AWL is one of the leading non-profit organizations with a mission to better the lives of animals in Montgomery County, Maryland. The organization has set up a no-kill shelter to house adoptable cats and promote pet ownership. The organization was established in 2005 in a small store-front facility in Gaithersburg, MD. AWL is dedicated to providing cats and potential owners a conducive environment to interact. They have also adopted a free roam policy where cats are allowed to roam within the large, walk-in enclosure. AWL has also developed several programs to prevent unwanted litter, provide shelter, and help adoptable pets find homes. These efforts are geared toward reducing the killing of adoptable cats and dogs.