Humane Education Teaching Compassion

Teaching compassion is an important part of our mission. We take great pride in our engaging humane education curriculums and fun programs, with something for children of all ages. Our Humane Educators creatively and interactively share the importance of spaying and neutering, long-term commitment to a pet, kind animal treatment, proper pet care and more!

For more information, contact AWS Humane Educator Megan Cross or Assistant Humane Educator Brie Roche at (207) 985-3244 ext 109.

Children make such a difference in the lives of our animals. Meet our Youth Heroes!

School Vacation Camp

Held over school breaks, students ages 7 – 10 spend time with animals, do crafts and have fun lessons in animal care and more!

Half Day Pet Pals

Offered in the afternoon on select early release days, Pet Pals (K-5) play games, work on pet-related projects and have fun, interactive lessons in animal care and compassion. Registration available online!

Summer Day Camp

Each summer, AWS offers weekly day camp for children aged 7 to 13. Daily interactive activities include field trips, animal care and lessons in compassionate pet care.

*NEW*Animal Care Intensive (ACI)

This brand new summer program is a week-long series of STEM-focused workshops for high school students. Students with a deep interest in veterinary sciences or strong desire to pursue a career in animal care are encouraged to apply.

Kids’ Birthday Parties

Having a birthday party at AWS is a great way to any animal-loving kid to celebrate with fun games, keepsake crafts and lots of animal time!

Shelter Helpers

In conjunction with local after-school care programs, students in grades K-5 spend time helping shelter pets, through lessons, activities and animal time.

Pizza with Pets

On select days off of school, we offer a half day (morning) humane education workshop for children aged 6-10.

Humane Action League (HAL)

Animal-loving students ages 9-11 and 12-14 can join this after school club and learn more about animal welfare. Registration available online!

Furry Tales

Preschoolers and their families are welcome to join AWS’ Humane Educators to explore the exciting world of animals with stories, playtime, crafts, songs, movement and plenty of animal time!

Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy pairs high school students on the autism spectrum with AWS alumni dogs for an hour of agility training.

Classroom Visits

Humane education is an important part of any child’s early learning experience. We offer in classroom (and assembly) presentations on a variety of animal-related topics.

Adoption Center Tours

School groups, community groups, scout troops and others are invited to visit AWS. Tours include some interaction with the animals, lively discussions, and a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into running a community adoption center.

Community Presentations

Our Humane Educator will visit local community groups to talk about the shelter or other animal-related issues.