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The Bangor Humane Society is a nonprofit organization serving over 200 communities in northern and eastern Maine since 1869. We strive to facilitate the human-animal bond by re-homing and rehabilitating homeless pets with humans through pet adoption. In 1996 our current facility on Mount Hope Avenue was built to function as housing for more than 10,000 pets annually.

Sadly, with significant overpopulation and not enough adopters to make these pets part of their family, nearly half of the animals we 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, both externally and internally.

The result is fewer animals passing through our doors. Of those that do, more lives are saved. A greater number of successful matches are being made than ever before.

Because of those changes, we currently operate at a 95% live release rate. Instead of simply housing homeless pets, we provide quality care for every animal that arrives at BHS. Instead of meeting only their physical needs, we nurture them.

Instead of giving up, we explore every option. Today, we believe every match made is a life saved. As the world of animal welfare continues to evolve, we are committed to adapting and changing with it to continue to be a vital part of the community in which we operate. At BHS, we transform lives, both animal and human alike.

Our intake numbers continue to decline due to successful ongoing, diligent local, and statewide spay/neuter efforts. However, be assured that our holding kennels and 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 continue to increase because of our community partnerships, commitment to quality rehabilitation plans for each of our guests, and out of the box creative marketing strategies.

Your donor dollars are more relevant and harder at work than ever before. Not only are we directing resources to treat every medical condition and address every behavioral issue that comes through our door. We are also reaching out to shelters across the state and country to ensure every dollar impacts lives in need.

Our staff, volunteers, and community partners work hard every single day to provide quality care to animals and offer second chances by matching pets into new, loving homes. We strongly believe that every match made is a life saved. Whether you are an adopter, volunteer, foster parent, community partner, or donor, thank you for being a part of our BHS family!

Words From Happy Homes