As a Humane Society we not only provide food, care and shelter for homeless animals but we also provide educational programs to our community. With the ever-increasing human and pet population in our world today, it is vital to spread the important messages of the Animal Welfare Society: the importance of spaying and neutering pets, of long-term commitment to a pet, kind animal treatment, and the link between domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and animal abuse. In conjunction with Prevent Violence York County, our shelter is working on the issues surrounding all forms of violence- for both humans and pets. The Animal Welfare Society has also established the PAWS program to discreetly assist clients who are in need. For more information about animal abuse and neglect, please click here
Programs: We offer a variety of education programs that fit the needs of the many people and groups in our community. Please click on the listing for more information.
Portland Childrens Museum
Every third Saturday of the month is the Pets and More Program an hour-long program at the Childrens Museum in Portland on different animal subjects. Check out our Calendar page for the date and time.
Classroom Visits- Our Humane Educator visits local school classrooms to teach a variety of informational animal-related programs. (more...)
Shelter Tours- School groups, community groups, girl and boy scouts and others are invited to schedule a visit and tour of the shelter. Take a behind the scenes peek at what we do! (more...)
Community Presentations- Our Humane Educator will visit local community groups to talk about the shelter or other animal related issues. (more...)
AWS Kid's Summer Camps - Children ages 7-13 can attend our fun and exciting summer camps and learn all about animals! (more...)
Kid's Birthday Parties!
Humane Action League
The Humane Action League is an after school kids club that meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3-4:30pm. The club consists of students who love animals and want to be involved in animal welfare. Each week the club spends a great deal of time with the shelter animals, learning about gentle handling, proper care and behavior.
WishList: The Humane Education Department is in need of the following items:
- Animal Related Magazines
- Animal Related Books
- Art and Craft Supplies
- Animal Related Games
- Animal Related Videos/DVDs
Questions or Comments? If you would like more information, please contact our Humane Educator at (207)985-3244 x109 or send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for more information? Check out our Information Links page to access helpful sites dealing with many areas of animal welfare.
Please visit our Contact Page for links to our Behavior Helpline, Spay/Neuter Helpline and Obedience classes.