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As the COVID-19 situation continues to quickly evolve, we want to share with you some changes that we are putting into place so that we can continue to serve the pets and people of our community while keeping our staff, volunteers, and visitors protected.

-Casual visits to the Adoption Center are RESTRICTED. For our animal loving friends who simply enjoy visiting our adoption centers, we ask you to refrain from casual visits at this time.

– Donations of gently used supplies (blankets, toys, etc) cannot be accepted at this time. While we are grateful for your consideration, we are not able to accept these items.

– Donations of pet food ARE ENCOURAGED. Cat and dog food (canned and dry, in original sealed packaging) are very much needed to support our foster families and to help people with food insecurity provide for their own pets. We have a comprehensive Amazon wish list so you can donate from the comfort of your home!

– Animals are available for adoption by appointment only. We want the animals at the Adoption Center to have the chance to go home so we will arrange a meeting with interested families at AWS. Please visit our adoption pages for more information.

– Animals in need of admission will continue to be accepted. If the need to surrender your pet is not urgent, we ask that you wait to bring in your animal. This will allow us to ensure room for emergency cases. Rest assured we are here to help if needed. Please visit the admissions page on our website for more information; intake is by appointment.

– The AWS Community Veterinary Clinic will be providing limited service. We will be available to help pet owners with sick animals and emergencies, and with critical care as we are able. Please call the Clinic at (207) 292-2424 to see if we can assist you and your pet. Wellness, Spay/Neuter and other nonessential services will be (re)scheduled as soon as we can.

– The Cleo Fund program is suspended until further notice.
  Please check the Cleo Fund page for ongoing updates.

– All Training Classes, Behavior Consultations and Youth Programs are suspended until further notice. Please check the Training page or Youth page for current information and updates.

– The AWS Volunteer Program is suspended temporarily. All regular volunteer shifts are on hold and orientations canceled as we seek to keep everyone safe right now. We can’t wait to welcome you back as soon as we can! In the meantime, the AWS staff is here every day to give the animals in our care lots of love and enrichment.

– We encourage every pet owner to develop a preparedness plan should you become ill or hospitalized.
Here are some tips:
• Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes ill.
• Have crates, food and extra supplies on hand for quick movement of pets.
• Keep all animal vaccines up to date in the event boarding becomes necessary.
• Ensure all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. Including the prescription from your veterinarian is also helpful.
• Pets should have identification: collar with ID tag and microchip (best practice is microchipping).

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

– Helping pets in your community – we are encouraging community members to check in with friends, neighbors and relatives that may be living alone with pets or be more vulnerable to this virus to make sure they are ok. If you have room in your home, consider offering emergency housing to those that may need to separate from their pet due to hospitalization.