The Animal Welfare Society, located in West Kennebunk, Maine, is a private, non-profit humane society formed in the early 1960's by a group of caring individuals. The founders included the late Mrs. Elmina B. Sewall and the late Mr. Donald Shephard who served as the Society's first President of the Board of Directors. In 1967, the Society became incorporated and has now expanded to a shelter of over 13,000 square feet. Our service area for adoptions and other services extends throughout Southern Maine. We provide municipal shelter services to 21 communities representing a population of nearly 150,000 persons.
As our mission statement reads: "The Animal Welfare Society, a non-profit organization, exists to provide humane shelter and care to companion animals temporarily in need of housing, to assist in disaster response, and to further the cause of responsible animal adoption and ownership through education and public awareness. The society actively promotes kindness, the elimination of cruelty to and neglect of all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets."
We accomplish these goals through the generosity of concerned citizens who contribute to our non-profit society through donations, pledges, membership and bequests. These funds go directly to the care of the animals and the many other programs we offer to the people and animals of our communities.
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A shelter can only be as successful as its core staff, volunteers and the community that supports it. We are lucky to have a great community that fully endorses and supports our mission. Meet our Board of Directors and Staff.
The Animal Welfare Society is an exciting, demanding and ever-changing workplace. Many of our employees and volunteers have been here for years. If you want to work with animals where you will have the deepest feeling of satisfaction after a hard day's work. For more information about openings, click here.
The Volunteer Community here at the AWS is unlike any other volunteer opportunity. It is a rewarding and encouraging experience. The animals love the attention and time spent with them to make their stay here a happy one. Without the help of our volunteers, we would be unable to accomplish all we do with the animals and for the animals. For more information about how you can get involved, click here.
For more information about the Society, contact the Executive Director at (207)985-3244 ext 106 or send mail to email@example.com.
We're proud of all that we're able to accomplish each year with our community's support of our mission. Please take a moment to review our public annual reports. If you wish to receive a paper copy of the most recent report, or wish to review previous annual reports, please contact Kerrie Leclair, Director of Development at 207-985-3244 x123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.