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

Another AWAG Happy Ending

From Izzy’s Guardians: We want to thank you so much for your assistance with our precious 9 year old cat, "Izzy". She is suffering from chronic renal failure problems & towards the end of August 2015 she stopped eating & drinking water. We are seniors on a...

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Sassy’s back to perfect health!

This is Diane with her beloved dog, Sassy, pictured with Dr. Kimberly Wilkins of Cottage Veterinary Hospital. Living on a tight, fixed income, Diane reached out to Animal Welfare Assistance Group, when Sassy started having urinary complications. With the help of our...

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AWAG helped Callie because of YOU!

Callie’s “mom” is homeless but she knows and wants the best for her sweet pup. Callie already had all of her shots and a microchip when her guardian called AWAG for help with getting her spayed. Her “mom” told us how much she loves her sweet girl and wants to be a...

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AWAG Reaches Out to Fire Evacuees With Pets

Hearing of the evacuations due to a raging fire in the Tassahara/Cachagua area, AWAG rose to the occasion on Sunday and put together doggie "go" bags.  They included 5 servings of food, treats, a toy, water and a bowl for folks who had to leave home with their pets....

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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...

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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...

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