Founded in 2002, The Alliance of Wisconsin Animal Rehoming Efforts has been uniting Humane Societies and Rescue organizations to make a difference for homeless animals in the State of Wisconsin. AWARE was formed when a group of leaders in the animal welfare community met to discuss how to promote positive relationships in the animal welfare community. AWARE’s membership is comprised of leaders in both the shelter and rescue community.
Recognizing that these groups were already working hard to improve the lives of companion animals in Wisconsin, AWARE sought to provide a forum which would promote networking and build partnerships between these two groups which would further strengthen the effectiveness of each. Invites were sent to leaders in the animal welfare community and AWARE was eventually formed. Communication between groups exists mainly in an on line forum, however, conferences and events help to unite the groups on a regular basis.
In addition to the online forum, AWARE produces the largest charitable event for pet lovers in the State of Wisconsin. The Great Lakes Pet Expo raises funds to support its members and the animals in their care. Conferences, annual meetings, and events give members the chance to meet, get to know one another better, and, most importantly, to discuss the issues impacting animal welfare in the State of Wisconsin.
AWARE has been recognized nationally for its achievements in the animal welfare community. In order to join AWARE, you must be an active volunteer for a rescue or shelter and provide at least three references to support your application. There is no fee to join AWARE. AWARE provides its members with a unique opportunity to collaborate through its on line forum. By the end of 2013, AWARE has 231 members throughout the State of Wisconsin.