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Suite of Services

Animal Welfare Society’s Stay@Home program is a suite of services available to qualified community members, including seniors and veterans, who need temporary support caring for their pets.

Stay@Home is intended to keep pets in their homes with their families – where they are loved – by providing training resources and support as needed.

Pet Food & Supplies

We can help if you need dog or cat food, or if you need help with basic care supplies (such as bedding, litter, leashes, etc).

Behavioral Assistance

Our certified professional canine trainers can assist with mild behavior cases or provide training advice to dog owners, particularly those without access to training resources.

Veterinary Care (Companion Program)

Through our Community Veterinary Clinic, we offer reduced cost veterinary services for dogs and cats.

Temporary Boarding

AWS’ state-of-the-art animal shelter offers safe and comfortable accommodations for dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs and other small animals.

Pet Food & Supplies

If you would like assistance feeding your pet, our Stay@Home program can help. Thanks to community support, we have an on-site pet food pantry, which also provides supplies, such as litter, bedding or leashes and collars. We also work with area food pantries, to provide them with pet food for their clients to bring home to their pets. This map shows the locations of area food pantries that can help you with your pet. Please reach out to them directly with inquiries or request pet food and supplies directly from AWS.

Behavioral Assistance

If your dog is exhibiting unusual behaviors that impact your quality of life (and those around you), we may be able to help. We prioritize behavior cases where the pet owner is in jeopardy of losing their housing.

Veterinary Care

Though our Companion Program, we offer reduced prices for most of our veterinary clinic procedures and services. To find out if you qualify, please visit our Veterinary Care page. Companion Program pricing is 25% below our Community (standard) rates.

Boarding @ AWS

Temporary Hardship

The Stay@Home program assists pet owners who are temporarily displaced and need a safe place for their pet to stay while they secure permanent housing. It also helps pet owners who need care for their pet while they are seeking medical care or rehab services and will not be home. Frequent reasons for assistance include house fire, housing insecurity or owner medical emergency. We work directly with pet owners or with case managers.

Caring Unlimited

Additionally, we work in conjunction with Caring Unlimited, York County’s domestic violence resource. If a pet owner seeks services from Caring Unlimited, AWS will house the animal and provide for it temporarily. Once the pet’s owner finds safety and stability, they are reunited. Through this program, both the pet and the individual are able to find the care they needed without sacrificing their loving human-animal bond. If you need help, or know someone who does, call Caring Unlimited directly at (800) 239-7298.

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As a community resource, AWS’ Stay@Home program aims to reduce local animal shelter admissions so that kennels remain available for truly homeless pets. This also allows for the lifesaving transportation of pets from other shelters in Maine needing relief and from overpopulated portions of the US.

To learn more about Stay@Home or to inquiry about resources available through this program, please email our Community Services Manager or call (207) 985-3244 ext 101.

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