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Adoption Events

Our Adoption Center is open daily (closed Wednesdays) from 11 am - 4:30 pm. Occasionally, we have special adoption events, both at AWS and at partner businesses in our community.

Adoption events often include fun demonstrations, kids activities and more. Please note that adoption fees apply for those wishing to adopt a pet at the event. To see which pets will be at which upcoming events, visit our adoption page.

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February 2019

Cabin Fever Adoption Event

February 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Biddeford PetSmart, 208 Mariner Way
Biddeford, ME 04005 United States
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An adventurous hiking buddy? A cozy lap cat? Find the cure for cabin fever at this special one-day adoption event. Saturday’s adoption event at PetSmart is part of their National Adoption Weekend. AWS will have cats, dogs, puppies and kittens ready and waiting to cure your cabin fever! 9 am: Registration begins for interested adopters** 10 am: Adoptions begin **Adoptions are on a first come, first served basis. At 9 am, registration begins. The first number will be given out to the first…

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April 2019

AWS Game of Homes @ Rescues on the Runway

April 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Maine Mall, 364 Maine Mall Road
South Portland, ME 04106 United States
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Kick off the series finale weekend of GoT by joining Houses Bark and Purratheon as they prove their courage and show their loyalty by marching across the battlefield (AKA the runway) towards glory…and their new families! Are you ready to add a new direwolf* to your house, clan, or tribe? These pups are definitely Hound of the King (or Queen!) material and they can’t wait to bend the paw to you and your family. We will be processing adoptions right…

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May 2019

PetSmart Adoption Event

May 18, 2019
Biddeford PetSmart, 208 Mariner Way
Biddeford, ME 04005 United States
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Spring into adventure at this special one-day adoption event at PetSmart in Biddeford. Meet dogs, cats, puppies and kittens ready to be your new best friend! 9 am: Registration begins for interested adopters** 10 am: Adoptions begin **Adoptions are on a first come, first served basis. At 9 am, registration begins. The first number will be given out to the first person/family in line, the second number for the second person/family in line, etc. After receiving your number, you do…

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June 2019

Hops and Hounds

June 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Raitt Homestead Farm, 2077 State Road
Eliot, ME 03903 United States
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Hops & Hounds is a family-friendly, tail-waggin’ day of fun to not only celebrate the dogs we love, but raise shelter and adoption awareness all while enjoying live music, food trucks, Dock Dogs competition, contests, prizes, entertainment, shopping and more! This event will benefit and feature many Rescue and No-Kill Shelters with on-site lovable, adoptable dogs and tons of great education and take-aways. The puppies below will be available for adoption at Hops & Hounds! 

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July 2019

Woofstock: Dog-Friendly Food & Beer Festival

July 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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Tunes, brews, food, games, bounce houses, dog agility, people obstacle course and so much more! Woofstock is FREE family-friendly, dog-friendly beer and food festival benefiting AWS’ Companions for Life Fund for pet veterinary care. Please let us know if you are coming by visiting our Woofstock page.

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August 2019

PetSmart Adoption Event

August 17, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Biddeford PetSmart, 208 Mariner Way
Biddeford, ME 04005 United States
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Join us for a special one-day adoption event at PetSmart in Biddeford where you'll find a handful of adorable kittens and fun-loving puppies waiting to go home with you! 10 am: Registration begins for interested adopters** 11 am: Adoptions begin **Adoptions are on a first come, first served basis. At 10 am, registration begins. The first number will be given out to the first person/family in line, the second number for the second person/family in line, etc. After receiving your number, you…

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September 2019

PetSmart Adoption Event

September 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Biddeford PetSmart, 208 Mariner Way
Biddeford, ME 04005 United States
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Part of PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Fall in love with your new best friend at a very special adoption event. We'll have handfuls of adorable puppies and loads of feisty kittens waiting to be the star of your heart and home. And don't forget about the adults - adult cats regularly housed at our PetSmart Adoption Center will be ready to fall for you and bring joy, love, and laughter to your home this fall.  Please stop by and adopt!…

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Adoption Event @ The Black Dog

September 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Black Dog, 215 Commercial St
Portland, 04101 United States
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The Black Dog in Portland will be hosting AWS for a special day of adoptions. We'll have several pups ready to go home with you! The Black Dog will be graciously donating 20% of the day’s sales to AWS. There will also be special Black Dog Doggie Starter Kits given out to each dog's new adopted family. Come by, meet some available pups, and do some shopping to support AWS!

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October 2019

Special Adoption Event @ Loyal Companion

October 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sanford Loyal Companion, 1364 Main Street
Sanford, ME 04073 United States
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Meet your new best friend at this special adoption event! Adopt and Win! Loyal Companion will be preparing two raffle baskets of goodies - one dog and one cat - that adopters can win. They will also have goodie bags for everyone who adopts. As the date draws need, the list of puppies and kittens going to the event will be posted here.

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Fall for Carlos and Friends

October 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Animal Welfare Society, 46 Holland Road
Kennebunk, ME 04043 United States
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Carlos and some of his fellow AWS pups* take center stage! Carlos will be showing off his tricks and giving out treats in front of AWS this Saturday, October 26th from noon-1. If you're interested in learning more about these special dogs, please stop by! *Carlos will be joined by Big Daisy, Rose, Rover and Honey. They are now "Name Your Own Adoption Fee."

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November 2019

PetSmart Adoption Event

November 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Biddeford PetSmart, 208 Mariner Way
Biddeford, ME 04005 United States
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We salute our Veterans at this very special adoption event, part of PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend.  Veterans receive 10% off their adoption fee. 9 am: Registration begins for interested adopters** 9:30 am: Adoptions begin **Adoptions are on a first come, first served basis. At 9 am, registration begins. The first number will be given out to the first person/family in line, the second number for the second person/family in line, etc. After receiving your number, you do not have to…

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