Our History

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

In 1996 a new building 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.

This success has been the result of partnerships with rescues, community organizations, veterinarians, local businesses and the public all working together to save as many lives as possible. We have discovered that when we reach out to the community and invite them in, Bangor Humane Society is able to achieve so much more. We have been able to reach and sustain an adoption rate over 90%.

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 resource for our community.