Humane Education Teaching Compassion

Teaching compassion is an important part of our mission. It is vital to spread important messages of spaying and neutering, long-term commitment to a pet, kind animal treatment, and proper pet care and animal handling. We take great pride in our humane education curriculums and programs.

Our Humane Educator runs a number of programs at AWS and in the community.  She is also available for classroom visits. For more information, contact Megan Cross, Humane Educator at (207) 985-3244 ext 109.

AWS Summer Camp

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

Humane Action League (HAL)

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

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.

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.

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.