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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  • Draw Live Animals with River Tree Arts: Week of June 24

    Students in grades 6+, join Miss Amanda and professional artists from River Tree Arts for some artistic, animal fun! In this camp, children will focus on core skills of drawing […]

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  • 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!

  • Keep Pets Safe in High Heat

    Keep Pets Safe in High Heat

    Summer is here in full swing and here in Maine, we’re experiencing a heat wave! Temperatures are estimated to climb to the mid 90s with high humidity and lots of […]

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  • The Duke of Fun

    The Duke of Fun

    Hi everyone! My name is Duke and it’s such a pleasure to meet you! If you want, you can call me The Duke of Fun because that’s why I got […]

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  • Elmer and Rico

    Elmer and Rico

    On Fridays, we like to highlight our amazing foster families who do so much for our pets. We call them (appropriately) Foster Fridays! This week, we want to thank Rico, […]

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  • What’s New With Youth Programs?

    What’s New With Youth Programs?

    As the school year comes to an end and summertime begins, our Youth Programs gear up for a busy season. There are community events to host, classes to manage and, […]

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Values That Guide Our Work

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We're in a heat wave! ☀ With temperatures reaching the mid 90s with high humidity and haze, it's important to know how to keep pets safe and cool in extreme weather. Learn the signs and symptoms and heatstroke in your pet! 

❃ Heavy Panting
❃ Rapid Breathing
❃ Excessive Drooling
❃ Excessive Thirst
❃ Incoordination
❃ Glassy Eyes
❃ Bright Red Gums & Tongue
❃ Vomiting
❃ Seizures or Fainting

If you suspect heatstroke in your pet, immediately get them out of the sun and heat and into a cooler area. You can splash them with cool water or apply cold compresses to their face, belly, armpits, and feet. Then, call your veterinarian or local emergency veterinary hospital immediately.

Learn more safety tips on our newest blog post online. We hope you have a safe, fun, and cool summer!
We have the most heartwarming Happy Homes story to share! Lana, who was adopted back in January of 2023, has been living with her perfect family and truly being a loyal and loving companion. It just goes to show you that you never know how an animal may change your life. Here's what her mom has to say about her now! 

"Lana is an amazing dog and has been the light of me and my daughter’s life. She helped us through some tough times. She has a natural gift as she could always sense when my daughter was about to have her Vertigo moments. And she also was a protective girl around her after my daughter and I were in a car accident when we got hit by a drunk driver. This dog was a true friend and hero and I couldn’t imagine life without her!"
Yesterday was the last day of school for 7th graders at the Middle School of the Kennebunks, and per their annual tradition they visited AWS! Art students at the school make dog and cat toys for us every year and then celebrate by hand delivering the donations right to our door. They then take a tour of our facility and visit with the pets they helped. We love community traditions like this! Happy summer!