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. 

2,009

Pets Adopted

20,245

Procedures and Exams

47,495

Volunteers Hours

39,896

Pounds of Food
& Litter Provided

2023 Year in Review

Events & Programs

Join us!

  • Woofstock: Dog-Friendly, Family-Friendly Food & Beer Festival

    Woofstock is a FREE family-friendly, dog-friendly beer and food festival held rain or shine on the last Saturday in July each year on the grounds of Animal Welfare Society, 46 […]

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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!

  • Groovy Pet of the Week: Gerald

    Groovy Pet of the Week: Gerald

    Hello there, friends. My name is Gerald and I am this week’s Groovy Pet here at AWS! In case you’re just tuning in, us Groovy Pets are given this special […]

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  • The Great Game of Tug

    The Great Game of Tug

    Need a training game that your dog will both love and learn from? What about an activity that will tire them out physically and mentally? If so, the great game […]

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  • Groovy Pet of the Week: Ellie

    Groovy Pet of the Week: Ellie

    Hey friends! What’s happening?! My name is Ellie and I have been chosen as this week’s Groovy Pet! You may recall my friend, Hank, was last week’s and he described […]

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  • Firework Pet Safety Tips

    Firework Pet Safety Tips

    Independence Day can be a scary and often dangerous time for animals. Many of our pets fear the sight and sound of fireworks, as well as large gatherings and celebrations. […]

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Values That Guide Our Work

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Despite the heat, our Summer Camp kids are outside and ready for more fun and games! We love hosting children every summer who learn about compassion,  animal behaviors and rights, and how a shelter like ours operates. Plus with various field trips, educational games and activities, and daily animal-related tasks, there’s always fun to be had! 

Thank you for the best Summer Camp season so far! We can’t wait for the upcoming weeks of more fun in the sun! 🕶️🌞
ICYMI: Along with their foster mom, guinea pigs Phoebe, Peppa and Miss Piggy were guests on Fetch Me a Home this morning. Head over to @newscentermaine to learn more about this fun and groovy trio!

To adopt ➡ Call AWS at (207) 985-3244 to schedule an appointment.