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Animal Welfare Association of New Jersey

Capital Campaign

The Latest from our Capital Campaign

In March 2020 we hope to announce the Public Phase of Building a Place Where Happiness Begins campaign. (The Public Phase is when the remaining funds are raised through thousands of smaller contributions from friends, public members, adopters, etc. and happens as construction is going on.

Thanks to Ms. Gerrie Smith, In memory of her dear friend Anne E. Rausch, your donations will be matched 1:1 – up to $40,000 until March! This gives us a small window of opportunity to close out the Quiet/Major Gifts Phase of our campaign and secure the remaining opportunities. Don’t miss your last chance to have a symbol of your generosity become part of AWA’s legacy in our new building with our available naming opportunities.

To inquire if significant naming opportunities remain for leadership gifts, please contact Executive Director Maya Richmond at


  • We have raised over $1.8 million
  • We have over 200 committed donors
  • We received $250,000 from Al and Barbara Dragon, our largest donation!

Highlights of the Expansion:

Glass-front “cat condos” will face the main “Cat Wing” corridor, allowing for curious cats and kittens to watch humans coming and going. A glassed-in, outside-facing room will provide flexible space for AWA to have kitten incubators and volunteer care stations during peak kitten season to care for the hundreds of orphaned baby kittens that come in during the summer months.

The AWA Shop will showcase pet-related merchandise as well as handmade treats and toys made by pet therapy participants, Special P.A.W.S. and volunteers.

Our store staff will include volunteers from our youth development & employment partnerships who will have the opportunity to learn job skills.

Life for a shelter dog can be extremely stressful.  To help older or more anxious dogs, AWA will have two rooms called “Real Life Rooms” designed to feel like a warm, welcoming living room.

The open Lobby allows us to accommodate our ever-expanding adoption community and allows more space for our programs and events.

The herbs and vegetables in our Kindness Garden will nourish bunnies and enrich treats for our cats & dogs. Our rabbits and other little fluff balls can fully express their bouncy little selves in the fresh air!

PLUS, we can accommodate more people for our amazing programs like Summer Camp, Reading to the Animals, Pet Therapy, and Special Paws

A New 15,000 Square Foot Adoption Center Means

  • Twice the space dedicated to adoption services
  • Twice the medical space to care for ill or injured animals
  • 1,000 additional animals helped every year
  • A 42% increase in the number of pets housed and cared for
  • 80 additional neonatal kittens saved every year
  • 80 more dogs and cats rehabilitated every year