​Animal Welfare Society of Howard County

Founded 1944

If you share a passion for providing care to animals, are interested in volunteer work, or have items to donate, we would love to hear from you! 

Schedule your individualized appointment today to meet your new family member.

We're expanding! And we need everyone's help to make our dreams come true! Please consider our monthly $5 donation option.


Back in 1944, Marie Werking founded the Animal Welfare Society as Howard County's first incorporated animal shelter, with a mission to rescue and care for animals. In 1951, The Animal Welfare Society became an IRS 501c, which allows us to accept tax deductible donations. We have kept Werking's vision alive for well over 70 years now. It's taken a lot of love, hard work and dedication, but the animals make every day a joy for us! 

We have various breeds of dogs, cats, and small animals that are able to proudly call the AWS home. We provide exceptional, individual, loving care to each and every one of our pets daily. This is a no-kill shelter, for we believe in providing love and an opportunity to everyone. 



All donations are tax deductible based on our 501c3 tax status with the IRS since 1951. Thank you.