Other Ways to Lend Support

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Unique ways to help

There are many ways individuals, groups and businesses can impact the health and wellbeing of pets in need, support AWS community programs and foster philanthropy right here in your community.

If you have any questions about how you, your family, group of friends or colleagues can lend support to AWS’ mission, please reach out to our Development Team via email or at (207) 985-3244 ext. 200.

Monthly Support

As a Loyal Friend, be connected by kindness to each and every pet that comes through our doors.

Loyal Friends are AWS’ recurring donors. With regular gifts, you make a difference to the hundreds of pets that arrive at AWS each and every month. By giving regularly, you ensure funds are always available to provide everything for an animal in need, whether that is major medical care, an enriching new toy, a nutritious meal, and/or simply a safe and comfortable place to rest. By lending regular support, you ensure no pet goes without.

Automatic Payroll Deductions

Check with your HR department to find out if you can automatically send donations as a payroll deduction. Even the smallest amount provides regular income to AWS’ programs and services. It’s an effortless way to help a worthy cause.

This is a great way to support AWS. By having a small amount charged to my credit card each month, I’m able to give them more than I would otherwise. I know how much goes into taking care of so many animals and I’m glad I can do a small part.”

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Community Fundraisers


We are grateful for the individuals and businesses in our community who fundraise on our behalf. By bringing funds into our organization, you help us achieve our mission, vision and values. Together, we support the care and wellbeing of thousands of pets each and every year.

Whether you have a one-time fundraiser, plan an online giving campaign or keep a donation canister at your service counter, you make a difference. Thank you!

Supply DriveS

Gather friends, coworkers and/or family members to collect items from our wish list. Supply drives are a great way to celebrate your birthday, bond with your colleagues, or have fun as a family. Be sure to visit our wish list so you’ll know what items we need most!

Thank you for ensuring that all pets have access to nutritious food, proper supplies and plenty of toys. Thank you for making a difference for the dogs, cats and small animals in residence at AWS and those in our community whose families rely on our support.

Employer Gift Match & Support

Many businesses have programs to support their employees’ philanthropic endeavors, effectively allowing you to double the donation to maximize your impact on our animals. When you make a gift to AWS, ask your HR department if there is a form you can fill out to match the gift. Many companies will match 1:1, some even more! If your employer doesn’t have an HR department or a formal matching gift program, it doesn’t hurt to ask your boss or company president to help!

If you are planning on attending an AWS event (such as Woofstock) or if you regularly participate in one of our programs, ask your employer if they would like to provide financial support! Corporate sponsorships can alleviate operational costs (such as the expenses associated with renting equipment for an event) or they can reduce or even eliminate program costs (allowing the program to be free of charge). Additionally, sponsorships can also be used to provide scholarships for our youth programs! Sponsorships are a great way to extend your support of AWS and grow our community!

Often referred to as “Dollars for Doers,” some businesses support their employees’ volunteer endeavors by contributing to the employee’s nonprofit, based on the number of hours the employee volunteers. Therefore, if you are an AWS volunteer or foster family, check with your HR department to see if you can leverage your commitment to our animals with a financial gift from your employer. you’ll double the way you make a difference – with your time and your company’s financial contributions!

Many businesses encourage employees to volunteer together as a team building activity. Whether doing yard work or sorting donations, AWS can sometimes accommodate small groups.  Employers that sponsor their employees’ time helping out at AWS with a financial gift further the sense of accomplishment and philanthropic goodwill held by the employees.

Questions about lending support in unique ways?

For more information on any of these giving options, please contact our Development Office via email or telephone at (207) 985-3244 ext. 200.

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