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.

Dear CAAWA Family,
"Kindness and compassion to Animals is a true reflection of a person's character and morals".
I have this on my FB profile and believe it with my whole heart. This picture of Mila with "Foster Dad", Brian, is all that needs to be said of him as a human being - his character, morals and pure decency...
Pat Bentley
♥️

[02/18/20]   Notice:
At this point and after much thought, I will no longer be open to debates on issues of animal cruelty in any of it's many forms: whether it's a dog suffering at the end of a chain or an elephant beaten with a bullhook. Your comment will be deleted and you'll be blocked from the page. I've always maintained an openness to other people's thoughts and ideas, but whether it's old age or working 9+ years as a volunteer in animal rescue I find myself intolerant of certain subjects now.
Pat Bentley

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cullmantoday.com

CIRCUS DONATES $1000 TO CULLMAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER AFTER PACKED THREE NIGHTS AT AG CENTER | Cullman Today

Dear CAAWA Family,
After reading this article two words come to mind - "Blood + Money".
It is a pity that this community's leaders, and some citizens, have welcomed Loomis Brothers Circus/Brian Franzen with open arms despite numerous USDA violations involving animal cruelty.... Sad.
Pat Bentley

cullmantoday.com CIRCUS DONATES $1000 TO CULLMAN COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER AFTER PACKED THREE NIGHTS AT AG CENTER The Loomis Brother’s Circus saw three days of packed houses for the entertainment they brought to the Cullman County Agriculture Center. Cullman County Park and Rec Director Doug Davenport said he received...

Hi CAAWA Family!
Little Miss Panda Bear has arrived this morning in Rhode Island. She left yesterday to begin her journey to the Northeast where her new "Forever Family" lives. We hope the day comes when transporting so many animals (thousands of dogs and puppies leave Alabama yearly) to other regions of the country becomes a thing of the past, but that won't happen til' the urgency of the pet overpopulation problem is addressed throughout the Southeast. CAAWA continues to advocate for spaying and neutering, adopting from shelters and rescues (not buying from breeders), and for responsible pet ownership!
Pat Bentley

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO YOU ALL! FEBRUARY IS SPAY-NEUTER AWARENESS MONTH!

abc3340.com

Animal Control officers rescue abandoned pets from rising water around Weiss Lake

Hi CAAWA Family,
After I recently made a post that includes the serious issue of Pet Abandonment in Cullman County, I saw this article. Kudos to the Animal Control Officers of Cherokee County for issuing a warning that if you are caught abandoning your animal -
"YOU WILL BE PROSECUTED FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY"!
Pat Bentley

abc3340.com Cherokee County EMA said on Saturday night that residents were evacuating their properties around Weiss Lake due to rising water from recent heavy rainfall and leaving their pets behind. Animal Control Officers took possession of several pets that were abandoned by their property owner.

pennswordtwo.com

Andrew Sorrell Introduces Shelter Bill for 2020 | Pen-N-Sword II

Representative Andrew Sorrell, R - Muscle Shoals introduces HB134 defining "Shelter" for dogs! Please support HB134!

pennswordtwo.com Let's Get It Enacted This Year!

change.org

Can you spare a minute to help Mindy Gilbert?

PLEASE SIGN!

change.org 61 signatures are still needed! Support for Alabama HB134, defining shelter for dogs

*SEE ABOVE FOR PETITION!
Dear CAAWA Family,
I have never asked the citizens of Cullman County to do anything to help us BUT I'm asking all of you now for a huge favor -
PLEASE GO TO CHANGE.ORG AND GO TO THE PETITION THAT STATES:
"SUPPORT FOR ALABAMA HB134 DEFINING SHELTER FOR DOGS"!
We received an email over the weekend from Mindy Gilbert the HSUS Representative for Alabama. In the email was the information regarding this petition.
We, at CAAWA, are sick and angered, and have had to stand helplessly by, as dogs are chained out in the elements by uncaring, cruel pet owners that continually get by without any repercussions for their cruelty because there is no stated definition for what "Shelter" is. HB134 adds a much needed definition for "Shelter" to a term in existing law that is the dog and cat cruelty statute. So far we have seen dogs chained out with a sheet of plywood leaned against a tree, four poles with a sheet of tin on top, overturned garbage cans, and more, all considered "Shelter" in Cullman County. And now it is our chance to stop it!
And for added insult the Alabama Farmers Federation (Phone number: 334-288-3900. Call them and voice your displeasure!) has killed this bill the last four years claiming it would "negatively impact agriculture". DON'T LET THEM DO IT AGAIN THIS YEAR - This bill applies only to dogs and cats!
PLEASE GO TO CHANGE.ORG, SIGN THE PETITION, AND SHARE THIS WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, CO-WORKERS, CHURCH MEMBERS, ANYONE YOU KNOW!
Sincerely,
Pat Bentley
PS: I put my money where my mouth is on this petition by "chipping in" $15.00. I only wished it could have been more but you do NOT have to donate to sign this petition!
(This petition is only for the residents of Alabama)

Dear CAAWA Family,
So while Tabitha and I were at PetSmart people were wondering where Sue was...
It started on Friday when Angie, a Vet Tech we both adore, contacted me on Friday morning. She had heard about a dog that had been left abandoned out on County Rd 222. On Friday afternoon we did a "drive-by" and found the location of the dog. People had set out for food, water, and improvised a make-shift shelter. This dog appeared friendly enough, but just couldn't bring herself to trust humans - we found out why from the people feeding her. Moose, the dog's name, was a young dog, only about two years, but had been abandoned not once BUT TWICE in her short life. There was also a history of cruelty and abuse. Call me "judgemental" and that's ok as far as I'm concerned but that's about as pathetic a human being as you can get. Sue decided that trapping was going to be necessary in order to rescue her and spent most of Saturday buying rotisserie chicken from Walmart, Sue's preferred bait, setting the trap up at the location and sitting and waiting, and waiting, and waiting.... While she was there two old friends came by, Steve and Annette Parker, and offered their assistance. Between the three of them, and moving the trap further away from the road, Moose was finally captured at 4:00.
Moose was transferred into the waiting arms of Angie at Lee's Veterinary Hospital. Moose will get a thorough vetting at the Clinic before going into her new Foster Home. Moose is obviously a very sweet dog that deserved so much more than what she got in life but hopefully we'll be able to give her the "Happily Ever After" she so richly deserves...
Pat Bentley
PS: Sue and I have long talked about getting more into activism, that is the prosecution of people for crimes against animals. Strengthening and using the laws we already have on the books, and development of new and necessary ones. Moose is not the first animal we have saved after abandonment, only the latest. There have been others: Copper, Miss Marple and her four kittens, Flint, Topaz, Jasper, and Honey Bear...
People have been allowed to scuttle off into the night like cockroaches under threat of eviction or foreclosure leaving their animals behind to die and have done so with impunity. We'd like to change that...

Hi CAAWA Family!
We had a very busy day today! This was Mollie's first Adoption Event and she was such a Good Girl!
AND, a total of 14 "Snip It Ticket" vouchers were purchased - 7 for dogs and 7 for cats!
I few years ago Sue and I went to a HSUS Conference in Montgomery. The key-note speaker was Mindy Gilbert, the Alabama HSUS Representative. I don't really remember what the conference was about but the one statistic that never left me was when Mindy said that for every animal, cat or dog, male or female, spayed or neutered, it prevented 4 animals from entering the shelter system. By that statistic, and with 14 Snip It Ticket vouchers sold, a total of 56 animals will be prevented from entering our Cullman County Animal Control Shelter in the years to come!
And that Folks is what I call a successful day!
Pat Bentley

CAAWA (The Cullman Area Animal Welfare Assoc) will be at the PetSmart in Cullman tomorrow, February 8th, from 10-4. Come see all our "Huggable Adoptables" available for adoption and you can also learn about our low cost spay-neuter program. This is a voucher program called "Snip It Tickets". This program is open to the public without restrictions and is in conjunction with AlSpayNeuter Clinic in Birmingham. They provide free transportation to and from Culllman monthly. If you think program will work for you, you can then purchase a voucher at the same time!
Pat Bentley

STOLEN DOG REPORT!
"FRANK" WAS STOLEN SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND AT 3:30PM, HWY 69 NORTH IN THE BAILEYTON AREA. OLDER, BLACK SUV (POSSIBLY TOYOTA 4RUNNER OR TAHOE) SEEN IN DRIVEWAY AT TIME OF FRANK'S DISAPPEARANCE. IF YOU SEE FRANK PLEASE NOTIFY SHERIFF'S DEPT AT 256-734-0210 (SECRET WITNESS NUMBER FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY) OR CALL 731-614-5653. FRANK IS A MUCH LOVED MEMBER OF THE FAMILY AND IF YOU HAVE HIM RETURN HIM!!

Hi CAAWA Family,
Someone once asked me what I thought of "Responsible Breeders". I told her I thought that phrase was a contradiction in terms. Until the day comes I can walk into any Animal Shelter in Alabama and see no dogs or puppies there, I will continue to advocate for adopting, NOT the breeding of more dogs....
Pat Bentley

cullmantribune.com

Controversy, confusion await Loomis Bros. Circus in Cullman | The Cullman Tribune

Dear CAAWA Family,
I read The Cullman Tribune's article, written by WC Mann and dated Jan. 25th, titled "Controversy, Confusion Await Loomis Brothers Circus In Cullman". I like to read articles of local interest myself. So the way I read the article, and I can be corrected by the Cullman Tribune if wrong, that the "confusion" stems from the whether or not there will be elephant acts. Cullman County Park and Recreation Director Doug Davenport says there won't be elephants, while Loomis Bros. Representatives said there will be elephants. As for the "controversy" part of the article, that comes from a letter written by Rachael Mathews, Esq. of PETA to Mr Davenport. You can read the full content of the letter in the Cullman Tribune article. PETA will always be at the center of any controversy where they're involved - and I get it.
As for me, I would like to see the extinction of all circuses with their use of "training techniques" that include the use of whips, bullhooks, fear, confinement and deprivation. Say you don't like PETA? - okay, how's the acronym USDA?! Yes, the United States Dept of Agriculture. The governmental agency responsible for developing and executing federal laws pertaining to farming, forestry, rural economic development, and food safety. The USDA Animal Care Unit ensures regulatory compliance of the Animal Welfare Act.
Brian Franzen has a long history of egregious violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act including:
- Failure to provide veterinary care to the African Elephant, Megu, who was walking abnormally and whose joints made noise when she walked.
- Failure to provide tigers with sufficient space. 5 adult tigers were held in pens measuring 5×5. One pen containing 2 adult tigers. The tigers had been in the pens 3 days.
- Failure to provide 7 tigers adequate shelter.
- Failure to provide elephants with sufficient drinking water.
- Failure to have a sufficient number of adequately trained employees to handle elephants used to give "rides" and performances.
- Failure to maintain tiger enclosure.
- Failure to maintain transport enclosure for elephants...
Get the common thread here?! "Failure, Failure, Failure"!!
Some "family traditions" should (and need) to be relegated to the past - the Circus is one! Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus had the foresight to close a few years ago - let it be with all circuses...
Pat Bentley
PS: Bought your tickets already? Ask for a refund.

cullmantribune.com CULLMAN, Ala. – When the Loomis Bros. Circus rolls into Cullman next week, some parts of it may have to keep on rolling, but it depends on who you ask. According to Cullman County Parks and Recreation (CCPR) Director Doug Davenport, there will be no elephants used in the circus’ performances at ...

mountaineagle.com

Nearly $100K granted for free spay, neuter surgery

Hi CAAWA Family!
A nod to Megan Mccarty for notifying me of this article in The Mountain Eagle of Walker County. AlSpayNeuter Clinic comes to Walker AND Cullman Counties MONTHLY providing FREE transportation!
AlSpayNeuter Clinic has received a grant from PetSmart Charities SNIPSmart Program of nearly $100,000 to spay/neuter 3,000 cats and dogs for qualifying families: Military Veterans, Disability, Govt.Assist Financial Aid, Medicaid, SNAP, Social Security, SSI, WIC, and Hardship determination. Limit up to 3 pets per household.
Please call: 205-956-0012 or
877-334-9738 for more details.
Pat Bentley

mountaineagle.com Alabama Spay/Neuter has received a grant to alter 3,000 cats or dogs free of charge to pet owners in central Alabama. PetSmart Charities' SNIPsmart program awarded a nearly $100,000 grant to …

wyff4.com

Over 30 pit bull mixes found starving in chains now in care of Laurens County Animal Control

Dear CAAWA Family,
I'd like to start passing on articles of interest to me, and maybe they will be to you too.
This past Tuesday the Laurens County (South Carolina) Animal Control seized 32 Pitbulls and charged two men, Jerry Westmoreland and Chicaun Amaker, with animal cruelty. The AC Supervisor Geoff Brown said in a statement, "We are a small county with very limited funding dealing with a huge animal welfare problem. This won't be the last, and we will continue to go after individuals and criminal organizations who are torturing, mistreating, and fighting animals in our county."
Partnering rescues, including the HSUS, are assisting with the placement of animals already at the Laurens County Animal Control Shelter. ANIMAL CRUELTY IS A CRIME that should be taken most seriously and prosecuted most severely...
Pat Bentley

wyff4.com Second animal abuse case in two weeks because neighbors "saw something, said something," county investigators say

Celebrating Nick's "Gotcha Day"!

Hi CAAWA Family!
Today was Nick's "Gotcha Day"!
Nick's little sister, Noel, was adopted this past Wednesday to the Wills Family, now it was Nick's special day today. Darin Smith, along with son Alex, became Nick's new family and we couldn't be happier for this little guy!
Many "Thank You's" go to Brian and Jordan for being Nick's Foster Parents, and to the Smith Family for "Opting To Adopt"!
Pat Bentley
PS: If you would like to come meet our other "Huggable Adoptables" we will be at the PetSmart in Cullman, Saturday, February 8th, from 10-4!
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Hi CAAWA Family!
Today was Nick's "Gotcha Day"!
Nick's little sister, Noel, was adopted this past Wednesday to the Wills Family, now it was Nick's special day today. Darin Smith, along with son Alex, became Nick's new family and we couldn't be happier for this little guy!
Many "Thank You's" go to Brian and Jordan for being Nick's Foster Parents, and to the Smith Family for "Opting To Adopt"!
Pat Bentley
PS: If you would like to come meet our other "Huggable Adoptables" we will be at the PetSmart in Cullman, Saturday, February 8th, from 10-4!
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Dog lost off Rescue Transport has been found and is now safe after 5 days on the run!

Hi CAAWA Family!
Good News to report that the dog lost off Rescue Transport this past Saturday has been located and trapped tonight!
Sue Jones, aka "Master Trapper", moved the trap we had set out to a location that called-in tips had led us to. Within three hours at the new trap location "Traci", the missing dog, was caught. Traci will spend the night with Sue and will be picked up in the morning after spending the last 5 days on the run!
Good work Sue! 😊
Pat Bentley

Hi CAAWA Family!
Good News to report that the dog lost off Rescue Transport this past Saturday has been located and trapped tonight!
Sue Jones, aka "Master Trapper", moved the trap we had set out to a location that called-in tips had led us to. Within three hours at the new trap location "Traci", the missing dog, was caught. Traci will spend the night with Sue and will be picked up in the morning after spending the last 5 days on the run!
Good work Sue! 😊
Pat Bentley

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