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.

Events / ACO Training


LD 858 An Act To Strengthen the Law Regarding Dangerous Dogs and Nuisance Dogs is now in effect as of August 1, 2018.

Rabies Clinics

Town of Orland Rabies Only Clinic - Saturday, September 1, 2018, 10AM to 12PM

  • Location: Orland Fire Department, 91 School House Road, Orland, ME 04472.
  • Questions can be directed to Tracy at the Orland Town Office- (207) 469-3186.
  • Anyone is welcome to attend.
  • This is a rabies only clinic and the cost is $15 per shot.
  • Dogs must be leashed, & cats must be in a carrier.

Town of Holden - October 17, 2018, 5PM to 6PM

  • Location: Fire Station, 570 Main Rd, Holden
  • Contact: 843-5151 with any questions.
  • Open to residents and surrounding towns.
  • $8.00 per vaccine.
  • Please use leashes or pet carriers.

Town of Benton - October 20, 2018, 1PM to 2PM

  • Location: Benton Town Office, 1279 Clinton Ave, Benton, ME
  • Contact: 453-7191 with any questions.
  • Open to residents and surrounding towns.
  • Rabies only shot and cost is $15.00

Waldo County Pet Food Pantry - October 27, 2018, 10AM to 12PM

  • Location: VFW Post 3108 at 34 Field Street in Belfast.
  • Available to all Waldo County residents for $10.00 per vaccine.
  • It is also available to all Waldo County Active Duty Military and Veterans FREE of charge. Proof of Veteran or Active Duty status must be shown.
  • Proof of previous rabies vaccination must be down to receive 3 year vaccine.
  • All pets must be in a carrier or on a leash.
  • Contact Heidi Blood FMI 322-3237

Town of West Bath Rabies Clinic - Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9AM to 11AM

  • Location: West Bath Fire Hall, 192 State Road, West Bath.
  • Rabies Shots: $10 (Cats & Dogs), Microchipping: $25
  • Sponsored by Sunray Animal Clinic, 207-725-6398
  • Open to both residents & nonresidents.
  • All pets must be leashed or crated.
  • Contact: Karly Perry, Town Clerk, 207-443-4342

Windsor Volunteer Fire Department Rabies Clinic - December 8, 2018, 12PM to 1PM

  • Location: Windsor Fire Station (671 S. Belfast Road, Windsor) 
  • The cost is $10.00 per animal. 
  • All dogs must be on leashes and all cats must be in carriers. 
  • There will also be a Windsor Town Office Staff Member there to license Windsor dogs.
  • Any questions please call the Town Office at 445-2998

Blake Veterinary Hospital - Every Saturday, 9AM to 11AM

  • Location: Blake Veterinary Hospital in Northport
  • Walk-in clinic.
  • $15.00 per vaccine.
  • Call 789-5002 for more information.

Help Fix Me!

Maine's Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program

The Help Fix ME program 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.

Please check 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 for other programs that may help you if Help Fix ME can not.

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.

Animal Welfare Plate FAQs

Order Your License Plate Online


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.

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.

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.


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

List of Animal Control Officers by Town

Animal Welfare Animals

Donate to Fight Animal Abuse