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The Bangor Area’s Trusted Resource for Matching People and Pets Since 1869

The Bangor Humane Society is a nonprofit organization serving over 200 communities in northern and eastern Maine since 1869. We strive to facilitate the human-animal bond by re-homing and rehabilitating homeless pets with humans through pet adoption.

Why The Bangor Humane Society

As the world of animal welfare continues to evolve, we are committed to adapting and changing with it so we can continue to be a vital part of the community in which we operate.

A no-kill, open admission shelter

We are a no-kill shelter. We promote the adoption of physically and mentally healthy companion animals. We use euthanasia as a last humane option.

Dogs and Puppies

Largest shelter in Northern and Eastern Maine

We are the largest shelter in Northern and Eastern Maine, operating for 150 years. We hold ourselves to the highest safety, care, and cleanliness standards. We treat all animals and people with respect, dignity, and integrity.

Cats and Kittens

Sustainable spay / neuter services

Our spay/neuter services have been sustainable for over a decade. We work diligently to end companion animal overpopulation by spaying/neutering every adopted dog, cat, and rabbit before going home, distributing spay/neuter vouchers to low-income residents in our community, and increasing awareness of spay/neuter programs across the region.

All Pets

We are active in education and outreach

We are active in humane education and outreach. We educate and train caretakers to develop fulfilling, lifelong relationships with their companion animals. We raise public awareness of the humane treatment of animals through our programs, advocacy, and distribution of informational resources.

Adopt a Pet

At BHS, we believe every match made is a life saved, both animals and humans alike! But, finding your perfect pet can be an overwhelming experience, especially since there are so many adorable furry faces at the shelter to choose from, all looking for a new home. Don't worry, though! We have streamlined our adoption process to make it easier and faster to find your perfect companion. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help guide you, so you find a pet that is the right match for you and your family!

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Give Today

The money you contribute to the Bangor Humane Society is immediately put to use, saving lives and helping animals in need. Donations to our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization are used to provide medical care, spaying, neutering, food, shelter, and rehoming for thousands of homeless pets each year. Please make a gift today and help us create a better world for our community's animals!

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Get Involved

From dog walkers to cat cleaners and dishwashers to off-site events, we would love your help with just about everything! We are very flexible with hours and would love to have you join our team. To learn more about ways you can help, contact our Volunteer and Outreach director to sign up for our informational meetings. To start volunteering immediately, visit our front desk to sign up to be a Shelter Helper or Dog's Day Out volunteer!

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Programs and Events

Paws on Parade

Paws on Parade is our largest annual fundraising event. Over a mile and a half long, our annual dog walk runs through Downtown Bangor to celebrate pets to benefit the animals at the shelter awaiting their forever homes. Join as a sponsor, walk with your dog or with a human companion, or donate to support a Paws participant and help us meet our goal.

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BHS offers a sustainable, low-cost spay/neuter program that distributes vouchers to qualifying individuals to reduce the cost of spaying/neutering to make it more affordable for you and your pet.

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Dog's Day Out

This fun program allows community members to take a dog out of the shelter for the day! Dogs get some quality one-on-one time. Shelter staff and volunteers learn how our dogs do outside of the kennel environment. It's a win-win!

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