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.
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.
Support Animal Welfare License Plate
The proceeds from the Support Animal Welfare specialty plate will be equally distributed between the Animal Welfare Auxiliary Fund and the Companion Animal Sterilization Fund.
Help fight animal cruelty and pet overpopulation in the State of Maine by making a donation online!
Income Tax Form Check Off
Make a voluntary contribution to Maine's Companion Animal Sterilization Fund on your income tax return. On your Maine State Tax Form, check the box called The Companion Animal Sterilization Fund.
Tell your cat and dog-loving friends about Maine's Tax Form Check Off!
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.
To report an animal cruelty or neglect complaint during business hours 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday:
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.
- 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 / Statistics
- Animal Control Officers
- Online Dog Licensing
- Forms, Applications & More
- Municipality Forms/Info
- Animal Welfare FAQs
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 Bangor Barracks of the State Police, 207-973-3700, and they will contact an Animal Welfare Program representative
Watch our PSA for the Animal Welfare License Plate