Paws in Print
December 2018
The email you were sent previously listed our Home for the Holidays Mega Adoption Event as December 14-15. The event is December 15-16.
Newsletter of Midcoast Humane formerly Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter
Upcoming Events

12 Days of Giving Supply Drive
Wednesday, Dec. 12 - Sunday, Dec. 23
Every day is something different! Donations can be brought to our Brunswick or Edgecomb Campus. Additional details below.

Oxbow Brewing Happy Hour
Thursday, Dec. 13 | 4 - 7pm
$1 from every purchase of a Farmhouse Pale Ale supports our animals! @ 274 Jones Woods Road, Newcastle. Additional details below.

Home for the Holidays Mega Adoption Event
Saturday, Dec. 15 - Sunday, Dec. 16
Adopt a furry friend before Christmas! Puppies, kittens and more will be looking for homes at our annual Home for the Holidays Adoption Event. @ Our Brunswick Campus and Animal House in Damariscotta. Additional details below.

Pours for Paws with Black Pug Brewing
Friday, Dec. 21 | 5 - 8pm
Check out our Silent Auction, and bring supplies for our animals to get $2 off your beer! @ Black Pug Brewing, 30 Bath Road, Suite 1, Brunswick. Additional details below.

Can you bring them Home for the Holidays?

Our annual Home for the Holidays Mega Adoption Event is December 15 & 16! Visit us at our Brunswick Campus and at The Animal House in Damariscotta to adopt a puppy, kitten, cat or dog just in time to bring them home for the holidays.

You might be wondering about giving a furry friend as a gift. We sell gift certificates for adoption at our Brunswick Campus on Range Road. To surprise someone in your immediate household with a furry best friend, we'll even hold your new family member for you through Christmas Eve! Read more about pets as gifts .

Look for a sneak peek of all the cuties going up for adoption on our Facebook page two days before the event.

Home for the Holidays Mega Adoption Event
Saturday, December 15 - Sunday, December 16

Two places to adopt:

Brunswick Campus
Saturday, 12 - 6pm and Sunday, 12 - 4pm
30 Range Road, Brunswick

The Animal House
Saturday only, 10am - 2pm
15 Coastal Marketplace, Damariscotta

Questions? Call our Front Desk at (207) 725-5051.
Trendy's Corner

Over the last year, we have had a lot to celebrate at Midcoast Humane. We are focused on creating a sustainable fundraising infrastructure, finalizing a strategic vision that shows a clear path to financial sustainability, and creating one organization as it relates to business, people and culture. This has been no small undertaking! We have made huge strides in improving our business model and creating a framework for a more successful financial future. The Board approved a three-year Strategic Plan in August, and we are moving ahead to adopt a business model that supports a healthier, more financially stable future. Historically we lose hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. And we know that this can’t continue.

As you have already read about, our name change is the most public change we have made. If you haven’t seen our commercial , take a look. I would like to thank our generous donors, Joe and Buffy Quinn, for donating the advertising firm’s fees so that we could make this important update without further stressing our budget. This transformational gift was the cornerstone of achieving the look and the layout of one forward-facing organization.

For those of you who have been with us for some time, you know we’ve had a lot of changes at the leadership level. These changes can lead to donors, volunteers and staff sometimes feeling disconnected to the mission and our everyday work. We have recommitted ourselves to communicating clearer, more consistently and transparently in the future so you know how your time and treasure are impacting the animals and people that we serve.

After 11 months I can tell you a lot about the work that Midcoast Humane does. I can tell you that we serve over 3,500 animals a year. I can tell you that these dogs and cats and birds and bearded dragons and goats and chickens come from sometimes terrible homes. I can tell you that we have been caring for over 40 dogs that were seized in Brunswick months ago from a backyard breeder who needed food, housing and medical attention to save their lives. I can tell you about the stress of trying to pay for those dog’s care to the tune of over $71,000 that was not in the budget. That’s right - $71,000 unplanned dollars.

What I can’t begin to tell you is how many hours each of my teammates spends feeding, hugging, and training these abandoned and rescued animals. I can’t tell you the heartache that they feel when we lose the battle with sickness or when the most loving dog has lived in a kennel for over a year and we don’t know when they will find a home. I can’t make you understand the anger our team feels when a court forces us to give an animal back to an undeserving owner or a stray returned to an unsafe home. I also can’t begin to explain the sheer joy that you see on each other’s faces when an animal gets adopted. The feeling in the shelters when an alumni comes to visit with their new family or when one of our long term dogs or cats finally finds their forever home. 

This last year has been an amazing, emotional, overwhelmingly wonderful experience that I will never be able to put into words. Thank you for a wonderful year and I look forward to a prosperous 2019!

The 12 Days of Giving starts on December 12!

Can you bring something for under our tree? For 12 days in December, the 12th through the 23rd, we are asking for special items for our animals. These are the items we go through the fastest. Each day is something different! 

Friday, Dec. 14: Peanut Butter 
Saturday, Dec. 15: Kitty Litter (clay, unscented)
Sunday, Dec. 16: Dog Food (both canned and dry - and always dye-free!)
Monday, Dec. 17: 55-Gallon Trash Bags 
Tuesday, Dec. 18: OdoBan  
Wednesday, Dec. 19: Kitten Food (dry)
Thursday, Dec. 20: Paper Lunch Bags 
Friday, Dec. 21: Paper Towels 
Saturday, Dec. 22 Cat Food (both canned and dry - and always dye-free!)
Sunday, Dec. 23: Paper Plates

We hope you'll stop by for a special visit with our animals and bring them a little something! You can see more details about our holiday wish list on our website, or  print out this list. You can even find these items on our wish list and have supplies shipped right to our door. Donations can be brought to either campus, 30 Range Road in Brunswick or 27 Atlantic Highway in Edgecomb. Thank you!

Questions? Call 725-5051. Thank you and happy  howl idays from all of us at Midcoast Humane!
Have You Made Your Year-End Gift?

Thanks to your support this year, we have provided nearly 3,500 animals with food, shelter, safety, and essential health care. You have helped provide the resources to spay or neuter every dog and cat, and ensure every dog receives a microchip. This care costs us $20 per animal per day…thank you!

In addition to this daily care, we are seeing more and more animals with chronic health conditions or are in need of immediate medical attention. As one can imagine,  the costs to care for these special friends adds up to thousands of dollars per animal . These friends are often young, and have a lot of life and love left to give.

If you have not yet had a chance to make a gift to Midcoast Humane, would you consider a one-time or monthly donation to help us pay for these costs of care? We appreciate your consideration. 

Donations can be made on our website ,   by mailing a check (made out to Midcoast Humane) to 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011, or b y calling us at 449-1366.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program... Good for the planet, good for animals!

For every reusable Community Bag purchased during the month of December at the Hannaford store located at  Routes 1 & 32 in Waldoboro , $1 will be donated to Midcoast Humane!  The bag retails for just $2.50 and is located on the reusable bag rack and at various registers.
Black Pug Brewing's Pours for Paws

Enjoy some great beer for a great cause!
New to the neighborhood, Black Pug Brewing is offering $2 off 12-oz. beers on December 21 from 5 - 8pm if you bring a donation of pet food or supplies !   Do some holiday shopping at a silent auction and bid on great items donated by local businesses. Black Pug Brewing is also generously donating 100% of tips collected during the night to the animals of Midcoast Humane. And finally... you won’t want to miss the release of a special brew they've been working on, debuting at Pours for Paws . This event is sure to warm your spirits! Black Pug is located at 30 Bath Road, Suite 1, in Brunswick.
Oxbow Brewing Holiday Happy Hour and Supply Drive

Join Midcoast Humane at Oxbow Brewing Company in Newcastle on Thursday, December 13th from 4 - 7pm for a very special happy hour, where $1 from every Farmhouse Pale Ale sold will be donated to our animals! Be sure to say hello, grab a delicious beer, and learn more about your local animal shelter. Oxbow Brewing is also hosting a supply drive December 6th through Christmas. Stop by with much-needed supplies ! Oxbow Brewing Company is located at 274 Jones Woods Road in Newcastle.
Midcoast Youth Theater's Production of Annie
Showing Thursday, Dec. 13 - Sunday, Dec. 16

Thanks to a donation from a theater buff donor of Midcoast Humane, we are proud to be a sponsor of Midcoast Youth Theater's upcoming production of ANNIE. Annie is a classic that we all know and love, and we hope you can make it and see all of the hard work these talented kids have put into the production.

The Midcoast Youth Theater was founded in 2003 as a community theater dedicated to providing equal opportunities for all children to perform in full-length musicals, without regard for past experience or financial resources.

Annie will be showing at The Crooker Theater in Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick. Tickets can be purchased here .  
Where Are They Now?
Mooka has discovered his love for wet food... and has found the best spot in the house for a good nap - under the tree! His new owners report that "he is a much loved member of our family."
Where Are They Now? (Continued)
Fern, now named Juju, loves watching birds on the bird feeder and "is such a love" according to her new family!
Heidi sends her love from her favorite chair. After a little time, she's getting along well with her big sister, an older family cat! Heidi looks like she's right at home!
Adopt Me!
Is Radar on your radar? He should be!
Look at the soulful eyes on Radar, who went up for adoption during our adoption event with Petco this past weekend. He saw many of his friends go home - but no one has snatched up this sweetheart yet! He's around 4 months old, has been neutered, and he's up-to-date on vaccinations.