I wanted to give you all an update on Wicca, the Moluccan cockatoo that we adopted from you this summer. She’s doing wonderfully! It’s taken her some time to get comfortable in her new home, but now that she feels safe and secure with us, she’s thriving. She’s a funny combination of the sweetest bird we’ve ever met and a total diva! She loves attention- every once in awhile she’ll scream and stomp her foot if it’s been too long since anyone has paid attention to her (and being in the same room doesn’t count; she likes us to comment on her beauty and general awesomeness frequently!). She’s a fabulous bird ambassador because she’s so darn sweet and gentle. She loves everyone in the household and is perfectly happy spending time with anyone. She and our Macaw, Harley, are slowly but surely becoming friends. Wicca’s still intimidated by Harley, but they spend a lot of time playing near each other and they’re getting closer and closer to each other without fear. We’re hopeful that they’ll be best friends someday. We’re so thankful that you allowed us to adopt Wicca. She’s been a wonderful addition to our family. Our house gets a little loud and crazy sometimes, but we wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m sure there are times when you question what you do and why (I get it, I work in psychiatry!), so I wanted to give you a reminder that you are appreciated. Wicca has brought so much joy into our lives and I think she feels just as happy to be with us. Thank you for doing what you do!

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We're in a heat wave! ☀ With temperatures reaching the mid 90s with high humidity and haze, it's important to know how to keep pets safe and cool in extreme weather. Learn the signs and symptoms and heatstroke in your pet! 

❃ Heavy Panting
❃ Rapid Breathing
❃ Excessive Drooling
❃ Excessive Thirst
❃ Incoordination
❃ Glassy Eyes
❃ Bright Red Gums & Tongue
❃ Vomiting
❃ Seizures or Fainting

If you suspect heatstroke in your pet, immediately get them out of the sun and heat and into a cooler area. You can splash them with cool water or apply cold compresses to their face, belly, armpits, and feet. Then, call your veterinarian or local emergency veterinary hospital immediately.

Learn more safety tips on our newest blog post online. We hope you have a safe, fun, and cool summer!
We have the most heartwarming Happy Homes story to share! Lana, who was adopted back in January of 2023, has been living with her perfect family and truly being a loyal and loving companion. It just goes to show you that you never know how an animal may change your life. Here's what her mom has to say about her now! 

"Lana is an amazing dog and has been the light of me and my daughter’s life. She helped us through some tough times. She has a natural gift as she could always sense when my daughter was about to have her Vertigo moments. And she also was a protective girl around her after my daughter and I were in a car accident when we got hit by a drunk driver. This dog was a true friend and hero and I couldn’t imagine life without her!"
Yesterday was the last day of school for 7th graders at the Middle School of the Kennebunks, and per their annual tradition they visited AWS! Art students at the school make dog and cat toys for us every year and then celebrate by hand delivering the donations right to our door. They then take a tour of our facility and visit with the pets they helped. We love community traditions like this! Happy summer!