Paws in Print
July 2019
Upcoming Events

First Friday Kitten Yoga with Jai Yoga
Friday, July 5 | 6 – 7:15pm
There are only a few spots left, so make sure to  register  before it’s sold out!  @Jai Yoga, Fort Andross, 14 Main Street, Brunswick
Supply Drive: Shaw’s
Saturday, July 6 | 11am - 3pm
We'll be at Shaw’s in Falmouth collecting much-needed supplies. Details below. @ Shaw’s, 251 US-1, Falmouth
Petco BE A LIFESAVER Adoption Event
Saturday, July 13 | 9am – 3pm
Join us at Petco in Topsham for an adoption event! We'll post preview photos on Facebook ahead of the event. @Petco Topsham, 131 Topsham Fair Mall Road, Topsham    

Pours for Paws Fundraiser & Adoption Event
Saturday, July 13 | 1pm – 4pm
Join us at Black Pug Brewing for food, beer, and furry friends! Details below. @ Black Pug Brewing, 30 Bath Road, Brunswick
Vaccination Clinic
Wednesday, July 17 | 10am - 1pm
Low-cost rabies and distemper vaccinations, plus microchipping and flea/tick products for sale. Details here. @Jefferson Fire Department, 204 Waldoboro Rd, Jefferson

Cross Insurance Annual Safety Awareness Community Event
Friday, July 19 | 2pm – 6pm
We'll be at Cross Insurance for a day of food, fun, music, raffles, and more! Details below. @ Cross Insurance, 5 Chandler Drive (Shaw’s Plaza), Bath
7 th Annual Mutt Scrub
Saturday, July 27 | 11am – 3pm
We'll be on the lawn across from Two Salty Dogs in Boothbay Harbor for their annual Mutt Scrub in support of Midcoast Humane. A day of dog washing, nail clipping, and more! Details below. @ Two Salty Dogs, 22 McKown Street, Boothbay Harbor
First Friday Kitten Yoga with Jai Yoga
Friday, August 2 | 6 – 7:15pm
There are only a few spots left, so make sure to register before it’s sold out! @Jai Yoga, Fort Andross, 14 Main Street, Brunswick

Save a Stray 5K & Festival
Saturday, August 24 | 8am - 2pm
Register now  for our annual day for the dogs (and cats and small animals!) returns! Learn more at @Discovery Park, L.L.Bean, 95 Main Street, Freeport

Kharma's New Leash On Life

In March, Midcoast Humane admitted a sweet 5-year-old pit bull mix named Kharma when her owners were no longer able to care for her. Kharma has a new life ahead of her thanks to Midcoast Humane, as well as a would-be shelter dog named Columbo

After Kharma's intake paperwork and initial exam were completed, we settled her into her kennel. She was friendly and sweet, and visibly happy to be around our intake staff. But shelter team members noticed she appeared thin, and it wasn’t long before they discovered why. While she was very interested in her food, she wasn't keeping it down. Her symptoms grew worse overnight, and that next morning, a Sunday, we made the decision to bring her to an emergency clinic.

X-ray showed her intestines were clogged with huge amounts of fabric and plastic. She needed emergency surgery, a procedure that cost nearly $1,000.

The surgery was successful. Kharma recovered quickly, and her caretakers at the shelter reported that through it all, her loving attitude never wavered. When she was fully healed, she was put up for adoption. She caught the eye of a local schoolteacher who fell in love after observing Kharma’s sweet behavior toward her children.

It is a story with a very happy ending. But how was an animal shelter operating on a shoestring budget to cover the cost of the procedure?

Midcoast Humane was able to pay for the operation thanks to a dog named Columbo and a special fund created in his name. 

As a stray dog outside Columbus, Georgia, Columbo was hit by a car, sustaining severe injuries to his leg. His rescue was nothing short of miraculous, and he ended up here in Maine, happy and healthy as can be, living on a horse farm in Gorham with his adopted mom, Andrea. Read Columbo's story here.

His story went viral ( he has 20,000 followers on Facebook ). Countless people made offers to help with medical care for Columbo, and his mom Andrea decided to pay it forward. She approached Midcoast Humane in fall of 2018, and together we created the Columbo Fund, dedicated funding for urgent and specialty veterinary care for shelter dogs at Midcoast Humane, the same care that saved Columbo’s life.

Thanks to the Columbo Fund , Midcoast Humane had the resources to get the critical medical care that Kharm a needed.

In addition to Kharma, we have also cared for several other dogs in need of life-saving surgeries in 2019. So far, we have already spent $10,420 on such care. (This is on top of $146,000 in hard costs we will spend on basic in-house medical care for all of our residents this year!)

Today we need your help -- the Columbo Fund coffers are empty !

We will continue to care for animals in need of intensive, life-sav ing specialty medical care before they can be put up for adoption, and that care is incredibly costly. We are seeking donations for the fund to ensure dogs in critical condition will always be provided for. Can you help?

No donation is too small. Every donation can help save a life. Make your donation to the Columbo Fund online by clicking the DONATE button below, or mail your contribution to:

Midcoast Humane
The Columbo Fund
190 Pleasant Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
Kharma's new mom reports she has settled in at home very well, saying: "She is doing wonderfully and has adapted very well. Kharma really is a love bug, who enjoys her exercise! She’s a great companion!"
Take home an adult cat 3 years or older for FREE on Friday, Saturday and Sunday! (Please note our processing fee of $10 still applies, even though the adoption fee is waived.) Visit our cats at 30 Range Road in Brunswick during open hours or one of our satellite locations , and meet our adoptable felines ahead of time on our website,!
Welcome, Dante Granatiero!

We are pleased to welcome Dante Granatiero to the organization in the role of Database and Grants Coordinator. Dante is a born and bred New Englander (Rhode Island), who moved to Maine in March 2017 (though he's been heading in this direction for over a decade). Dante went to school for Writing and Rhetoric focusing on proposals and grants. With his heart set on a career in development and grants, this position a perfect fit, and he is overjoyed to be using his talents to benefit shelter animals.

"I love what I do, and I love the organization," says Dante. "I am wholeheartedly invested in our mission and cause."

Dante grew up with pets, but is currently pet-less. He gets his animal fix volunteering in our dog area on Saturday and Sunday mornings at Range Road, where he has been volunteering for a year and a half.
Dante sits with shelter pup Copernicus in his kennel.
Supply Drive: Shaw’s Falmouth
Saturday, July 6 | 11am - 3pm

Kitten season is in full swing and we need your help restocking our animal care supplies! Right now our top needs are: unscented kitty litter, dry kitten food (dye-free), brown paper bags, gallon Ziploc bags, sandwich Ziploc bags, sheets, and towels. See our complete wish list here . Shaw’s, 251 US-1, Falmouth
Pours for Paws with Black Pug Brewing
Saturday, July 13 | 1pm – 4pm

We'll be at Black Pug Brewing for their bi-annual Pours for Paws to benefit the animals of Midcoast Humane. Black Pug will be donating 100% of their tips for the day and Gir ( the black pug) is collecting much needed supplies in support of his feline friends at Midcoast Humane, offering $2.00 off of a 12oz pour if you bring one or two donations of much needed supplies. Right now our top needs are:  unscented kitty litter, dry kitten food (dye-free), brown paper bags, gallon Ziploc bags, sandwich Ziploc bags, sheets, and towels. We'll also bring some adoptable critters looking for new homes - and Black Pug will send each dog home with a Black Pug Brewing dog toy and something special for the kitties too! @ Black Pug Brewing, 30 Bath Road, Brunswick
July is National Lost Pet Prevention Month... Is your pet microchipped?

DID YOU KNOW: you can get your pet microchipped at our regularly scheduled vaccination clinics? This month's clinic takes place at the Jefferson Fire Department (58 Waldoboro Road, Jefferson) on Wednesday, July 17, from 10am - 1pm. While you're getting your dog or cat microchipped (for only $25!) get rabies and distemper vaccinations at discounted rates, and pick up some flea and tick treatment, too! No appointment necessary. Complete event details can be found here.
Cross Insurance Annual Safety Awareness Community Event
Friday, July 19 | 2pm – 6pm

Cross Insurance is hosting their annual Safety Awareness Community Event on Friday, July 19th. The fun-filled day will include K9 demonstrations, a distracted driving simulator, “The Convincer”, and raffle prizes! They are also collecting pet supplies to benefit the animals of Midcoast Humane. Right now our top needs are: unscented kitty litter, dry kitten food (dye-free), brown paper bags, gallon Ziploc bags, sandwich Ziploc bags, sheets, and towels. See our complete wish list here . Midcoast Humane will also be there with some adoptable animals looking for their forever homes. @ Cross Insurance, 5 Chandler Drive (Shaw’s Plaza), Bath
The MUTT SCRUB is back to raise money for Midcoast Humane!
Saturday, July 27 | 11am – 3pm

On Saturday, July 27th, we'll be attending Two Salty Dogs' 7th Annual Mutt Scrub! Look for us on the lawn across from Two Salty Dogs in Boothbay Harbor and join a fun-filled day of dog washing, nail-clipping, fun games, and tons of raffle prizes. All proceeds benefit the animals of Midcoast Humane. Raffle tickets can be purchased online at or at the Mutt Scrub (You don’t need to be present to win).
State Farm's "Quotes for Good" Returns
July 1 - 31

We're excited to be sponsored by our local State Farm agent as this month's quotes for good organization. This month, for every household we send their way who completes and auto, fire, life or health quote, they'll make a $10 donation to our organization. (Please note that quotes for existing State Farm customers are ineligible.) When calling in or stopping by, be sure to mention quotes for good and our name, Midcoast Humane! FMI contact Chris Grimes, State Farm Agent, at 207-725-8442 or
Reminder: Register for the Save a Stray 5K & Festival
August 24 | 8am - 2 pm
Join us on Saturday, August 24th for the 14 th  annual  Save a Stray 5K!   Take part in the 5K run or one-mile walk with your friends, family, and, of course, your dog! After crossing the finish line, stick around for a fun-filled day at L.L.Bean. Our 2019 event promises new fun-filled events, as well as some returning favorites. 
Visit the event website to learn more at  or click below to sign up now!
Photo courtesy Michele Stapleton.
NO PAW LEFT BEHIND: Help us get them home!
No Paw Left Behind  is a community initiative to help long-term, overlooked pets find their forever homes. Led by volunteers and staff at Midcoast Humane, the campaign ensures that every dog and cat who is ready to be adopted finds a family within 90 days. Help every animal find a home by following and sharing their stories on the No Paw Left Behind Facebook Page. Questions? Speak with an adoption counselor at (207) 449-1366. See all of our adoptable animals
Cylene has been waiting for a home since January 20, 2018! This 3-year-old is one smart cookie, she knows sit, paw, and roll over...and is eager to learn more! She will know she’s forever home when she has a yard to run and fetch balls in. Her absolute favorite is to be tucked into her bed with a comfy blanket. She is food-motivated and guards her possessions (food, rawhides, toys), so it's important that her human companions be 16 years or older. No cats for this girl, though the right dog could work after a "meet and greet" at the shelter. She's a goofy fun-loving girl who is ready to be home at last! Please call 207-449-1366 to set up a meet and greet with Cylene!

Shasha has been waiting for a home since January 20, 2018! She's 9 years old and at her core, is a very affectionate couch potato! She loves her treats, walks, and belly rubs. Her freckles are irresistible, don't you agree?  Shasha would love to be the apple of your eye. She is not a fan of loud noises and sudden movements, so she should live in an adult-only home with no other pets. If you're looking for a great walking buddy, you've found your girl! Please call 207-449-1366 to set up a meet and greet with Shasha!
Goddard has been waiting for a home since February 16, 2018! He is a 14-year-old shorthair, a sweet older boy who loves comfy beds, a good snack, and ear scratches. He would do best in a home where he is the only cat. His adoption fee has been waived. He is being treated for a chronic hyperthyroid condition that will need lifelong medication and regular care with his veterinarian. Don't pass up this sweetie pie!
Tyson is a two-and-a-half year old Boxer mix and he loves his walks! Before he leaves, he must stop by the bin of toys we have by the door and pick one out. Sometimes two! He will dig through with his nose until he finds the BEST toy.

Tyson LOVES to run, so larger yards are a plus! He has lots of energy, and sometimes doesn't know his own strength, so we recommend no small children at home. He's lived with cats in the past, but we recommend he meet any doggy siblings before going home.  Please call 207-449-1366 to set up a meet and greet with Tyson!
Ashton has been waiting for a home since February 1, 2019! He is a gentle soul who develops the sweetest kitty friendships with cats in the room with him, but he is not quite sold on humans. He is looking for a calm home, preferably one with other outgoing kitties that will help him come out of his shell. A quick tip from our cat volunteers: even though Ashton prefers to observe people from afar rather than demonstrate affection toward them, he can't resist Purely Fancy Feast chicken treats. Come with those in hand and he'll come say hello! This handsome boy is just over 1 year old. 
Penny is on the quieter side but definitely not anti-social! She's what you would call an “old soul.” She’s around one-and-a-half years old. Penny can be reserved, but will perk right up if you bring food (who doesn't?) or if you play with her. She's become more relaxed at the shelter, and we know in the comfort of her forever home, she'll be coaxed out of her shell completely! She will be a wonderful, loving and calm presence in your home!
Rosie the Rose-i-licious is a four-and-a-half-year-old black and tan coonhound/Shepherd mix. If you're looking for a jogging or hiking partner, look no further. In her last home, she walked two miles every day, but would have gladly gone farther! She has excellent leash manners so walking her is a dream! In her ASPCA Meet Your Match assessment, she was considered a Wallflower . Because she can be wary of new people, particularly men, we'll give you tips on how best to introduce her to new visitors in the home, as she can take a little time to warm up to strangers. Once she does, you could not ask for a sweeter, more lovable girl! She is very smart and eager to please. She knows the commands sit, stay and lie down, a total smartypants with cutest ears you've ever seen! Please call 207-449-1366 to set up a meet and greet with Rosie!
Jada has spent her entire life in shelters. She came to Midcoast Humane in the spring from a partner shelter in West Virginia where she'd been for the last SIX YEARS! (Are you crying? We're crying.) She's around 6 years old, and her fans back home are hoping her special someone is here in Maine. WE THINK THAT SOMEONE IS HERE AND READING THIS RIGHT NOW! She is on the reserved side (understandable, considering her past!) but enjoys being petted, though not necessarily picked up. In her two months with us at Midcoast, she's already blossomed, and we know she'll continue to bloom in her new home, and turn into her fabulous and contented self AT LAST.
In her last life, Magenta was an Egyptian goddess. She originally came to the shelter at the end of 2018, after having suffered a bite wound of some kind. She then had to spend four months in state-mandated quarantine, through no fault of her own! She's around eight years old, and has come a long way from being borderline "fractious" cat to affectionate on her own terms with the tender love and care of our certified feline rehabilitators. (To our knowledge there is no such thing as a feline rehabilitator, but if there was, we would have MANY among our cat volunteer base.)
Twelve-year-old cat Fran is looking for a comfortable place to call home as she enters her twilight years. In her last home, she lived with many other cats and dogs, but it was too chaotic for her. We’re looking for a quiet home for Fran where she can just be her lovely, sweet, frail self without a care in the world. At Midcoast Humane, we’re all Fran Fans! All she asks is a quiet space and cushy bed, and maybe someone to listen to Lawrence Welk shows with, or Grand Ole Opry reruns… perhaps playing the odd Bridge game every now and then.
Eva is a delightful nut to crack! She's never quite sure what she wants - a pat on the forehead, someone to swat - honestly, it could go either way. The trick with beautiful Eva is to let her make the first move. We estimate that she's around 3 years old. She'll be a lap cat, but on her own terms (also, she wanted us to tell you to please not touch her tummy).
Sammy is a very sweet senior lab mix who, at almost 10 years old, found her way to the shelter after her owner passed away. She goes potty like a CHAMP and only needs short walks. As long as she has access to a sunny spot to relax, she is pleased as punch. She is ready to leave the kennel behind her, and assume her place on your couch as potato-in-chief. She'll need a low-key household and a parent who understands she can be wary of new people. Ask us about our complimentary one-on-one obedience instruction: every "No Paw Left Behind" dog gets three free sessions with our licensed dog trainer. Want to meet this golden girl? Call to make an appointment to meet Sammy at 207-449-1366 ext. 302. She has been waiting for her family for over 6 months!
(207) 449-1366
Brunswick Campus
Adoption Center
30 Range Road, Brunswick
Edgecomb Campus
Animal Care Facility
27 Atlantic Highway, Edgecomb
Administrative Office
190 Pleasant Street, Brunswick