Youth Blog

Why Fridays are Special

Miss Amanda, as our Youth Programs Coordinator here at AWS, has always loved Fridays. Not because it’s the last day of the work week or because she gets to head home for some weekend fun, but rather because Friday means…

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Animals in the Arts: Spring Drawing

Are you and your little one ready for the cutest creativity event of the season?! Now that it’s finally spring and the weather is warming up, we know your creative juices are flowing and that it’s time to make something…

A Special March Furry Tales

March is National Reading Month and we’re excited to celebrate by hosting a very special March Furry Tales! We’re collaborating with local children’s book author Jeff Moulton who wrote an adorable little tale titled Mumford Saves the World, based off…

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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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Cookie’s One Year Anniversary

Have you met Cookie, our Youth Program’s resident hamster? Cookie is a staple in the classroom and was adopted by Youth Program’s Coordinator, Miss Amanda, one year ago on February 15, 2023! Today, we look back on all that Cookie…

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Celebrate Serpents with AWS Youth Programs

Did you know that February 1st is National Serpent Day? It also happens to be the start of National Library Lovers Month. We couldn’t think of a better way to share that all February long, Furry Tales will focus on…

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WES Students Donate Dog Leashes

Back in December of 2023, nineteen students of Wells Elementary School (WES) read a classic novel titled Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. Inspired by the story of a stray dog adopted by a little girl, classroom teacher Pam Lear…

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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…

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Shelby Loves Rescue Readers!

Hi there families and kids! My name is Shelby and I’m a certified therapy dog who sometimes comes to visit AWS on Wednesdays during Rescue Readers. My handler and I love to visit you kids because we believe in the…

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December’s Animals in the Arts

Last Wednesday, Youth Programs Coordinator, Miss Amanda, hosted a fun Animals in the Arts class all about learning basic forms and shapes. In this class, young artists focused on how understanding the shape and basic anatomy of an animal can…

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Dog Training with Kids

Tip: Get the Kids Involved in Training! 𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗸𝗶𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗵𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗯𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗼, 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀! You’ve been working hard to train the dog, but don’t forget the kids! From a young age, you…

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Kid’s Challenge!

Children and families: ’tis the season to bring good cheer and tidings! All week long, we’re challenging you to bring happiness and a little festive fun to the animals in your life and here at AWS by being extra good…

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AWS Community Veterinary Clinic is hosting a FREE microchip and rabies vaccine clinic for dogs and cats over 12 weeks of age at Waggerstown Pet Nutrition & Supplies Store in Wells, ME. 𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆!

This clinic is free to attend, but we ask that you please RSVP in advance. Head to our website today or check our stories to register. We strive to keep pets happy, healthy, and at home with their families!
Perhaps you’ve considered adding a new canine companion to your family, but haven’t quite decided if it’s a good time yet. Maybe you’ve been wanting a dog but the winter blues have had you feeling down and out. We totally understand; adopting a pet is a big decision! We feel right now in this season, however, is the perfect time to adopt a dog!

Check out our newest blog post online to learn why we think NOW is the perfect time to adopt your furry friend! And while you're there, make sure to browse our adoptable dogs and see all their adorable faces! 🐶
The weather might be misbehaving, but a few April showers won't stop our second annual Bunny Hop! Grab the kids and join us TODAY at 2:00 pm for fun crafts, stories, and time spent with real springtime animals, all happening inside AWS’ Behavior and Training room. It's going to be a hopping good time!