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Only one in three animals has a home that lasts their entire lifetime. Will you be one?

Finding your match can be a challenge. There are so many gorgeous 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 new companion. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you find just the right pet. Your visit to the shelter will not be overwhelming.

What kinds of animals can you find at the Bangor Humane Society? We take in cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, hamsters, and just about any domesticated animal with fur. Sorry, we don’t take in snakes, turtles, or rats. We are not licensed to care for wildlife.

How does the process work if you’re interested in adopting one of our residents?

Let’s start with dogs! It all starts with a potential adopter filling out a pre-adoption form to tell us a little more about their household, lifestyle, and what they’re looking for in a canine companion. Adoption counselors are trained to take the pre-adoption form and match it with the dogs available for adoption.

After the pre-adoption phase, we move on to visit the dog in our visiting room. If any other dogs or people live in the home, we ask that they come in to meet the dog. Landlord checks, veterinary checks, or a mandatory Dog’s Day Out may be required on a case by case basis.

After this, if all checks out, we can complete an adoption! The process itself takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes. We need photo identification and a form of payment to process your adoption.

What if you’re interested in a cat? We also have a pre-adoption form in place for cats. After potential adopters fill it out, we will match you with some of the cats we have available for adoption.

Once things check out on paper, just like with dogs, we go into a visiting room! While we require all family members to meet the cat. We do not perform cat-to-cat, or cat-to-dog visits, as it may take a few weeks to a few months for cats to adjust to new friends.

If things work out, we then go through a similar adoption process. This one takes anywhere from 10-20 minutes. Only a state ID or driver’s license and approved form of payment are required to complete an adoption.

We also adopt pets with special needs. These adoptions have their own procedures. Visit our Barn Buddy page or our FIV & FeLV page to learn more about our special feline adoption programs.


Dog Adoption Information

Dog Pre-Adoption Online Survey Dog Pre-Adoption Survey

Dog Adoption Fees

Puppies 8 weeks – 6 months $400
Puppies 7 months – 11 months $250
Young Dogs 1 year – 5 years $175
Mature Dogs 6 years – 10 years $100
Older Dogs 11 years and older Manager’s Choice
Dogs with Special Needs Manager’s Choice
All Transport and VIP Dogs Manager’s Choice

What’s included in the adoption fee of my new dog?

Wellness exam, behavioral evaluation, spay/neuter, one-year rabies vaccination (3 months and older), Heartworm/Lyme Disease test, distemper vaccination, kennel cough vaccination, topical flea/tick treatment, de-wormer, heartworm prevention, and microchip. An average value of $800! To see if you qualify for one of our Special Discount programs, click here.


Cat Adoption Information

Cat Pre-Adoption Online Survey Cat Pre-Adoption Survey

Cat Adoption Fees

Kittens 8 weeks – 6 months $200
Kittens 7 months – 11 months $150
Young Cats 1 year – 4 years $100
Mature Cats 5 years – 10 years $50
Older Cats 11 years and older Manager’s Choice
Cats with Special Needs Manager’s Choice
Barn Buddies All Ages $15

What’s included in the adoption fee of my new cat?

Wellness exam, spay/neuter, one-year rabies vaccination (3 months and older), Feline Leukemia test, distemper vaccination, ultranasal vaccination, topical flea/tick treatment, ear mite treatment, and microchip. An average value of $660! To see if you qualify for one of our Special Discount programs, click here.


Small Animal Adoption Information

Small Animal Pre-Adoption Online Survey

The Small Animal Pre-Adoption Survey is available at the front desk.

Small Animal Adoption Fees

Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Gerbils All Ages $25
Rabbits All Ages $50
Ferrets All Ages $75
Chinchillas All Ages $100
Birds All Ages Manager’s Choice

What’s included in the adoption fee of my new small animal?

A wellness exam and spay/neuter (only rabbits) surgery. A value of $100-$150! To see if you qualify for one of our Special Discount programs, click here.

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