Cat and Dog


Here at Douglas Animal Welfare Group, we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to further achieve our cause. Since 2000, we’ve been supporting our community members in a variety of ways and measuring our success not by monetary size, but by more qualitative measurements such as the scale and effectiveness of our efforts. Just imagine what we can achieve together!

Mission Statement

To better the lives of Douglas County animals by improving their adoptability and thereby increasing the adoption rate while at Douglas County Animal Care and Services, educating the community about responsible pet ownership, and engaging in other projects and activities that may come available that will yield positive benefits to the animals, owners and citizens.


DAWG is a non-profit group of dedicated volunteers and members who rely entirely on donations, membership dues, grants, fund-raising events and recycling programs to fund the goals of its Mission Statement.

DAWG supports Douglas County animals. For shelter animals at DCACS, we offer assistance for some spay and neuter, medical emergencies and health problems. In addition, we pay for training, special diets, treats and canned pet foods, vaccines and microchip the shelter dogs and cats. We also use funds to improve the shelter’s kennels, bedding, exercise areas, and have provided separate housing for cats and kittens. 

DAWG Active Volunteers visit the dogs and cats at the shelter 365 days a year, including holidays when the shelter is closed to the public. We exercise and walk them, give affection, grooming, training, and praise. The time we spend with them gives us information about their behavior which we share with potential adopters.

DAWG facilitates the adoption of the dogs and cats through special adoption events, our website, Facebook, and through newspaper advertising.

DAWG assists Douglas County residents through our Community Outreach programs such as Fix-A-Family Pet (low-cost spay and neuter), Fix a Pit Bull, Foster, Found Cat, TnR - Trap/Neuter/Spay/Return (helps to control the population of "Community Cats" also known as feral cats), Community Assistance (provides medical help for the pets of Douglas residents in need), and Veterans Adoption Assistance.

DAWG also educates the community about responsible pet ownership. We provide speakers to community groups and events as well as printed educational materials.

DAWG supports the Douglas County animal community in so many ways that, often, the public mistakenly thinks we are the animal shelter. 

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