Name your price!

During the month of August qualified adopters at the Animal Welfare Society will name their own price for cats over one year old! No fine print, no foolin’! Come in and find your new feline friend, then tell us how much you are willing to pay. And coming soon… Just because August is over doesn’t […]

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Strut Your Mutt!

It’s the 20th Annual Strut Your Mutt Dog Walk to benefit the AWS Sadie Fund! Each year, we spend more than $150,000 on medical care to prepare our pets for adoption, and we need your help! All money raised at the walk through registration, pledges, business sponsorships and donations is dedicated to medical care through […]

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Spay and Neuter

Through spaying and neutering, you can help your dog or cat live a happier, healthier, longer life.  Both procedures can safely be performed at as early as 12 weeks of age.  If you or someone you know is struggling to afford to have a pet spayed or neutered, we may be able to help.  Contact […]

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Adopt

The Animal Welfare Society wants to help you find the best pet possible for your family. Placing an animal into a loving home is the most rewarding part of our work.

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Donate

With the help of caring individuals, the Animal Welfare Society is able to provide more than 3,600 homeless animals each year with medication, food, and expert care from our loving and professional staff.

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Now Hiring

Animal Care Technician and Staff […]

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Budgies!

Stop by the shelter today to meet the numerous budgies […]

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Adopted!

Congratulations to Onata who was recently adopted. She […]

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Foster Homes Needed

Fostering pets that are not ready for adoption is […]

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Thank You!

Our Humane Educator, Megan, gets invited to […]

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Kittens, kittens, kittens!

That’s right, we’ve got a whole new […]

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Kitten Food Needed

It’s that time of the year, the time when […]

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Closed on Labor Day

Monday, September […]

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AmazonSmile

When you shop at smile.amazon.com instead of […]

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Dog Obedience Options

Ever wish your precious pooch would follow your […]

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Closed on Labor Day

Monday, September 1

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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.

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Now Hiring

Animal Care Technician and Staff Accountant.

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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.

Click here to visit our Behavioral Training page to learn more about the classes, view the class schedule, and register your dog.

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Thank You!

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.

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Adopted!

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!

 

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Kittens, kittens, kittens!

That’s right, we’ve got a whole new clowder of kittens ready and waiting to be adopted. We’ve gotten in more little kitties from Georgia who are eager to find comfy New England homes to spend their days in. 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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AmazonSmile

When you shop at smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com and choose Animal Welfare Society as your non-profit, AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5% of your purchase to AWS.  It’s that simple.  You get the same prices, selection and shopping experience, plus, you help the animals in our care.  Learn more.amazonsmile220

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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.

Unable to foster but want to make a difference? Consider being a volunteer.  Download a volunteer application.

 

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Budgies!

Stop by the shelter today to meet the numerous budgies we have available for adoption. They’re all adults and we have blue, green, and yellow ones. As you might expect, they’re a little timid around new people, but once comfortable they are exceptional companions. If you home could use a little more color and cuteness, then a budgie just might be for you.
“Budgies, commonly known as Parakeets, are jovial little birds that love to play and explore their surroundings. While they look forward to time spent with their human companions, they can be quite independent, making them perfect for novice bird owners.  In spite of their small size, Budgies are big on brains and personality. Many have been taught to whistle tunes and talk, and are just as intelligent as some larger bird species. With proper training and socialization, they can be a delightful addition to most any family.” … read more from About.com. 
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