We are proud to have a vibrant, cheerful, welcoming adoption center at AWS. We welcome folks to stop by for a visit, socialize with the animals, take them for walks and of course ADOPT!

But did you know that the shelter in West Kennebunk is not the only place you can adopt a pet from AWS?
Local businesses, such as pet supply stores, veterinary offices and hardware stores house and care for AWS pets, mostly cats. Many of these businesses and area festivals host AWS staff and volunteers for special adoption events. Thanks to these awesome partnerships, we are able to help even more  animals find their new happy homes. Animals like Tripp, who went home in February from PetSmart during their National Adoption Weekend. Just look at those smiling faces!

Our satellite adoption program also allows pets to be seen by a new audience, folks that may not have come to the shelter in West Kennebunk, but who are excited to have a new pet. This can be especially beneficial for long-term residents. Sometimes a change of venue is just the thing to spark an adoption!

We had 260 pets go home to their new families from satellite locations in 2015.
 We're hoping for even more in 2016!


Visit adoptable pets at satellite locations during their normal business hours. Interested adopters come to AWS to fill out the adoption paperwork and then pick up their new pet back at the satellite location. 
  • PetLife, Sanford
  • Southern Maine Veterinary Care, Lyman
  • Petco, South Portland
  • Pet Quarters, Scarborough
  • Andy's Agway, Dayton
  • Ann-imals Pet Supply Store, York  (at Ann-imals ,
    adoption paperwork is completed in store. You're able to take your new cat home right away!)
We also have pets (cats and small animals) at two adoption centers in PetSmart, Biddeford 
and PetSmart, Scarborough. We have special adoption hours, staffed by AWS staff and volunteers. Stop by, visit with the pets and adopt right from the store! AWS also receives a donation from PetSmart Charities for each adoption that takes place.

Visit our website to see which animals are at each satellite location!

Some of our satellite locations host special adoption events throughout the year! Depending on availability, special adoption events may feature puppies, dogs, cats, kittens or small animals! 

Upcoming events include:

Saturday, April 30th
12 Noon - 2 pm

Friday, May 13th
4 pm - 8 pm
CATS (and small animals depending on availability)

Keep an eye on our website as the dates near for more information and photos of the pets that will be at each event.
Looking to adopt? Here are two community festivals coming up where you might fall in love with your new best friend. AWS pets will be there!
May 7th ~ 8 am - 3 pm 
 Lafayette Park, downtown Kennebunk

We'll have animal-themed crafts and t-shirts for kids. And we'll have pets available for adoption. Festival goers can also drop off much-needed donations for Kitten Season. We hope to see you and your kids there!
June 4th ~ 10 am - 2 pm
195 Log Cabin Road, Kennebunkport

We are delighted to be a part of a day all about the dogs! Thank you to the Trolley Museum for inviting us. We'll have dogs you can adopt directly at the event. Stop by to meet your new best friend!
To learn more about our satellite adoption program including how your event or business can participate, please contact Stephanie Delage, Adoption Outreach Coordinator at 207-985-3244 x114.
To view all pets available for adoption, including photos, videos and fun anecdotes, visit our website!
Female, 12 years old, Beagle Mix

Male, 3 years old, Am. Shelter Dog

Female, 12 years old
*Available at PetSmart Scarborough*
Male, 3 years old
*Available at PetSmart Biddeford*
Males, 1 1/2 years old, Bonded Pair
Male, 10 months old
Is your pet due for a rabies shot?
Stop by Aubuchon Hardware in Springvale on Saturday April 23rd 10 am - 2 pm.

APRIL 10th - 16th ~ National Volunteer Week
Our volunteers and foster families are a crucial part of our operation. We couldn't care for as many animals as we do without them. In 2015, they logged more than 11,000 hours of service to AWS and our animals! 
Thank you!!

APRIL 10th - 16th ~ Animal Control Officer Week
We appreciate everything our animal control officers (ACOs) do to protect pets in the communities they serve. We are especially grateful for their support in spreading the word of AWS' programs and services. In 2015, ACOs from our 21 contracted towns, brought 819 stray, abandoned or neglected pets from their communities to the safety of AWS.

APRIL 17th - 23rd ~ National Pet ID Week
Many of the pets brought in from Animal Control Officers and good Samaritans are lost. With microchips, we are able to quickly call their worried owners. Microchipping is the fastest and easiest way to reunite lost pets. It's so important that we ensure all shelter dogs and cats are microchipped prior to adoption. 

APRIL 30th ~ World Veterinarian Day
We work with a number of amazing veterinarians in Southern Maine, including our very own Dr. Askin, Chief Veterinarian at AWS. We thank them for taking care of not only our shelter pets, but also the pets in our communities. Healthy pets are happy pets!
There are many household items that can benefit our animals. 
Please consider donating your unwanted items to AWS!
Our annual yard sale will be May 14th on Hearthstone Drive in Kennebunk. If you have household items to contribute (please no clothing, furniture or appliances), contact Sue directly at 207-985-1437. Thank you!
We are looking for vintage or high-quality items to fill our booth at the Kennebunk Antique Show & Sale the weekend of August 6th-7th at Kennebunk High School. Volunteers Fran and Liz spend countless hours collecting items to prepare for the show. We seek glassware, china, pottery, small articles of furniture, framed prints and other antiques. Fun and unique items such as toys and games from the 1950s or quirky kitchen decor are especially popular. If you have items to contribute, please contact Fran at 207-985-3721 or Liz at 207-967-4962. Thank you!
Most any vehicle is accepted, including cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and RVs! Vehicles do not need to be in new or even running condition but they must have an engine and be towable. Your vehicle will be sold at auction or to salvage based on condition...with proceeds coming back to AWS! Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions to learn how easy it is to donate your vehicle! 
Visit our website to learn about more giving opportunities. Our pets appreciate your kindness and generosity!


Mailing Address: PO Box 43, West Kennebunk, ME 04094
Physical Address: 46 Holland Road, Kennebunk

Open for adoptions and visits
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am - 4:30 pm
Monday & Tuesday:  11 am - 4:30 pm
   Thursday & Friday:  11 am - 4:30 pm*
   Closed Wednesdays

*Open until 6:30 pm on Thursdays and Fridays starting May 1st