Outreach & Educational Programming




Humane Education

Let us come talk to your class or office about what we do here at the shelter! We are ready to answer any and all questions you have - and we may even bring a furry friend with us!


Offsite Events

Let us come to you! We will send a volunteer or staff member to you to represent our organization at your event with a table filled with reading matterials to learn about BHS! 


Fast Track Dog’s Day Out

Wanting a dog but know you just aren’t ready to care for one of your own? Borrow a shelter dog instead! We welcome members of the public to come by during our business hours and take a dog out for the afternoon to do whatever you would like - go for a hike in Acadia, explore the city forest, or head to your house for an afternoon nap! No training necessary.

To learn more about any of our offsite outreach programs please contact our Director of Development and Public Relations, Stacey Coventry, at 942-8902 ext 103 or stacey@bangorhumane.org.




For Scouts, schools, or anyone who is interested, come have a tour of BHS! We will show you the ins and outs of our building so you can understand how we save 3000 lives every year!


Educational Workshops

All starting with our Rabbit 101 workshop which evolved into our Small Animal 101 workshop, we will be offering many class-like workshops where members of the public can learn more about the care and ownership of pets of all sizes!


Fast Track Shelter Helper

While interacting with the animals is always an exciting form of volunteering, one of the most crucial things anyone can do to help is our grunt work. From dishes to laundry, there is so much to be done - and we invite the public to come help us with it all! No training necessary.


Kids Give Back

We are so fortunate that the youth today are so generous - it seems like it is weekly that we have kids come in to donate supplies in lieu of birthday gifts! Now, to celebrate those who choose to give instead of get, we host small birthday parties right here at the shelter! Kids who attend will have the opportunity to make toys or treats for some of our shelter guests, as well as posters to help them find new homes! Parents have the ability to decorate the party space the day before and can supply any snacks or cake they want to bring. We rquest a minimum of 30 day notice to plan. Thank you.


Cats on Laps

We know how important it is for people of all ages to enjoy the companionship of animals. For the nursing homes in our community, we offer animal visitation trips to BHS so residents can enjoy the company of some of the animals in our care!


To learn more about any of our onsite outreach programs please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Katelyn Murphy, at 942-8902 ext 108 or volunteer@bangorhumane.org



Volunteer FAQ

How old do volunteers need to be?

Our volunteers must be 16-years-old or older to volunteer without an adult. Individuals under the age of 15-years are more than welcome to volunteer as well, and must to be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21-years-old.

What is the process for becoming a volunteer for the Bangor Humane Society?

The first step is to set up a time to come in for a group informational meeting. The informational meeting doesn't commit you to being a volunteer just yet! Come learn about what volunteers do at BHS, and make sure it's the right fit for you. After the meeting, if you choose to pursue volunteering at BHS, you will be given a volunteer application. After you submit your application, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator to come in for a one-on-one orientation. After your orientation, you will set up a time to come in to start your training!

Can I use my volunteer time at the Bangor Humane Society to complete a school requirement?

Yes, volunteer hours may be used to fulfill volunteer requirements. If you need to fulfill a school requirement, please complete a Community Service Application at the front desk. If you have further questions, please contact our Volunteer and Foster Care Coordinator Katelyn at (207) 942-8902 ext. 102 or katelyn@bangorhumane.org.

Do you offer volunteer opportunities for groups?

We do! To discuss your specific group's needs, please contact Volunteer and Foster Care Coordinator Katelyn at (207) 942-8902 ext. 102 or katelyn@bangorhumane.org before applying.

I work or go to school during the week. What opportunities are there for me?

Absolutely! There are people at the Bangor Humane Society 365 days a year, from 8:00am-6:00pm almost every day. Many volunteers are in school or hold other jobs, and are able to work volunteering into their schedules.

What if I can't commit to a schedule once a week?

Although we do strongly encourage applicants to commit to two hours each week, we do offer monthly opportunities for individuals who are unable to commit to a regular schedule.