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Humane Education

Let us talk to your class or office about what we do here at the shelter. We are ready to answer all questions you have. 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 materials to learn about BHS.

Dog’s Day Out

Want a dog but know you aren’t ready to care for one of your own? Borrow a shelter dog instead! We welcome community members to come by during business hours to take a dog out for the day 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. Click here to learn more about DOG’S DAY OUT.



For Scouts, schools, or anyone interested, tour BHS! We show you the ins and outs of our building to understand how we save 3,000 lives every year!

Educational Workshops

It all started with our Rabbit 101 workshop, which evolved into our Small Animal 101 workshop. We offer many class-like workshops where community members learn more about the care and ownership of pets of all sizes!

Fast Track Volunteer

While interacting with 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. We invite the public to come to help us with it all! No training necessary.

Kids Give Back

We are so fortunate that today’s youth are so generous. It seems like it is weekly that we have kids come in to donate supplies instead of birthday gifts. Now, to celebrate those who choose to give instead of getting, we host small birthday parties here at the shelter.

Kids who attend have the opportunity to make toys or treats for our shelter guests, as well as posters, to help them find new homes! Parents can decorate the party space the day before and supply any snacks they want to bring. We request a minimum of 30 days’ notice to plan. For more ways on how kids can give back to BHS, visit OTHER WAYS TO GIVE.

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. Residents can enjoy the company of some of the animals in our care!

To learn more about any of our humane education and outreach programs, please contact our Volunteer & Community Outreach Director, Chelsea Brown, at [email protected] or (207) 942-8902 ext. 1028. We look forward to working with you!

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