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 shelter, open admission shelter
We are a no-kill shelter. We promote adoption of physically and mentally healthy companion animals and use euthanasia as a last humane option.
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 standards of safety, care and cleanliness and treat all animals and people with respect, dignity and integrity.
Our spay / neuter services are sustainable
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 program across the region.
We are active in education and outreach
We are active in humane education and outreach. We educate and train caretakers to develop fulfilling and lifelong relationships with their companion animals and raise public awareness with regard to 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 animal and human 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!Adopt a Pet
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 & spay/neuter surgeries, feed, shelter, and rehome thousands of homeless pets each year. Please make a gift today and help us create a better world for our community's animals!Give Today
From dog walkers to cat cleaners, and dishwashers to offsite 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 one of our informational meetings. To start volunteering immediately, visit our front desk and sign up to be a Shelter Helper or Dog's Day Out volunteer today!Get Involved
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 in celebration of pets to benefit the animals at the shelter awaiting 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.Learn More
BHS offers a sustainable low-cost spay/neuter program which distributes vouchers to qualifying individuals to help reduce the cost of spaying/neutering in order make it more affordable for you and your pet(s).Learn More
Dog's Day Out
This fun program allows members of the public to take a dog out of the shelter for the day! Dogs get some quality one-on-one time, and shelter staff and volunteers learn all about how our dogs do outside of the kennel environment. It's a win-win!Learn More