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The Animal Welfare Alliance (AWA)
of Southeast Missouri

is registered with state and federal authorities as a nonprofit organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. tax code. The purpose of the Poplar Bluff-based organization is to foster a spirit of cooperation among all public and private animal care organizations and agencies in the area, to encourage and support the adoption, neutering and spaying of pets and to provide shelter for abandoned animals.

An Introduction To The Animal Welfare Alliance

Formed in September of 2008 in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the AWA:

  • Has acquired property on which to build a no-kill shelter for abandoned dogs and cats.

  • Issues $50 vouchers to pet owners who qualify for help with costs of spaying/neutering. (All Poplar Bluff veterinarians, plus Dr. Fox in Fairdealing and selected other vets participate.)

  • Buys vaccinations for puppies and kittens at the Poplar Bluff Animal Shelter (city pound).

  • Has its federal 501(c)3 designation and is registered with all appropriate state agencies as a nonprofit organization.

  • Maintains a Website to keep the public informed of AWA activities -- . A PayPal account for on-line donors is part of the site; donations are tax deductible. AWA also is on Facebook at

  • Holds several fund raising events to support AWA programs. ("Art for Animals" in the spring, "Howling at the Moon" in November, plus selected other special events.) The organization spends up to $650 per month on vaccinations and spay/neuter vouchers. Half of all general donations go into the shelter construction fund.

  • Has been accepted into the Gateway Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), offering area federal employees a way to make regular donations through payroll deduction. AWA's CFC number is 26345.
AWA's long-term goal, for which it sets aside half of all funds raised (unless otherwise designated by the donor), is to establish a no-kill shelter to serve those who rescue stray and abandoned pets in our area.

The AWA has a floor plan for its shelter and soon will begin applying for grants to obtain help with construction and operations.

AWA already has started making connections with a network of animal welfare organizations that can help place homeless dogs and cats. While any AWA shelter soon will fill up, we believe we can maintain a steady flow of animals outbound to homes throughout the Midwest. Some of our more than 50 volunteer workers have experience in fostering and in networking; we also have access to advice from a number of outside experts.

AWA's Board of Directors is made up of 13 men and women. President and co-founder of the AWA is Charlotte Wolpers Craig, a retired journalist living in Fairdealing; Vice President is Nancy Strack Abernathy, an investment counselor with Morgan-Stanley in Poplar Bluff; Secretary is Three Rivers College instructor Carol Swain Lewis, and Treasurer is Julita Michel, co-owner of Key Drug Store in Poplar Bluff.

Other members of the board of directors: Zdena Zajickova-Hudson, of Doniphan, a graduate engineer and Chief Financial Officer of the World Safety Organization; teachers Joyanne Githens Bates and Carla Letassy, business owners Steve Whitworth and Mary Ann Rathe, police department administrative assistant Karen Coleman; Jim "Bo" Jeffers, telemedicine clerk at the VA hospital; Marge Van Praag, a forest landscape architect and wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service, and Robin Powell, office manager for Hillcrest Animal Hospital, all of Poplar Bluff.

Animal Welfare Alliance of SE Missouri is a Missouri Non-Profit Corporation.

Donations are Tax Deductible under section
501 (c) (3) of the IRS code


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Animal Welfare Alliance of SE Missouri
PO Box 647,
Poplar Bluff, MO 63902

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Animal Welfare Alliance of SE Missouri
PO Box 647,
Poplar Bluff, MO 63902