Antique show fund raiser earns nearly $4,000 for animal shelter

WEST KENNEBUNK, Maine – The Animal Welfare Society (AWS) announced that its annual Antiques Show and Sale at Kennebunk High School, held Aug. 1-2, raised nearly $4,000 for the shelter. This year’s total was up nearly $1,000 from last year.

The event raises money for the shelter’s operating budget, which provides the necessary funds for food, cat litter, medical care and staff for the more than 3,200 animals at the shelter each year.

Volunteers Deborah Kerr and Francine Keating, both of Kennebunk, chaired the event. Kerr and Keating, along with Liz Thompson of Kennebunk, donated hours of their time to pick up donated antiques and collectibles from local dealers and residents and price each item for sale. The women also set up the AWS booth at Kennebunk High School and manned the two-day sale.

“These women are fabulous. Donating their time and effort in the midst of a Maine summer is a gift in itself – but then to bring in nearly $4,000 is amazing. It means a lot to our budget and to each animal that needs us,” said Kerrie Robinson, Director of Development at the shelter.

The shelter sponsors the large antiques sale each year. Community members are encouraged to contact Robinson at the shelter if they would like to donate quality antiques to next year’s event. “Who knows how much Aunt Gertie’s knick-knacks might help the animals?” said Robinson.

About The Animal Welfare Society

The Animal Welfare Society exists to provide humane shelter and care to animals temporarily in need of housing, 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. For more information please visit