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Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations (FAAWO) is an organization of non-profit animal shelters and dedicated advocates working together to positively impact animal welfare throughout the state of Florida. Our aim is to improve the lives of animals and support Florida shelters through Legislation Advocacy, Disaster Response, and Animal Transport Services. 

FAAWO works closely with lobbyists and legislative experts from national animal welfare organizations such as the ASPCA and the HSUS to advocate for stronger animal welfare laws at State and local levels. FAAWO members have the opportunity to participate in legislative information and Q&A sessions throughout the year and to work alongside ASPCA and HSUS during Humane Lobby Day at the Capitol in Tallahassee.

From hurricanes to flooding to fires and more, when disaster strikes shelters in Florida, FAAWO is ready to assist. With a vast network of transport services and access to resources across the state, FAAWO is committed to coordinating and facilitating relief efforts for Florida shelters in need.

Natural disasters aren't the only crises for Florida shelters. Pet overpopulation, lack of space and resources, and limited access to funding are some of the biggest challenges shelters face on a daily basis. FAAWO's network of members and partners are ready to help by arranging and executing the intra-state transport of animals and/or resources (food, supplies, etc.) to provide relief for struggling shelters.


FAAWO Vision Statement

FAAWO advocates for the betterment of animals and their communities while creating a unified voice for animal welfare in Florida.

FAAWO Mission Statement

FAAWO shares knowledge, expertise and support to increase lifesaving efforts and advocacy for animals in Florida.



Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations provides caring animal groups and individuals to work together, representing a united effort for the animals. Our goals are to:

  • Work together to raise the level of awareness and address the many challenges of animal issues
  • Establish mutually agreed upon goals to benefit animal welfare in the state of Florida
  • Complement the Florida Animal Control Association (FACA)
  • Create a state-wide information and resource network
  • Serve as a united voice to promote state legislation for the welfare of animals
  • Set up committees to focus on specific issues such as raising awareness and promoting humane attitudes with the goal of ultimately improving animal welfare
  • Establish a state-wide response team
  • Promote professional animal shelter standards