About Us

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 a group of Brunswick citizens concerned with the welfare of the area’s stray animals. In 1965, it was incorporated, and Bowdoin College Professor of English Stanley Chase served as its first Board president. Beginning as a 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 various 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 65 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.


  • Bowdoin
  • Bowdoinham
  • Brunswick
  • Cumberland
  • Durham
  • Falmouth
  • Freeport
  • Harpswell
  • Lisbon
  • Phippsburg
  • Pownal
  • Sabattus
  • Topsham
  • Woolwich
  • Yarmouth

In June of 2016, Lincoln County Animal Shelter of Edgecomb came under the management and ownership of Coastal Humane Society, increasing the capacity of the facility and offering access to additional resources available through the larger shelter.

Our animal sheltering license IDs are: F144S (Coastal Humane Society) and F161 (Lincoln County Animal Shelter).