Humane Education ~ Teaching Compassion

As a Humane Society, we not only provide food, care and shelter for homeless animals, but we also provide educational programs for our community.

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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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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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Vote for AWS!

PLEASE VOTE! WE NEED YOUR HELP! Are you a customer […]
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David & Goliath

The Lesson of Goliath by AWS Volunteer David If you […]
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Adopted!

Arrow has been a staff and volunteer favorite while at […]
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Project Kitten Challenge and Kitten Shower

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Donations Wanted!

It's time for Spring Cleaning! What are you going to […]
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Seeking: Antiques and Collectible Items

We are currently seeking items for the annual Antique […]
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AmazonSmile

When you shop at smile.amazon.com instead of […]
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Beat The Heat!

“Female cats can go into heat as young as 4 ½ […]
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Spring Hours

The AWS is open Thursday – Tuesday 11am – 4:30pm […]
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Like us on Facebook

Like us on Facebook for updates right in your Facebook […]
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Do You Tweet?

Follow AWS on […]
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Leashes & Gentle Leaders Needed

6 foot, nylon leashes and gentle leaders  for our […]
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Volunteers Needed

Our volunteers are caring, committed, and all here for […]
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Budgies!

Commonly known as […]
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Fruits & Veggies Wanted!

The Animal Welfare Society spends an average of $80 […]
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Vote for AWS!

PLEASE VOTE! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Are you a customer of Kennebunk Savings, Kennebunk Savings Insurance or Kennebunk Investment Services?

As part of the bank’s Community Promise they will be giving away $150,000 through a Customer Ballot – all based on the percentage of the votes an organization receives.

For those that have been voting for AWS for years – balloting has changed! Read on…

· Customers will receive a postcard (one per household) with a website and unique code to enter for online voting.

· You may vote one time per account with the bank (insurance and investments are included!) – however, your unique code will only work once.

To give AWS all the votes you are eligible for:

· Stop in to any branch to fill out paper ballots for each of your accounts.

· Drop in to any branch or call Customer Care (1-800-339-6573) to allow your joint account holder to cast his/her own ballots – double the voting!

Ballots will not be distributed through statements this year. Voting runs through May 15th!

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David & Goliath

The Lesson of Goliath by AWS Volunteer David

If you ever visit the shelter and see a dog looking lost and despondent, and you feel sad, I’d like you to think of Goliath.

Not THE Goliath, but a modern day Goliath.

More specifically… a 10 year old Chihuahua mix, with the “mix” probably being Jack Russell, given his body type and warrior personality.

Goliath first caught my attention because of his ears. They seemed amusingly and adorably large for his small body. When I tried to get close to take him for a walk, he reacted very differently from most dogs at the shelter. He darted away and stared warily at me from the farthest corner of the pen. The next time I visited, he again scooted off as far away as he could get. He would stand immobile with his ears perked up, staring back at me. He had a regal presence that far exceeded his physical size. After a few more visits, he relaxed, and allowed me to clip a leash to him. After that we became  great walking and talking buddies. My heart would melt when I would come up to his pen and see his reaction. He would come to life, twisting and wriggling with delight, ready to go on another mini-adventure.

Goliath seemed to be at the shelter for a long time. I worried that his age (he was originally posted as 12 years old) would make people reluctant to adopt him, despite his vitality and obvious vigor. Then one day as I walked into the lobby, I saw Goliath on a leash being held by a woman. He was being adopted. Although I was happy that he was finally getting adopted, I was concerned by how lost and nervous he looked. I had to remind myself that this was how he first acted around me, and admonished myself not to take his demeanor  as a sign that the adoption was a bad fit. My concerns turned to joy a couple of months later,  when I noticed this letter posted at the AWS Facebook page:

“Thank you for giving me my new best friend, Goliath. Frankly, it was a case of love at first sight. It gets stronger every day. I simply adore my little dog.  He loves life here, and he has a lovely fenced yard full of lovely flowers. On Tuesdays, we go to the pet shops. It’s like a trip to the zoo for him! He loves to see the birds, watch the fish and see the dogs in doggy daycare.  Goliath knows all about furniture, beds, antique chairs and oriental carpets. Perfectly potty trained. He adores rides in the car. He is a perfect gentleman riding. I take him everywhere but the grocery store.

Goliath keeps himself immaculate but did not object to a bath the day he rolled in my manure pile.  He will eat anything. I don’t think he had every had ice cream, but he adored it! He loves roasted beef marrow bones. One might say he landed in Soft City.

I’m sorry I’m not a billionaire! If I were, I would send you millions. If I should win the lottery… Your shelter was impressive. So clean and everyone was so nice to the dogs. I will tell all my friends and relatives to send you Christmas checks!

Goliath is a dear, devoted fellow and is very happy in his new home. He is constantly in my lap (except in the car!). He just shuts his eyes sometimes when I pat him…just expressing joy and happiness. Thank you so much.”

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I had the chance to meet Goliath’s new owners, Cherrie and Anand. Seeing them with Goliath, and hearing them tell stories about his antics with love and bemusement,  reminds me of how adoring grandparents look at, and speak of, their beloved grandchildren. They so clearly adore this little guy. As Cherrie wrote in her letter, he truly has landed in “Soft City.”

So, if you see a dog at the shelter looking lost and bereft, please think of Goliath’s story and know that for this dog—just like it was for Goliath–the “lost and bereft chapter” is just that, a chapter in their story.  It’s not the whole story.  When the page turns, that pooch is about to start a whole new, wonderful chapter.

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Adopted!

Arrow has been a staff and volunteer favorite while at the AWS.  Now he’s adopted!  We will miss you but we couldn’t be happier!

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Project Kitten Challenge and Kitten Shower

 

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Donations Wanted!

It’s time for Spring Cleaning! What are you going to do with the boxes of things you no longer want but are too good to throw away?? Why don’t you donate them to the AWS Yard Sale! Longtime AWS volunteer, Sue spends all year collecting items for her annual Yard Sale to benefit the animals at the AWS shelter. Contact her at 985-1437 to arrange drop off. The sale is at 6 Hearthstone Drive on May 17th from 8am – 1pm. No early birds please!

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Spring Hours

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

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Seeking: Antiques and Collectible Items

We are currently seeking items for the annual Antique Show and Sale at Kennebunk High School the weekend of August 2 & 3.  Donations of vintage or high quality items such as:  glassware, china, pottery, small articles of furniture, frames prints, fun/interesting decorative items and collectibles of all kinds.  If you are doing your spring cleaning and want to support a good cause, call our volunteers at Fran at 207-985-3721 or Liz at 207-967-4962 to arrange for pick up or drop off.  If possible, due to the planning and organization that must take place it would be very much appreciated if items could be dropped off or picked up no later than July 11th.  Please no appliances or yard sale items.  If you would like to make a practical donation to the sale, click here.

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Tired of dusting Aunt Gertrude’s knick knacks or that crystal bowl that really doesn’t match your decor… give them a good home by donating to the AWS Antique Show!  The all volunteer committee works all year round to collect and prepare items for the show.  Due to generous donations this has been a very successful event in the past. They are waiting for your call!

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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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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”!

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Like us on Facebook

Like us on Facebook for updates right in your Facebook feed!

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Leashes & Gentle Leaders Needed

6 foot, nylon leashes and gentle leaders  for our volunteer dog walkers.

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Volunteers Needed

Our volunteers are caring, committed, and all here for the same reason — because they love animals. Without their extra hands, we would be unable to accomplish all we do for the animals.  Download an application.

 

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Budgies!

Commonly known as Parakeets.

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Fruits & Veggies Wanted!

The Animal Welfare Society spends an average of $80 – $100 per month on fresh fruits and veggies for our small animals.

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