Humane Education

AWS offers programming and events for children of all ages – from Furry Tales, a weekly story & adventure hour for preschoolers to the Humane Action League, an afterschool program for kids 10-14.  We also host school groups on a regular basis and run school vacation and summer camps for children 7-12.  Our Humane Educator […]

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Guinea Pigs Galore

*Update 03/02* – All Guinea Pigs that have been made available so far have been adopted. Please check back here or on our Small Animal page to see when the next will be made available and who they will be.

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Spay and Neuter

The Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic continues to thrive, with Dr. Askin having completed the clinic’s 10,000th surgery back in November.  In conjunction with World Spay Day, we continue to offer resources for low-cost, high-quality spay/neuter surgeries for low-income local residents through the shelter clinic and the Cleo Fund, which works with participating veterinarians all over the […]

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Behavioral Training

Behavioral Training at AWS Animal Welfare Society Obedience Classes have some unique benefits, particularly for adopted pets.

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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

Donating to AWS makes you smile!  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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Winter Hours

AWS is open Thursday – Tuesday 11am – 4:30pm and […]

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Purina Cat Chow Volunteer Contest

Vote for Helen in Purina Cat Chow‘s Volunteer […]

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Dog Obedience Options

Ever wish your precious pooch would follow your […]

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Feral Cats Resources

We have a number of resources available for folks who […]

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Seniors for Seniors Discount

Attention all potential adopters age 65 and older: Now […]

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Fruits & Veggies Wanted!

Fresh greens and fruits & vegetables high in […]

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Furry Tales, Story and Adventure Hour

Join us Thursdays from 10:00am – 11:15am, in the […]

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The Flea Market

Did you know AWS has a retail shop off the shelter […]

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Spay/Neuter Funding Threatened

As you may be aware, the Governor’s proposed budget […]

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Vote for Ogunquit

Ogunquit has been nominated for the USA TODAY 10 Best […]

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Spay/Neuter Funding Threatened

As you may be aware, the Governor’s proposed budget eliminates the pet food surcharge, a primary funding source to Help Fix Me, the state’s spay/neuter voucher program.  Our own spay/neuter manager Sharon Secovich and other animal welfare advocates have been actively attending legislative work sessions and testifying to state legislators on the importance of maintaining this funding.  Legislators are responding well and we truly believe support for our side is growing! Then at Tuesday’s work session, we were shocked to find out that the Governor also aims to eliminate the tax-return check-off box! The tax-return check-box is a voluntary contribution to Help Fix Me drawn from state income tax returns and brings in approximately $20,000 in funding each year. Why is it even in the budget discussion?  So now we are fighting to save the tax check-off box too.

Help Fix ME’s voucher program has helped make Maine a leader in its progressive approach to spay/neuter. We no longer have dog overpopulation and our feline euthanasia rates are some of the lowest in the country. Spay/neuter is working.

But we need your help to keep fighting in Augusta. Please keep up the pressure by contacting your state legislator.  Visit Spay Maine’s Facebook page for more information or contact Sharon today!

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Purina Cat Chow Volunteer Contest

Vote for Helen in Purina Cat Chow‘s Volunteer Contest. Hover over the state of Maine to reach Helen’s voting page. Your votes help AWS win donations and supplies! Voting runs until March 15th so be sure to cast a vote each day!

http://www.catchow.com/buildingbetterlives#/shelters

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Vote for Ogunquit

Ogunquit has been nominated for the USA TODAY 10 Best Reader’s Choice for Best Coastal Small Town! If you love Ogunquit, vote at the link below. Votes may be cast by individuals once a day through March 16. Please share!

Vote for Ogunquit!

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Feral Cats Resources

We have a number of resources available for folks who are feral cat caretakers, including information on how to build or receive a feral cat shelter.  We also offer the loan of a trap if someone is trying to catch a feral cat on their property.

As part of our spay/neuter program, we will provide surgeries to feral cats free of charge.

For more information on any of our spay/neuter programs, please contact Sharon Secovich at 207-985-3244 x129.

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The Flea Market

Did you know AWS has a retail shop off the shelter lobby where we sell a variety of pet-related merchandise? We have dog, cat and small animal supplies and lots of toys and enrichment activities. We also have awesome AWS apparel – long-sleeved and short-sleeved t-shirts, winter hats, sweatpants and sweatshirts. The items come in a variety of bright colors and sizes, ranging from Small to 3XL.

The “Flea Market” is open when the shelter is open so stop on by today!

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Seniors for Seniors Discount

Attention all potential adopters age 65 and older: Now at the Animal Welfare Society, if you adopt a dog who is 8 years or older, the fee will only be $65. If you adopt a cat who is 8 years or older, they will be fee-waived. It’s the Seniors for Seniors Discount. Senior animals tend to be more well-behaved and easier going than their younger compatriots, so they are ideal companions for older individuals. So if you’ve been looking for a new friend to enjoy your golden years with, then stop on by AWS today.

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Furry Tales, Story and Adventure Hour

Join us Thursdays from 10:00am – 11:15am, in the Humane Education Room at the Animal Welfare Society on Holland Road, West Kennebunk. Preschoolers are invited to discover the exciting world of animals with:

*Stories* *Playtime* *Crafts* *Songs* *Movement* *Animal Time*

This weekly event is free to attend, though any donations are appreciated.

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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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Fruits & Veggies Wanted!

Fresh greens and fruits & vegetables high in Vitamin C are a crucial part of a small animal’s diet.  We have many small animals right now, so we ask for your help!  If you have extra greens or fruits left over after preparing a meal, or would like to add a few extras to your cart at the grocery store, we’d certainly appreciate it.  We are open to accept these fresh donations each day (except Wednesdays) from 11 – 4:30.  Our small animals aren’t too picky, but their favorites include parsley, kale, mustard greens, bell peppers, carrots with their tops, romaine lettuce (no iceberg please!), oranges and small tomatoes!

Not local but still want to help?  We are happy to accept gift cards to our local grocery stores. That way, we can purchase fresh produce whenever we are running low! With just a few clicks, you can order a Hannaford gift card directly from their website.

Thank you!

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Winter Hours

AWS is open Thursday – Tuesday 11am – 4:30pm and closed on Wednesdays for staff training.

We welcome you to stop by during our open hours for adoptions, visits or to drop off donations.  Thank you so much!

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