Humane Action League (HAL)

Take it from us, HAL @ AWS is a great way to spend the afternoon!  HAL 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 […]

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$even Dollar $eptember!

Only $7 to adopt cats 1 year and older for qualified adopters!

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Strut Your Mutt! – Winners Revealed!

Update 9/18/14 – We are proud to announce the following fundraising winners from this year’s Strut Your Mutt event: Squad: The FixersTeam: Pit Bulls Junior Team: Shimini Shandas Jr. Family Team: Zoey’s Zoo Individual: Mary Brady You should expect your prizes to arrive in the mail soon. In all we raised nearly $75,000 for the […]

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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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Kitten Food Needed

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

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Rabies Vaccination Clinic

The Shelter Spay Neuter Clinic will have a rabies […]

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Adopted!

Hurray for Tia!  She has been a long term resident at […]

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Humane Action League starts September 16

Humane Action League is an after school program at the […]

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Vote for the 2015 "Face of the Strut"

The 2015 Face of Strut will be announced on September […]

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Dog Obedience Options

Ever wish your precious pooch would follow your […]

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Budgies!

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

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Kittens only $99

YES, don’t look so surprised!  Qualified […]

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Now Hiring

Full-time and part-time Animal Care Technician […]

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Beat The Heat!

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

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Kittens only $99

YES, don’t look so surprised!  Qualified adopters can bring home an adorable kitten for only $99.00 until the end of September!

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Vote for the 2015 “Face of the Strut”

The 2015 Face of Strut will be announced on September 25th. Be sure to vote for your favorite dog by “liking” his or her picture on our Facebook page.

Hope you all had a chance to say hi to Lucy, our 2014 Face of Strut.  She sure had a good time this year at Strut!

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Rabies Vaccination Clinic

The Shelter Spay Neuter Clinic will have a rabies vaccination clinic at the North Berwick Community Center, 266 Lebanon Road from 9am – noon on Sunday, September 28.  The fee is $10.00.  Please, all cats in carriers and dogs on leashes.  First Come, First Serve.  Proceeds to benefit Another Chance Rescue

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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.

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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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Adopted!

Hurray for Tia!  She has been a long term resident at AWS and was adopted by a lovely family, here they are goofing around in our Humane Education room!  While the staff and volunteers will miss her, we couldn’t be happier for her and the lucky people who took her home!

Update: Tia is already settling into her new home:

“To the workers at AWS, we are just loving our new addition (Tia) to our home. She has fit in well with us and our cats. We love her so much. We wanted to share with you her sleeping spot which is in bed with our daughter. We will keep you updated.”

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Now Hiring

Full-time and part-time Animal Care Technician positions available in a very busy animal shelter. Weekends a must, schedule may include some evenings. Job requirements include the ability to lift 40 pounds and be able to stand, bend & stoop throughout the entire workday. Candidates must be physically capable of safely walking & handling animals with a broad range of behaviors. Valid driver’s license and clean driving record required. Must be 18 years of age or older. Job duties include providing quality customer service, facility & grounds sanitation and maintenance, direct animal care, feeding, handling, vaccinating, examining, exercising, and enriching resident dogs, cats, rabbits, rodents, and pet birds. Qualified candidates must be able to multitask, be self-motivated, task oriented, and be able to fulfill job duties with minimal supervision. Candidate must be comfortable & experienced in a variety of customer service interactions and enjoy serving the public. $9 an hour to start. Position offers full benefits package after probationary period, including health and life insurance policies, retirement plan, paid time off, and buy-in options for dental, accident & disability insurance policies.  Animal care experience preferred. Please come to the shelter on Holland Road to pick up an application with instructions regarding our hiring policy. No phone calls or emails please.

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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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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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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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