Our programs operate in conjunction with a number of local businesses, non-profits and business entities. These partnerships promote animal welfare and create a vibrant community for pets and the people who love them.
A few of our many community partners are listed below.
The Maine Correctional Center in Windham is our exclusive partner for Paws in Stripes, our heartwarming canine training program. Puppies are paired up with inmates at the prison for six weeks, learning how to be a great dog. Inmates are selected based on their willingness to learn and exceptional behavior.
The Long Creek Youth Development Center is our partner for the Pawsitive Changes program. Through their work with at-risk youth, they strive to create opportunity for success through personal growth in a safe and secure environment.
Through referrals, we work with Caring Unlimited, York County’s domestic violence program, to provide a safe haven for the pets of individuals fleeing abusive situations as part of our PAWS (Pets and Women to Safety) program.
Through Paws Across America, we partner with volunteer rescue groups such as Road Trip Home, Animal Rescue Front and Love4Satos to bring animals from overcrowded shelters in the South and Caribbean. Thanks to our amazing community of adopters, all these pets find new homes.
We collaborate with the Veterinary Technology program at York County Community College to provide an outlet for their students to learn about shelter medicine and animal care with hands-on experience in our busy Community Veterinary Clinic and Adoption Center.
HerpHaven Reptile Rescue and Sanctuary presents a unique and interesting exotic pet at our monthly Species Spotlight educational workshops. They are dedicated to the welfare of pet reptiles in Maine and the Northeast United States.
The Kennebunk Community Garden Committee oversees two public garden sites where residents grow organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers. A portion of all produce grown is provided to area food pantries. The gardens also produce fresh greens for AWS’ small animals. The largest of the two gardens is located on the edge of AWS’ property in West Kennebunk.
Our partnership with Road Trip Home is chronicled here: