Our History

The Bangor Humane Society was founded in 1869 to care for the community’s homeless pets.

In 1996 our current facility on Mount Hope Avenue was built to function as housing for more than 10,000 pets annually. Sadly, between significant overpopulation and without enough adopters engaged to make these pets part of their family, nearly half of the animals BHS housed annually were euthanized.

Nearly 20 years later, the success of spay/neuter efforts and simultaneous shift in the animal welfare mindset has changed the environment we operate in. The result is fewer animals passing through our doors and of those that do, more lives are saved. A greater number of successful matches are being made than ever before.

2012 was a transformative year for our shelter, by entering in the ASPCA $100K Rachael Ray Challenge and engaging the local community to be part of it, BHS found clarity around new vision: Making Matches Saves More Lives. Instead of housing, we provide quality care for each pet. Instead of meeting only the physical need, we nurture. Instead of giving up, we explore every option. Instead of waiting, we act.

Our intake numbers continue to decline due to successful ongoing and diligent local and statewide spay/neuter efforts.  However, be assured that our holding kennels and our foster homes are consistently full as the care required for more animals with behavioral and medical issues continues to increase. Additionally, we are proud that our adoption numbers also continue to increase because of our community partnerships, commitment to quality rehabilitation plans for each of our guests in need and out of the box creative marketing strategies.

Your donor dollars are more relevant and harder at work than every before. Not only are we directing resources to treat every medical condition and address every behavioral issue that comes through our door, but we are reaching out to shelters across the state and country to ensure that every single one of your dollars impacts a life in need.

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