Animal Welfare Society, Inc. in New Milford was recently awarded a proclamation by the towns it serves in honor of its 20th anniversary at its 8 Dodd Road facility.

In addition, Renee Gardner is celebrating her 20th year as shelter manager.

New Milford Mayor Pat Murphy and first selectmen in Bridgewater, Roxbury, Washington and Brookfield issued the proclamation and declared Sept. 10, 2011, Animal Welfare Society Day.

The shelter is an independent, non-profit, non-destroy organization whose mission is to aid and find permanent and loving homes for abandoned, stray and abused cats and dogs in the Brookfield, New Milford, Bridgewater, Roxbury and Washington communities.