CAAWA

We are a small, all voluteer, 501c rescue group located in Cullman County.

CAAWA, the Cullman Area Animal Welfare Association, is a 501c3 NON-PROFIT, all volunteer, no kill organization that rescues companion animals in Cullman, AL. We were established in 2004 and approved as a federally recognized non-profit animal welfare organization in 2005. Many of the animals we rescue come from high kill animal shelters, and many others come from abusive situations and are intercepted prior to being surrendered to a shelter. CAAWA prides itself on providing excellent medical care to everything accepted into our foster care program. All animals are examined by a veterinarian at least once, and are provided all necessary medical treatments. They receive all age appropriate vaccinations (including rabies), bordetella vaccine, heartworm or FIV/Leuk test, fecal exams, parasite prevention, spay/neuter, and microchipping. Prior to adoption, all rescues are quarantined for a minimum of 10 days. While in foster care, our dogs are socialized and housetrained. Cats are fostered indoors only, socialized, and litter box trained before they are adopted into their forever families. We provide low cost spay/neuter assistance to animals owned by persons with low income. Our priority is with large, female dogs who have large litters. Please call us at 256-636-4627 if you live in Cullman county and need assistance getting your pet spayed!

Mission: CAAWA's mission is to decrease the number of animals admitted into Cullman's municipal animal shelter. We work towards this goal by providing low cost spay/neuter assistance, pet retention services, and through rescue, foster, and adoption.

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THURSDAY | 9PM

The Good. The Bad. The Inhumane. WVTM 13 Chronicle "Protecting Our Pets" with host Lisa Crane WVTM 13 News

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Hi CAAWA Family!
Just a reminder to everyone not to forget to tune into WVTM 13's Special Chronicle called
"Protecting Our Pets" tonight at 9pm!
If you care anything about the Animals of our community you need to be watching!
Pat Bentley

THURSDAY | 9PM

The Good. The Bad. The Inhumane. WVTM 13 Chronicle "Protecting Our Pets" with host Lisa Crane WVTM 13 News

Hi CAAWA Family!
We have a "Found Dog Report" from Hanceville. Must be able to identify by pictures and veterinary records.
Pat Bentley

Hi CAAWA Family!
Yesterday I just happened to catch an Editorial by WVTM 13's President and General Manager Susan Schuller!
This Thursday, June 20th, at 9pm please tune into a very special, 1hour, prime time event called "Protecting Our Pets"!
It will feature:
-Advances of Veterinary Medicine.
-Tips on purchasing Pet Insurance.
-Meet people of non-traditional pets.
-And, for me most important, where Alabama falls short on protecting animals that includes instances of abuse in our area!
WVTM 13 is committed to finding Forever Homes for abandoned pets and has partnered with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society to "Clear The Shelters"! That initiative starts this Saturday, June 22nd, from 9am to 12noon at BMW of Birmingham, on Grants Mill Road, with the first of two "Adoptathons"! This is WVTM's first year to participate in this Nation-wide event that culminates on August 17th! Across the country 250,000 dogs and cats have been adopted since the campaign started in 2015! So watch:
1) WVTM 13's special program THURSDAY, JUNE 20th, at 9PM!
2) And if you're looking for a new "Furry Family Member" go into Birmingham, June 22nd, from 9am to 12noon to BMW of Birmingham on Grants Mill Road for the GBHS'S "Clear The Shelters" Adoptathon!
Pat Bentley
PS: As a rescue committed to the Homeless Animals of Cullman County, we urge you to ADOPT (not buy) your next dog or cat! Too many animals are waiting for a chance at a Forever Home at our own Cullman County Animal Control Shelter to continue recklessly bringing more litters of puppies and kittens into the world. We are committed to the principles of SPAYING/NEUTERING, and ADOPTING ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY'S HOMELESS DOGS AND CATS!

[06/14/19]   This feature has only been added to provide the community with information about our low cost spay-neuter program.

[06/13/19]   Dear CAAWA Family,
After a long discussion, it has been decided that in order to move forward into the future we have to make changes as to how we operate now. To that end, we will no longer be accepting animals from the public, the notable exception here is the Veterinary Clinics we are presently working with.
We will concentrate our efforts more effectively by:
1) Continuing to work with the Cullman County
Animal Control Shelter - pulling those
animals at highest risk, and...
2) Continuing to provide our community with
low cost spay-neuter options.
Sincerely,
Pat Bentley

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Thank you ALSpayNeuter Clinic and Petsmart Charities! You all make a Great Team in stopping the Pet Overpopulation Problem!
Pat Bentley

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Hi CAAWA Family!
This little fellow was found out in in Holly Pond. The Finder is attempting to locate an owner if possible. MUST BE ABLE TO CONFIRM OWNERSHIP WITH VET RECORDS AND PICTURES!
Pat Bentley

Hi CAAWA Family!
We will be at the Petsmart in Cullman tomorrow, Saturday June 8th, from 10-4!
Please come see all our "Huggable Adoptables" and it will be your chance to learn about our low cost spay-neuter program called Snip It Tickets!
Pat Bentley

Hi CAAWA Family!
Little Butter Bisquit has finally made her way to PetSmart (Florence)! She is fully vaccinated, spayed and ready to find her Forever Home!
Adoption fee: $80
Pat Bentley

Hi CAAWA Family!
We will be at the Petsmart in Cullman this Saturday, June 8th, from 10am to 4pm!
Come see all our "Huggable Adoptables" and learn about our LOW COST SPAY-NEUTER PROGRAM!
Pat Bentley

Hi CAAWA Family!
I have to say that our CAAWA Adopters are the Best - and it's the pictures that reveal so much!
This is Belle (fka Bethany) a former member of our CAAWA Foster Care and Adoption Program. She had been found battered and bruised by the roadside in Cullman County. After a period of time to heal, complete her vetting, and then going first to the home of the Speegle's then my own, James and Amy Chase of New Hampshire applied for her adoption. Their only requirement was that she be "cat friendly". With three cats of my own at the time (I now have four) I assured them that Belle was indeed "cat friendly" providing them with pictures of Belle with the cats.
I see how happy Belle is now, know how perfect an adoption this proved to be, and think how many dogs and puppies there are in Cullman County just needing the chance that Belle received...
Please consider being a Foster Home for a Homeless Dog or Cat!
And more than anything, don't buy your next dog or puppy from a breeder, ADOPT instead from a Rescue, Humane Society or local Animal Shelter!
Pat Bentley
PS: Belle required knee surgery recently and James and Amy went the "extra mile" by taking Belle to Physical Therapy sessions too! She just completed the course and got her "Certificate of Completion"! ❤️

"Hi! My name is Tyler! My previous owner was no longer able to care for me after my leg was broken. She was told by Miss Pat (Bentley) of CAAWA to take me to Lee's Veterinary Hospital and she would take care of me. I'm now in her home with my leg healing and I'm having a lot of fun playing with all the wonderful toys she's given me. I now sleep in a nice warm bed and have plenty of food to eat! I will be heading up to the Petsmart in Florence when the Doctor says I'm ready. Until then Miss Pat is giving me lots of hugs and kisses and so I'm a pretty happy little kitten right now!" ❤️

Hi CAAWA Family!
Happy Memorial Day as we remember all our Fallen Hero's...
And we are deeply grateful to those that serve all branches of our Military, and their families, that we can enjoy our freedom today!
Pat Bentley

UPDATE: DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, WE WILL BE UNABLE TO HAVE OUR SCHEDULED ADOPTION EVENT TODAY!
WE WILL BE BACK SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH, FROM 10-4 AT THE PETSMART IN CULLMAN. WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY HAVE CAUSED!.
Hi CAAWA Family!
Join us tomorrow Saturday, May 25th, from 10am to 4pm, at the Petsmart in Cullman!
Stop by, say "Hello", meet all our "Huggable Adoptables", and consider adopting a new Furry Family Member!
Pat Bentley

Hi CAAWA Family!
Yet another of our CAAWA Canines is heading off this morning to her Forever Home in the Granite State!
Gypsy has been with us a year after being rescued off of Stout's Mountain with her puppies. The puppies have long since been adopted, but while Gypsy came close to being adopted a couple of times, it just never worked out for her. That is until today! Gypsy will arrive in New Hampshire tomorrow morning and we couldn't be happier!
Our special "Thank You's" go to her Foster Mom and Dad, Ivan and Lara Diaz of Smith Lake Kennels! Their generosity, love, care and kindness have all led to this very special day for Gypsy! We are very grateful to this amazing couple - The Diaz's are truly living the words, and are examples of the phrase, "Giving Back to the Community"! In their case, the Community of Homeless Dogs of Cullman County! ❤️
Pat Bentley
PS: I didn't take this picture of Sue Jones with Gypsy! 😉
PS: And I also want to send a big "Thank You" to the people of New Hampshire! Many of our CAAWA Dogs and Puppies have now gone to this beautiful State and we are very grateful to each and everyone of these families that have open their homes and hearts to the homeless dogs of Cullman, Alabama!

Hi CAAWA Family!
Meet some of our newest CAAWA Kitties: Virgil, Gypsy and Cyrus!
I received an email from a very kind woman seeking help in placement for these three kittens. She stated her brother had witnessed the kittens being tossed out of a moving car window and had stopped to pick them up. (Now folks, that's a special kind of evil to do such a monsterous thing to innocent babies!) After picking them up, he called his sister who in turn called me!
The kittens will be going into Lee's Veterinary Hospital for their first checkup in the morning and after they've been vaccinated, combo tested, and spayed-neutered they'll be heading to PetSmart to find their Forever Homes! ❤️
Pat Bentley

Hi CAAWA Family!
Just wanted to give you all a quick update: Denna Chivers "Yard Sale Event" this past Saturday was a huge success! As you all know this event was given to benefit the Cullman County Animal Control Shelter and all the Homeless Dogs and Cats housed there!
The skies were a brilliant blue and sales were brisk! Denna, along with her friend Gracie Moody, get a huge "Well Done" from all of us at CAAWA! ❤️
Pat Bentley

Naomi, Zoey, Evie, and Sylvie

Hi CAAWA family!
Just dropping by to say "hi!" and update you guys on how little Gypsy is doing! She's doing really well, not scared at all anymore! My hope is she will continue to thrive and become a lap cat. 😹😻

- Megan

Good morning, furrends, and Happy #Caturday! Gypsy here. I've started wearing a pretty necklace. I think it goes well with my pretty floof, don't you think?
.
My grand plan of making my foster fall in love with me is in full effect... 😎😻 #catsofinstagram #fluffy #mightbeafosterfail #butidontneed5cats #lostmymind #fosteringkittens #rescuecat #catoftheday

Naomi, Zoey, Evie, and Sylvie

Hi CAAWA family!
I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Megan; I've been with CAAWA for a while working behind the scenes, but today my husband and I have taken our first steps to become foster kitty parents! (You may have seen me working at the PetSmart here in Cullman -- I was the "crazy cat lady" there. Ha!) It doesn't take much to become a foster; a little time, a little space, a little patience, and a lot of love are all you need to get started!
The little fluff in this video is Gypsy, a 6 month old beauty who will be making her grand debut at PetSmart in the next several weeks to find her furrever home; until then she will be staying with our little family as she gets acclimated to home life.

- Megan

Meet our new foster sister! Gypsy will be staying with us for the next few weeks as she gets used to living in a home environment before finding her furrever home! #adoptdontshop #fosteringsaveslives #fosteringkittens #caawa #cullmanalabama #catsofinstagram

Hi CAAWA Family!
"Our Little Ones May Be Small, But They Be Mighty"...
Check out our latest video!
Pat Bentley

Happy Monday Morning CAAWA Family!
Just saw this post on a Cat by the name of Thomas at the Cullman County Animal Control Shelter..
He looks to be a very fine fellow indeed and in need of a home and family to call his very own! Adoption fee is $65 that includes his vaccinations, neutering and microchip. Shelter is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 3:30, closed from 11-12 for lunch.
I would love to see Thomas out of the shelter and into a home ASAP! ❤️
Pat Bentley

****UPDATE SWEET THOMAS HAS BEEN ADOPTED****

Meet Thomas The Cat. He is super sweet and loves to lounge around. He is also all about some belly rubs. Come by today and adopt and make him part of your family.

Hi CAAWA Family!
The other week I had the distinct pleasure of meeting a very "Civic-minded" young Lady out at the Cullman Co. Animal Control Shelter. Her name is Denna Chivers! She was out there that day with her Grandmother and I got a chance to talk to them both. I think God gives you the opportunity to meet people like Denna just to put a bit of happiness into your day! I found out how much Denna loves Animals and her future plans to become a Veterinarian!
AND,
THERE IS A WAY YOU CAN HELP DENNA HELP THE SHELTER ANIMALS! 🐶🐱
Next Saturday, May 11th, from 8am to 1pm, Denna is having a Yard Sale at the 7th Street Baptist Church with all proceeds being donated to the Cullman Co Animal Control Shelter! Last year this amazing young lady raised over $1,400! She will be raffling off a very special "Mother's Day Gift Basket" that includes a massage, haircut, manicure, and other great items! Geez, I could use all that myself! Cost per ticket is $1, 6 for $5, or 30 tickets for $20! Drawing will be Saturday at Noon during the Yard Sale! Donations of Dog and Cat Food will be gratefully accepted for the Shelter Animals during the Yard Sale!
If you've ever gone to the Shelter you will notice a large Pavilion off to the side that serves as a "Meet and Greet Area" for potential Adopters and the Dog or Puppy they would like to Adopt - that is a result of Denna's hard work and dedication!
So next Saturday, come on out to the 7th Street Baptist Church, but you better get there early I plan to buy some of those raffle tickets for myself! 😉
Pat Bentley

Dear CAAWA Family,
The Little Faces of CAAWA's Newest Babies...
Pat Bentley

Dear CAAWA Family,
That time of year has begun... the time all Humane Societies, Animal Control Shelters and Rescues dread. The influx of unwanted puppies and kittens produced by irresponsible owners that did not get their dog or cat fixed. There's just no other way to put it nicely. I understand the situation of picking up a stray dog, or cat, that turned out to be pregnant..... that's how I got into rescue 8 years ago and you're not the person I'm addressing here. It's for that person that's gotten a puppy or kitten a year ago and that animal still hasn't been spayed/neutered. Euthanasia is not a pretty word and is a difficult subject for me to talk about, yet it is the grim reality faced by the Shelter Employees at our Cullman Animal Control Shelter. This is not their fault, but the failure of our community members to spay and neuter their animals.
CAAWA has a low cost spay-neuter program called Snip It Tickets. It is a voucher program in conjunction with ALSpayNeuter Clinic in Birmingham and this program is available to everyone without restrictions. They provide FREE transportation to and from Cullman monthly. You can purchase a voucher during our Bimonthly Adoption Events at the Petsmart in Cullman. Next time we will be there is Saturday, May 11th from 10-4. You can also purchase one by mail by sending a check or money order to our mailing address at:
Cullman Area Animal Welfare Assoc
PMB #106
1236 Cullman Shopping Center NW
Cullman, AL
35055
Please be sure to include your name, address and phone number and your Snip It Ticket voucher/s will be mailed to you. After you receive your voucher you simply call ALSpayNeuter Clinic for an appointment asking for the Cullman transport.
If you are on a fixed income, you can call ALSpayNeuter Clinic to see if you qualify for their SnipSmart Program at 205-956-0012. A "Big Shout Out" to the Petsmart Charities for making this program possible!
Please stop the tragedy of euthanasia by getting your cat or dog spayed/neutered!
Pat Bentley
PS: CAAWA does NOT make any money on this low-cost Snip It Ticket voucher program. We pass the savings onto you the public!
Another PS: You can call the Cullman Animal Control Shelter at 256-734-5448 and ask what supplies they might need and drop them off... dog and cat food, cat litter and cleaning supplies are always at the top of their list!

Hi CAAWA Family!
What a wonderful way to cap the week with the adoption of Honey Bear to Mr Les Sandlin of Culllman!
Honey Bear came into our Foster Care and Adoption Program after get a report of abandoned animals in the northern part of the county a few months ago. Honey Bear had to be trapped and was extremely frightened by everything he had endured. Fortunately he went to the Foster Home of Virginia Barber where he got the best of love and care. It didn't take long for Honey Bear to respond to Virginia's kindness and he, after a time, learned to trust again!
Thank you Mr Sandlin for "Opting to Adopt", and to Virginia Barber for being Honey Bear's Foster Mom!
By fostering and adopting countless animals have been rescued and saved!
Pat Bentley

Hi CAAWA Family!
We will be at the Petsmart in Cullman tomorrow, Saturday, April 27th from 10 to 4!
Please come by and meet all our "Huggable Adoptables", AND, if you are interested in a low cost spay-neuter option for your pet, you can learn about our "Snip-It-Ticket" voucher program! This program is available to everyone without restrictions!
PS: And if you're interested in Adoption please come see our newest CAAWA Canine, Dot!
Dot lost her home and is now looking for a new "Forever Home and Family"!
Pat Bentley

Hi CAAWA Family!
We wish you all a Happy Easter,
and please buy a Chocolate, or Stuffed, Bunny for your children this Easter!
Pat Bentley

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