Volunteer Spotlight

Special Volunteer Spotlight on – our Collie Volunteers


We’d like to give a special thanks to all the volunteers who helped us during our Solon Collie Adoption Day on September 4th. These dogs needed extra special care and attention while they were finding new homes and the following volunteers delivered in a big way. Thanks to you all!

Susan Bascom
Kathy Hughes
Rachel Rioux
Ray Chauvin
Donna Stevens
Carol Scully
Johanne Medcalf
Elizabeth Spahr

This month’s Volunteer Spotlight is on Stan Barwise.


Meet Stan from Kennebunkport. It’s hard to remember a time when Stan wasn’t involved in AWS’ daily operation! In fact, Stan’s long history at AWS began more than 25 years ago in February 1994. Stan has witnessed first-hand the many changes in the work we do and has become a tireless advocate for all things AWS. He has single-handedly raised thousands of dollars over Strut Your Mutt’s 24-year history, has served (and continues to serve!) on the Board of Directors, has been a past president, and rarely goes a day without wearing a piece of clothing with an AWS logo on it.

But, perhaps his most favorite AWS pastime is his twice-weekly volunteer shifts in the dog kennels. Each Monday and Thursday, Stan spends time with his “buddies” and takes each dog outside, cleans their kennels, and showers them with hotdogs! He’s never met a dog he hasn’t found a connection with.

Last week, the dog kennels in “Availables” were dedicated to Stan. A large sign now hangs outside the kennel entrance that reads: “Stan’s Office – Honoring Stan Barwise. More than 20 years of dedicated service to the pets of the Animal Welfare Society.”

We are so very fortunate to have Stan volunteer with us. Without dedicated volunteers like Stan, we would not be able to accomplish as much as we do every day. So THANK YOU Stan. We’re glad you’re part of the AWS Volunteer Team!

Last months Spotlight


Meet Steve Faria from Sanford. As a Physical Therapy Assistant with a wife and three young children, Steve is a very busy guy. He’s even a Master Scuba Diver! We are so fortunate that Steve chooses to volunteer with AWS. Every Saturday morning Steve comes to the shelter to help with the morning cleaning. You might think cleaning puppy kennels is fun but it isn’t always. Those cute little puppies can be very messy. Steve takes it all in stride and makes sure they are all clean and happy when he leaves.

Steve was also a huge help at our recent Woofstock event. Steve was there from beginning to end – set-up to clean-up. He worked incredibly hard to make sure everyone had everything they needed all day long. Kerrie Leclair, Director of Development had this to say about Steve – “Stephen’s help during Woofstock was invaluable. I’m not sure how he was everywhere at once, but he figured out a way to multiply himself! And, somehow, even during the 100* heat, he kept a smile the whole time.” We were so blessed to have his help.

We are so very fortunate to have Steve volunteer with us. Without dedicated volunteers like Steve, we would not be able to accomplish as much as we do every day. So THANK YOU Steve. We’re glad you’re part of the AWS Volunteer Team!


Previous Spotlights – Our Thanks to All of Them!

Dave Fortier
Laura Randall