Meet Your New Best Friend

Dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds and more! Your best friend, constant companion and new roommate is waiting for you at AWS. Call (207) 985-3244 to adopt!

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Adopt

Whether you are looking at cats for adoption, hoping to find a puppy, or searching for a fuzzy, furry or feathered friend, you’ve come to the right place. Thank you for choosing AWS as the place to find your new family member!

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Train

Led by an experienced team of certified professional dog trainers, AWS’ Canine Training program offers a variety of exciting and progressive classes, programs and social hours for pups of all ages, breeds and abilities. We learn while having fun!

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Wellness Care

Keeping pets happy, healthy, and at home with the people who love them is an important part of our work. The AWS Community Veterinary Clinic is a full-service vet clinic serving both AWS resident animals as well as community pets. We’re here to help!

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Learn

AWS’ Youth Programs provide interactive and creative learning opportunities for children of all ages. Our unique approach targets three important educational components while sharing in the value of care and compassion for all animals.

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Join the Clinic Team!

Animal Welfare Society’s Community Veterinary Clinic […]

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Maine's Most Eligible Malinois

Hi! My name is Leo and I’m a two-year old, male […]

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Rabies Vaccine Clinic

AWS’ Community Veterinary Clinic is offering FREE […]

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Beagle-Palooza!

Beagle-Palooza was a huge success! Thanks to Wings of […]

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Beagle FAQs

Thank you for your interest in the beagles coming to […]

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Microchips Keep Families Together

A microchip is a small device that is inserted under […]

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Adopt a Little!

Looking for a little, new friend? We’ve got you […]

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Looking for Unicorn Fosters

Did you ever want to be a unicorn when you grew up? […]

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Cue the ABBA Song!

It’s time to find our longest-term residents a new […]

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Puppy Start Right

Bringing home a new puppy is exciting and often […]

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Rabies Vaccine Clinic

AWS’ Community Veterinary Clinic is offering FREE rabies vaccines for dogs and cats over 12 weeks of age. Join us on Saturday, October 22 from 9am – 12pm. We’re happy to help the people and pets of our community!

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Adopt a Little!

Looking for a little, new friend? We’ve got you covered! From parakeets to guinea pigs, rabbits and more, we have small animals who can’t wait to find their happy homes. They may be small, but their love is big!

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Beagle-Palooza!

Beagle-Palooza was a huge success! Thanks to Wings of Rescue and The Humane Society of the United States, Maine shelters and rescues welcomed 100 beagles at the Portland Jetport on Sunday, Aug. 24!

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Beagle FAQs

Thank you for your interest in the beagles coming to AWS. Please read the following for answers to some frequently asked questions. 

Q. Where did the beagles come from?
The beagles are part of the 4,000 beagles rescued from Envigo RMS LLC breeding facility in Cumberland, VA, earlier this summer. They were bred to be sold to laboratories for animal testing.

Q. How many are you getting?
We are honored to be part of such a historic rescue operation and pleased to open our hearts to 24 beagles.

Q. How can I help?

Thank you – your help means the world to these beagles! A monetary donation right now is the most important way you can support AWS as we prepare to meet the beagles’ needs. We anticipate these dogs will need veterinary care, some might be extensive, such as dental cleanings, which can be quite costly. At minimum, they will receive wellness exams, preventatives, vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries. Give today.

Q. Can I donate blankets or towels to keep them comfortable?
No thank you. Due to the generous nature of our community, we have more than enough linens right now to accommodate these beagles and all the pets in our care. We will be sending the beagles home to foster care with all the supplies they need, including beds and blankets. Of course, since they will be in foster care, they will have plenty of comfy places to rest! So thank you, but blankets and towels are not needed at this time.

Q. What about food or other supplies?
At this time, a monetary donation or a gift card is the best way to help. Consider sending us a gift card to a local pet supply store or an online retailer such as Chewy, Walmart or Amazon. That way we have the funds in hand to purchase anything the beagles might need.

Q. What are the beagles like?
On Sunday, September 4, each beagle was greeted warmly by our animal care team, checked by our veterinary team and assessed by our behavior and training team. We have 22 females and 2 males and the majority of them around around 1-2 years old. They are all settling in, enjoying playing with toys, running around and learning how great it is to be a family pet!

Q. Can I volunteer to take care of them at AWS or foster one at home?
Thank you. At this time, we do not need volunteers to care for the beagles at AWS as they are all in foster care. If you’d like to learn more about volunteering in general at AWS or fostering another animal, please visit our website.

Q. I want to adopt a beagle. What is your process and when will they be available? Some of the beagles will likely be adopted by their foster families, and the rest will come back to AWS later in September. Adoptions are by appointment. Details about our adoption process are available online. To ensure our staff has the time and resources to devote to the beagles – and all our pets – please refrain from calling with adoption questions at this time and keep an eye on our website for updates. As soon as the beagles are ready for adoption, they will individually be listed at animalwelfaresociety.org/adoption/dogs.

Last updated 9/6/2022

 

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Maine’s Most Eligible Malinois

Hi! My name is Leo and I’m a two-year old, male Belgian Malinois with classic great looks and the characteristic protective and herding instincts that my breed is known for. I am intense, athletic and intelligent. and I’m looking for a best friend who wants to work hard and play even harder!

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Microchips Keep Families Together

A microchip is a small device that is inserted under your pet’s skin and contains contact information similar to that engraved on your pet’s ID tag. If  your animal goes missing, this small device can help to reunite the two of you and keep your family together!

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Puppy Start Right

Bringing home a new puppy is exciting and often nerve-racking. Find answers to your questions, guidance and support from a certified trainer. Get your puppy and family started off on the right paw with a special one-on-one lesson here at AWS.

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Cue the ABBA Song!

It’s time to find our longest-term residents a new home! To reduce the financial burden on families looking to adopt, AWS has reduced adoption fees on select dogs to only $99. So, “take a chance on me, that’s all I ask of you.”

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Join the Clinic Team!

Animal Welfare Society’s Community Veterinary Clinic in Southern Maine is hiring (licensed) veterinary technicians to join a growing mission-based practice. What makes the AWS Clinic so special? We’ll tell you!

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Looking for Unicorn Fosters

Did you ever want to be a unicorn when you grew up? Well, now you can! Be a unicorn foster family for an animal in need and help something magical happen. Unicorn fosters are a rare breed and you might just be the perfect fit for a special pet!

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