Animal AWARE (Animal Welfare Association - Rescue/Education) is a non-profit, non-governmental charitable organization for the rescue and welfare of abandoned or abused animals. It was founded in 1998 in Guatemala by Xenii Nielsen (USA), Gina Illescas (Guatemala), and Pamela Hirst- Prins (England).

Our mission:

Our mission is to reduce the suffering and improve the lives of domestic animals in Guatemala.

We believe that, as well as being a direct benefit to the animals, enabling people to understand their pets and improve the way they look after them will bring about very positive social and cultural improvements for Guatemalan society in general.

Animal AWARE Stories

Adoption delight at Hound Heights

Seeing a cat or dog find a family and happily go to their new loving home is one of my favourite parts of working at AWARE. The excited wagging tail or purrs and look of happiness when they connect with a person is beautiful. It is hard to say goodbye but […]

Solai and the three muscateers.

This super cute family were brought to the shelter a few months ago. People were poisoning cats in the neighbourhood and a kind-hearted person brought Solai and her 3 one-month old kittens to the shelter for protection. The kittens were feisty and adventurous. Despite their tiny size they were true […]

Fluffy charm..

Trinity is a super cute, super affectionate black kitten. Her coat is like gleaming black silk and fluffy to boot. It is a wonder why she hasn’t been swept up by someone already. If you are looking for a kitten that’s got it all plus wants nothing more than to […]


  Tonya is a beautiful tortoiseshell cat who arrived at the shelter in 2012. She started out with a home, but unfortunately her owner – an old man in the local town – was thrown out of his house and unable to keep his cats. So Tonya and her siblings were […]


Thank You for Giving!

We want to thank everyone who gave on GivingTuesday and supported us. We are delighted to announce that thanks to everyone who took part in our #GivingTuesday campaign and joined the global good will movement we raised $1,380. Though we did not quite reach our goal it is still a great […]

Better Living Quarters for the Dogs

World Animal Day Funds Improve Dog Pens! Thanks to all the generous donations we received for our World Animal day campaign on Causevox and at the Event, we were able to buy the materials to repair the dog pens.  The walls between pens have started going up, replacing the fencing […]

Update From Hound Heights

A lot has been happening at the Shelter recently! We would like to acknowledge and thank the wonderful people who have volunteered or contributed to help us continue running the shelter and promote animal welfare. We hosted a group of international students who came to volunteer. They were part of […]

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