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


Animal Welfare Assistance Group relies entirely on your generous donations to continue the work that we have been doing since 1978. We do not receive any government funding and are not affiliated with any other organizations.  All of the money you donate goes to help your friends and neighbors in Monterey County. Your donation is tax deductible. Please consider making a donation today!

Ways You Can Help


News & Events

Join us August 8th at PAW-DI GRAS !! A Party for Pets and their People

Join us for a fun day of games, contests, vendors, a raffle and silent auction and more!! For more information, email us at info@animalwelfare.org


Show off your fur baby on the new AWAG van!

Animal Welfare Assistance Group has recently purchased a van. A 2014 Ford Transit Connect wagon to help with our mission. We are going to “wrap” the vehicle with graphics so it will be a mobile billboard of sorts.  If you would like to see your dog or cat on the AWAG van, for a donation […]


New name, Same great organization!

Animal Welfare Information and Assistance is now Animal Welfare Assistance Group!! Why the change? We found people had a hard time remembering our name or our initials. But Animal Welfare Assistance Group has initial that spell A-WAG. This helps people remember our name and also ties in the name of our benefit store, Tailwaggers.  We […]

Thomasina Christobal, RVT Vet Tech with Spirit

Spirit Marshall

Spirit Marshall is a 5 year old neutered chihuahua boy. Spirit’s mom, Valerie Marshall, contacted AWAG because she was concerned with Spirit’s bad breath and the heavy tartar on his teeth. Spirit was taken to Monterey Animal Hospital where he was sedated and anesthetized for his dental cleaning. Spirit had a “baby tooth” that had […]


Visit our Benefit Store

Located at:
206 17th Street, Pacific Grove, CA
(just off of Lighthouse)
(831) 372-1650


Tailwaggers Store Hours:
Monday: 11 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday: 11 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM to 3 PM
Thursday: 11 AM to 4 PM
Friday: 11 AM to 4 PM
Saturday: 11 AM to 4 PM
Closed Sundays

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