Humane Action League starts September 16
Humane Action League is an after school program at the Animal Welfare Society on Holland Road, West Kennebunk. The program is designed to give students who love animals an opportunity to learn more about the workings of an animal shelter, instruction on pet care and handling and an introduction on how to become more involved in animal welfare issues. The program for the seven weeks. Tuesday’s program is held from 2:30-4:00pm for students 12-14 years of age. Thursday’s program is held from 3:00-4:30pm for students 9-11 years of age. There is a $65 fee per session. Space is limited. For more information and dates download a registration form.Read More
Kitten Food Needed
It’s that time of the year, the time when litters of kittens and pregnant moms are coming to the AWS in boxes, laundry baskets and cat carriers. Luckily, AWS has a strong network of foster homes to care for these little ones until they can be spayed or neutered and put up for adoption. So as not to burden the foster families, AWS provides all of the necessary supplies. Dry kitten food is formulated for growing kittens with all the nutrition and protein percentages they need to develop healthy body and immune systems. Kitten Replacement Milk is given to orphaned kittens or to supplement if the mother’s milk is inadequate. Toys keep them entertained, cozy beds give them comfort and of course, scoopable litter makes cleaning the litter box easier. Please consider making a donation of kitten supplies.Read More
Animal Care Technician and Staff Accountant.Read More
Dog Obedience Options
Ever wish your precious pooch would follow your commands a bit more precisely? How about perform a few tricks to entertain you and your family? Sounds like you’re in need of a Dog Obedience Class. At the AWS, we offer a variety of Obedience Classes at different levels and for different ages to help train dogs of all shapes and sizes. The classes are open to all dogs, not just ones adopted from the AWS. However, AWS alumnae do receive a discounted fee for the classes. Our available classes include:
Basic Obedience – The best place to start for your canine. For dogs 5 months of age and older. Let us teach you how to teach your dog.
Beyond the Basics with Agility – Now that your dog has completed a basic obedience class challenge them to go beyond! This class includes agility, games, obedience challenges, and lots of fun!
Puppy Social class – For dogs 5 months of age and younger. So many puppies have been adopted from AWS that we are offering more classes for these young learners. They will learn new skills, overcome obstacles, and have some fun playing with their peers.Read More
Our Humane Educator, Megan, gets invited to classrooms, libraries, civic groups and preschools. This was a visit to Bees Knees Learning Center in Lyman. The children had a lemonade stand to benefit AWS.Read More
Beat The Heat!
“Female cats can go into heat as young as 4 ½ months old so please have your cat spayed or neutered early and “Beat the Heat”!Read More
Congratulations to Onata who was recently adopted. She was a long-term resident of the shelter and a volunteer favorite. She went through obedience classes and was a star at events. Though we’ll miss her we couldn’t be happier that she’s found her home. Congratulations Onata!
Kittens, kittens, kittens!
That’s right, we’ve got a whole new clowder of kittens ready and waiting to be adopted. Hurry in to the AWS today to select from a variety of different colors and sizes. Don’t delay, as lil’ cuties like these tend to be adopted quickly.
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Foster Homes Needed
Fostering pets that are not ready for adoption is great way to make a difference. Our foster program allows us to care for many more animals than we could if they had to stay at the shelter. Many animals require more involved or long-term care. These cases are placed into foster care in volunteer and staff homes and return to the shelter when they are ready for adoption.
All you need is a safe place in your home — away from family pets — and lots of love. AWS provides everything else, including beds, toys, food, litter and medical care; you name it! If you are interested in getting involved with our foster program, please fill out a foster application and submit to our Foster Coordinators.
Cat/kitten foster: We have many dedicated volunteers who take kittens, pregnant moms, and moms with newborn kittens into their homes to give them a good start in life. Last year, AWS cared for more than 1,800 cats and kittens.
Medical foster: At AWS, we go above and beyond for the animals in our care. We spend thousands of dollars every year on tests, surgeries, and follow-up treatments. While recuperating, these animals are susceptible to illnesses and stresses in the shelter environment. They heal faster and become stronger much more rapidly while in a foster care environment. We rely on caring volunteer and staff homes to give these animals the best chance possible.
PAWS foster: Our PAWS (Pets and Women to Safety) program is a confidential program that provides foster care to animals in need of a temporary home due to a domestic violence situation. Foster homes are kept confidential and require a minimum time commitment. Foster homes can specify what type of animal they would prefer to foster.