From their paws … to your heart!

Welcome to AWS’ blog – written by the pets at AWS!

Whether it’s a dog who likes to blog, a cat that enjoys a chat, a bird who shares the word or the occasional funny bunny, you’ll love hearing from the animals directly. The pets featured in this blog are all looking for new homes. Check back regularly because our pets have a lot to say!

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March 20, 2023: Milly the Magnificent!

Hi there, friends. My name is Milly! Although if you want you can call me Milly the Magnificent because everything I do is just so wonderful and… well… magnificent! Life is very exciting to me and I take every day as a new adventure and a new way to make friends. That’s why when the staff here at AWS said I was going to be the featured pet on the blog this week, my tail just couldn’t stop wagging!

As stated above, I’m a fun-loving and active girl who loves to meet new people and insert myself into all situations and conversations. I love to be the center of attention! I arrived at AWS on February 9 just over a month ago, and I’ve been having a blast and moving fast ever since. Although it’s wonderful here and I’ve made many new friends, I would love to find a happy home of my own where I can bond with my new people and really let my silly side shine through. I’d be great to have at barbecues and pool parties! Of course, it’s not all go, go, go with me all the time as I also love to take naps and snuggle on the couch. I love action movies and rom-coms and especially films where the dog is the star. Lady and the Tramp?? One of the best!

I’m ready to make my way home with you and I can’t wait for the day that I get that phone call. I’ll be bouncing off the walls for sure! If you live an adventurous and active lifestyle and like to go for hikes, walks, swims, and long car adventures with the windows down, I’m the girl for you! Please oh pretty please give the folks here at AWS a call at (207) 985-3244.  and ask about the Magnificent Milly. I guarantee they’ll be so happy to chat about me (especially about how humble I am *ahem*). Also, today is the very first day of spring and since the sun is shining and the birds are singing and the weather is turning warm… I feel like the universe is giving me a sign. This week is going to be the week of Milly! I can feel it in my paws, and I’m ready to make my mark on the world.






 March 13, 2023: Long Term Resident, Bruce!

Hi there, folks! My name is Bruce and it’s so nice to meet you! I hope you’re having a good day and are preparing for the snow that’s coming tomorrow. I heard there’s going to be a lot of it! As for me, I will be hanging out with my friends here at AWS, playing in the snow, napping and, of course, waiting for my new family to come and find me. Any day now I’m sure they’ll come walking through the door to adopt me! I’ve been waiting for over two months now and that makes me a long-term resident here at the shelter. I know I must be patient and that dreams sometimes take a while to come true, but I sure hope that my adoption time is near because I’ve been wishing on a star every night!

So, what is there to know about me? Well, I’m easy-going and gentle and am a real good boy. I always make sure to smile for pictures, sit for cookies, and show my humans how much I love them. Plus, when my ears perk up and I stick out my tongue, everyone always tells me how cute I am! I also have an adventurous side and I love to go for walks through the woods, car rides through town, and romps on the beach where I can smell the salty air and chase the many seagulls. I’ve come to love Maine so much and the natural beauty it holds, and I really hope that sometime soon my perfect people will come and sweep me away on a grand adventure. Can you imagine little old me getting to spend the summer traveling with my humans and sleeping at their feet at night knowing that we’re all one, big happy family?! I can hardly wait!

Spring is just around the corner and that means time for new beginnings and a fresh start. I know my family is out there somewhere and I think it’s time that both our wishes come true and we finally find each other out here in the cosmos. Being a long term resident can sometimes be hard as you watch all your other animal friends get adopted and go home… but I know my time will be soon! If you have room in your heart and home for a special guy like me, please give my friends here a call at (207) 985-3244. I promise that I’m a very, very, very good boy who gives lots and lots and lots of love. Plus, I’m always wearing white socks and, frankly, that’s adorable.

I’ve been adopted! 

March 6, 2023: Long Term Resident, Pepe!

Hey there folks! My name is Pepe and I’m an adorable two-year old guinea pig who is looking for my new, happy home. I came to AWS when my original owner could no longer care for me and since my arrival, I have been quite a people pleaser! That’s right, I love to make people happy and being in a foster home has really helped me come out of my shell. My foster dad is super nice and treats me well and is always making me feel right at home. However, I’ve been available for adoption since early November of last year, and now I think it’s about time I found my forever people!

Did you know that March is National Adopt a Guinea Pig month? I didn’t know this either but I’m so happy to hear it! Spring is right around the corner and the days are getting longer, warmer, and less filled with snow (which, if you’re like me, is a good thing!) I love to be outdoors in the fresh air munching on grass by my human’s side and soaking in all the sun. I can’t wait to share in those good memories with my people! Like most guinea pigs, I really enjoy fresh vegetables and hay to munch on, lots of toys and tunnels and huts to play with and, like I mentioned, time spent outside my enclosure for exercise and socialization with the family. I just love to be wherever you are!

Because I’ve been at AWS since November, I’m considered a long-term resident and have been waiting for my happy home for about four months. I don’t mind being patient (especially in my foster home), but now that March has rolled around and it’s officially the season of adopting guinea pigs like me, I can’t help but think that it’s a sign that I’m going to get adopted soon. Wouldn’t that be lovely? I just can’t wait to become a family pig and show all you good folks out there how special and silly and lovable I really am. Take a chance on me and I know you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how wonderful of a pet I truly am! Please give my friends at AWS a call at (207) 985-3244 to meet me. I’ll be waiting by the phone!

I’ve been adopted! 

February 27, 2023: Long Term Resident, Oliver!

Hi there! Hello! My name is Oliver and I’m a playful, energetic, and (dare I say) handsome young guy who is looking for his happy, new home. I came to Maine thanks to the kind people over at the Humane Society of the United States who rescued me from an alleged dog fighting ring in South Carolina. I’m so grateful that I was able to come to AWS because I’m such a good boy who just wants a family to love and, despite where I came from, I’m friendly, carefree, and ready to start anew with you! I arrived here in Maine in early January and have been looking for my people ever sense. I feel like that’s a long time! People have told me to try to be patient because good things take time, but I’m just so eager to be yours! I’m ready for spring and all things warm and sunny and I want to explore this great state with my new family. If you need a good jogging partner, co-pilot and travel pal, or snuggly friend at night, I’m your guy!

Since first arriving here at AWS, I have learned quite a bit and am very proud of myself and how fare I’ve come! Because I never really lived in a home environment before, I still struggle with my potty training and am learning to be crate trained as well. However, I promise I’m smart as a whip and have already learned new tricks like “touch” and “sit.” I’m also still pretty young and have never had training before, but I would love to learn more with you! I know I can be a bit mouthy and I need to work on my impulse control sometimes, but I’m hoping my new people will work with me on positive reinforcement training to make sure I can be my best self!

I will say, because I’m still learning and have a lot of energy and spunk, I would do best with no small children and cats in my new home. However, I’m also a very sensitive and empathetic dog who attaches to my humans quickly and forms strong bonds with those I trust. I loooove to go for walks, runs, hikes, and romps at the beach. I have a lot of energy and spunk and I just want nothing more than to explore the world around me with my new best friend and companion through life. I’m always so excited to meet new people and since I’m considered a long term resident now, I think it’s about time I found my happy home and started celebrating life with my family. Please give my friends here at AWS a call at (207) 985-3244 to finally come and meet me! I’m so, so, so, SO excited to finally meet you!!





February 20, 2023: Long Term Resident, Twix!

Hello! It’s so nice to meet you my friends! My name is Twix and I’m a handsome and friendly guinea pig who is looking for my new, happy home. I found my way to AWS when my original owner could no longer care for me, and now that I’m here I’ve been so excited to start this new chapter in my life! In fact, I’ve been waiting for my new home since November of 2022 and that means that I am one of the longest term residents here at AWS. What a bummer! I know that you have to be patient when waiting for your perfect people but I can’t help but feel a bit antsy. After all, the weather is warming up and I can feel that Spring is right around the corner. Wouldn’t it be lovely if I was adopted in time to smell the fresh flowers and munch on the first of the grass poking through the ground? What a dream come true.

Of course, in the meantime, I’ve been spending my days with my foster family getting lots of attention and being spoiled rotten. I guess it pays to be this cute! Like most of my kind, I always enjoy getting fresh hay and veggies daily that I can munch on, lots of toys and tunnels and ramps to play with, and time spent outside my enclosure to hang out with my people and get some exercise and stimulation. There’s always so much to explore when you’re an active guinea pig like me! I’ve heard the humans mention that I’m a rather large pig and while some of you might take offense, I love being a big boy! I’m just stocky and tall and rather muscular. It adds to my good looks!

I’ve also heard the humans mention that I’m named after a rather tasty candy bar that many of you might enjoy. I think this makes sense for me because I’m sweet, popular, and I definitely make you feel good! Now all I need is a home of my own and my perfect guinea pig dreams will have come true. It’s been wonderful living with my awesome foster but I do think it’s about time I found my forever family. I’ve waited through Thanksgiving, Christmas, the New Year, and now Valentine’s Day without being adopted and by the time spring rolls around and everyone is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, I hope to be adopted. That’s my lucky wish and I hope the odds are in my favor. Please give my friends here at AWS a call at (207) 985-3244 to finally come and meet me! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

I’ve been adopted! 

February 13, 2023: Long Term Resident, Makk

Hi there, my name is Makk! It’s so nice to meet you! I am a 6-year-old, fun-loving kinda guy who happens to be looking for my new, happy home. You might recognize my smiling face from the Valentine’s Dog Date promotion on our website. I’m so photogenic! I have been here at AWS since early December of last year, so I’m considered a long term resident. Although I have been in a wonderful foster home, I think it’s about time that I found a family of my very own. I can’t wait for that special day!

Like I said, I am currently living in a foster home and it’s been so much fun. I go for walks outside, get snuggle time inside, and get to show off my smarts for some cookies. It’s been a blast! My foster family says I have a magnetic personality and that I like to attract people in. I suppose that’s true because I always get my tail wagging and ears perked up when I see people! However, I can be kind of picky when it comes to other dogs and I prefer to play with those who have a similar temperament and play style as me. Hey, we can’t always like everyone we meet, ya know?

My friends here at AWS say that I would be the perfect candidate for adoption, but that my new family would have to “foster to adopt” me first. I guess what this means is that because I have a surgery scheduled here at the AWS clinic, you’d take me home, I’d live in your house and do all the normal dog stuff, but then come back in for my surgery and get cleared medically so that you can then officially adopt me! If you have questions about that, you can always call my friends here at (207) 985-3244 to ask questions. They love to talk about me! So, what do you think? Wanna be best friends forever?? I’ve been waiting so patiently for my family to come and find me first through Christmas, then the New Year, and now Valentine’s Day. I think it’s about time I made my way home for good! Hope to see you soon!




February 8, 2023: Long Term Resident, Bella

Hello friends, my name is Bella! I am a sweet, one-year old cat who happens to be looking for her new, happy home. I used to be a more carefree spirit who found her way out and about in the wide world roaming the streets and making friends with anyone who crossed my path. Now, however, that life is behind me and I’m ready to find my forever family and be part of a home environment. It sounds like such a wonderful life to me!

Because of my time living outdoors, I do have some mild medical condition in my shoulder that requires my potential family to “foster to adopt” me. Don’t worry, I didn’t know what this meant either! Luckily, my friends here at AWS explained it to me. Basically, my new family will foster me for a time while I get some medical things worked out. I will still live in the home and do all the normal cat things, but I won’t technically be adopted by you until my medical release is up. Then, after I’m cleared by a vet, you can officially adopt me! How exciting!

Don’t let my shoulder injury worry you, though, I’m still a wonderful and loving cat! In fact, I’m currently living in a foster home with my foster mom and things are going quite well. I’ve learned to come out of my shell a bit more and I looove the scratching post my foster mom bought me. She’s the best! Although I am happy here, it’s not quite like having a home of my very own and do hope that my perfect people find me soon. I love to sunbathe and play and watch birds out the window and snuggle up for a nice nap on the couch. I’m just a well-rounded feline friend! I’ve been waiting for my happy home since early December of last year and I do think it’s about time I found it. Valentine’s Day is coming up soon and wouldn’t it be wonderful if I got adopted by then?? What a wonderful way to celebrate love and all welcome some of your own into your home. I can’t wait to show you just how much I’ll love you!

If you’re interested in me, please don’t hesitate to give my friends here at AWS a call at (207) 985-3244. Just ask for me by name and say, “the sweet Bella has caught my eye!” They’ll be happy to chat with you about me and I’ll be even happier to hear you’ve called. I just can’t wait to be a part of a special family like yours.

I’ve been adopted! 

January 30, 2023: Long Term Resident, Maggie

Hi friends! My name is Maggie and it’s so nice to meet you! I am a lovely 8-year-old girl who is looking for her happy home. In fact, I have been looking for quite a while now and happen to have been with AWS since August of last year. That’s almost 6 whole months without a family! And while I love it here and have made many wonderful friends and gone on lots of fun adventures, I often dream of the day I’ll finally make it home to a family of my very own.

You see, I can be skittish and scared and a bit timid when we first meet. Sometimes I bark and I feel like that makes people weary. But you see, I just need time to feel comfortable around you. It’s not that I don’t like people, I just play it cautious and take my time when getting to know someone. I’m sure you can understand. Once I warm up, however, I blossom into such an awesome dog. Just ask my human friends here at AWS! In fact, I often spend time with them hanging out in the office, going for walks, and taking lunch dates with them to local fast-food joints. I’m a really outgoing girl at heart!

I can be a little picky when it comes to making other canine friends but, again, it’s just because I like to be cautious. No one likes everybody they meet and I’m no exception. That being said, I have my pack of playmates whom I like to romp around with and show my true carefree puppy side to. I won’t let middle age stop me from having fun! Overall, I’m just a really special girl with a goofy grin, a love for treats, and an open heart that’s ready to welcome a family like yours. I don’t mind being patient when waiting for my home (good things take time after all), but I do think 6 months has been a testament to my strength of will. I’ve seen seasons and holidays and celebrations go by and while I’ve appreciated all of them, I can’t wait to celebrate them with my forever family soon. I hope that my dream comes true this year and I can make that exciting and life-changing journey home. Just call my friends here at (207) 985-3244 to chat about me. I’ll be waiting on the other end!




January 16, 2023: Long Term Rabbit, Mama

Hi there folks, my name is Mama and I am a 4 year old rabbit who happens to be looking for her new, happy home. I actually came to AWS back in early October of last year after my original people could no longer care for me. I was a little sad at first, but now I’m so excited to start anew and find my perfect family who will love me forever. And if you ask me, I think it’s about due time!

In my past, I lived with many people including small children who brought me so much joy. I’m a very friendly and outgoing kinda gal who loves attention and is always ready to sit and spill the tea. Before I entered my foster home, I actually helped out during some Humane Education classes right here at AWS where I helped teach children all about compassion for small animals like me. I love giving back to my community and making a difference! Now, if only I could give back to a family by being their loving, new companion. That’s really my ultimate dream!

Oh, I did mention that I entered a foster home, didn’t I? Well, I love it here and have been having so much fun! I really thrive when I’m around people. No matter how great my foster mom is, though, (and trust me, she’s the best!) it’s just not like having a family of my very own. I’ve celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and now the New Year without a permanent home, and I hope that soon I will be able to celebrate any upcoming holidays at home with my forever family. I know it’s a lot to ask, but I have a lot to give! Just give my friends here at AWS a call at (207) 985-3244 and ask about me by name. They’ll know who Mama is and I guarantee they’ll say, “oh Lord yes, she’s a doll!” I can’t wait to hear from my happy, new humans!