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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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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The Flea Market

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Feral Cats Resources

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

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Building Communities: PC Construction Gives Back

As you may have heard, we were nominated by the […]

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Dog Obedience Options

Ever wish your precious pooch would follow your […]

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Liz Adopted!

Congratulations Liz! After spending more than a year […]

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Furry Tales, Story and Adventure Hour

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

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Pet Partners' Therapy Animal Information Night

People and animal volunteer teams are the heart and […]

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Vote for AWS!

PLEASE VOTE! WE NEED YOUR HELP! Are you a customer of […]

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Seniors for Seniors Discount

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

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Spay/Neuter Funding Threatened

*Update 3/13* This is just a quick update to let you […]

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Liz Adopted!

Congratulations Liz! After spending more than a year with us at the shelter, and using her own style of charm to endear herself to all of us, Liz has finally found a new home. While we will miss our lovely office assistant, we couldn’t be happier that she now has a home to call her own. We wish Liz and her new family all the best in their new life together.

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Pet Partners’ Therapy Animal Information Night

People and animal volunteer teams are the heart and soul of Pet Partners’ Therapy Animal Program. With the highest caliber curriculum in the industry, Pet Partners trains volunteers and evaluates them with their pets for visiting animal programs in hospitals, nursing homes, veterans’ centers, hospice, Alzheimer’s facilities, courtrooms, schools, and other settings. Pet Partners currently has more than 11,000 therapy animal teams in 48 states who are specially trained to lovingly share the healing power of their pets with people in need. To help ensure the animal does not become overly tired or stressed, most visits last for just one to two hours. Some volunteers commit to one visit a month while others do several per week.

Are you interested in learning more about volunteering with your dog? Join us for an informal talk and demo at the Animal Welfare Society on March 26th at 6 PM. Please RSVP to alexdaleyclark@gmail.com or call 207-286-3686

To learn more about volunteering with your pet, visit www.petpartners.org

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Building Communities: PC Construction Gives Back

As you may have heard, we were nominated by the employee-owners of PC Construction in Portland to be one of 10 local nonprofits to potentially win a donation of $10,000, $3,000 or $2,000 based on which organization receives the most public votes during the month of March.
It only takes a few minutes to vote — http://www.pcconstruction.com/donations/ — so please click through and vote today, and then pass the link on to colleagues, family and friends to help us build momentum. Thank you for your continued support.
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Spay/Neuter Funding Threatened

*Update 3/13*

This is just a quick update to let you know that there has not yet been a vote in the Agriculture Committee to determine if the committee wishes to save Help Fix ME funding. We now are having to defend not only the pet food surcharge but also the voluntary tax check off. The Governor’s budget goes after both.

We thought the vote would be held this past Tuesday, but the information that the Agriculture Department was supposed to supply to the legislators was not presented. Now there will be yet another work session. We are hoping the vote will be held this coming Tuesday, but we cannot be sure. After the Agriculture Committee votes, their recommendation goes to the Appropriations Committee and they make the final decision. This is why we keep asking everyone to write to both committees. Since we do not yet have a vote, we have not yet won so we have to keep the pressure on.

If you have not yet written to the committees or your district’s legislator, please do so. Contact Sharon for contact information.

Help Fix ME has helped make Maine a leader in the country. We no longer have dog overpopulation and our feline euthanasia rates are some of the lowest  in the country. Spay/neuter is working.  Let’s not quit now!

On behalf of Maine’s animals, we thank you.

 

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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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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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 – thank you!  Your support has meant tens of thousands of dollars in generous donations from Kennebunk Savings over the years.  We hope you will cast your ballots again this year to support the shelter!

To give AWS all the votes you are eligible for:

· Vote online using the “unique code” found in your March Kennebunk Savings bank statements.

· Stop in to any branch to fill out paper ballots for each of your accounts (Investments and Insurance too!)

· 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!

Voting runs through April 15th!

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