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A Board of Trustees Member will support the work of P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center’s executive director, the Board-Executive Director (ED) relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Specific Board Member responsibilities include:

Leadership, governance and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as s/he develops and implements P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
  • Approving P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the ED
  • Assisting the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
  • Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
  • Representing P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization
  • Ensuring P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center’s commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center serves


P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center Board Members will consider P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center expects to have 100 percent board giving and we challenge each member to strive for an individual fundraising goal of $2,500 annually.

P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center is a not-for-profit animal shelter (No-kill) serving twelve communities on the Midcoast of Maine.

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PO BOX 707, ROCKPORT, ME 04856, US

Mission Statement

P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center's mission is to provide a safe, caring environment for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats until they can be placed with loving families, and to promote humane values in our communities. In addition to caring for the animals, the adoption center also provides community outreach and humane education programs.


P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center (formerly the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League) was founded to provide a safe, comforting place for animals that are looking for loving, permanent homes. We are a private, non-profit animal welfare organization that provides care and love to all cats and dogs. P.A.W.S. was founded in 1974 by a group of animal lovers in midcoast Maine to address the need for a shelter to help lost, abandoned, neglected or homeless pets. With broad support from members of the surrounding communities, the shelter has become a warm, safe, loving haven for companion animals, giving them another chance to find a permanent home. The current shelter building, located at 146 Camden Street in Rockport, was constructed in 2000 with the generous help of the community on land donated by Eric H. L. Sexton.

Every animal that comes to our shelter is cared for with love, respect and tenderness until they can be placed in their forever home. We will never euthanize an animal unless it has a severe physical or behavioral problem that cannot be resolved. We never, ever euthanize for time or space. We currently have contracts with the towns of Camden, Rockport, Hope, Lincolnville, Belfast, Northport, Searsmont, Liberty, Islesboro and Swanville. We have a full staff ready to help you in finding the perfect pet for you and your family. We invite you to visit or, better yet, volunteer. You just may find that walking a dog, petting cats or cleaning a room will give you a sense of satisfaction and peace. The animals would love to see you and so would we.

Board Development


We'll work with your schedule.


123 John StreetCamden, ME 04843



  • Human Resources Legal Compliance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Accounting
  • Business Development
  • Donor Management
  • Security / Network Administration


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • We have 10 meetings a year that last approx. 1.5 hours on the 4th Monday of each month. Combine that with a committee obligation and special event asst. The average board member spends approx. 3 hour's a month on PAWS related work.
  • Must love animals and live in our service area.

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