Think Adoptions First!

A new furry friend might be on your kid’s wish list this year, but anytime is a good time to rescue one of the many adoptable pets at the Animal Welfare Society of Monroe, otherwise known as AWSOM. With the goal of providing medical care and a shelter where animal companions are free from abuse, hunger, fear and loneliness, AWSOM is always looking to introduce animals to a forever home.

“Think adoption first” is a motto AWSOM stands by, and each adoption follows a strict process to ensure pets are going to loving homes. By visiting AWSOM’s website or Facebook, you can find photos of pets that are available for adoption and begin the process by completing a pre-adoption form.

Many factors are considered when placing an animal in a home, including the needs of the pet, plans for future veterinary care, any animals currently living in the home must be spayed or neutered, and often a meet and greet with other pets is recommended. AWSOM is a private entity and has the right to say no if the animal and family are not the correct match – all to ensure you find your perfect pet. The volunteers at AWSOM love these pets as their own and it is their responsibility to make sure the animals are being taken care of correctly.
Caring for these pets is a top priority which is why AWSOM has a Wellness Center located at its facility. The Wellness Center provides high quality medicine at a low cost and offers a number of services, such as exams, spaying and neutering, dental cleaning, and microchipping. Appointments are required.

AWSOM serves all of Monroe County and strives to end the pet overpopulation problem, that leads to abuse and neglect, with its spay/neuter program. By fostering enriching relationships between people and animals through education and advocacy, AWSOM is setting a positive example for a humane path toward life and forging a new lifesaving consensus of hope that rejects the unnecessary killing of homeless animals.

AWSOM was recently voted #1 Non-Profit by the 2017 Pocono Record Reader’s Choice. If you would like to donate or volunteer, more information can be found on AWSOM’s website. They are always seeking monetary donations, fulfillment of wish lists, sponsorship opportunities, and volunteer help.

If you’re looking to bring a new furry friend home this holiday season, remember to “think adoption first.” Visit for photos and information on pets available for adoptions. The site is updated daily.






Animal Welfare Society of Monroe
3129 Godfrey Ridge Drive, Stroudsburg, PA