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Updates regarding COVID-19 (7/19/21)

All adoption visits will now be in-person and first come, first served. Please see our How To Adopt page for more details. GAHS will continue to give priority to scheduled intake/surrender appointments. Walk-ins with stray animals or owner surrenders will be served as we are able to, depending on how many visit are happening at that time.

As of July 3rd, GAHS will no longer require masks to be worn when inside our facility or at outdoor GAHS events.  However, we still support and encourage the use of them, especially in public spaces, and to continue to social distance while in the shelter (per Maine CDC recommendations). We expect all staff, volunteers, foster families and members of the public to be treated with respect and courtesy whether they opt to continue wearing a mask or not.  We are closely watching the changing pandemic trends and may change this policy in the coming weeks. 

Throughout this entire pandemic, the constant has been the GAHS’s dedication to maintaining the safety and well-being of our animals, our workers and the community that we serve. The GAHS is here so that pets in our community will always have reliable and safe care and support.

We will continue to monitor guidance from national, state, and local legislative and regulatory bodies as things progress. We will continue to provide updates on any operational changes and encourage our community to continue to follow all the recommendations that keep our neighbors and families safe.

Questions or concerns may be directed to:

Thank you for your continued support of the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society and animals in need.

Please note that Robin’s Dog Park on Strawberry Avenue in Lewiston is open with normal park rules.


Our animals will be far happier at home with you!  


  • 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 as yours and our schedules permit, to allow us to ensure room for emergency cases. Please email or call 207-783-2311 to schedule an intake appointment.


We are currently taking new applications for temporary fostering. Our biggest need right now is for cat and kitten fostering, adult dog and short-term puppy fostering, and medical needs fostering. 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. New to our Pantry? Call 783-2311 and speak with the Coordinator, Sandy. We are also partnering with several local human food pantries to provide pet food to more families in need.

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!
  • If you have purchased items to drop-off, there is a donation bin located at our front door.
  • Financial gifts are greatly needed and can be made here.

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.