About the Animal Welfare Society

The Animal Welfare Society, incorporated in 1967, is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit humane society located in Kennebunk, Maine and is a regional leader in companion animal welfare.

AWS operates a progressive animal shelter and adoption center in West Kennebunk and satellite adoption centers throughout northern New England. AWS’ life-saving community programs include Pets and Women to Safety, Paws in Stripes and Paws Across America while AWS’ services to the greater community include Humane Education, Behavior and Training classes, spay/neuter assistance through the Cleo Fund and veterinary and wellness care at the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic. AWS serves as the animal control impound facility for 21 municipalities in York County.

In 2017, AWS’ 50th year of operations, 4,198 pets in need came through our doors. Additionally, the AWS/Cleo Fund provided spay/neuter surgeries to 2,013 owned pets throughout the state. AWS’ community programs and services provided support to an additional 3,847 people and their pets. In 1967, AWS’ first year, about 500 animals were served; today, that number is more than 10,000.

AWS’ operations, adoption center, programs and services are supported by a staff of more than 40 full- and part-time employees and a team of more than 150 dedicated volunteers. Volunteers donate more than 20,000 hours of their time annually.

We are able to fulfill our mission through the generosity of those who contribute through donations, pledges and bequests. These funds go directly toward the care of the animals at the shelter and to programs that benefit the people and animals in our communities.