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We have adjusted our protocols and processes to adhere to social distancing and other COVID-related guidelines and mandates. We continue to strive to serve the pets and people of our community while keeping our staff, volunteers and visitors protected.

Updates on our programs and services as of 7/27/2020

– Visits to AWS continue to be restricted. This includes all drop-in dog social hours and drop-in youth programs, such as Rescue Readers. We thank our community for their understanding as we continue to protect the pets and people of AWS.

– We are now able to accept gently used supplies and linens provided they are donated in a plastic bag and left outside the Adoption Center in the designated spot. Please note, as far as linens go, we are only able to accept bath towels, hand towels, face cloths, fleece blankets and pillowcases. We CANNOT accept sheets, comforters, large blankets or quilts. We CANNOT accept pillows, cushions or mattress pads. Donating those items incurs a cost to us as we have to pay to dispose of them.  Thank you for your understanding. Together we can keep our staff and animals safe and comfortable.

– We cannot accept old/used litter boxes, crates or carriers at the time.

– Thank you for the ongoing donations of pet food. We encourage you to take a look at our wish list for our preferred brands. Feeding our pets a consistent diet keeps them happy and healthy. Financial contributions (gift cards or checks mailed to us at PO Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094 or credit card donations made online) continue to be our number one needed item and will be put to use RIGHT AWAY to support AWS operations. Thank you!

– Dogs, cats and small animals, including rabbits, are available at AWS. Kittens and puppies are now coming up for adoption on a regular basis. Visit our adoption pages for an up-to-the-minute listing of available pets and for detailed instructions on how to adopt. Adoptions continue to be by appointment and are first come, first served. Appointments are only taken over the phone (no voice mails please). Please note that we will indicate on the website when the adoption appointment slots for a particular animal have been filled.

– Our admissions process remains by appointment and requests for admissions can be made online or by calling to schedule an appointment. Visit our admissions page for more information.

– With new safety measures and social distancing protocols in place, the Community Veterinary Clinic is open to all services.  Due to extremely high demand, the Clinic is not accepting new patients at this time. New patients will be accepted again in September. Thank you for your understanding.

– The AWS/Cleo Fund spay/neuter voucher program remains suspended as veterinarians across the state are dealing with a backlog of appointments.

-Group training classes, including Basic Obedience and Puppy Kindergarten are open for enrollment. Class sizes are limited and registration is on a first come, first served basis.

– For individuals looking for one-on-one training and advice regarding their dog’s behavior, or for folks who can’t make it to one of our group classes, private consultations (both remote and in person) can be scheduled with one of our Certified Professional Trainers. Get started by filling out our online form.

– Summer camp is underway, with social distancing and sanitation protocols in effect. For students interested in additional humane education programming, Summer Bingo is a great place to start!

– Our volunteer program is still on hiatus. Those interested in helping AWS from home can check out our At-Home Guide or consider becoming a foster family.

– As excess supplies and food are available, our Pet Food Pantry continues to be a resource for community members in need. Give us a call at (207) 985-3244 to learn more about how we can help you and your pet in these uncertain times.