Keeping people and their pets together since 1978.

We educate the public about available spay and neutering programs.

Support us by shopping at or donating to Tailwaggers - our benefit shop.

Promoting the welfare of companion animals in Monterey County.

About Us

Since 1978,  Animal Welfare Assistance Group has been keeping Monterey County residents and their pets together. We strive to keep pets out of shelters and rescues and to help their owners keep them in their loving homes. Some of the services we provide are:

  • Loans or grants to economically disadvantaged and responsible pet guardians for veterinary care.
  • Low cost or free spay and neuter for economically disadvantaged pet guardians.
  • Pet food and supplies for financially disadvantaged seniors, disabled veterans, owners of service dogs and others
  • Information on responsible pet care and resources available in Monterey County.
  • Free microchips to area shelters for cats and dogs that have been lost and are reclaimed by their guardians.

To help us with our mission, consider donating to this great organization.

Make a Donation

Animal Welfare Assistance Group relies entirely on your donations – we do not receive government funding and are not affiliated with other organizations.  Your donations go to help your friends and neighbors in Monterey County. Make a tax-deductible donation today!

Tailwaggers Benefit Shop

Visit our Benefit Store

206 17th Street, Pacific Grove, CA
(831) 372-1650

Tailwaggers Store Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11 AM to 4 PM, Closed Sundays

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News & Events

Newsletter – June 2017

Read about how Tailwaggers was voted the “Best Thrift Shop”, details on AWAGS first Easter Egg Hunt, and Paco’s success story!

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Chocolate and your Dog

You love chocolate. You love your dog. So you want to reward your dog with what you think is one of life’s greatest pleasures, chocolate. STOP! Under NO circumstance should you feed your dog chocolate. Chocolate is toxic, and often fatal for dogs.

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Keeping Your Pets Safe During the 4th of July

Every year on the 5th of July, the animal shelters are filled to the brim with dogs and cats who were spooked by the loud noises and flashes of fireworks and escaped to roam the streets. These are the “lucky” one who were not hit by cars or have other severe medical injuries from trying to escape the loud noises.

Here are some tips to help make your pets 4th of July safer and saner for you too.

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Snowbell is Doing Well!

Recently I had to take my cat, Snowbell (Belle for short) because she had some swelling under her eye. I hadn’t noticed it before and it scared me. So I took her to Purrfurably Cats to see what was going on. It turns out that Belle had an abscess on her tooth. Belle...

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Your donations helped Sadie!

When 8 month old, Sadie, was hit by a car days before Christmas, her owner reached out to Animal Welfare Assistance Group for help. Her hind leg was broken in two places. With the help of the Animal Health Center, AWAG was able to get Sadie in to see the vet right...

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Meet Mila

Another happy tale courtesy of AWAG ! From Mila’s Guardians: We found Mila on our way to hike the Pinnacles in Soledad. She came right to us when we called her and we took her to Purrfurrably Cats for an exam. She needed her k-9 teeth extracted due to them breaking...

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