The purpose of the Animal Welfare Program is to ensure humane and proper treatment of animals by developing, implementing and administering a comprehensive program that upholds the animal welfare laws of Maine through communication, education and enforcement. 

 

Help Fix Me!

Kitties and Puppies

Maine's Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program

Let us help you fix your cat or dog. There aren't homes enough for all of them. To find out if you qualify call 1-800-367-1317 or (207) 287-7621.

You may be eligible for the State's low cost spay/neuter program. Please leave your contact information if it goes to voicemail. Due to a large demand all calls will be returned within 48 hours.

Applications are not available online.

If you receive or are eligible for one of the following programs:

  • Food Stamps
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Social Security Disability (SSDI)
  • MaineCare (Medicaid)

You can have your cat fixed for $10, and your dog fixed for $20.

Please check with your local animal shelter or at http://www.spaymaine.org/ for other programs that may help you if Help Fix ME can not.

 

New Income Tax Form Check Off!

Make a voluntary contribution to Maine's Companion Animal Sterilization Fund on your income tax return.

kitties and puppies and check boxes

Tell your cat and dog-loving friends about Maine's new Tax Form Check Off.

On your Maine State Tax Form, check the box called The Companion Animal Sterilization Fund.

The fund will be used to save lives by...

  • spaying/neutering cats and dogs
  • preventing unwanted litters
  • lowering shelter intakes
  • lowering shelter euthanasias
  • reducing the number of feral cats
  • reducing dog bites

For more information, call HELP FIX ME! now 1-800-367-1317 or (207) 287-7621.

 

For Animal Welfare Complaints

Call 287-3846 or toll free at 1-877-269-9200. The e-mail address for the program is animal.welfare@maine.gov.

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.

 

How to Contact the Animal Welfare Office

To report an animal cruelty or neglect complaint during business hours 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday:

For an emergency outside of business hours:

Please call the Orono Barracks of the State Police, 207-866-2121, and they will contact an Animal Welfare Program representative.

Animal Control Officer Contacts

List of Animal Control Officers by town

 

Animal Welfare Animals

Meet: Nakita

On October 15, 2011 Nakita was seized by the Animal Welfare Program. Nakita was examined by a local veterinarian and she was estimated to be 15-20 pounds underweight. Nakita has now gained 30 pounds and she is living the life of luxury with a retired couple that adore her. A special thank you to Dr. Bill Newcomb of Little River Veterinary Clinic and the ARK Animal Shelter for all the special care provided to Nakita. Nakita's former owner was convicted of animal cruelty.

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Nikita before

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Nikita after

Meet: SADIE

Sadie is a 20+ year old Appaloosa that is blind, she needs Storm to help her around the paddock.

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Sadie Before

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Sadie After

Meet: Storm

Storm is a 20+ year old Bay Appendix Quarter horse that is the seeing eye horse for Sadie

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Storm Before

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Storm After