We Did It!
We reached the $250,000 target for our “Save Your Shelter” capital campaign. Launched in September 2018, the Save Your Shelter capital campaign provided funding to allow us to remain open, as we were on the verge of closing our doors. Under the supervision of a new Executive Director, we have been able to reconnect with the community, create and grow a robust volunteer program, collaborate with area nonprofits, expand programming, and create a year-round fundraising schedule which looks toward the future. Thank you to everyone who helped us reach this milestone!
Vital to Saving Lives Across 24 Maine Communities
The skilled team at HSWA works diligently to continuously improve processes while working with the community to ensure that disease does not spread in animal populations, that every domestic animal has an opportunity for a better life and that the community has a place to go for animal care when in need. No animal shall go without shelter, food and water. Every animal in care will receive medical attention. Every person in need will receive help. Whether it be hand feeding a 10 year-old surrendered, emaciated dog back to health for a new home, transporting puppies in need from Puerto Rico, or the thousands of rabies vaccines given each year through our partnership with area veterinarians, truly, HSWA saves lives.
HSWA has increased its placement rate from 67% to 97.5% and has not kept up with cost to place a pet in a loving home. It is estimated to cost $200 per animal to adoption. We place over 2,000 animals each year. Your investment will fund direct animal care, direct placement and forever homes and the 75,000+ large community which we serve.
Although our facility is only 11 years old, it is in continuous need of maintenance and repair. Here is just a short list of services of which we are in desperate need: landscaping (we are lucky to have been gifted such a large property, but our lawn mower and weed wacker are broken), plumbing (we have an employee bathroom that has been out of order for over a year), HVAC (our cat rooms are in need of quality air filtration), contracting (we need to redesign our dog adoption floor so it is more humane for the dogs and inviting for visitors), and transportation (our van has a makeshift strap for an interior handle and we have no stable way of securing the dogs who have arrived from Puerto Rico, cats to adoption events, all animals to vet visits, and spay and neuter appointments). We invite area businesses and individuals to donate their skills and talents to this worthy cause. Will you join us in helping to keep your shelter maintained and healthy for all the lives for which we care every year?