The Coastal Humane Society (CHS) is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization, animal shelter, and companion animal adoption agency founded in 1950 by Bowdoin College Professor of English, Stanley Chase. Beginning as a strictly volunteer-run shelter in an old barn not far from where the current shelter stands, we are now one of the largest animal shelters in Maine with a staff of 20 (including our own veterinarian, Dr. Mandie Wehr) and over a hundred active volunteers.
We currently hold contracts with twelve towns along Maine’s mid coast, serving 75,000 people across 450 square miles. In animal terms, that’s over 3,000 stray, abused or abandoned cats, dogs, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, birds, hamsters and guinea pigs we care for annually.
Since our founding 60 years ago, the Coastal Humane Society has cared for and adopted out tens of thousands of animals, and each one is spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated, tested, and ready for a new home. We boast a number of programs and services committed to compassionate care and excellent animal placements, returning lost animals to their families, providing support and resources for pet owners, and educating the community.
We receive no funding from the state or federal government, and town contracts make up less than seven percent of what it costs to run the shelter- for the rest we rely on donations from people like you to keep our doors open. For this, our gratitude is deep and unending.