Photos courtesy of Arizona Animal Welfare League

The Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) proudly announced the reopening of its Chandler Adoption Center last month, following a significant $105,000 renovation. Located within Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., the refreshed facility now boasts brand-new kennels and a vibrant update featuring AAWL’s new logo and brand colors, marking a bright new chapter in the center’s history of helping animals find their forever homes.

Since its inception in 2012, replacing a former puppy mill store, the Chandler Adoption Center has been a haven for over 13,000 animals across the Valley, serving as a pivotal force in animal rescue and adoption.

“We are so fortunate to have received a $35,000 grant from PetSmart Charities that inspired hundreds of other animals lovers across Phoenix to make generous donations to close the funding gap and make this latest renovation to the Chandler center possible,” says Alessandra Navidad, president & CEO. “With the support and generosity of our community, we can continue to offer a safe, comfortable environment for animals in need while they await their forever home.”

The makeover of the Chandler Adoption Center is not just a facelift but a renewal of AAWL’s commitment to providing a safe and welcoming space for animals. This mission began over a decade ago with the goal of rescuing vulnerable animals and challenging stereotypes about shelter pets. Today, the center stands as the largest mall-based adoption facility in the Valley, with nearly half of its rescued animals arriving through partnerships with rural rescue organizations.

Before the renovation, the facility’s aging kennels, some over two decades old, were in dire need of replacement. The upgrade to new condos and kennels not only enhances the comfort and sanitation for the animals but also aligns the space with AAWL’s recent rebranding efforts.

In line with its ongoing mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home animals, AAWL has introduced new initiatives, including the appointment of a full-time adoption support coordinator. This role is dedicated to supporting adopters during the crucial first four months post-adoption and beyond, aiming to ensure a smooth transition for pets into their new homes and reduce the likelihood of pets being returned.

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