Shelter Helpers

In conjunction with local recreation departments and after-school care programs, students in grades K-5 spend an hour a week after school, for four weeks, at AWS. Students spend time with the animals, have a special tour of the adoption center, and do hands-on activities to directly benefit shelter pets.  Activities vary each week and can include doing a craft, such as homemade cat toys, or preparing the dogs’ afternoon snacks.

Fun and interactive lessons focus on pet care and animal behavior and teach empathy and compassion.  For more information on how your rec department or after-school care program can get involved, please contact  Amanda Zimmerman, AWS’ Youth Program Coordinator, at (207) 985-3244 ext. 109.

Check out our At-Home Project Guide for ways to engage your after-school groups with volunteer projects to help the pets at AWS!

AWS Youth Programs follow the RSU21 (Kennebunk) school calendar. If there is a snow day or if the district shifts to remote learning, AWS programs will not take place in-person.