What to do if You Find an Animal


  • Call Animal Control.  They are trained in the safe handling of stray animals.
  • If you wish, you can bring the animal to your local shelter yourself.  Review tips on how to handle stray animals, and call ahead of time at (207) 725-5051 to let us know you’re bringing an animal to CHS.  Please note: the Coastal Humane Society also loans out Havahart traps for $75.00 deposit, a fee that is returned to you in full when the trap is returned.
  • If you are calling from a contracted town, you may bring the animal you find to the Coastal Humane Society any time between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  We ask that you call ahead of time and if possible, fill out an Intake Form, either ahead of time or when you bring in the animal. If you are familiar with the animal, you should also fill out a personality profile form for the cat or dog.  The more information we have about the animal’s history and character, the better the animal’s chances are at being placed into an ideal and permanent home.  Your help is greatly appreciated in this matter.

A special message from the Executive Director:

“Because cats in particular become very stressed when they enter a shelter, they also become vulnerable to infectious diseases.  If there is any possibility you can temporarily house a cat or dog you’ve found while we search for his/her owner, the animal will be far better off. In that case, please call us with the description of the animal and provide us details about where it was found, and who we may call if we are able to reunite the lost animal with his/her owner.”