Information and Resources for Pet Owners
Need advice on your pet’s behavior? AWS offers on-call assistance through our helpline (207-985-3244 x132). We can counsel pet owners facing problems such as scratching furniture, chewing, eliminating in the house or outside the litter box, pulling on the leash, etc. 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 email@example.com. 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.
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 can safely perform surgery and immunize your pet for rabies beginning at 12 weeks of age. However, spaying or neutering your pet at ANY age is beneficial to the animal and to the community.
- The Cleo Fund, call 207-773-6221
- Help Fix ME, call 1-800-367-1317
Low-cost vaccine clinics, including rabies clinics
- Dr. Hokkanen – veterinarian in Wells, Maine
- Tender Touch - veterinary office in Scarborough, Maine offering vaccination clinics on the last Sunday of every month from 8am-11am.
- LuvMyPet.com – search for clinics in any location
- The Senior Dogs Project – includes a list of clinics around the country
- AWS offers rabies clinics from time to time. Check our calendar of events.
Reduced & subsidized veterinary fees
- Tender Touch - veterinary office in Scarborough, Maine offers a variety of veterinary and wellness specials throughout the year.
- The Shelter Spay/Neuter Clinic at AWS offers occasional wellness clinics. Check the calendar of events for any upcoming clinics.
- 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:
Care Credit, credit payment plan for veterinary and personal health care costs, (800) 839-9078; http://www.carecredit.com
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.
Cats in Crisis, Inc., providing financial assistance to help with diagnosing, treating and maintaining cats with special medical needs, PO Box 225, Lititz, PA 17543; http://www.catsincrisis.org
Dog-Breed Specific Support
Disease Specific Support
There are groups that help with specific canine diseases such as Canine Cancer Awareness, The Reidel & Cody Fund, The Magic Bullet Fund, Helping Harley Fund, and Muffin Diabetes Fund, The Big Hearts Fund.
Try raising your own funds through fundraising platforms like GiveForward, YouCaring.com, GoFundMe, 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.
Help with emergency veterinary care:
THE PET FUND: Provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. The Pet Fund also provides information about preventative care, pet insurance programs, and financial services that will ensure that pet owners are able to develop financial resources on their own and thus avoid future emergencies through care and planning. (916) 443-6007. http://www.thepetfund.com/
FELINE VETERINARY EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: Provides assistance to cat/kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness/injury strikes. Focus on seniors, people with disabilities, people who have lost their job, good samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten. http://www.fveap.org
STARFLEET CANINE AID FOUNDATION: SCAF was created to provide financial aid to owners or rescue organizations that could not otherwise afford medical treatment for the curable disease or recoverable accident of a canine companion. http://www.starfleetcanineaid.org/
IMOM: Dedicated to better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals and to ensure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged. Allows owners to fundraise for their pets’ care via their website. Also has limited funds for emergencies, blind dogs, diabetic pets, and those with chronic renal failure. http://www.imom.org
For continuing education:
Below is a list of sites where you can learn more about animal welfare and medical issues. We firmly believe in lifelong education and hope these links provide helpful information beyond what we have here on our site.
- 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
- HSUS: Ferret Care
- How to Care for a Degu
- Animal Sheltering Magazine Articles
- 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
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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