Make a Donation

With the help of caring individuals, organizations, and businesses, 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.

Each gift to AWS is fully tax-deductible and goes directly toward the care of animals in need. Donating to the animals is easy and can be done in a variety of ways.

General Donations:

General donations are used for daily animal care, shelter operations and program support. Tax receipts are mailed to your provided address.

Donate online through our secure processing system using your credit or debit card.

Donate over the phone using your credit or debit card by calling (207) 985-3244 ext. 123.

Donate by personal or business check. To send a check, please use our mailing address:
Animal Welfare Society
PO Box 43
West Kennebunk, ME 04094

Donate in person by stopping by our facility during our business hours.

Charitable IRA Rollover:

A Charitable IRA Rollover makes it very easy for donors to make a gift to our animals directly from an individual retirement account (IRA). Gifts transferred directly to AWS from IRA accounts are not taxed. Donors 70 ½ years old or older can take advantage of this provision, and the gift will count towards the annual required minimum distribution.  For more information, please contact your financial advisor.  If we should be expecting a Charitable IRA Rollover gift, please contact our development office.

Tribute Gifts:

Gifts may be made in memory or in honor of family, friends, colleagues and pets. Tribute gifts are listed quarterly on our website, and an acknowledgement is sent to the honoree, next of kin or interested party within a week of receiving the gift.

When sending in your gift, please provide contact information (email or mailing address) for the party you would like notified.

Personalized Tribute:

By inscribing a brick in our beautiful courtyard, supporting the planting of a flowering tree, or providing a place to rest along our 41 acres, you can leave a lasting tribute for visitors, staff, and volunteers to enjoy. Brick inscriptions begin with a gift of $200. To remember or honor your best friend or loved one at AWS, fill out our order form, and mail to the address listed at the bottom of the page.

For more information on a donating a memorial tree or bench, please contact our development office.

Vehicle Donation:

Donating a car you no longer use is a great way to help the animals!  Most any vehicle is accepted, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and RVs! Vehicles do not need to be in new or even running condition. Restrictions based on the vehicle’s condition may apply, especially for non-cars. The vehicle must have an engine and be towable. Your vehicle will be sold at auction or to salvage based on condition, with proceeds coming back to AWS! Vehicle donations qualify as a charitable deduction on your federal income tax return.

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions to learn how easy it is to donate your vehicle!

Ready to get started? Click here to fill out the online form. Please have your VIN number and title number handy.

Annual Kennel Sponsorships:

For less than a dollar a day, you can help to provide a safe and home for an animal at the Animal Welfare Society.

With your annual sponsorship pledge, we hang an inscribed tag on or near one of our kennels. You can pledge to sponsor a kennel for as little as $24 a month for a dog ($288 annual commitment), $12 a month for a cat, ($144 annual commitment) or $7 a month for a small animal ($84 annual commitment).

Kennel sponsorships last one year, and can be paid monthly, quarterly or annually.  You may renew your pledge annually. Your pledge will help keep the animals happy, well fed, warm and dry until they join their new families. Just print and fill out our sponsorship form and mail it to the address listed below.

Cause-Related Marketing Events & Other Fundraisers:

We are pleased to have loyal supporters who want to conduct a fundraiser on our behalf. We are happy to accept cash donations, as well as in-kind donations.  Please see our wish list for an up-to-date list of most needed items.

Individuals:
Thank you for your interest in helping us!  We want to be sure we can help make your fundraiser as successful as possible.  To get started, please visit our FAQs.  Then, please fill out the one page form and return to the address listed below. Have questions or want to run some ideas by us? We’d be happy to chat.  Please contact the development office today.

Examples of cause-related marketing events for individuals:

  • Yard Sale
  • Hosted Home-Sales Party (Tupperware, Avon, etc.)
  • Art, Jewelry or Craft Fair
  • Pet Food & Supply Drive
  • Donations in lieu of gifts for a milestone event


Businesses & Organizations:
Please contact the development office to discuss your cause-related marketing fundraiser.  We’d be happy to provide our proposal form and agreement for you as well as a list of FAQs.

Mailing Address:

Animal Welfare Society
PO Box 43
West Kennebunk, ME 04094

To discuss corporate sponsorships, planned giving, and other ways to donate, please contact our development office.

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