Honorary & Memorial Giving

Remember a loved one, pay tribute to a special pet or honor a friend’s milestone with a gift to Animal Welfare Society.

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Pay tribute with a gift to the animals

There are many reasons to make a tribute gift such as:

  • Honor a joyous occasion, such as a birthday or major milestone
  • Celebrate a new pet
  • Express gratitude for an act of kindness
  • Memorialize a beloved pet who has crossed the rainbow bridge
  • Remember a loved one who has passed away
  • Provide a meaningful gift to that friend or loved one who “has everything.”

Make your tribute gift

Honorary and memorial gifts, like all donations that come to AWS, support the health and welfare of the thousands of pets that seek our care each year.

When we receive an honorary or memorial donation, we send an acknowledgment note to the honoree, next of kin or interested party within a week of receiving the gift. Therefore, when making your gift, please provide a mailing address or email address for the party you would like us to notify. You are also welcome to include a dedication message that we will pass along.

  • Animal Welfare Society
    PO Box 43
    West Kennebunk, ME 04094
three kittens in yellow collars perch on cat tree

Gifts in Lieu of Flowers

We are honored by the number of animal lovers whose families include us as the charitable recipient of memorial gifts given in lieu of flowers. If desired, funeral directors can request memorial envelopes to have on hand.

We ask that obituaries include our complete name and mailing address:

  • Animal Welfare Society
    PO Box 43
    West Kennebunk, ME 04094

If requesting donations be sent to AWS in memory of your loved one, please provide us with the contact information for the next of kin so we can properly notify them of the kind gestures of remembrances from friends and family.

Personalized Memorials

On our beautiful campus and in our bustling building, AWS offers special opportunities to honor or memorialize loved ones, whether it be a family member, a dear friend or a beloved pet.

Granite Pavers

Granite pavers are a wonderful way to honor or remember a special someone. They also dozens of adopters, volunteers, visitors and friends to the Adoption Center’s main entrance.

Leave a special message. The 12” x 12” pavers are personalized with up to six lines of customized text.

Want to make an even bigger impact? 

Are you looking for a different way to honor or remember a loved one? Do you have something in mind that would be particularly profound and personal to you and your honoree? Let’s talk! We have a number of opportunities to make a significant and meaningful honorary or memorial gift, while simultaneously supporting AWS’ animals, programs and services.

For example, past tribute gifts have included:

  • purchasing a much needed piece of veterinary equipment
  • contributing toward a major campus improvement
  • sponsoring a student to attend summer camp
  • providing new canine training equipment

These types of gifts support our mission and make the biggest impact possible, when we need it most. Because our needs fluctuate, please reach out first to learn about how we can work together to personalize your tribute. All significant tributes are recognized accordingly.

Questions about tribute giving?

For more information, please contact our Development Office via email or telephone at (207) 985-3244 ext. 200.

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𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐏𝐞𝐭 𝐃𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡!
Help your pet stay happy and healthy by ensuring their mouth stays clean! Know the early signs and symptoms of dental disease and how you can help prevent it in your pet. The more you know, the more proactive you can be! 

𝐃𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐩𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥.
You may notice signs of dental disease as physical changes in your pet: yellow teeth, bad breath, bleeding gums, or problems chewing. But did you know that dental discomfort can also manifest as behavioral as well? Look for changes in your pet's behavior such as hiding, not wanting to be touched by the mouth, growling, hissing, or even nipping. These could be signs that your pet is in pain and needs a dental checkup! 

Our Community Clinic is offering a special dental care package to all families who have or call to set up dental appointments for their pet in the month of February (while supplies last.) 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝗮𝘁 (𝟮𝟬𝟳) 𝟮𝟵𝟮-𝟮𝟰𝟮𝟰 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁.
𝔻𝕀𝔻 𝕐𝕆𝕌 𝕂ℕ𝕆𝕎?

𝐑𝐚𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲!
Just like dogs or cats, rabbits play by tossing or pushing objects around with their mouths and chasing after them. When they're really playful, rabbits like to skip and race around their house or playpen like a kid who's had too much sugar. They jump on and off of things and like to run through tunnels or burrow through blankets. If you're lucky, your rabbit might even do a 'binky!' This is when they run and jump and kick out their back legs in excitement. Rabbits really are a joy to watch and play with when they're happy! 

Adorable sisters Daisy and Rose really are a prime example of happy bunnies! They love to play with each other and throw their toys around. They also are very curious and are always racing around when someone comes to visit. They will make wonderful companions to their new people! 
𝐂𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐬 ➡  https://animalwelfaresociety.org/adoption/rabbits/
𝐅𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐏𝐞𝐭 𝐃𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐥 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡!
Help your pet stay happy and healthy by ensuring their mouth stays clean! Know the early signs and symptoms of dental disease and how you can help prevent it in your pet. The more you know, the more proactive you can be! 

𝐇𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥!
Brushing your pet's teeth every day will promote good oral health and prevent potentially expensive procedures down the road. Plus, it’s easier than you may think! There are even pet-specific brushes and toothpastes designed for dogs and cats. The accumulation of plaque and tartar can also be prevented by feeding your pet a special dental diet—food that’s specifically designed to help preserve oral health. 

Our Community Clinic is offering a special dental care package to all families who have or call to set up dental appointments for their pet in the month of February (while supplies last.) 𝗖𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝗮𝘁 (𝟮𝟬𝟳) 𝟮𝟵𝟮-𝟮𝟰𝟮𝟰 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝘁’𝘀 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁.