PAWjama Party!

PAWjama Party

8th Annual Cat and Dog Art Show

Gunnison Gallery is hosting The 8th ANNUAL CAT & DOG ART SHOW benefitting the Gunnison Valley Animal Welfare League. The Cat Art Show is April 1-18. Enter one or two 8×10 cat photos, drawings, or paintings in the CATegories “PICTURE PURRFECT” and “DREAM CATCHER.” The entry fee is $5, and entries are accepted until Wednesday, April 2. (You can email your images to The public vote is $1 and begins on Friday, April 4, during the First Fridays Art Walk & Music from 5-8pm. The winners will be announced at the ACATemy Awards on Friday, April 18, from 5-7pm.

The Dog Art Show is April 19–30. Enter one 8×10 dog photo, drawing or painting in the DOGegory “PUPPARAZZI.” The $5 entry goes to GVAWL. Entries are accepted until Wednesday, April 16. The public vote is $1 and runs from April 19–30. The winners will be announced during the DogFest Awards on Wednesday, April 30 from 5-7pm.

Our goal is to raise $3,000 for the new GVAWL Shelter this year!!!

Wags & Menace Make a Difference Foundation

The Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation has donated $2,000 to GVAWL to establish a veterinary care fund. We thank Cindy Lee and the Foundation for continued support of the Valley’s homeless companion animals in need of urgent or emergency care.
Learn more about the Wags and Menace Make a Difference Foundation.

Telluride Animal Foundation

A big thank you to the Telluride Animal Foundation for their gracious $1,500 grant for the Animal Shelter and Adoption Center! We will purchase a cat isolation unit and beds for the dog kennels with these much-appreciated funds. The Telluride Animal Foundation also reached out to the Gunnison community with $2,500 to assist with our November 2013 low-cost spay/neuter clinic. We thank them for this support and financial assistance.
Learn more about the Telluride Animal Foundation.

GVAWL’s Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote the welfare of animals by:

  • Caring for homeless animals and placing them in permanent homes
  • Assisting the community with spay/neuter costs
  • Preventing neglect of and cruelty to animals by educating the public about their humane treatment and promoting humane behavior

GVAWL News and Happenings

You might be in our newsletter! Stories, photos, and in memoriam. Check out our 2013 newsletter now!

Spay/Neuter Coupons

Do you need financial assistance with spaying or neutering your dog or cat? Find out why it’s important and how to apply here.

Featured Dog

EmJayHi, I’m EmJay. I’m only about two years old, but I’ve had a difficult life so far. I was originally rescued from a dumpster, and since then I’ve been in a variety of less than perfect situations. As a result, I’m a bit uncertain with strangers, but I know I can make a lot of progress once I find a permanent, stable home where I can trust that people will always be kind to me, will love me unconditionally, and will care for me properly forever and ever. I’m playful and active, and I get along with most other dogs. I’m a beautiful girl who will require some patience and some TLC, but I will make a wonderful companion once settled into a home. If you’d like to meet me or get more information, you can email or call Deb at 970.209.7030.

Featured Cat

SnowbearHi, I’m Snowbear, and I just love to hang out. I know, how cliche, a cat that loves to “hang out.” Well, I look good doing it, so why not? I’m looking for a home on the quieter side and a nice lap to call my own.

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Paws-Abilities Thrift Store Open for Business


Paws-Abilities Thrift Store is a privately owned and operated business located at 234 North Main Street in Gunnison, directly across from the Boom-A-Rang.  A portion of thrift store sale proceeds are generously donated by the store owner to the GVAWL.  Donations are calculated in two tiers: when items are brought into the thrift store by people like you who want to support GVAWL, a direct 40% of sale price goes to GVAWL; items in the thrift store that are provided by the shop owner will generate a 25% donation to GVAWL (above store operating expenses).

Paws-Abilities is accepting clean (no stains), quality clothing, furniture, and housewares in good condition.  Your donations will help support the Animal Welfare League. Be sure to shop there and donate there! Store hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM.

Share Your Success Story

Whether you have adopted from GVAWL, another organization, or have a different kind of story to tell, we would love to hear from you! Using the form below, please tell us your adoption stories, animal stories, rescue stories, or anything you would like to share about your experiences with animals. We do plan to feature some of the stories you send us on this website and in our newsletters, so it is possible that we may contact you by email for images or other information.