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.
Adoptions are by Appointment
All adoptions are conducted by appointment, seven days a week. Appts can be made by calling (207) 985-3244 ext 125, up to one day in advance. We begin answering phones at 9 am. You must speak to a staff member directly to book your appointment. Leaving a voicemail or sending an email will not result in an appointment.
When you call, please have a specific pet in mind though you are able to meet multiple animals, as available, during your visit. Adoptions are first come, first serve, meaning the person who calls first gets their choice of available appointment times and thus his/her choice of animals to meet and adopt.
1. Think Ahead
It is helpful to know for certain that pets are welcomed where you live before you adopt. Think about applicable local ordinances, homeowner’s and/or renter’s insurance policies, rental agreements, parental consent, approval from roommate(s), etc. We encourage adopters to make sure they have the right set up, inside and out, for the pet they would like to bring home. Some pets need a fenced in yard, other pets do best as the only pet, etc. Each animal’s housing needs are unique, as are the rules or regulations that might govern your home and the jurisdiction in which you live.
2. Adoption Questionnaire
You can download and complete the simple and straightforward adoption questionnaire in advance from our website and bring it with you to your adoption appointment. Or fill it out when you arrive.
3. Adoption Appointment
We have adopted CDC guidelines and allow fully vaccinated members of the public to come into the building without a face covering. We ask unvaccinated folks to continue to mask up for the safety of everyone who visits AWS. If you need a mask, we are happy to provide one.
When you arrive for your appointment, please have one person in the party come to the Adoption Center to check in. We will call you when your appointment is ready to begin and your entire party may come in.
While it is not mandatory, we encourage you to get the whole family on board. There is space for the whole family to visit with and meet the potential new pet(s). We have an extensive property, including several exercise pens and a courtyard, where you as a family can spend quality time together and get to know your new pet. With dogs for adoption, you can even take a walk together. For fellow canine family members, dog-to-dog introductions are handled on a case-by-case basis. We will work with you to determine if an introduction is in the best interest of your resident dog and your prospective new dog. You do not have to bring your resident dog with you when you stop by to meet available dogs. A meet-and-greet can be arranged once the adoption process is started.
4. Adoption Fees
Adoption fees are listed on each individual animal’s web profile. Fees vary from species to species and depend on the animal’s age, breed and size. Fees include the extensive care each and every animal receives at AWS, including shelter, daily enrichment and veterinary care.
5. Taking your Pet Home
Because we cannot place holds on any pets, if you do find the perfect addition to your family during your adoption appointment, we ask that you plan to take your new pet home with you then. We sell carriers, leashes and collars in our Adoption Center, or you can bring your own.
If you make an appointment and find out the pet you’ve met with isn’t right for you, or you need more time to think about it, you are not obligated to take the pet home. However, keep in mind that we are unable to place a hold, especially if it’s a highly-sought after pet, like a kitten or a puppy.