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.
Basic Animal Control Officer Certification Training
Date: April 28, 29 & 30, 2014 (Must attend all 3 days to receive certification)
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Daily
Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Cost: $50 for the course. Make checks payable to Treasurer, State of Maine
Location: Central Maine Commerce Center, Florian Hall
500 Civic Center Drive, Augusta
Trainees should bring pens and/or pencils.
Training materials will be provided.
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. If you can't afford to fix your cat or dog, call 1-800-367-1317 or (207) 287-7621.
You may be eligible for the State's low cost spay/neuter program.
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.
Make a voluntary contribution to Maine's Companion Animal Sterilization Fund on your income tax return.
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.
Call 287-3846 or toll free at 1-877-269-9200. The e-mail address for the program is 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.
To report an animal cruelty or neglect complaint during business hours 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday:
- 1-877-269-9200 (Toll Free)
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
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.
- Statutes & Rules
- Shelter Survey
- Animal Control Officers
- Online Dog Licensing
- Downloads - Forms, Applications, & More
- Municipality Forms/Info
- To report an animal cruelty or neglect complaint during business hours 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday:
1-877-269-9200 (Toll Free)
- For an emergency outside of business hours: Call the Orono Barracks of the State Policy, 207-866-2121, and they will contact an Animal Welfare Program representative
Watch our PSA for the Animal Welfare License Plate