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Rescue Readers: Wednesday, June 5

Open to students in grades 1-8. Rescue Readers brings together elementary/middle school students and resident or therapy pets for a half hour of literary-based confidence building! Reading aloud forms a special bond between student and pet, provides enrichment and positive…

Youth Parade Brigade: May Day Festival

Local families: Join the AWS Youth Parade Brigade! March with Miss Amanda and Bowie behind the AWS van in local community parades. Children must be accompanied by a parent All family members welcome! Bring a favorite stuffie or your family…

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Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

Join us for the Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours, hosted right here at AWS! There will be great conversation, delicious food, drinks, open retail shop, and more! There will also be a business card raffle and a 50/50 raffle…

Rescue Readers: Wednesday, May 29

Open to students in grades 1-8. Rescue Readers brings together elementary/middle school students and resident or therapy pets for a half hour of literary-based confidence building! Reading aloud forms a special bond between student and pet, provides enrichment and positive…

children read to a yellow dog

Rescue Readers: Wednesday, May 22

Open to students in grades 1-8. Rescue Readers brings together elementary/middle school students and resident or therapy pets for a half hour of literary-based confidence building! Reading aloud forms a special bond between student and pet, provides enrichment and positive…

child in black glasses reads a book while petting a brown cat

Rescue Readers: Wednesday, May 15

Open to students in grades 1-8. Rescue Readers brings together elementary/middle school students and resident or therapy pets for a half hour of literary-based confidence building! Reading aloud forms a special bond between student and pet, provides enrichment and positive…

A young girl sits on the floor and reads a book to two cats.

Rescue Readers: Wednesday, May 8

Open to students in grades 1-8. Rescue Readers brings together elementary/middle school students and resident or therapy pets for a half hour of literary-based confidence building! Reading aloud forms a special bond between student and pet, provides enrichment and positive…

A dog lies on the floor and smiles while being read to by a circle of children.

Rescue Readers: Wednesday, May 1

Open to students in grades 1-8. Rescue Readers brings together elementary/middle school students and resident or therapy pets for a half hour of literary-based confidence building! Reading aloud forms a special bond between student and pet, provides enrichment and positive…

Microchip + Rabies Vaccine Clinic

AWS Community Veterinary Clinic is hosting a FREE microchip and rabies vaccine clinic for dogs and cats over 12 weeks of age at Waggerstown Pet Nutrition & Supplies Store in Wells, ME. This clinic is free to attend, but we…

A colorful springtime banner for AWS' annual Bunny Hop event.

Spring Bunny Hop

Join us for AWS Youth Programs' second annual Bunny Hop! Children and families can enjoy crafts, stories, face painting, and time spent with real springtime animals.Stop by for FREE on Friday, April 12, 2024 from 2pm - 4pm. Kindly leave family pets at home. Hop on in and help us celebrate spring!
Two children smile at the camera while they sit in a pen and pet a rabbit.

March After School Club

March After School Club is for students in grades 2-5. It begins on Thursday, March 7 and runs every following Thursday until March 28, 2024. During Club meetings, led by our Youth Programs coordinator, students will dive deeper into animal…

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We're in a heat wave! ☀ With temperatures reaching the mid 90s with high humidity and haze, it's important to know how to keep pets safe and cool in extreme weather. Learn the signs and symptoms and heatstroke in your pet! 

❃ Heavy Panting
❃ Rapid Breathing
❃ Excessive Drooling
❃ Excessive Thirst
❃ Incoordination
❃ Glassy Eyes
❃ Bright Red Gums & Tongue
❃ Vomiting
❃ Seizures or Fainting

If you suspect heatstroke in your pet, immediately get them out of the sun and heat and into a cooler area. You can splash them with cool water or apply cold compresses to their face, belly, armpits, and feet. Then, call your veterinarian or local emergency veterinary hospital immediately.

Learn more safety tips on our newest blog post online. We hope you have a safe, fun, and cool summer!
We have the most heartwarming Happy Homes story to share! Lana, who was adopted back in January of 2023, has been living with her perfect family and truly being a loyal and loving companion. It just goes to show you that you never know how an animal may change your life. Here's what her mom has to say about her now! 

"Lana is an amazing dog and has been the light of me and my daughter’s life. She helped us through some tough times. She has a natural gift as she could always sense when my daughter was about to have her Vertigo moments. And she also was a protective girl around her after my daughter and I were in a car accident when we got hit by a drunk driver. This dog was a true friend and hero and I couldn’t imagine life without her!"
Yesterday was the last day of school for 7th graders at the Middle School of the Kennebunks, and per their annual tradition they visited AWS! Art students at the school make dog and cat toys for us every year and then celebrate by hand delivering the donations right to our door. They then take a tour of our facility and visit with the pets they helped. We love community traditions like this! Happy summer!