Information and Resources for Pet Owners
Need advice on your pet’s behavior? AWS offers on-call assistance through our helpline (207-985-3244 x131). We can counsel pet owners facing problems ranging from scratching furniture or chewing to eliminating in the house or outside the litter box or pulling on the leash. We can also answer questions about behavioral training resources at AWS.
Suspect abuse? Contact the Animal Welfare Program in Augusta at 287-3846 or toll-free 1-877-269-9200. You can also e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Complaints received via email must contain the reporting party’s name and phone number, the name of the animal owner (if known), a physical address, a description of the animals and the type of complaint. You may also wish to contact your local animal control officer.
Scroll to find links to additional resources related to animal welfare. Please keep in mind that the Animal Welfare Society does not necessarily endorse any of the organizations, methods or information contained on these websites.
For pet owners experiencing financial hardship:
Pet food pantries
- Several food pantries in Maine have added pet food to their inventory. Call first to be sure.
- Local animal control officers can also offer resources on pet food shelters.
Reduced Priced Spay and Neuter
- The Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic at the Animal Welfare Society can safely perform surgery and immunize your pet for rabies beginning at 12 weeks of age.
- The Cleo Fund, call 207-773-6221
- Help Fix ME, call 1-800-367-1317
Low-cost vaccine clinics, including rabies clinics
- Tender Touch – veterinary office in Scarborough, Maine offering vaccination clinics on the last Sunday of every month from 8am-11am.
- AWS offers rabies clinics from time to time. Check our calendar of events.
- Walgreens offers pet vaccine clinics throughout the state. Call your local store for details, dates and times.
- AWS may be able to assist with temporary parasite control and offer educational resources on how to prevent reoccurrence. Contact our Programs & Outreach Manager for more information on these resources.
Veterinary financial aid:
The American Animal Hospital Association – The AAHA offers a program among its member animal hospitals that helps to pay for veterinary expenses. Ask your veterinarian if they are part of this program.
Banfield Charitable Trust – The Banfield Charitable Trust has numerous programs including grants to help with veterinary care, food programs (like Meals on Wheels), helping homebound pet owners and owners in hospice care among others.
Red Rover – Financial and emotional support for pet owners to help care for animals in life-threatening situations.
Try raising your own funds through fundraising platforms like GiveForward, YouCaring, GoFundMe and PetCaring that let you create a personal fundraising page to raise funds for your pet’s medical care. They charge a small percentage of funds raised.
For Continuing Education:
- The Humane Society of the United States
- The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
- The National Federation of Humane Societies
- The House Rabbit Society
- ASPCA: Top Five Reasons to Adopt
- ASPCA: Adoption Tips
- ASPCA: Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adopting
- ASPCA: The Right Pet for You
- ASPCA Pet Care Articles
- Senior Dog Rescue: Adopting a Senior Dog
Local and regional humane societies and animal welfare groups:
- Animal Refuge League, Westbrook, Maine
- Coastal Humane Society, Brunswick, Maine
- Friends of Feral Felines, Portland, Maine
- HART, Cumberland, Maine
- Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, Lewiston, Maine
- Maine Animal Coalition
- Maine Federation of Humane Societies
- New Hampshire SPCA, Stratham, NH
- New England Federation of Humane Societies
- Massachusetts Animal Coalition
- Vermont Humane Federation