News & Events

Back to all posts

Updates regarding COVID-19- 5/27/20

In light of Governor Mill’s order and phased reopening plan, GAHS is still operating and is considered an essential business to help animals. We continue to embrace social distancing to help keep our community members as healthy as possible, and remain closed to the public through May 31. As an essential business, we are conducting adoptions, fostering and pet wellness services through online and phone, with limited in-shelter time by appointment only to limit the number of people in our facility at any one time. We also ask that visitors wear a face covering or mask. Our staff is doing the same.

Please know that our hard-working staff are still here caring for our animals daily and we’re doing all we can to ensure that they stay healthy and happy. Our staff numbers are smaller than normal, and we have asked volunteers to stay home, so please be patient with us as we continue to adjust our operations and find the best path forward.

Please note that Robin’s Dog Park on Strawberry Avenue in Lewiston is open, but we ask that no more that 10 people are in the park at any one time, and that individuals maintain 6′ of distance. In order for as many people and dogs to benefit from the park, we ask that visitors shorten their visit if there are people waiting.

While the COVID-19 impact in Maine is rapidly changing, we want to share with you some changes that we are putting into place so that we can continue to serve the pets and people of our community while keeping our staff, volunteers, and clients protected.

PLEASE STILL ADOPT!

Our animals will be far happier at home with you!   If you are interested in adopting an animal, we will be doing adoptions by appointment.

  • You can view our adoptable animals at: https://gahumane.org/adopt/
  • Please fill out our online application if you are interested in adopting. A GAHS employee will contact you shortly to go over adoption details, begin the matchmaking process, and schedule a time to visit. Visits are currently being scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Questions? Email info@gahumane.org or call 207-783-2311.

INCOMING ANIMALS

  • Animals in need of surrender and stray intakes will continue to be accepted. If the need to surrender your pet is not urgent, we ask that you wait to bring in your animal for at least a few weeks, to allow us to ensure room for emergency cases. Please email info@gahumane.org or call 207-783-2311 to schedule an intake appointment.

Fostering

We are currently taking new applications for temporary fostering. Our biggest need right now is for cat and kitten fostering. If you have a spare room for a cat or mom with kittens, please fill out the simple application and a team member will be in touch with you shortly.

Fetchin’ Food Pet Pantry

Clients of our pet food pantry can still receive food on Tuesdays from 9am to 11am.We will have an outdoor set-up to help folks maintain a safe distance, while still accessing services. New to our Pantry? Call 783-2311 and speak with the Coordinator, Sandy.

In-Person Special Events and Activities Cancelled through April 30th

  • In-person dog training classes and yappy hours are cancelled. Please contact maria@gahumane.org to hear about rescheduling and virtual options.
  • Puppy Yoga has been cancelled. We will be in touch with all registrants to reschedule a make-up date(s).
  • Humane education visits have been cancelled.
  • Our 2020 Kitten Shower has gone virtual! Click here to learn more.

Prepare Your Pets

Visit our disaster preparedness page to learn about tips and recommendations to keep your pets safe during this difficult time.

Donations are Still Greatly Needed

  • Items can be purchased on our Amazon Wish List and be delivered to our facility. We also love to receive donations directly from Chewy.com!
  • If you have purchased items to drop-off, there is a donation bin located at our front door. We are no longer accepting used linens at this time.
  • Financial gifts are greatly needed and can be made using the form below.

Thank you for your understanding, patience and support as we continue our work on behalf of animals and the people who love them. Together we can stay healthy and keep our most vulnerable community members safe.