Bangor Humane Society

Bangor, Maine

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About Bangor Humane Society

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!

Contact Info

693 Mount Hope Ave
(207) 942-8902

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

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.

  • Dog online pre-adoption survey
  • Cat online pre-adoption survey
  • Small animal online pre-adoption survey

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:

  • All cat and dog adoptions require a meet and greet with everyone in your household
  • For dog adoptions, an additional doggie meet-and-greet is required (if you own another canine)
  • Landlord approval check (for renters)
  • Veterinary or current vaccinations check if you have other pets in your home

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

Adoption fees at Bangor Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 6 months): $400
  • Puppies (7-11 months): $250
  • Young adults (1-5 years): $175
  • Adults (6-10 years): $100
  • Seniors (11+ years): Manager’s choice
  • Special needs: Manager’s choice
  • All transport and VIP dogs: Manager’s choice


  • Kittens (up to 6 months): $200
  • Kittens (7-11 months): $150
  • Young adults (1-4 years): $100
  • Adults (5-10 years): $50
  • Seniors (11+ years): Manager’s choice
  • Special needs: Manager’s choice
  • Barn buddies: $15

Other Small Animals

  • Rabbits: $50
  • Chinchillas: $100
  • Ferrets: $75
  • Guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils: $25

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.

Adoption Process & Fees

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.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

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:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

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.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

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.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Bangor Humane Society
directly using the contact info above.

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