Paws in Print
September 2019
Upcoming Events

Special Adoption Event - Supply Donations Accepted
September 7, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Petco , 131 Topsham Fair Mall Road, Topsham
Join us and take home a furry friend in need! We will also be collecting much-needed supplies for the animals in our care. See our complete wish list here!

Paws-N-Brews Patio Takeover
September 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
4 Noble St, Brunswick
The Brunswick Hotel & Tavern is hosting its Second Annual Paws-N-Brews Patio Takeover to benefit the animals of Midcoast Humane.
The event will feature:
  • Adoptable Furry Friends
  • Live Music
  • Flight Deck Beer
  • Tito's Vodka Drink Specials
  • Exclusive Bar Bites Menu
  • Corn Hole, Games & More
All beer proceeds will be donated to Midcoast Humane.
*Please note that the Brunswick Hotel & Tavern is a pet friendly hotel. However, there will be rescue dogs in attendance therefore we kindly ask that you respect their comfort and do not bring any furry friends of your own to this event. Thank you for understanding.

Shuck Station Adoption and Donations
September 14 1:00-6:00 p.m., The Shuck Station, 68 Main St., Newcastle
Come and meet a new furry friend! Prize drawings throughout the event. Beer and station fry sales will be donated to Midcoast Humane.

Pet Loss Grief Support Group
September 19, 3:30-5:00 pm
CHANS Home Health & Hospice, 45 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick
Midcoast Humane and CHANS Home Health & Hospice's grief and bereavement volunteers are teaming up to offer grief support for pet owners. These support sessions are open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a beloved pet or who may soon face the passing of a pet. Free to attend, however, PRE-ENROLLMENT REQUIRED: Please call group facilitator Andy Sokoloff at 721-1357 or email

Vaccination Clinic
September 21, 10:00a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Richmond Town Hall, 26 Gardiner St, Richmond
The vaccination clinic offers low-cost rabies and distemper vaccinations. Rabies vaccinations are $10 and distemper vaccinations are $15. We will also offer microchips for $25 and flea/tick prevention products. No appointment is necessary, but please be in line by 2:00 p.m. to guarantee service. Note: dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. 
This clinic is intended to serve animals who do not receive regular veterinary care as a part of their healthy living. Although all animals will receive a basic vet check for obvious health issues, this visit should not replace your relationship with your pet's veterinarian.
Save A Stray 5K and Festival 2019 Recap

By the numbers, this year's event was wildly successful!

5K runners: 334
1 mile walkers: 107
Animals adopted: 6
Donations received: $36,905
Note: this amount covers the cost of pre-adoption care for 34 dogs and 34 cats, or 6 days of caring for 340+ animals!

Contest Winners:
Fastest Ice Cream Eater: Holly
Costume Contest: The Construction Woofers
Best Trick: Moe
Best Dog/Owner Look-alike: Nick and Daisy

A heartful "thank you" to every individual and organization that contributed to the success of this year's event!

Have feedback for next year?
Please email us your suggestions.

We have recently assisted in the homecoming of two pets, both considered permanently lost by their families. We were able to reunite the families because both of these pets were microchipped and the owners kept their information updated despite the length of time the pets were missing. 

Miss Kitty went missing in 2009. Her owner, Jennifer Banis, was heartbroken. Miss Kitty was her mother’s pet that she adopted and brought to Maine after her mother passed away 12 years ago. Miss Kitty turned up at Midcoast Humane after a full decade of being missing, and for Ms. Banis, it felt like she found a new connection to her deceased mother. Unfortunately, despite treatment for a collapsed trachea, anemia and a severe flea infestation, Miss Kitty passed away but surrounded by her loving family and not alone.
Benson was lost two years ago, and was recently seized by the police during an investigation. When he arrived at Midcoast Humane, his microchip was scanned and it was discovered to not be associated with the person from whom he was seized, but rather his original owner. The owner had continued to update his contact information, and because of that, Benson returned home at last.

The cost to microchip your dog or cat is only $25, and we are happy to do it on a walk-in basis during regular hours at the Midcoast Humane shelter in Brunswick at 30 Range Road. Hours for the shelter are noon to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. We are closed on Wednesdays and all major holidays. 
Did you know that all dogs and cats adopted from Midcoast Humane are microchipped?
Important : Please be sure to keep your contact information current for every pet's microchip. How do you make updates? 1) Get your microchip number from your adoption paperwork, pet health records, rabies certificate or vet office. 2) If you do not already have the contact information for the pet recovery service at which the microchip is registered, go to to search using the microchip number. 3) Contact the microchip company online or by phone to provide them with your updated information. You will be so happy you took the time to do this if your pet ever becomes lost!
Executive Director Search Underway

The Midcoast Humane Board of Directors is committed to finding the best possible Executive Director who will “make life better for animals and people in our community." A Board search committee is working with Pemberton & Associates, an executive search firm, on identifying qualified candidates and looks forward to announcing a new ED at the successful completion of the search.  Please share this information with any interested prospective candidates.
Welcome to our New Marketing Manager, Michelle Lester!

Michelle Lester has lived in Maine for the past decade and is thrilled to join Midcoast Humane as the Marketing Manager.

Most recently, she ran her own marketing business as well as leading sales and marketing for a weekly business newspaper in Fort Worth, Texas, and served as the publisher of two weekly community newspapers in Virginia. From 2015 – 2018, Michelle was the Publisher of the Times Record. Previously, she oversaw advertising and marketing at Foster’s Daily Democrat (Dover, NH), and MaineToday Media. She is also a member of the Brunswick Rotary Club and has worked with many local non-profit organizations. Michelle and her husband Don reside in Cumberland with their dog, Fiona, and their cat, Charlie. Both pets are rescue animals, and Charlie was likely part of a feral cat colony in his youth as he has a 'tipped' ear.
Michelle can be reached at (207) 449-1366, ext. 106 or via email at
Fiona and Charlie taking a sun-drenched nap on the couch. Who says dogs and cats can't live in harmony?
If you’re a regular Amazon shopper, you can support Midcoast Humane by shopping on AmazonSmile, a website operated by Amazon. It’s just like the regular Amazon, but when you shop on AmazonSmile ( ), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to our organization.

It's easy to donate with AmazonSmile...

Simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. Select "Midcoast Humane" to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. That's it...Amazon will remember your charity and every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation to Midcoast Humane.
Did You Know?

You can donate a car or boat to Midcoast Humane!
Midcoast Humane has partnered with Vehicles for Charity to turn your old car into donations for our animals! Click here to find more information about how to turn your car or boat into much needed funding for animals. 

If you have questions not addressed on our website, please call us at (207) 449-1366 or send an email to
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.
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. 
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!

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.)
Gracelynn "Gracie" is both friendly and shy: equal parts introvert and extrovert. She's looking for a quiet home where she can perch and watch the birds! She has a "tipped ear" which means she probably belonged to a feral cat colony at some point in her life, but she is far from feral. This sweetie has been available for adoption since April 30th. She is FIV+ positive, so she will need to be an indoor only cat. FIV+ cats can live long, happy and healthy lives in a home, so please read more about FIV+ cats here.
If you have a home with a window where she can watch the world go by, please consider this wonderful girl who has been waiting months for her family to discover her. 
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!
Norma is one-of-a-kind. At 14 years young, she's looking for someone to give her the love she deserves in her twilight years! She adores having her breakfast cooked for her - water added to her large portion of diet food and microwaved for 15 seconds. Her thyroid condition makes her especially hungry and if she is free roaming, she WILL try to eat anything she can scrounge or steal. We do call her "NAUGHTY Norma" and it is a well-deserved moniker! She also likes to be held and she will bury her head in your neck and purr loudly and anyone sitting in our kitchen is fair game for Norma lap time. Her owner should be patient with litter box issues. Questions about Norma? Call us at 207-449-1366.
Tessa is a 5 1/2 year old lady who first came to Midcoast Humane in 2015 on an interstate transport. She has been adopted and returned twice, after living with each adopter for at least a year. Her last owner described her as a sometimes cuddle-bug who loves going outside and is a great mouser. When not able to go outside, she likes looking out the window keeping track of the comings and goings. Incidents of redirected aggression toward people due to her dislike of other animals were reported. She doesn't like other cats or dogs and her former owner recommended she be an only cat in an adult household. Here at Midcoast Humane she is in a free roaming cat room and seems to keep to herself. She has been friendly but not overly attention seeking. She is a roly-poly, fuzzy wuzzy girl with a lovely white bib and subtle torti coloration. She is currently being fed a lower calorie diet for weight loss. An understanding, gentle torti loving adopter would be SO PERFECT!
Do you like walking for miles in the woods? What about maybe some running and swimming while we are at it? Can we share a quick bite while we are out, too? If these things sound fun to you and you want a buddy to join you, come meet Beck ! Beck is a sweet 4 year old retriever mix who came back to the shelter and is looking for his perfect home. Beck's perfect home would be an adult only home or one with kids over 13 who are dog savvy and know not to push him past his comfort zone. He needs a family who will work with him on his impulse control and over-stimulation. Beck has been through a basic obedience class and does really well with training whenever food is involved. Beck would do best in a home without a lot of foot traffic as it takes him time to warm up to new people. While living at his previous home, Beck went to doggy daycare and did well, but a meet and greet with any new housemates will be necessary.
Macy came to Midcoast Humane on a rescue mission from Georgia along with her three puppies. She is just under 3 years old. She has no experience with cats and would need a slow introduction if there were cats in the home. She would do best as an only pet as previous interactions with other dogs have not always been the best, and her previous foster recommended she be the only pet in her forever home. It has also been noted that she would do best with children 13 and older because she can over-stimulate during play and become a bit mouthy. Otherwise she is a sweet girl who loves to play and go on long walks.
Brindi made her way into our shelter on our last rescue transport from Puerto Rico. This super sweet young lady was found with her 3 puppies on the side of a road in a national forest. She quickly warmed up to her rescuers and greeted them happily with kisses and hugs! She was adopted once after she arrived in Maine, but returned within a few days due to her negative interactions with dogs that she met while she was in the home. If there is another dog in the home, that dog would have to come in to meet Brindi to see how she feels about a potential canine sibling. We feel that a home without felines would be the best fit for her because, as a street dog, she shows far too much interest in cats. Due to her size and youthful energy, children in the home should be 10 and over. Brindi is happy and playful, but will calm down quickly with gentle handling. She is great on leash and very easy to handle.  She is a big puppy at heart so her new owner should be willing to work on continued basic obedience and manners to help her solidify basic commands. If you have the patience and time to help her blossom into the amazing adult dog that we know she can be, we promise you will be rewarded tenfold with a very affectionate and friendly, not to mention gorgeous, family member! 
Peanut is a beautiful tortie who was surrendered due to the health of her owner. She is just under 4 years old and wants to be someone's cat again. Could you be my someone? I do have some dental issues which should be discussed with an adoption counselor before you adopt me.
(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