Founded in 1911, the SPCA of Hancock County, Maine, is a life-saving organization committed to providing shelter and care for abandoned, stray and surrendered animals. Since opening the doors of our expanded facility in Trenton in October 2010, our organization has found homes for thousands of dogs and cats.
We are also focused on community outreach and education on proper and humane animal care.

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Our Latest 4 Paw Posts

The Fear Free Commitment

Many of you might already know that we are proud to be a designated ‘No Kill Shelter’. This means that we are dedicated to the rehabilitation of even less adoptable pets, helping them to overcome behavioral and medical issues…

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Overcoming Staff Shortages

It likely does not come as a surprise that our local Ellsworth Area currently struggles with a staffing shortage, and unfortunately the shelter has felt these effects as well. Overcoming this challenge, and the related consequences, becomes acutely sensitive when animals and families depend on our operation.

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Looking for a Pet Pal?

Did you know you can receive monthly letters written from the perspective of a shelter animal, along with updated photos of them? When you join our Pet Pal program by giving at least $30 monthly, you are not only donating to the animals you love, but you get to know them more personally. It’s like having a pet away from home!


Cody is a sweet older boy (16 years old!) in need of a quiet and calm home.

We don’t usually see much of him during the day. He prefers to hide in a dark, cozy spot in his cage. We know he comes out at night to explore and have a snack, though!

Cody is just in shock. He was in his last home for most (if not all) of his life, and he suddenly found himself here at the shelter. We’ve given him some time to come out of his shell, but at this point, he may only truly relax once he’s in a real home environment. He doesn’t mind being held, but he gets a bit anxious in a new room with lots of space. Fair enough, Cody! Wide open spaces can be scary. Sometimes you just want to curl up under a blanket on the couch, and Cody prefers to do this every day.

If this gentle older boy is your speed (or lack thereof!), send in an application for Cody. Senior cats like Cody have discounted adoption fees because they’re often overlooked for kittens or younger cats. But Cody needs a cozy home for his golden years, too!

Thank you to our community partners!

Stanley Subaru
The Maine Community Foundation
Red Empress Foundation
Robert & Carol Calder
Charles Butt
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