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.
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DACF ACO Trainings
Phase 1 ACO Training
Phase I ACO training (previously called Basic ACO Training) will begin at the end of October. This will be an online training that all trainees must complete before attending Phase II training in early 2020.
Phase I training will consist of the core competencies that all ACOs will need to be aware of in order to perform their duties efficiently. Phase II training will consist of practical instruction and exercises to test the core competencies of the trainee and give real experience for ACOs.
- All trainees will be required to register with an email address to receive the instruction for the online training.
- Cost: $50
- Registration Form (DOCX)
LD 858 An Act To Strengthen the Law Regarding Dangerous Dogs and Nuisance Dogs is now in effect as of August 1, 2018.
- LD 858 - Dangerous Nuisance Dog Law (PDF)
- Dangerous Dog and Nuisance Dog Frequently Asked Questions (DOCX)
- Location: Blake Veterinary Hospital in Northport
- Walk-in clinic.
- Cost: $15 per vaccine.
- Contact: Call 789-5002 for more information.
Rabies clinics and trainings listed above are third party events we are aware of and are not sponsored by the DACF.
Maine's Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program
The Help Fix ME program (HFM) accepts a limited number of applications each month. To apply, please call the Help Fix ME program and speak with staff, who accept available applications in the order in which they are received. Applications must be completed and returned within a limited timeframe, or applicants will have to apply again.
5/12/2020 - Important HFM Application Availability Update
- Expiration dates for vouchers and applications issued in February and March have been extended 90 days.
- Vouchers were not issued in April and May. Applications may be available in June. Please check back for updates.
- Questions? Please contact us at ACF.HelpFixMe@maine.gov for questions about vouchers.
Please check spaymaine.org for other programs that you may qualify for.
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 (SSD)
You can have your cat fixed for $10, and your dog fixed for $20.
Please check with your local animal shelter or at 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 Bangor Barracks of the State Police, 207-973-3700, and they will contact an Animal Welfare Program representative.
Animal Control Officer Contacts
Meet Sweet Pea
Sweet pea was seized by Animal Welfare in August of 2014. The owner had failed to provide any care for the 14 dogs that were removed from the property. Sweet Pea has since found a new home and a new fun activity as a lead dog on a sled team.
After - Lead Dog on a Sled Team
- 2019 ACO Survey (PDF)
- Statutes & Rules
- Shelter Survey / Statistics
- Animal Control Officers
- Online Dog Licensing
- Forms, Applications & More
- Animal Welfare FAQs
- SMART: State of Maine Animal Response Team
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