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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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

Vassalboro Food Pantry - November 10, 2018, 12PM to 1PM +

  • Location: Vassalboro Food Pantry, Rte. 32, 679 Main St., North Vassalboro
  • Cost: $15.00 per animal
  • Clinic open to all.
  • Proceeds to benefit Food Pantry.
  • Rabies vaccine given by Windsor Veterinary Clinic, 736 Ridge Rd., Windsor, ME.
  • All animals must be on a leash or in carriers.
  • Contact: Cindy Ferland, phone (207) 873-7375

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Town of Baldwin - November 10, 2018, 10AM to 12PM +

  • Location: Baldwin Community Center (Town Hall), 534 Paquawket Trail, West Baldwin
  • Cost: $10.00 per animal

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Town of Searsmont - November 10, 2018, 9AM to 11AM +

  • Location: Community Building
  • Free to Waldo County residents, $7.00 for out-of-county
  • Sponsored by Waldo County Humane Society.
  • Cost: $10.00 per animal
  • Dogs must be on leashed, cats must be in carriers.
  • You must bring proof of previous rabies vaccination to be issued a 3-year certificate.
  • 2019 dog licenses will be available for Searsmont residents.

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Town of Enfield - November 17, 2018, 9:30AM to 11AM +

  • Location: Enfield Town Garage, 555 Hammett Rd., Enfield
  • Cost: Rabies $20, Distemper $15, Feline leukemia $20, Kennel cough $10, Lyme $25, Lepto $15
  • Clinic open to all.
  • Dogs should be leashed, cats in carriers.
  • Contact: Susan at (207) 732-4270

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Town of Dexter - November 17, 2018, 12PM to 1PM +

  • Location: Dexter Fire Station, 98 Church Street
  • Cost: Rabies $15 for Dogs - $25 for Cats
  • Dogs should be leashed, cats in carriers.
  • Open to All Surrounding Towns.
  • Dexter Dog Licenses for 2019 Available That Day for Purchase
  • Cash Only
  • Contact: 924-7351 ext. 10

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Town of Sebago - November 17, 2018, 10AM to 12PM +

  • Location: 406 Bridgton Road, Sebago
  • Cost: Rabies $10
  • Dogs should be leashed, cats in carriers.
  • Contact: Town Hall (207) 787-2457

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Town of Litchfield - November 17, 2018, 9:00AM to 11AM +

  • Location: Central Fire Station, 2407 Hallowell Rd, Litchfield
  • Cost: Rabies $20, $5 of fee will benefit the future Litchfield Food Bank.
  • 2019 Dog licenses will be available.
  • Dogs should be leashed, cats in carriers.

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P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center - December 1, 2018, 9AM to 11AM +

  • Location: P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, 123 John Street, Camden
  • Cost: $10.00 per animal, microchips $20
  • Clinic open to all.
  • All animals must be on a leash or in carriers.
  • Contact: Claire, 207-236-8702/li>

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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

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Town of Buxton Rabies Clinic - Saturday, December 1, 2018, 1PM to 3PM +

  • Location: 215 Portland Road. Buxton Public Works Garage, next door to the Buxton Town Hall.
  • $8 per vaccination. Cats & Dogs. Cash Only.
  • All dogs must be leashed. Cats must be in carriers.
  • For faster service please bring the previous rabies vaccination certificate.
  • Anyone from any community is welcome.
  • For more information call the Buxton Town Hall at 929-6171.
  • Sponsored by the Hollis Animal Clinic, the Towns of Buxton & Hollis and the Vacationland Dog Club.

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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

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Town of Windham Rabies Clinic - December 15, 2018, 9AM to 11AM +

  • Location: Windham Town Hall in the Community Gym, 8 School Road, Windham, ME  04062.  
  • Shots are given by the Lake Region Animal Hospital for a fee of $15.00 per animal.
  • Cats should be in carriers and dogs on a short leash.
  • For more information please call the Clerk’s Office at 892-1900

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Augusta Rabies Clinic - January 20, 2019, 12PM to 3PM +

  • Location: Augusta Buker Center, 22 Armory St., Augusta  
  • Cost: $15
  • Sponsored by Augusta Police Department & Kennebec Valley Humane Society.
  • Bring your pet's previous rabies vaccination records (cerficates).
  • Cats should be in carriers and dogs on a short leash.
  • Rabies clinc is open to residents of all cities and towns.
  • Dog registrations will be available for Augusta residents.

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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.

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The rabies clinics are third party events we are aware of and are not sponsored by the DACF.

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