Volunteer at AWS

Thank you so much for your interest joining our team of volunteers at the Animal Welfare Society. Volunteers provide invaluable service to our animals, programs and services. We are grateful for your interest and look forward to welcoming you to the AWS team!

Our volunteers have a wide variety of skills and expertise and we want YOU to get the most of our your time volunteering at AWS. We offer flexible schedules for volunteers and have many different opportunities at our facility and throughout our programs and services.

Volunteer with the Animals

Love animals? Want to spend time with them while they wait for their new homes? We have plenty of things for you to do – all sorts of time commitments and schedules are accommodated and tasks can include:

  • Cleaning kennels
  • Tidying up animal spaces
  • Socializing with cats
  • Walking dogs
  • Taking dogs to training classes
  • Photographing animals
  • And lots more!

Assist with Daily Operations

Regular and occasional volunteers keep our facility in West Kennebunk running smoothly each and every day. There are plenty of ways to help including:

  • Running errands
  • Sorting donations
  • Helping with Humane Ed programs
  • Answering telephone inquiries
  • Greeting guests in the adoption center lobby
  • Assisting with office work (mailings, filing, etc.)
  • Doing laundry
  • And much, much more!

We welcome adult and junior volunteers. Teen volunteers aged 14-15 are invited to volunteer at AWS with a parent/guardian volunteering alongside them. Those aged 16-17 are welcome to volunteer individually with a parent/guardian’s consent.

We offer regular orientation sessions to showcase the many opportunities we have for volunteers. Orientations will last about an hour and will include a tour of AWS,  including the adoption center, community veterinary clinic and program spaces. Interested volunteers should use the below form to register for an orientation session prior to completing a volunteer application.

We are currently seeking self-motivated, dedicated volunteers to join the animal care support team. These volunteers are needed on a weekly basis to help clean and sanitize kennels, cages, and small animal habitats. Once cleaning is complete, the volunteers set out comfort items like bedding and lots of toys and may spend time snuggling and cuddling pets.

Animal care support volunteers must be able to start at 8:30am and finish before the Adoption Center opens to the public at 11am. All training is provided. Only volunteers able to commit to the above times and tasks will be considered. As with all volunteer opportunities at AWS, volunteers must attend an orientation prior to filling out an application. Special animal care support team orientations have been scheduled below.

Orientation Session

For volunteer inquiries, please contact our Volunteer Program Manager, Rachel Levasseur at (207) 985-3244 ext. 121.


Current volunteers: Access VicNet to update information, log in hours and more!