Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that rehoming your pet is a difficult process. We are always here to help in any way we can, however sometimes other options are overlooked. Have you tried speaking with your veterinarian to see if they could help you rehome your pet? Have you contacted family and friends? Have you consulted a vet or behavior trainer to see if you would be able to keep your pet in your home?
If you do make the decision to surrender your animal to the Bangor Humane Society, please understand that our kennel space is limited. Kennel space varies daily, especially during our busy summer season. Since we cannot guarantee kennel space on the day you want to surrender and because we do not euthanize healthy, adoptable animals to make room for incoming pets, we strongly recommend that you call in advance to make arrangements to bring your pet in.
Our compassionate staff at the front desk are able to help you with a surrender intake every step of the way. We ask that you bring any medical records, special food, and even a favorite toy or blanket to help make your pet's transition to the shelter easier. All we need to process your animal's intake is your State ID or Driver's License. We also ask for a donation, of any amount that you are able to make, that can help provide for your animal's care while they are with us. We strongly advise pet owners to call us to ask about the surrender process prior to coming into the shelter. We want you and your pet to feel as comfortable and prepared for the transition as possible. We also ask that you come in one hour prior to closing so that we can process the intake in a timely manner.
The best thing to do is contact your local animal control officer, town office, or police department. Different towns and cities contract with different organizations to care for their stray animals. You are also welcome to contact us at (207) 942-8902 and we would be happy to help you figure out the next step. Please call before bringing the animal anywhere, so we can ensure you are bringing him/her to the right place. For a complete list of which towns contract with which organizations, please refer to the goverment website here.
These are our favorite moments: when a lost pet is reunited with their owner! If we have your lost pet, please stop by during normal business hours with your State ID or Driver's License, and proof of ownership such as vet records, photos, etc. The Bangor Humane Society charges a fee of $15 per day that your animal spends with us, this is to help cover the cost of food, water, and care provided to your animal while they have been with us. Different cities and towns will also charge a fee that is pre-determined at the beginning of each year. The fee is charged by the contracting cities and towns, and the money is not kept by BHS. For more information on which shelter or holding facility contracts with which town, check out the government website here.
Every animal is provided with veterinary care before they leave, here's a breakdown:
Dogs: Wellness exam, behavioral evaluation, Spay/Neuter, 1-year rabies vaccination (3 months & older), Heartworm/Lyme Disease test, Distemper vaccination, Kennel cough vaccination, Topical flea/tick treatment, and microchip
Cats: Wellness exam, Spay/neuter, 1-year rabies vaccination (3 months and older), Feline Leukemia test, Distemper vaccination, Ultranasal vaccination, Topical flea/tick and ear mite treatment and microchip
Small animals: Wellness exam, Spay/neuter (only rabbits)
The Bangor Humane Society works hard every day to make sure we are giving every animal that comes through our doors a fair chance at finding a perfect match. We do not euthanize animals because they have been with us too long, or if we have too many. We only consider euthanasia as an option if an animal is unpredictable and could be threat to people, other animals, or themselves in a home environment. We work hard with our veterinary partners to provide the best medical care possible to animals in our facility; if there is nothing that a veterinarian can do to make an animal comfortable and that animal no longer has a quality of life, then we will consider euthanasia in this instance.
We are often asked if our pet listings/website are up to date. Yes! We manage the website very frequently. And even better, our pet listings are linked to our internal system: when an animal is adopted/goes up for adoption they are taken off/put on the website automatically!
Unfortuantely we are not a vet clinic, so we are unable to help sick or injured animals that have not been surrendered to us at this time. Most often there is no alternative to a traditional vet visit, however there is a credit card specifically geared towards human and animal medical care, the card is called CareCredit, to learn more about it check here.
We're glad you asked! We take in cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, hamsters, and just about any domesticated animal that has fur. Sorry, we don't take in snakes, turtles, etc. and are not licensed to care for wildlife.