Pets and families thriving together

Founded in 1967, Animal Welfare Society (AWS) is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization located in Kennebunk, Maine.

Our mission

Animal Welfare Society exists to serve as the safety net for lost and homeless pets and to provide access to affordable services and resources necessary for long term well-being, so pets and their families stay together and thrive.

Our 2022 Impact

In a year like no other, we supported our pet community’s needs as families faced inflation, economic uncertainty and housing instability while also adjusting our operations to fit the “post-COVID” era. 


Pets Adopted


Procedures and Exams


Volunteers Hours


Pounds of Food
& Litter Provided

2023 Year in Review

Events & Programs

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  • February 28 @ 3:00 PM
    Rescue Readers: Wednesday, February 28

    Rescue Readers: Wednesday, February 28

    Open to students in grades 1-8. Rescue Readers brings together elementary/middle school students and resident or therapy pets for a half hour of literary-based confidence building! Reading aloud forms a […]

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  • March 6 @ 3:00 PM
    Rescue Readers: Wednesday, March 6

    Rescue Readers: Wednesday, March 6

    Open to students in grades 1-8. Rescue Readers brings together elementary/middle school students and resident or therapy pets for a half hour of literary-based confidence building! Reading aloud forms a […]

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From the Blog

Whether it’s a dog who likes to blog, a cat who enjoys a chat, a bird who shares the word, or the occasional funny bunny, you’ll love hearing from our resident animals directly. Our blog also contains news & updates, training tips & tricks and more. Keep up with AWS!

  • Pet Dental Health Facts

    Pet Dental Health Facts

    All February long, we have been celebrating National Pet Dental Health month by sharing helpful health facts. Many pet parents don’t know about the dangers that can lurk inside their […]

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  • Why Foster a Dog?

    Why Foster a Dog?

    Happy Foster Friday! We like to celebrate our foster families, our fostering community, and the act of fostering itself every Friday here at AWS. There are many wonderful and beneficial […]

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  • What About Guinea Pigs?

    What About Guinea Pigs?

    Hello! Hi! Our names are Jonathan and Jimmy and we’re a bonded pair of brothers who can’t wait to find our happy new home together! February has been such a […]

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  • Cookie’s One Year Anniversary

    Cookie’s One Year Anniversary

    Have you met Cookie, our Youth Program’s resident hamster? Cookie is a staple in the classroom and was adopted by Youth Program’s Coordinator, Miss Amanda, one year ago on February […]

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Is your 2-5 grader looking for some after school fun? AWS' March After School Club registration is open! 

During Club meetings, led by our Youth Programs coordinator, students will dive deeper into animal care by occasionally volunteering at the Adoption Center, making crafts, playing games, and generally decompressing from the day. They will also get to hang out with resident classroom pets! 

The club takes place on Thursday afternoons, all March long. Don't miss your chance to sign your child up today so they can be an AWS Club Member!
𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐏𝐞𝐭 𝐃𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡!
Help your pet stay happy and healthy by ensuring their mouth stays clean! Know the early signs and symptoms of dental disease and how you can help prevent it in your pet. The more you know, the more proactive you can be! 

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐦 𝐋𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡
While the outside of your pet's teeth and gums are important to keep clean, a bigger problem can lie beneath. When bacteria begins to form on the teeth, a substance called plaque forms. When the plaque calcifies (or hardens), a different substance called tartar develops. Eventually, tartar eats away at the gums and causes pockets to form in your pet's mouth which fill with bacteria. This can cause a slew of problems under the gum line and, if left untreated, can enter your pet's bloodstream and effect their heart, liver, and other organs. This is why routine cleanings and dental check-ups are so important! 

Our Community Clinic is offering a special dental care package to all families who have or call to set up dental appointments for their pet in the month of February (while supplies last.) 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝗮𝘁 (𝟮𝟬𝟳) 𝟮𝟵𝟮-𝟮𝟰𝟮𝟰 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁.
Ahhhhh, the joyful sigh of satisfaction after a tidying session 😊
Our toys, games, stuffies, Kongs, tennis balls and so many bowls are now well organized with everything in the right place!
#springcleaning #sparkjoy #tidying #dogtoys

𝐑𝐚𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬.
Although they can be somewhat timid and cautious, when a rabbit is feeling confident they tend to go exploring! Rabbits love to look down tunnels, dig under blankets, pull up rugs, and fit into smaller spaces. All in the name of curiosity! Rabbits are also crepuscular, which means they're most active at dawn and dusk. So, if you have a sleepy rabbit during the day, that just means they'll need more time to explore their home during the early morning or evening! 

Cauliflower, one of our newest residents who is ready to find his happy home, is one curious guy! He loves to rearrange his living space and he never shies away from an adventure. He will fill your home with so much love and lughter!