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AWAR FAQs and Report Abuse FAQs

  • What is AWAR and what does this organization do?
    The Animal Welfare Alliance of Rutherford (AWAR) was created to address long-standing issues concerning the protection of animals in Rutherford County, North Carolina. Our goal is to advance animal welfare policies in Rutherford County and surrounding areas by working cooperatively with local, regional and state lawmakers to create and enforce a zero-tolerance stance toward animal neglect, cruelty and other animal related crimes. We aim to do this by developing a collaborative partnership between citizens, animal control, law enforcement, local government and local rescue organizations to provide ongoing advocacy, education, oversight and accountability in regards to animal crime and animal welfare issues.
  • Does AWAR take in homeless animals?
    No, AWAR is not a rescue organization. However, if you need assistance with homeless animals or placing an animal, we can help connect you with someone who can help. Visit our Links and Resources page for more information, or drop us a note to let us know how we can help.
  • How do I volunteer for AWAR?
    Please fill out our Volunteer Form found on our Get Involved page and we’ll get back to you. Thank you!
  • What do AWAR volunteers do?
    AWAR volunteers may serve in many capacities, ranging from assisting with community outreach and attending public meetings. How would you like to help? Fill out a Volunteer Form and let us know! You can find Volunteer Forms on our Get Involved page.
  • Is AWAR a non profit?
    Yes, AWAR is a 501c4 non profit organization. Our EIN is 88-1615943.
  • Can I make a donation to AWAR?
    You may donate to AWAR: Online via PayPal By Mail: Please make checks payable to Animal Welfare Alliance of Rutherford AWAR P.O.Box 1071 Rutherfordton, NC 28139 If you would like to donate in person, you may reach us through our contact form to make arrangements. (*Please note that your donation is not tax deductible.)
  • How would AWAR use my donation?
    Donations to AWAR are primarily used for public outreach, education, and to advocate and lobby for changes to animal welfare laws. A small portion of donations are used for AWAR's operational costs and maintenance. In-Kind donated services and items are also greatly appreciated. Donated items and services greatly help to reduce our cost for marketing and education materials. AWAR is a 100% volunteer organization. There are no paid positions.
  • I would like to report animal abuse. How do I do that?
    Please see our Report Abuse page for more information.
  • I reported neglect or abuse to animal control, the animals still have not been helped. What do I do next?
    Please see our Report Abuse page and fill out a form for assistance.
  • How do I contact AWAR about a neglect or abuse issue that I am aware of happening?
    Please see our Report Abuse page for more information.
  • How do I get information about the status of an investigation?
    You may contact animal control or contact us via our contact page. Please provide any relevant information that pertains to the specific case so we may attempt to find the answer for you.
  • What constitutes "abuse and neglect"?
    Although abuse and neglect may seem easy to define, it can actually be quite tricky. The “obvious” definition may not always match the legal one. Please see our Types of Abuse page to learn more. You can also visit the Rutherford County Animal Ordinances link for specifics on our county’s definitions.
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