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Help Those Around You

The COVID-19 outbreak is definitely something which has upset and changed the course of daily life for both people and pets alike. Now is the time to help yourself, your friends, your neighbors and the animals in your community by developing a preparedness plan, collecting emergency supplies, and checking in on those who may need help.

We encourage every pet owner to develop and rehearse a preparedness plan should you become ill or require hospitalization.
Here are some tips if needed:

  • Identify a family member or friend who is able and willing to care for your pet properly should you or someone in your household become ill.
  • Have crates, food, medicine, and any other essential supplies on hand and ready to go for quick and easy movement of an animal should they need to be transported.
  • Keep all animal vaccines up-to-date in the event that your pet needs to be boarded at a facility or kennel.
  • Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Including the prescription from your veterinarian is also helpful.
  • Pets should have identification at all times such as a collar with ID tags or a microchip in case of emergencies.

Our adoption center will make disaster preparedness supplies available to the public on an as-needed basis in the event of an emergency.
Such supplies include dog crates, bedding, and pet food. Please call our Adoption Center if you are in need of any of these supplies. (207) 985-3244 ext. 125.

We encourage community members to check in on those who may be alone with a pet.
It is a good idea to check in on friends, neighbors, and family members who may be living alone with pets or who may be more vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. If you are able and have room in your home, consider offering emergency housing to those that may need to separate from their pet due to hospitalization.

From all of us at AWS, thank you for your patience and understanding in these difficult times. We remain committed to serving the people and pets of our community.