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.

It is vital to spread important messages of spaying and neutering, long-term commitment to a pet, kind animal treatment, and The Link between domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and animal abuse.

Our Humane Educator runs a number of programs at the shelter and in the community.  She is also available for classroom visits.

AWS Summer Camp

Each summer, AWS holds week-long workshops for children aged 7 to 13.

Registration form for 2017 sessions coming soon!

Humane Action League (HAL)

The Humane Action League is an after school program for students ages 9-11 and 12-14.

Furry Tales

Furry Tales Story and Adventure Hour allows preschoolers to discover the exciting world of animals!

Jumping for Joy

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

School Vacation Camp

Vacation camps are held during the weeks that school is out in February and April  for students aged 7 – 10.  For more information contact Megan at (207) 985-3244 x 109 or send an email.

Kids’ Birthday Parties

Having a birthday party at AWS is easy, affordable, mess-free and full of learning opportunities and fun with animals!

Pizza with Pets

The day before Thanksgiving, the Animal Welfare Society will offer a half day humane education program for children aged 6-10.

2016 is SOLD OUT. See you next year!

Children’s Museum Program

Every third Sunday of the month at 10:30 am, AWS volunteers and shelter pets visit the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland. Children have the opportunity to interact with a variety of pets. You never know who will be there – bunnies, kittens, ferrets and more!

Classroom Visits

Our Humane Educator visits local schools to teach a variety of animal-related programs. Humane education is an important part of any child’s early learning experience.

Shelter Tours

School groups, community groups, scout troops and others are invited to visit us for a complete tour of the Animal Welfare Society. Tours include some interaction with the animals, lively discussion, and a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into running a community shelter.

Community Presentations

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