE ABLE TO FIND A FOSTER FOR THE KITTENS.THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR CARING SUGGESTIONS AND WANTING TO HELP...
05/02/2024

UPDATE..
WE WERE ABLE TO FIND A FOSTER FOR THE KITTENS.

THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR CARING SUGGESTIONS AND WANTING TO HELP.

IF YOU STILL ARE INTERESTED IN WANTING TO FOSTER, I KNOW To the ResQ and Other rescues need help.
Contact them on their websites to let them know you can help them.

Thank you all..... ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Good morning everyone.

We are in need of a foster for 5 little kittens.

They will need to be bottled fed every couple of hours.

A Lady stopped here the other day asking for help.
We gave her some supplies to help her until a foster could be found but as you know it is kitten season and everyone has their hands full already.

Unfortunately we are not able to take in bottle fed puppies or kittens.
She has them for the moment but she works and some days and it is 12 hour shifts.

If you or anyone you know can help please let us know.
We are in touch with some rescues as well trying to find someone.

Say Hi to Maverick.Maverick came to us from  Morgan County West Virginia Animal Control in hopes of some new eyes on him...
05/01/2024

Say Hi to Maverick.

Maverick came to us from Morgan County West Virginia Animal Control in hopes of some new eyes on him to find a home.

He is a sweet boy with a devilish side. He was tied to a porch for 2 years and doesn't know all his dog manners.

He will need some help with learning them and housebreaking, jumping up and some other little things.

When we first got him he didn't like a lead put on around his neck, but I wouldn't either if I was chained to a porch for that long.
He is doing much better with the lead being put on and taken off and being touched around his head.

We have seen some signs of scared aggression so someone who could work on his confidence and show him what love is really about would be great for him.

He has a pose he does when you stop at his kennel and take a picture.

When you see him in his kennel he may act like he is going to take your head off but get him out in the yard and he is as sweet as can be.

He would do best in a home with older children, no cats and he is dog selective.

Stop in and meet this handsome guy.

  WE ARE UP TO 300+SHARES. LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MAKE TO 500....... THANK YOU ALL FOR HELPING TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT HE...
04/29/2024

WE ARE UP TO 300+SHARES. LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MAKE TO 500.......

THANK YOU ALL FOR HELPING TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT HER. YOU ALL ARE AWESOME.....
in shelter for 415 days as of today.


Hi everyone, sorry we haven't posted Mia lately.
We thought maybe wait a little while and try again in hopes that some new eyes will see her.

I know most of you share her posts so let's see how many shares she can get.

This beautiful active girl needs her fur-ever home.
She loves water, snow, leaves and even bubbles.

Warmer weather is coming and we are sure there is someone out there who would love to adopt her and take her swimming, hiking or even try boating with her.

Help her get out to where she can have a great summer and life.

Stop in and check out some of our cats up for adoption.Miss Jasmine is our oldest cat resident. Help her and the others ...
04/25/2024

Stop in and check out some of our cats up for adoption.
Miss Jasmine is our oldest cat resident.
Help her and the others find their fur-ever home.

The Momma cat, who was rescued from a hoarding house, has given birth to 5 adorable kittens so far, and we're keeping a ...
04/25/2024

The Momma cat, who was rescued from a hoarding house, has given birth to 5 adorable kittens so far, and we're keeping a close eye on her to ensure she and the kittens are healthy and safe.
She is a good Momma and there are 2 Orange, 2 black and 1 black and white possible tabby so far.

📣📣 BINGO 📣📣
04/24/2024

📣📣 BINGO 📣📣

💫💫Vendors needed for June 1st event!!! 💫💫
04/24/2024

💫💫Vendors needed for June 1st event!!! 💫💫

We decided to do something different today for our Radio Station Session.We took a cat, Mr Norris.He was such a good boy...
04/23/2024

We decided to do something different today for our Radio Station Session.
We took a cat, Mr Norris.
He was such a good boy and just chilled most of the time.
He is gray with a little white on his paws
He is available for adoption. Stop by to meet him at the shelter.
Bob Steele was all smiles while meeting him.

Today we had a group from the Builders Club of Wildwood Middle School and Kiwanis Club of Shepherdstown volunteer at the...
04/20/2024

Today we had a group from the Builders Club of Wildwood Middle School and Kiwanis Club of Shepherdstown volunteer at the shelter.
Thank you all for coming and helping out with cleaning the van, doing windows, pulling weeds and cleaning up the yards
We appreciate it very much.

Just thought everyone would like to see an update on Jack and his new home I'd say he loves it.
04/20/2024

Just thought everyone would like to see an update on Jack and his new home
I'd say he loves it.

04/20/2024

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This was in the The Journal today.

Thank you Jefferson County Animal Control for all you do and we are happy to help anytime we can.

Jefferson County Animal Control officers conducted a welfare check last week at a home on Oak Hill Court in Harpers Ferry, where they found approximately 30 cats and kittens living in “deplorable” living conditions.

The next day, they applied for, received and executed a warrant, seizing the cats and kittens from the residence. The owner was cooperative and chose to surrender them.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division extended thanks to Tammy Dunbar and Casey Ott, both employees of the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, who assisted officers at the scene with the seizure and took some cats and kittens. The division also thanked the Berkeley County Humane Society for taking some of the animals.

This case is still under investigation, and charges against the owner may be filed.

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23 Poor Farm Road
Kearneysville, WV
25430

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Wednesday 11am - 4pm
Thursday 11am - 4pm
Friday 11am - 4pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm
Sunday 11am - 2pm

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+13047250589

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The Animal Welfare Society has a proud tradition of serving our community and domestic pets in need. We have served continuously since 1952. AWS was formed to provide care and protection for suffering homeless and unwanted animals; to educate the public in respect to humane treatment of animals and to encourage and assist in the enforcement of laws against mistreatment of and cruelty to animals.

There was no place within the county where homeless cats, kittens and puppies would be taken for a second chance at life. The county only handled dogs. There was also great concern over the manner in which the county dog pound operated, particularly in regard to unsanitary conditions. AWS attention soon focused on solving this significant problem - construction and operation an animal shelter in Jefferson County by AWS.

During two decades from 1958-1978, the Society passed through a period in which there was little growth and in which rising costs and limited membership income hampered the Society’s activities. Yet, the founders persevered in their vision and mission. The 72 member AWS was the only organization in the county trying to solve the problem of acute unwanted stray pet explosion. Among the projects undertaken was a spay/neuter program in cooperation with Friends of Animals and local veterinarians, a cooperative effort with the county on low-cost rabies vaccinations, a program to increase knowledge of children in proper pet care. All of these programs continue today!

In January 1981, a committee was selected to develop and present a formal proposal to the Jefferson County Commission. After 5 years of work, the West Virginia legislature approved a bill that allowed Jefferson County Commissioners to donate an acre of land to AWS for construction of a shelter for homeless, stray and unwanted animals. AWS board members devoted themselves to fundraising activities during this period accumulating $34,000 during a 6 year period. Groundbreaking occurred in August 1985 and the dream of AWS founders became reality in October of that same year.