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We understand that rehoming your pet is a difficult process. We are always here to help in any way we can, however sometimes other options are overlooked. There are many options one has when making the decision to rehome an animal, such as reaching out to a veterinarian or trainer, trusted family members or friends, or reaching out to online sources. If you’d like assistance navigating these options, feel free to reach out to us for help. Should you exhaust your options and come to the decision that you would like to rehome your pet with us, we welcome you to call us ahead of time so we can discuss your situation with you and go over our admissions protocol.

If you do make the decision to rehome your animal to the Bangor Humane Society, please understand that our kennel space is limited. Kennel space varies daily, especially during our busy summer season. Since we cannot guarantee kennel space on the day you want to surrender and because we do not euthanize healthy, adoptable animals to make room for incoming pets, we strongly recommend that you call in advance to make arrangements to bring your pet in.
Our compassionate staff at the front desk are able to help you with a surrender intake every step of the way. We ask that you bring any medical records, special food, and even a favorite toy or blanket to help make your pet’s transition to the shelter easier. We do additionally request a $25 donation towards your pet’s care while they are seeking shelter with us. All we need to process your animal’s intake is your State ID or Driver’s License. We strongly advise pet owners to call us to ask about the surrender process prior to coming into the shelter. We want you and your pet to feel as comfortable and prepared for the transition as possible. We also ask that you come in at least one hour prior to closing so that we can process the intake in a timely manner.

Our staff will also go over our euthanasia policy with you, as this is one of the most common concerns we hear from our clients when they are surrendering. The Bangor Humane Society works hard every day to make sure we are giving every animal that comes through our doors a fair chance at finding a perfect match. We do not euthanize animals because they have been with us too long, or if we have too many. We will not euthanize healthy, adoptable animals to make room for new intakes. We only consider euthanasia as an option if an animal is unpredictable and could be threat to people, other animals, or themselves in a home environment. We work hard with our veterinary partners to provide the best medical care possible to animals in our facility; if there is nothing that a veterinarian can do to make an animal comfortable and that animal no longer has a quality of life, then we will consider euthanasia in this instance.

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