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Programs

The Animal Shelter accepts lost, stray, and privately owned animals from our contracted towns. Being a full service shelter means taking many types of animals although our major intake is limited to cats/kittens and dogs/puppies.

Pet Adoption
The Animal Shelter provides adoption counseling to those individuals interested in adopting an animal. Our goal is to place animals into new and permanent homes with loving families who will fulfill the terms of our adoption contract. It is very important to match the animal to the needs of the household.

Incentive Certificates
The Animal Shelter provides discount spay certificates to individuals who bring litters of puppies or kittens to the shelter if they still have the mother.

Foster Care Program                                                                                                                                         The Animal Shelter has over 150 families who take nearly 1,000 animals into their homes each year. These volunteer foster families provide pets a place to grow and be socialized until they are ready for the adoption program. To learn more about this program, please apply to become a volunteer and fill out a foster care application.

Lost and Found
Through our computer database and investigative procedures, we connect lost pets with their owners. This can be done without having the animal in our facility. In 1998, over 300 stray animals were reunited with their owners.

Breed Rescue Club Referrals
We provide information to interested parties to help in the adoption and rescue of a particular breed of dog.

Humane Education
Through our classroom programs we hope to educate the next generation of responsible pet owners. Our staff and volunteers can visit schools or civic groups with important information about animal care.

Adult Volunteers
Many adults volunteer for a variety of duties ranging from working with animals to fundraising and working with the Board of Directors. We are especially interested in sharing the skills of "seniors" with our volunteers and staff.

Assist with Pet Neglect/Abuse
The Shelter works with the state of Maine Animal Welfare Program and local Animal Control Officers in referring cases of neglect to the appropriated investigators.

Working with the Developmentally Disabled/Disadvantaged
Through this program clients are brought to the shelter for socialization and interaction with animals to improve their social skills. Clients come to the Shelter to help with dog walks, animal socialization and other activities and in turn gain confidence, develop social skills and achieve a satisfaction by being part of the Shelter Experience.

Community Spay/Neuter Program
We offer discount certificates worth $25/cat or dog to help our communities low-income families off-set the cost of the spay/neuter procedure.

Spaying Certificates for Expecting Mothers
We issue certificates ($75 for mother cats and $125 for mother dogs) to help with the spaying to those owners who bring us their litters.

Youth & Volunteer Program
Nearly 125 volunteers support the staff in a variety of functions ranging from animal socialization and fundraising to caring for foster litters in their homes.

Temporary Shelter Collaboration
We have limited capacity to provide emergency, short term care for pets belonging to individuals and families being helped by a local violence prevention organization.

Special Pets for Seniors
Senior pets (pets over 5 years of age) who arrive at the shelter already spayed/neutered are available for adoption to senior citizens, over age 55, at no cost.

Planned Giving Program
This comprehensive program is available to donors who would like to contribute to and strengthen the future of the Society through their estate planning.

Temperament Evaluation Program
In our effort to ensure that each dog and cat is placed in an appropriate home environment, a comprehensive behavioral evaluation is preformed shortly after their arrival.

Animal Enrichment Program
This program includes a variety of components such as aromatherapy, videos for visual stimulation and music to help keep the animals comfortable and happy as they wait for their new home.