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Thank You Rarebreed!

Are you excited for Woofstock?! Our family-friendly, dog-friendly, food and beer festival is little more than a month away! With over a dozen food trucks, breweries, vendors, kid’s activities, dog agility and more, there’s something fun for everyone. Of course,…

Children sit in front of the AWS van wearing backpacks for Parade Brigade

Youth Parade Brigade

Calling all local families and lovers of parades! AWS’ Youth Programs has a new fun and family-oriented program that’s marching its way to you: Youth Parade Brigade! March with Youth Programs Coordinator, Miss Amanda, and her resident doodle puppy, Bowie,…

A group of children pose in front of the AWS building during Summer Camp.

AWS Summer Camp Registration

Since winter can’t decide what it wants to do, let’s think ahead to warm July days here in Kennebunk and our Summer Camp 2024! We are gearing up for another great summer experience for our area youth and hope to see…

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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!