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Bangor Humane Society is a non-profit organization that's been serving communities in Northern and Eastern Maine since 1869! Their goals are the humane treatment of animals and community education. As a no-kill shelter, every adoptable animal has as much time as they need to find a new, loving forever home. All sorts of domesticated animals are taken in, and the shelter helps an average of 3,000 pets each year.
During the 1990s with exceptionally high intake numbers (up to 10,000 per year), euthanasia rates were around 50%. Intake numbers have decreased dramatically since then thanks to successful spay and neuter campaigns in the state. This increase in community education and awareness has led to a decreased number of intakes, helping Bangor Humane Society achieve its no-kill status.
The society is proud to champion such high adoption numbers and be able to give these adorable animals a second shot at happiness. As a volunteer-based, non-profit organization they're eternally grateful to their committed staff, donors, and community partnerships for making everything possible. Help support the amazing work that Bangor Humane Society does. Consider giving an animal in need today. Every match made is a life saved!
Anyone interested in adopting a new best friend from Bangor Humane Society will need to begin by filling out an adoption survey, either online or at the shelter.
The pre-adoption form can help determine what type of pet might suit you best based on your personality, household, and lifestyle.
An Adoption Counselor will work with you to discuss your application and introduce you to some potential matches.
You'll then move into the visiting rooms. It'll be hard to choose one pet over another with so many available animals excited to find a new home.
The shelter will carry out some basic checks before the adoption can be approved:
Also make sure to bring a valid photo ID and proof of address.
Provided everything checks out, you could be taking your new fluffball home in less than 30 minutes!
Adoption fees at Bangor Humane Society are as follows:
A 50% discount is available for veterans and senior citizens (65+) who would like to adopt a pet that's 1+ years old.
Your adoption fee covers a wellness exam for all animals. Rabbits will also receive spay/neuter surgery.
Your adoption fee for dogs covers covers spay/neuter surgery, topical flea/tick and ear mite treatment, 1-year rabies vaccination (3+ months old), distemper vaccination, microchipping, a behavioral evaluation, heartworm/Lyme disease testing, kennel cough vaccination, deworming, and heartworm prevention.
Your adoption fee for cats covers spay/neuter surgery, topical flea/tick and ear mite treatment, 1-year rabies vaccination (3+ months old), distemper vaccination, microchipping, Feline Leukemia test, and an ultranasal vaccination.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.