Adoption Stories

Whether you adopted a decade ago, or last week, or anytime in between, we’d love to hear from you! Please share a story about your pet’s happy home!

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Happily ever after

The staff, volunteers and fosters here at AWS know that each animal’s stay with us is just a small chapter in their life’s journey. While our time together is brief, the pets we care for leave lasting memories. We relish the chance to know how our alumni are doing in the next chapters of their lives. These stories and photos warm our hearts and our souls. Thank you for sharing your pet’s happily ever after with us.

Happy Home Stories

Check out these adopted pets who are now so happy in their new homes!

  • Abe

    Abe

    “I adopted Abe in February 2024. I was looking for a new dog for my family & saw his adorable/goofy pic on your shelter website. I was drawn to him […]

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  • Lana

    Lana

    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 […]

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  • Troy now Loon

    Troy now Loon

    Formally known as Troy (now Loon) had his first hike today thanks to you guys! Thanks for the amazing pupper!

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  • Angel & Zeus

    Angel & Zeus

    I went to AWS in search of a bird or two and fell in love with these parakeets! They are such a wonderful addition to our family. Thank you guys […]

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  • Jezebelle now Zora

    Jezebelle now Zora

    Back in 2017, I was at the shelter when I saw Zora. I went into her pen and she fell asleep in my lap almost immediately. From the start she […]

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  • Misty

    Misty

    Misty was our second cat of the bunch, and this poor baby was surrendered. We met her in April of 2020 and were told she wasn’t cuddly or loving. We […]

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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!
How many kittens can you spot in this photo?! All these babies have already been adopted, but they still played an amazing game of hide-and-go-seek! 👀
POV: you’re just a little dragon sleeping on a log without a care in the world. #thegoodlife 

Who wants to adopt Elizardbeth? ✋ This adorable reptile is actually very active, friendly, and loves to explore. She is a real ham and will leave you laughing for sure!