Our Mission

The goal of the Animal Welfare League is to promote the welfare of animals by:

  • Caring for homeless animals and placing them in permanent homes
  • Supporting the establishment of, and assisting in the operation of, a Valley-wide animal shelter
  • Assisting the community with spay/neuter costs
  • Preventing neglect of and cruelty to animals by educating the public about their humane treatment
GVAWL Community History and Mission

Our History

The Gunnison Valley Animal Welfare League (GVAWL) is an all-volunteer, non-profit, organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of companion animals in the Gunnison Valley. Started in 1986, as Gunnison Animal Lovers, GVAWL has a solid history in the valley rescuing, rehabilitating and finding forever homes for cats and dogs, with the occasional rabbit, turtle and ferret thrown in for good measure. In 2003, Gunnison Animal Lovers became the Gunnison Valley Animal Welfare League, continuing the legacy of animal assistance and work on establishing a county-wide animal shelter.

Kitten and Cat Adoptions Colorado Welfare LeagueSince its inception in 1986, the Animal Welfare League has placed nearly 2,500 companion animals in forever homes. On average, 100 dogs and cats are rescued and placed with loving families each year. Animal Welfare League volunteers care for homeless pets, rescue and rehabilitate companion animals, provide education and support to the community, and care for several communities of feral cats.

The Animal Welfare League is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax-deductible.

We Believe…

  • Animal well-being is necessary to the physical and mental health of our community.
  • The well-being of an animal includes not only basic requirements – adequate shelter, clean water, food, and humane treatment – but also veterinary care, adequate exercise, and the experience of consistent positive human contact.
  • The problem of pet overpopulation must be addressed through providing access to inexpensive spay/neuter procedures.
  • Public education is of paramount importance in promoting animal well-being.
  • Humane euthanasia to be acceptable when an animal is deemed either to be experiencing extreme pain and/or suffering or to be non-rehabilitatable.
  • An open-admission shelter will best serve the needs of the area at this time.
The Gunnison Valley Animal Welfare League is certified by the
state of Colorado Department of Agriculture Pet Animal Care Facilities Program (PACFA) as an animal rescue organization.