On average, almost 5,000 animals find refuge at the Bangor Humane Society each year as lost or abandoned pets. Almost 4,000 of those animals are cats. In an effort to increase our live release rate (return to owner, adoption, and transfers to rescue), the Bangor Humane Society has invested time, energy, and donor dollars into saving more lives each year. In 2012, the Bangor Humane Society was chosen as one of 50 shelters nationwide to participate in the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The challenge contest, growing media and community support, customer service training for staff, creative out of the box marketing initiatives, a growing volunteer and foster family network, along with years of humane education efforts, particularly by veterinarians and state animal welfare officials has helped us increase our live release rate by 27% in the last five years!

In 2012, we adopted out and returned to owner almost 850 more pets than 2011. Additionally, the advocating of spay/neuter and a commitment to securing annual funds for a spay/neuter program for low income individuals has significantly reduced the number of unplanned and unwanted litters in the last decade.

Through spay/neuter clinics and in-house spaying and neutering of all BHS pets, we spay/neuter an average of 3,000 animals each year. Additionally, we distribute hundreds of vouchers to low income individuals every single year.

Since the Bangor Humane Society participated in the ASPCA $100K Challenge, our monthly live release rate has increased consistently by 17% over the previous year's statistics. BHS continues to build community relationships and create innovative strategies to continue saving more lives than ever before!