Statewide Resources

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Part of our mission is to provide access to resources necessary for long term well-being, so pets and their families stay together and thrive. In this section, please find resources throughout the state that may assist you and your pet stay happy and healthy together. We also provide resources on how to help other animals – like marine mammals, wildlife and horses, animals that AWS does not care for. The resources listed on this page are unaffiliated with AWS.

Area Shelters & Humane Societies

Concerned about a Pet?

If you are concerned about the health or welfare of an owned animal in your community, contact the Animal Welfare Program in Augusta at (207) 287-3846 or toll-free 1-877-269-9200. You can also email them or visit their website.

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 police department’s animal control officer.

Equine, Wildlife & Marine Animal Services

AWS is not equipped to handle horses or care for wild animals. Fortunately, there are fantastic organizations in Maine that do. If you find injured wildlife, see a sick seal on a beach or know of a horse that needs rescuing, please contact these organizations directly.


The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA) can provide temporary assistance for Maine horses and their owners including feed, farrier or dental services, and veterinary care.
Learn More MSSPA

Animal Control Officers

Animal Control

Animal Control Officers (ACOs) are trained professionals employed by a local municipality (usually the police department) to handle all calls related to stray, homeless or lost pets. They are trained […]
Learn More Animal Control

Wildlife Services

AWS is not equipped to care for wild animals. There are organizations that do! If you find injured or ill wildlife (bird, squirrel etc), you should reach out directly to Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick or Saco River Wildlife Center in Limington. If you find a stranded or deceased marine animal (seals), contact the Marine Mammal of Maine.

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Remember, the team who raises the most funds on Tuesday will be crowned this year’s Giving Tuesday winner. Most importantly, all funds raised in this friendly competition support pet care here at AWS. We look forward to seeing which pet comes out on top as the coziest companion! 

(psst! You can help your favorite team get ahead by donating early on our website. Just follow the link tree in our profile to the Giving Tuesday page!)