AWS News & Updates

They Did It!

You may recall a story we shared a few months back about local teams of dogs training to sniff out the invasive spotted lanternfly. Well, we’re happy to report that they did it! All their time and dedication paid off…

A woman wearing a lei holds a puppy also wearing a lei in a parade.

Anatase the Parade Pup

*ANATASE HAS BEEN ADOPTED!* Hi again! It’s me, Anatase! In case you missed all the excitement this weekend, I was in the annual May Day Parade here in downtown Kennebunk. I had never been to a parade before and let…

Make a Special Cat Mat

Dust off those sewing machines! We are looking for crafters and sewists to help with a very special project. We need some special cat mats to help our cats and kittens stay comfy and cozy while in our care. Please…

High-school students in IDEXX lab coats learn from a lab specialist.

AWS’ Animal Care Intensive (ACI)

AWS’ Youth Programs is pleased to announce that the application for AWS’ Animal Care Intensive (ACI) is now open! What is ACI? ACI is a five-day series of workshops for high-school students who have a serious and deep drive to…

An AWS banner featuring a cute kitten as the winner of Giving Tuesday event.

Congrats to Team #awscat!

This Giving Tuesday competition centered around the question who is the Coziest Companion: Cats or Canines? After a fierce but friendly competition, the winner is… 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠 #𝗔𝗪𝗦𝗖𝗔𝗧! Our feline friends celebrated with catnip and of course, they’ve received bragging rights…

Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Happy Animal Shelter Appreciation Week! Each year during the first full week of November, The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS) celebrates National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week as a way to honor animal shelters and the dedicated and…

tan puppy wearing a blue backpack sits in the grass

Disaster Preparedness Month: A Buddy & A Backpack

Pets are more than just animals; they’re important members of our families! September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored annually by FEMA. You can learn more about their efforts and read their preparedness suggestions at In the meantime, we’ve put…

Fifteen AWS staff members pose and smile with award certificates

Thank you!

Wow! We are so grateful to operate in such an amazing community! Last night, the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce presented their annual Drive to Be the Best awards, as selected by local community members. AWS was a gold winner in…

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𝐇𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐲 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐃𝐚𝐲! As a reminder, AWS' Adoption Center and Veterinary Clinic are closed today. Our staff and volunteers will be on hand to care for the animals, but we will not be manning phones or checking emails. We hope you and your canine friend can get out and enjoy the holiday, no matter the weather! 

Remember, it’s never a good idea to leave your pets alone in a locked car, even for only a short time. The guide below shows just how quickly the inside of a car can get dangerously hot, even in mild temperatures like today. That means that even “just for a minute” can be long enough to have devastating effects for your pet. In most cases, it’s best to just leave Fido at home rather than risk their health and safety. Let’s keep summertime safe and fun for all!
We have a Happy Homes story about a lovely little cat named Flora who reminds us that even the shy, scared, or timid pets deserve a chance at a loving home. More often than not, once an animal gets adopted, they blossom into a truly outgoing and friendly companion who just needed a home environment to shine! Here's what Flora's parents have to say about her! 

"Flora joined our family about two years ago, and has brought immense joy, comfort, and affection to us since then. The day that I came into to AWS, the member I met with mentioned that this blue-eyed beauty was very, very shy. Nobody other than those caring for her had any luck getting her to trust. With another shy kitty at home, I knew to enter the room cautiously. I remember that Flora was curled up in a corner under a cat tree. I quietly sat on the floor just to get a good look at her. She perked her head up, crawled over, and promptly laid down in my lap. If I hadn’t already had my heart set on her, that would’ve sealed the deal right then and there!
Now, this kitty is THE definition of a cuddle bug. She sleeps in her humans bed each night, purrs louder than any kitty I’ve ever known, and demands attention vocally if it isn’t given in a time deemed appropriate to her. She has two other kitty friends, along with her sister that she loves to play with, and she spends her days either lounging in the sun, or curled up right next to her people. Thank you AWS, for everything you do!"