ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY INC

aka AWS   |   West Kennebunk, ME   |  animalwelfaresociety.org

Mission

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 and neglect to all animals, and the lifelong commitment of people to their pets.

Ruling year info

1969

Executive Director

Ms. Abigail Smith

Main address

PO Box 43

West Kennebunk, ME 04094 USA

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EIN

23-7018176

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For fifty years, AWS' mission has been to help pets and their owners needing resources and services. The Animal Welfare Society seeks to find loving homes for companion animals in need, to combat unwanted animal overpopulation, and to provide veterinary and wellness services to underserved pet owners.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption

In the Adoption Center, we pair families or individuals desiring a companion animal with pets in need of a home. Companion animals we care for at the shelter include dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, gerbils, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs and other small animals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

We provide financial resources to income-qualified individuals looking to spay/neuter their dogs and cats.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

We provide canine training classes to dog owners in our community. Classes range from Puppy Kindergarten to advanced agility courses. We also provide one-on-one consultations, behavioral assistance, and drop in social hours for dogs and their families. Our training team also works extensively with resident (shelter) dogs to keep them active and enriched while at AWS. With the knowledge and training we offer resident pets, we can provide counseling to interested adopters, with the hope of placing the dog in a home with a household and lifestyle that fits it best.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Community Veterinary Clinic is a full-service, high-quality practice serving resident (shelter) pets and pets of community members. With a two-tiered pricing system, veterinary care is affordable to all, by offering reduced pricing for those who are income-qualified. The goal is to help owners keep the pet at home, rather than them having to make the heart-wrenching decision to surrender it to the shelter when limited financial resources prohibit needed emergency or preventative veterinary care. The clinic serves clients in Maine and New Hampshire. From time to time, the clinic veterinarians also offer vaccination clinics in the community.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Working with Caring Unlimited, York County's domestic violence center, we provide provide a safe place for the pets of domestic violence victims when their owners enter the women’s shelter.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Women and girls

Through PAWS Across America, the Animal Welfare Society receives adoptable companion animals from other shelters and rescue groups in need of help placing their animals. In many parts of the country, there are far more animals in shelters than are adopted to the local population. This leaves local shelters with the unfortunate decision to have to put highly adoptable, healthy pets to sleep. PAWS Across America helps save these animals’ lives. Working with other non-profits, including rescue and transport groups, AWS brings these animals to Maine. Transporting animals from low demand locales to high demand locales is an extraordinary collaborative effort of the entire animal welfare community. We are honored to play a part in saving the lives of thousands of pets each year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Sharing the value of compassion is an important part of our mission. AWS’ Youth Programs, led by a state-certified educator, provide interactive and creative learning opportunities for children of all ages. Our unique and engaging approach targets three important educational components: literacy, social-emotional learning and animal advocacy.

Our fun programs incorporate the animals in our care to help children grow emotionally, socially, culturally and academically. Creative lessons benefit animals and students, inside and outside the classroom. Whether we’re working together to improve literacy skills by reading aloud to a resident pet or learning about animal body language and how it can mirror our own feelings, students participating in AWS’ Youth Programs are more engaged, more compassionate, and more knowledgeable about animals and the world we share.

Specialty programs, often held in local classrooms, engage English language learners, incarcerated youth, children with developmental disabilities, and students needing extra literacy support.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students
At-risk youth
Immigrants and migrants
Incarcerated people

This program, a partnership between AWS and the Maine Correctional Center (MCC), pairs prison inmate handlers with young puppies for a six week training program. Weekly canine training classes are taught on site by AWS staff. By observing and participating in these classes, the handlers learn training methods that they reinforce daily with their charges, teaching the puppies basic commands. The dogs are housed directly with their handler, making housebreaking a priority. MCC officials select handlers based on exceptional behavior and willingness to learn. Handlers take great pride in training their puppies. This program is a win-win for all involved - the handlers, the prison staff, and the adopters, who take home a well-trained, well-socialized new puppy.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people

Feral cats are domestic cats that did not receive enough human interaction as kittens. Thus, they are fearful of humans and not suited to be house cats. Many live outdoors in colonies. Feral cats reproduce quickly, so without human intervention, the colonies grow, putting a strain on the limited food and resources. This is where the AWS/Cleo Fund Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) Program comes into play. We provide resources to feral cat caretakers (ie individuals with feral cats on/near their properties): spay/neuter surgeries, additional veterinary care including a health exam and vaccinations, feral cat shelters and feeding stations. We also provide trapping services and loaned traps in order to humanely trap the cats in order to provide the veterinary care. We also provide resources and education to inform the public of the importance of spay/neuter, especially in feral cat colonies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

As a community animal resource, we encourage and support community members who need to find a new home for their pets. Working together, we work to find a solution to re-homing your pet(s) before considering admission to AWS, including offering services such as temporary boarding ([email protected]), reduced-cost veterinary care, behavior and training consultations and more.

If other re-homing resources aren't a solution, we offer animal admissions, where a pet owner surrenders their pet to AWS. After assessing the animal - providing any behavioral training, medical care and anything else it needs - the pet goes up for adoption and finds a new home.

In partnership between our Adoption Center and Clinic, we offer re-homing services for puppies/kittens, as part of our Mother Spay Program for pet owners whose dogs or cats have had an unexpected litter. Once the litter is weaned, we spay the mother at no cost to the pet owner, provided that the puppies/kittens are surrendered to AWS and Mom goes home with the pet owner. This program reduces the burden of finding new homes for the offspring, it keeps the mother cat at home (where she is loved) and it reduces pet overpopulation by spaying/neutering the mother and offspring.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Charity Navigator - highest ranking 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals spayed and neutered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status

Related Program

Cleo Fund (Spay/Neuter)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: Spay/neuter surgeries were suspended for 3 months due to the pandemic's Stay at Home orders, as they were not considered an essential services and the Clinic was open only to emergencies.

Number of rescue animals transferred to AWS for adoption

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Animal Transfer (Paws Across America)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, Paws Across America was suspended for 2 ½ months, due to interstate travel restrictions due to the pandemic.

Number of children reached by Humane Education programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Youth Humane Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: Stay at Home orders and school closures due to the pandemic led to many virtual learning opportunities.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Canine Training & Behavior Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: With Stay at Home orders due to the pandemic and social distancing, most group classes were not held. The training team provided extensive virtual content, reaching more than 2,400 families.

Number of medical exams and procedures provided by veterinarians (excluding spay/neuter surgeries)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Community Veterinary Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: The Clinic was poised to increase capacity in 2020. Despite a 3 month shutdown to non-essential services, the Clinic saw more pets and provided more services than ever before.

Number of animal adoptions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Adoption

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2020, Paws Across America was suspended for 2 ½ months, due to interstate travel restrictions due to the pandemic. This reduced the number of animals we were able to take in and thus adopt out.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Animal Welfare Society seeks to aid companion animals in need by offering intake services for pets in 21 local municipalities and operating a progressive Adoption Center to find these pets loving new homes. AWS works with out-of-state rescue groups needing assistance placing their animals. The goal is to bring together pets and families.

To combat unwanted animal overpopulation, AWS provides spay and neuter surgery resources and access statewide and provides veterinary and wellness services to underserved pet owners at a reduced rate through our in-house veterinary clinic. AWS seeks to end the unnecessary surrender of owned pets – due to training issues, medical problems or unwanted litters – while remaining a safety net for truly homeless animals.

AWS, an animal resource for pets and their people, offers:

-Adoption, bringing homeless animals and people together. Each pet is spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and examined for health.
-Pets and Women to Safety, offering pet care for victims of violence fleeing a dangerous situation.
-Paws in Stripes & Pawsitive Changes, pairing puppies with incarcerated individuals for training. Puppies are trained by inmates, and in turn give the inmates purpose.
-Paws Across America, bringing highly adoptable pets to Maine.
-Youth Humane Education, teaching animal care and empathy in AWS’ youth classroom and schools.
-Canine Training classes by a professional staff. Classes are taught for all levels, along with in-home private consults and one-on-one work.
-Spay/Neuter resources, offering vouchers and multi-day clinics, reaching the most underserved.
-In-house, full-service Community Veterinary Clinic serving pet owners in need with reduced fee care, ensuring that pet owners do not lose a pet due to veterinary expenses.
-Re-Homing Services, including working together to find resources for individuals needing behavioral, medical or other services to keep their animal at homes, spay/neuter services for unwanted litters, temporary boarding and animal admissions for pet owners who cannot keep their pet for any reason.

Through fifty years of innovation, work, and problem solving, AWS is well-equipped to meet the today’s animal welfare demands. Our team is composed of more than 40 professionals, including four veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians, animal care staff, canine behavior staff, education staff, and administrative support staff.

Our work is at a leadership level across the state and the region, and our community of supporters is enthusiastic about our next steps in meeting our mission.

In January 2018, AWS completed the first phase of a full campus renovation project. With community support, a 5,000 sq. ft. addition and a 9,000 sq. ft. renovation expanded the current in-house spay/neuter clinic to become a full-service Community Veterinary Clinic. The Clinic serves income-qualified pet owners by providing emergency and wellness care they otherwise would be unable to afford. A new canine training room, adoption lobby, and staff spaces rounded out the project. In its first full year, the Clinic saw more than 10,000 patients - providing thousands of surgeries and life-saving procedures, vaccinations and wellness exams.

IN 2019-2020, a remodel of the animal spaces took place. Cat kennels doubled in size, windows were added to the spaces and our cat community rooms received a full face-lift, complete with climbing apparatus. Our dog spaces saw the kennel chain link replaced by tempered glass and stainless steel. Kennel block were repaired, and the kennel floors were upgraded with a sealed epoxy. All animal spaces received streams of natural light and sound mitigating features.

In 2020 and 2021, despite the pandemic, AWS remained open for animal admissions, adoptions and veterinary care, though at a reduced capacity, based on state and federal guidelines and staffing. As 2021 brings the end to the pandemic, AWS will look to return to full-capacity, increase its community programs to work with more families in need of assistance to keep their pets happy and at home.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY INC

Board of directors
as of 5/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Cavaretta

Village Food Market

Term: 2019 -

Gary Leech

Congdon's Doughnuts

Stanley Barwise

Katie Graczyk

Bigelow & Co.

John Cavaretta

Village Food Market

Kathy Hughes

Malte Lukas

Robin Cyr

Albin, Randall & Bennett

Mike Ouellet

Ouellet Construction

Sam Bishop

Pace Consulting

Cindy Talbot

John Rhoades

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/15/2020,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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