Paws in Print
June 2019
Upcoming Events

First Friday Kitten Yoga with Jai Yoga
Friday, June 7 | 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

Rescue Day at the Railway
Saturday, June 8 | 10am – 4pm
Rescue Day is a day full of food, fun, and activities for pet owners and families, and we'll be there! Details below. @Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay

Drive 4 UR Community
Saturday, June 8 | 10am – 2pm
Test Drive a Ford and earn money for Midcoast Humane! Details below. @Casco Bay Ford, 1213 US-1, Yarmouth

Vaccination Clinic
Saturday, June 15 | 10am - 1pm
Low-cost rabies and distemper vaccinations, plus microchipping and flea/tick products for sale. Details here. @Sabattus Town Office, 190 Middle Road, Sabattus

Community Adoption Event: The Animal House
Saturday, June 22 | 10am – 2pm
Join us at The Animal House in Damariscotta for an adoption event! We'll post preview photos on Facebook ahead of the event. @The Animal House, 15 Coastal Marketplace, Damariscotta    

GRAND OPENING: Veterinary Quick Care in Freeport
Saturday, June 22 | 12pm – 4pm
We're helping welcome a new vet clinic to the area. We'll be at VQC's new Freeport location with adoptable animals during their grand opening event! @Veterinary Quick Care, 200 Lower Main Street, Freeport

Brunswick Community BBQ
Saturday, June 22 | 11:30am – 2pm
We'll be on the Brunswick Mall collecting much-needed supplies. Details below. @Brunswick Town Mall, 191-195 Maine Street, Brunswick

Windjammer Days: "Kids Alley"
Tuesday, June 25 | 10:00am – 1pm
At Windjammer Days' Kids Alley, we're making "Boredom Busters" for shelter pets. Details below. @Boothbay House Hill, Boothbay Harbor (right across from Two Salty Dogs, 22 McKown Street.)

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

Lil Bit is a spunky and energetic cat looking for a home.
It's National Adopt a Cat Month!

We know you don't need to be reminded of the wonder that is cats, but if you have been holding off on adopting a feline friend, here are 10 REASONS why you should head to the shelter right meow to take one home!

  1. They're independent and low-maintenance. They sleep 15-20 hours a day. You don’t have to feel guilty about a long day at work when your pet is a kitty! They are masterful groomers and clean themselves!
  2. They're potty-trained! They know how to use the bathroom. No housebreaking required.
  3.  They're a great pet if you live in a small space. Cats don't need a ton of room. Apartment dwellers, rejoice!
  4. Cats' purrs have healing powers. In addition to the calming effect purring has on us, purring promotes healing. Vibrations at certain frequencies (25-150 Hz) have been proven to improve bone density and heal soft tissues in humans. The average frequency of a domestic cat purr is around 25 Hz, quite close to the best healing range! Those adorable little rumbles soothe mind AND body!
  5. Having cats in the house could prevent kids from developing allergies – and not just pet allergies. In 2002, the National Institutes of Health released a study that found children under a year old who were exposed to a cat were less likely to develop pet allergies as well as dust, mites, ragweed and grass.
  6. They are ideal snuggle buddies (of course they are, with all that sleep they get!). Many people - especially women - prefer sleeping with their cat or dog to their partners.
  7. Any cat owner will tell you: cats are endlessly entertaining. Even if you're not in the market for a cat, we hope you'll still watch and share our cats on Facebook and Instagram.... A study conducted by researcher Jessica Gall Myrick at Indiana University's Media School found that people who watched cat videos were "more energetic, felt more positive, and had fewer negative emotions, such as anxiety, annoyance and sadness after watching cat-related online media than before. Even if they are watching cat videos on YouTube to procrastinate or while they should be working, the emotional pay-off may actually help people take on tough tasks afterward.”
  8. They’re great hunters. Do you have a mouse problem? Ask us about our Barn Buddies!
  9. They have other health benefits. Owning a cat has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. A 2009 study by the University of Minnesota's Stroke Institute in Minneapolis found that over a 10-year period, cat owners were 30% less likely to die from a heart attack or stroke than non cat owners. (Though you could argue that cat owners are just more relaxed and have lower stress.)
  10. Perhaps the biggest reason to adopt cats... they need homes! Shelter cats are fixed, up-to-date on vaccinations, microchipped, and their adoption fees range from $0-$249. A bargain!
Our Exciting New Collaboration with VISIT FREEPORT!

Visit Freeport and Midcoast Humane have joined forces to help make life better for animals and people in our community. With help from Visit Freeport business members, the partnership is helping 3,500 homeless animals find their forever homes in their new program, Pet-Friendly Freeport.

Freeport is one of Maine’s most pet-friendly communities with more than 40 member businesses encouraging guests to bring their four-legged pals along to campgrounds, hotels, bed & breakfasts, restaurants, shops, farms, parks, and breweries. Pet-Friendly Freeport takes it one step further and encourages Freeport business to contribute to Midcoast Humane to become a featured “Pet-Friendly Freeport” business.

If you are a Visit Freeport member, sign up by making a $100 (or greater) donation at , or mail a check and your business name, address, contact person, phone, email, and website to Midcoast Humane, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011.
Bowdoin Class Creates Videos with Impact for Midcoast Humane

In Bowdoin College Visiting Professor Erin Johnson's Art, Technology and Design for Social Change class this semester, she tasked teams of students with creating videos to inspire. Over the course of the semester, students spent time with staff members, volunteers, and animals, understanding the scope of our work and mission. They put together six videos telling the story of Midcoast Humane and highlighting some of our programs.

The end products were simply stunning, and we now have six professional, beautiful videos for social media, our website, presentations and more! Here's one example of their wonderful work in a video about our initiative No Paw Left Behind (we will be posting all of the videos on our website). We had a tremendous experience with Professor Johnson's class and were blown away by the fantastic work they did. We would like to extend our DEEPEST thanks to them all! Read about it in Bowdoin News.
Executive Director Trendy Stanchfield with Professor Erin Johnson and her students (and puppies Platypus and Pelican!)
Drive 4 Ur Community Test Drive Fundraiser with Casco Bay Ford June 8

Join Midcoast Humane and HART of ME on Saturday, June 8 from 10am – 2pm for a Test Drive Fundraiser with Casco Bay Ford! Stop by to meet adoptable animals and take a short test drive to help raise up to $6,000 from Ford Motor Company. For every test drive, Ford will donate $20 to our organizations. Pre-register for your test drive so you can spend more time with the animals! Book your drive here.

We will have live radio broadcasts by WJBQ and WBLM, a BBQ, and more. Stop by and visit...A LITTLE DRIVE CAN GO A LONG WAY!

Drive 4 Ur Community Test Drive Fundraiser and Adoption Event
Saturday, June 8, 10am-2pm
Casco Bay Ford
1213 US Route 1, Yarmouth
Rescue Day at the Village Railway Museum

Join Midcoast Humane at the Village Railway Museum on Saturday, June 8 from 10am – 4pm for RESCUE DAY! Rescue Day is a day full of activities designed specifically for families, including the opportunity to meet their newest furry family member. There will be games and activities just for kids, including the barrel train ride, dog training demos, vendors of locally made pet products, adoptable dogs and puppies from local rescue groups and much more. Admission to the Museum will be free to all individuals who bring a donation of dog food. All food donations will be split between participating rescues/shelters. @Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay. See Event on Facebook
Rescue Day at the Village Railway Museum
Saturday, June 8, 10am-4pm
586 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay
Supply Drive at the Brunswick Community BBQ on June 22.

The Brunswick Downtown Association is hosting their annual Community BBQ to pay Tribute to First Responders to recognize their service and dedication to our community and to welcome new residents to Brunswick! This is a great event for the whole family. Come for fun, food, and music on the Town Mall. Midcoast Humane will be there collecting much-needed supplies. More event info here!
Brunswick Community BBQ
Saturday, June 22, 11:30am – 2pm
Brunswick Town Mall, Brunswick
Come see us at Windjammer Days!

Windjammer Days, from June 23-29, marks the kick off to summer in the Boothbay region and is a time to reconnect with family, friends and neighbors after the long winter, and an opportunity to support local businesses. Stop by to see Midcoast Humane on Tuesday, June 25 at Kids Alley, where kids can come to make "Boredom Busters" for our shelter animals @Boothbay House Hill (right across from Two Salty Dogs)

Windjammer Days, Kids Alley
with Midcoast Humane
Tuesday, June 25, 10am – 1pm
Boothbay House Hill, Boothbay Harbor
We're looking for volunteers for the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon and 5K on June 22!

Giddyup Events has asked for the help of Midcoast Humane for their race on June 22, and in return, will make a donation in support of our animals!

We'll be handing out water, Gatorade, and wet towels for runners at Water Station #5 on Back Cove Trail and Vannah Ave. We're looking for 12 volunteers to help us. It's an early morning, kicking off at 6am, but it will support our animals! Plus... free food and beer is provided!

Sign up here to volunteer (our group is listed as Water Stop Support #5 (Midcoast Humane). You will be contacted with more instructions!
Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon & 5K
Saturday, June 22, 6-10:30am
Vannah Ave & Back Cove Trail, Portland
Openings still available for two sessions of Animal Camp!
If your child is entering first or second grade in the fall, we have space in our Animal Camp for you! Spaces are still available in two sessions: July 22 - July 26 and August 12 - August 16 .

Animal Camp is a fun, educational camp experience for kids who love animals! Campers spend time each day interacting with shelter animals, hearing from shelter professionals, and taking part in fun activities that help animals and raise awareness about sheltering and other animal-related issues.  
Sign up the animal lover in your household for a week of fun, learning, and ANIMALS! 
Animal Camp sells out every year, so sign up today!
Reminder: Register for the Save a Stray 5K & Festival
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!

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!
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. 
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!
Harley Quinn is always up for adventure, always ready and eager to go for walks! And speaking of walks, she is fantastic on a leash: no excessive pulling and she waits for cues to keep moving along. In addition, she loves cuddling and giving kisses to her favorite people. Because of her open and friendly nature, a lot of new sights, sounds, and smells can be a bit overwhelming for Harley. Her new owner will need to give her time and space to decompress from shelter life. Her owner should respect her initial distrust of new people, and should also help her with her impulse control. She is reported to have lived with other animals in the home – cats, dogs, and even lizards and chickens!  Harley is super affectionate once she trusts you, and when she does, she wears her heart on her sleeve and will let you know she is your girl! She has great leash manners and loves to play. We recommend an adult-only home. Call to arrange a meeting with Harley at 207-449-1366 ext. 302.
Wasabe came to us in January. She is around 3 years old, and you will not meet a cat with more personality. Walk into Cat Room C and she is the one to greet you. She adores people, but she's just lukewarm toward other cats. Every so often she’ll get “in a mood” and will let you know, so it’s important to pay attention to her body language to give her space when she wants it. Her adoption fee has been waived! 
Maxwell is a 3-year-old Terrier/Alaskan Husky mix who came to the shelter when his previous owner moved and could not take Maxwell with him. "Max" has been waiting for a new family at the Brunswick Campus since March 29! He is an energetic boy who loves running, hiking, swimming, and being active! We feel he would thrive in a home that keeps him engaged and busy. One of our volunteers describes him as "vibrant, fun, and trainable....he will sometimes drop his ball at your feet, too... a sign that he is good at sharing!"

Max would be an ideal running buddy. He might pull on his leash initially with all his pent up enthusiasm, but once he gets going, he is very responsive to his name and looks for cues and direction. When he's comfortable with you, he's not shy about layin' on the snuggles, too!

Because of his energy level, we suggest that any kids at home be 10 years or older, and he should meet any canine siblings ahead of time.
(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