The Animal Welfare Society, incorporated in 1967, is a private humane society and 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' community programs include Canine Training, Youth Programs and Community Veterinary Clinic. In 1967, AWS' first year, about 500 animals were served; today, that number is well over 10,000.
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.