To our supporters, adopters, friends, and community members:

We are incredibly excited to announce that Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter have a new name: Midcoast Humane.

This change comes after months of careful listening and collaboration with our supporters, adopters, our volunteers, and many passionate animal advocates of our community (there are a lot of you!). As you may remember, when our shelters merged in 2016 and became one organization, we became Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter, wanting to respect each of the amazing communities that had built, supported, and nourished each shelter for decades. We still want to honor those legacies – but also move forward and build our community-focused future.

You’ll notice that we decided to omit the word “Society.” That was done intentionally as we are not a membership organization, and we’re not exclusive. Animals are for everyone, and we believe that anyone can make a difference in the lives of shelter pets.

Our new tagline: Compassion. Connection. Community. embodies the principles we live by.

Compassion–We’re a safe and supportive place where animals and pet owners can receive the services they need to thrive: a faithful and dependable resource for the community and the 3,500 annual residents that count on us.

Connection– Every day is better with animals in our lives. We’re a place where you can connect with animals and with people who love them as much as you do.  Adopt. Volunteer. Join us! We want you to know that we’re your shelter, and we want to be part of your family, too.

Community  – We are more than a shelter. We believe that helping animals thrive takes all of us, working together. That’s why we’re here every day, serving our community with everything from adoption services and excellent animal care to grassroots advocacy and humane education. We want to equip Mainers with everything they need to be the best pet parents, and we are continually looking for opportunities to serve the people and organizations that help our community thrive.

But that’s just one of the pivotal changes taking place in our story as an organization.   

We’re bringing our adoptable animals out into our 40 communities and beyond in adoption events with partnering businesses. Watch our new website ( and Facebook page for more about this in the coming weeks.

Another development on the horizon: we are looking at the limitations of our current outdated facilities at Range Road and Pleasant Street in Brunswick and Atlantic Highway in Edgecomb, and considering ways to better serve the public and the animals of Midcoast Maine.  We invite you to learn more about our plans, which we will share at Midcoast Humane’s first annual Shelter-brationon November 8.  (For details about Shelter-bration, visit, or await your invitation in your inbox.)

Thank you for being a part of our future. Here’s to moving forward!

With thanks,

Trendy Stanchfield

Executive Director, Midcoast Humane

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