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Our dedicated and generous supporters provide more than 4,000 homeless animals each year with medication, food, and expert care from our loving staff. Thousands of additional animals are helped annually through our programs and services, including [email protected], Community Veterinary Clinic, the Cleo Fund, Canine Training and Youth Programs.

AWS is a four star charity, the highest ranking awarded by Charity Navigator. Receiving this ranking indicates AWS demonstrates strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency while executing its mission with responsible governance and commitment to best practices. AWS has achieved a Platinum Seal of Transparency, as designated by Candid (formerly Guidestar), a nonprofit information service. To reach the Platinum level – the highest offered by Candid – AWS has demonstrated its commitment to transparency, to achieving its mission and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate nonprofit performance.

Donating to the animals is easy and can be done in a variety of ways.

General Donations

General donations are used for daily animal care, shelter operations and program support. If you are looking to remember Dr. Don Sharp with a tribute gift, please donate directly to the Dr. Sharp Memorial Fund by clicking here.

Donate by check. Please use our mailing address:
Animal Welfare Society
PO Box 43
West Kennebunk, ME 04094

Donate can be made in person by stopping by our facility daily during business hours (8 am – 4 pm). We also have green donation wagons right outside the Adoption Center where you can leave in-kind gifts such as food and supplies.

Food and Supplies

In-kind donations of food and supplies keep us running. Wish list items can be dropped off at AWS or purchased online (from vendors such as or to be delivered right to our doors. See our wish list for the items we need most of all for our animals.



Tribute Gifts

Gifts may be made in memory or in honor of family, friends, colleagues and pets. Pay tribute to your loved ones.

Personalized Tribute

Leave a lasting gift on the beautiful campus of the Animal Welfare Society with a granite paver in the Adoption Center’s entryway. Make a lasting gift today.

Loyal Friends (Monthly Giving)

Every gift – no matter how big or small – keeps AWS going year round. Make an impact year round with a monthly gift.

Companions for Life (Veterinary Care Support)

We believe that an individual’s wealth does not represent their capacity to love and care for a companion animal. No one should have to lose their beloved pet because veterinary care is too expensive. With dedicated support from the Companions for Life Fund,  The AWS Community Veterinary Clinic’s services are affordable, keeping veterinary care accessible to everyone.  Support Companions for Life to keep pets happy, healthy and at home – right where they belong.

Vehicle Donation

Donating a car is a great way to help animals. Working with Vehicles for Charity makes the process simple and straightforward. Proceeds from the sale of the car support AWS animal care and programs. Get more miles from your used wheels by donating now.

Youth Giving

The many charitable and compassionate animal-loving children inspire us daily with their compassion and generosity. Be a youth hero today.

Planned Giving

Planned giving encompassing a variety of giving options, including appreciated securities, charitable IRA rollover or trust income contributions, and/or estate gifts through bequests or beneficiary designations. Start planning your future giving now.

Corporate Giving

There are many ways businesses can impact the health and wellbeing of pets in need, support AWS community programs and foster philanthropy (and fun!) amongst employees. Engage your employees in your company’s philanthropy.

Fundraising Partners

Foundations and community partners provide crucial grant funding to our programs and services and play an important role in providing for our community’s pets. Learn more about these generous organizations.

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