Animal Welfare Society

A P.O. Box 43, Holland Road, West Kennebunk, ME 04094 shelter helping to find loving homes for dogs, cats, rabbits, small animals, birds.

Pets at Animal Welfare Society

  • Any
  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Rabbits
  • Any
  • Baby
  • Puppy
  • Kitten
  • Young
  • Adult
  • Senior
  • Any
  • Male
  • Female

Erika *Avail Fri 6/18*

Female, Puppy
Mixed Breed (Medium)

Easton *Avail Fri 6/18*

Male, Puppy
Mixed Breed (Medium)

Daisy

Female, Adult
Domestic Longhair / Domestic Shorthair

Erie *Avail Fri 6/18*

Female, Puppy
Mixed Breed (Medium)

Hannah

Female, Adult
Mixed Breed (Large)

Ranger *Available in Foster Care*

Male, Senior
Coonhound

Bella

Female, Adult
German Shepherd Dog

Apex

Male, Young
Mixed Breed (Small)

Buttercup

Female, Young
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair

Henry

Male, Adult
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair

Walden *Bonded With Bisbee*

Male, Young
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair

Bisbee *Bonded With Walden*

Male, Young
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair

Peanut *Bonded with Cameron*

Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair

Cameron *Bonded with Peanut*

Male, Adult, Special Needs
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair

Rocky

Male, Senior
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair

Joe

Male, Young
Spaniel (Unknown Type)

Dakota

Male, Senior
Labrador Retriever

Olive

Female, Young
Lionhead / Flemish Giant

Storm

Female, Adult
Domestic Shorthair / Domestic Shorthair

Bumble

Male, Adult
Mixed Breed (Large)

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Areas Animal Welfare Society Serves

The Animal Welfare Society, incorporated in 1967, is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit humane society located in Kennebunk, Maine and is a regional leader in companion animal welfare.

AWS operates a progressive animal shelter and adoption center on a 40 acre campus in West Kennebunk and satellite adoption centers throughout northern New England. AWS’ life-saving community programs include Pets and Women to Safety, Paws in Stripes, Pawsitive Changes and Paws Across America while AWS’ services to the greater community include Youth Programs, Behavior and Training classes, spay/neuter assistance through the Cleo Fund and veterinary and wellness care at the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic.

AWS’ operations, adoption center, programs and services are supported by a staff of more than 40 full- and part-time employees and a team of more than 150 dedicated volunteers. Volunteers donate more than 36,000 hours of their time annually in the Adoption Center, in the Veterinary Clinic and in their own homes as foster families.

Animal Welfare Society's Adoption Process

The Animal Welfare Society wants to help you find the best pet possible for your family. Placing an animal into a loving home is the most rewarding part of our work. If you are interested in adopting a new companion, here are some things you should know:

Finding the right animal for your family is an important decision, and it’s good to take your time. When visiting the shelter, you can browse through our facility and view a number of dogs, cats and small animals. Before interacting with any animals, we will ask you to fill out an adoption questionnaire. This helps us to best fit an animal with your lifestyle. Not every animal will suit your home and family, and looks alone may not lead to a good decision.

Our questionnaire helps us help you. The adoption questionnaire is a short, one-page form that helps us place animals in homes where they will have the best opportunity for success. If you currently have animals, please let us know about them. If you rent, please get permission from your landlord before committing to a new pet.

We’ll let you bond before making any decisions. Our adoption counselors will work with you and tell you as much as we know about the animal you have selected. We have walking paths where you can take the dogs out on walks to get to know them. We also have meet-and-greet rooms where you can spend time with an animal off-leash or out of a kennel.

We want your whole family involved. We ask that all family members who will be living in the home with the animal be present when deciding if the animal is right for you. Animals react differently to each individual person, so it is important that they meet all of their prospective family members. If you are considering adopting a dog, and currently have one or more dogs at home, we ask that you bring your dogs in to meet with the shelter dog. A staff member will help you with the dog-to-dog introductions. We want ALL family members to get along!

And some basic adoption guidelines for highly sought-after pets:

We operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

We open our doors at 11am; however, interested parties may have begun forming a line prior to this time. We cannot control when people choose to arrive. When the staff arrives, numbers will be issued to those who are waiting.

Visitors must complete an adoption questionnaire before interacting with individual animals.

In the case of a litter of puppies, visitors will be allowed 15 minutes to themselves to view the puppies to narrow their choice.

A commitment does not have to be made within the 15-minute time frame, though after 15 minutes, the next in line will have access to available animals, and so on.

Please be prepared to wait 15 minutes for every person/family in front of you. Usually applicants have a particular animal in mind before coming to the shelter, which can speed the process. We do our best to keep things moving quickly, and we ask for your patience while those ahead of you make their choices and complete their adoptions.

Regular Adoption Fees

Dog & Puppy Adoption Fees
Dog adoption fees vary and typically range from $99 – $585+ depending on size, age, and breed type. Each dogs’s adoption fee can be viewed on his/her adoption page. Dog adoption fees include:

Spay or Neuter Surgery and Wellness Exam conducted before adoption
Rabies Vaccine (12 weeks and older)
Distemper and Kennel Cough Vaccines
Internal and External Parasite Control (including a dose of Flea & Tick Preventative)
Heartworm Testing (6 months and older) & Preventative (all ages)
Microchip (registered to you at the time of adoption)


Cat & Kitten Adoption Fees
Cat adoption vary and typically range from $10 – $250+ depending on age, sociability and breed type. Each cat’s adoption fee can be viewed on his/her adoption page. Cat adoption fees include:

Spay or Neuter Surgery and Wellness Exam conducted before adoption
Rabies Vaccine (for felines over 12 weeks)
Distemper Vaccine
Feline Leukemia Testing
Internal and External Parasite Control (including a dose of Flea & Tick Preventative)
Microchip
Collar & Tag


Small Animal Adoption Fees
Small animal adoption fees vary particularly by species and are typically as follows:

Rats $10 each/$18 per pair
Mice $7 each/$10 per pair
Hamsters $12 – $25
Gerbils $15 – $20
Guinea Pigs $32 – $45
Chinchillas $150 each/$275 per pair
Ferrets $150
Sugar Gliders $150 – $300
Rabbits $50-$75

Bird Adoption Fees
Bird adoption fees vary and are typically determined by age, size, temperament and species and are typically as follows:

Zebra Finches $18
Budgie/Canary $20
Parakeets $24
Society Finches $25
Cockatiel $100 – $125
Conure $250 – $350

Reptile Adoption Fees
Reptile adoption fees vary and are typically determined by age, temperament and species and are typically as follows:

Bearded Dragon $60 – $80
Leopard Gecko $30 – $40
Corn Snake $70
Ball Python $60 – $120

Fees for other exotic animals and large birds vary by breed.

About Animal Welfare Society

The Animal Welfare Society, incorporated in 1967, is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit humane society located in Kennebunk, Maine and is a regional leader in companion animal welfare.

AWS operates a progressive animal shelter and adoption center on a 40 acre campus in West Kennebunk and satellite adoption centers throughout northern New England. AWS’ life-saving community programs include Pets and Women to Safety, Paws in Stripes, Pawsitive Changes and Paws Across America while AWS’ services to the greater community include Youth Programs, Behavior and Training classes, spay/neuter assistance through the Cleo Fund and veterinary and wellness care at the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic.

AWS’ operations, adoption center, programs and services are supported by a staff of more than 40 full- and part-time employees and a team of more than 150 dedicated volunteers. Volunteers donate more than 36,000 hours of their time annually in the Adoption Center, in the Veterinary Clinic and in their own homes as foster families.

Come Meet Animal Welfare Society's Pets

Adoptions & Visits:

Sunday - Tuesday: 11 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday - Saturday: 11 AM - 4:30 PM
Closed Wednesdays
Closed Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

Animal Welfare Society's Adopted Pets

See Adopted Pets List

Make a donation to Animal Welfare Society to help homeless pets find homes

https://animalwelfaresociety.org/give/general-donations/