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

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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!

  • 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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  • Foster Friday: Snowball & Marshmallow

    Foster Friday: Snowball & Marshmallow

    Happy Friday! Our foster families make a huge difference in the lives of our animals by opening up their doors to adoptable pets who need some time away from the […]

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  • Make a Special Cat Mat

    Make a Special Cat Mat

    Dust off those sewing machines! We are looking for crafters and sewists to help with a very special project. We need some special cat mats to help our cats stay […]

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Values That Guide Our Work

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@aws.maine

𝑯𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒚 𝑵𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒀𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑷𝒆𝒕 𝑫𝒂𝒚!
We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than by sharing a Happy Homes story for you! We feel honored to play a part in matching pets to their perfect people. 

"I just wanted to reach out with an update on Fitz! He has had an AMAZING two weeks in his new home meeting his new family and (after a very long and slow introduction process) playing with his brother!

Fitz is an amazing kitten! He is super sweet, playful, cuddly, and vocal! We knew the second he came home and started excitedly exploring his space that he was the right fit for our family! He and his brother Poe are now inseparable. He is growing so fast, playing so much, and we now know he’s very healthy!

Thank you SO very much for matching me with this perfect boy! I came in to adopt him a couple months after the loss of my former kitty that was also given to me from your shelter 16 years ago. I truly believe he sent Fitz my way!"

Continue the love by sharing your own Happy Homes story so we can see how much you love your pet!
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! 

𝐃𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥.
You may notice signs of dental disease as physical changes in your pet: yellow teeth, bad breath, bleeding gums, or problems chewing. But did you know that dental discomfort can also manifest as behavioral as well? Look for changes in your pet's behavior such as hiding, not wanting to be touched by the mouth, growling, hissing, or even nipping. These could be signs that your pet is in pain and needs a dental checkup! 

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.
𝔻𝕀𝔻 𝕐𝕆𝕌 𝕂ℕ𝕆𝕎?

𝐑𝐚𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲!
Just like dogs or cats, rabbits play by tossing or pushing objects around with their mouths and chasing after them. When they're really playful, rabbits like to skip and race around their house or playpen like a kid who's had too much sugar. They jump on and off of things and like to run through tunnels or burrow through blankets. If you're lucky, your rabbit might even do a 'binky!' This is when they run and jump and kick out their back legs in excitement. Rabbits really are a joy to watch and play with when they're happy! 

Adorable sisters Daisy and Rose really are a prime example of happy bunnies! They love to play with each other and throw their toys around. They also are very curious and are always racing around when someone comes to visit. They will make wonderful companions to their new people! 
𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐬 ➡  https://animalwelfaresociety.org/adoption/rabbits/