Our Story

The Altus Animal Welfare Association is a non-profit organization established in 2016 by a group of Altus, Oklahoma citizens who saw much-needed reform to animal welfare in Altus.  


To advocate for animals of the Altus Shelter as well as animals within Southwest Oklahoma and to provide access to low-cost preventive

care and spay/neuter services in a kind and compassionate

environment to all Southwest Oklahoma pet owners.


 A culture of compassion for animals and access to care for ALL pet owners throughout Southwest Oklahoma.


Our Numbers

AAWA founding members: Alyda Richardson, Christina Salcido, Alison Templer, Kim Rumschlag, Christi Detwiler  (not pictured: Brenda Mahan)

  • 2018 & 2019:  total of 2,571 Subsidized Spay/Neuter Surgeries completed.

  • 2019: 1113 pets received FREE vaccines

  • 2020: 1580 Subsidized Spay/Neuter Surgeries completed

* Since AAWA started in 2016, there have been 246 shelter dogs and 33 shelter cats sponsored for transport & hundreds more have received 'at cost' vetting through our spay/neuter clinic so they can go out of state to rescues in Colorado, Washington State, Oregon & Minnesota to find them forever homes.