As you may know, the Bangor Humane Society relies on donations from the public for over 60% of our funding each year. We receive no funding from local, state or federal sources and without your support we could not continue to provide quality care for the homeless and unwanted animals of our community.
Throughout the year we hold several different fundraising events, both ongoing and annual, in order to meet the needs of our animals. Continually, public support makes these events a success!
The Bangor Humane Society was one of nearly 40 animal rescue organizations that received grant funding to participate in the second ASPCA ‘Mega Match-a-thon’ event, that took place on October 18th, 19th and 20th. The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) granted funds to support large-scale adoption events held simultaneously nationwide in an effort to save more lives of shelter animals. The event was timely as it was placed amongst two other national awareness days as October is Adopt-a-Dog Month and October 16th was also Feral Cat Day, in which BHS plans to publically roll out their new Barn Cat program for cats that are happier and better suited for outdoor living but still need food, water, shelter and access to veterinary care.
“The event was a celebration of pet companionship and an opportunity to promote pet adoption,” says Suzan Bell, BHS Executive Director. “Our goal through this adoption event was to not only to see each of our animals get adopted into loving homes, but to also collaborate with shelters across the state, so that all animals throughout Maine can be offered the same opportunity. With events like these, we hope to build a state-wide coalition that supports and advocates for pet adoption and we invite everyone in the community to join us. Working together we can save lots of animals and enrich the lives of new adopting families.”
Bangor Humane Society extended its business hours for this special event and offered special adoption discounts. BHS also partnered with Animal Orphanage to adopt some of their homeless pets.
At the end of the three-day event 123 homeless pets were placed into homes! Thank you to all the supporters and adopters who joined us in this life-saving event!
On October 5, 2013 the Bangor Humane Society celbrated its twentieth Paws on Parade event- their annual celebration of animals to benefit animals awaiting forever homes. Over a mile long, the route runs from the Bangor Waterfront through Downtown Bangor and meets back by the water. The 2013 event welcomed nearly 700 two-legged and four-legged participants. Many walk with their dog or with a human friend, and hundreds others sponsor a Paws participant! Over two dozen vendors lined the waterfront. Prizes, contests and demos were also featured. The event continues to grow each year both in participation and dollars raised. This year the event raised over $71,000 to help homeless pets in the Greater Bangor area. It is the shelter's largest annual fundraising event. Thank you to all the vendors, participants, donors, and event sponors that made this event a huge success! To make a donation to help homeless pets to day, click here!