Animal Welfare Program

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.

Public Meetings / Comments


2022 Surveys

Please note forms cannot be saved and filled out later. You must complete in one sitting.

Animal Shelter Partner News

Legislative Update Affecting Partner Shelters (PDF)

Pet Food Pantries

Maine Pet Food Pantries (PDF)

Aquaculture Petition

The Animal Welfare Program received a petition requesting the Department undertake rulemaking governing fish welfare in aquaculture facilities. The Response to that Petition is available (PDF).

Animal Welfare Annual Report

2021 Annual Report (PDF)

Help Fix ME! Updates

12/20/22 - Help Fix ME Program Communication to Stakeholders on 12/20/2022 (PDF)

More Help Fix ME! Updates

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:

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.

For an emergency outside of business hours:

Please call the Bangor Barracks of the State Police, 207-973-3700, and they will contact an Animal Welfare Program representative.

Animal Control Officer Contacts

Support the Animal Welfare Program

Support Animal Welfare License Plate

AWP 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!

Donate to Fight Animal Abuse

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.

The fund will be used to save lives by:

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