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Adoptable Animals

When you adopt a pet from Animal Welfare Society, you make a huge impact! You give an animal a lifetime of love and a happy place to call home.

Not ready to adopt but want to help? Consider making a gift to support the animals in our care.

Adoption process

Adopting a pet from AWS is easy! Our adoption counselors will guide you through the entire process, and you’ll be able to bring your new pet home with you right away!


We look forward to helping to match you with your new best friend and supporting you throughout the adoption process.

Meet & Greet

Adopters are welcome to visit our Adoption Center without a scheduled appointment to meet adoptable pets including dogs, cats, birds and small animals.

Open Daily

AWS’ Adoption Center is open 7 days a week, from 10 am – 3:30 pm. 

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Adoption stories

A pet’s stay in AWS’ Adoption Center is just a small chapter in their lives. Jump on over to our Happy Homes page to read stories of AWS pets, post adoption, and see them thriving in their new homes!


For more information, please contact our Adoption Center via email or telephone at (207) 985-3244 ext. 125.

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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!