About Us

Dog and Cat together

Harvest Hills Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization which contracts with 19 towns in Western Maine to accept neglected, stray, and abandoned cats and dogs. These animals are brought in by the towns’ animal control officers. When space is available, Harvest Hills also accepts owner surrendered animals from all surrounding communities in Maine and New Hampshire and will assist other shelters by providing a safe place for adoptable animals that would otherwise be euthanized, or did not fit another shelters admission policies.

Since opening its doors in 1992, Harvest Hills has found loving homes for approximately 17,000 dogs and cats. As we have grown in recent years, we strive to serve more animals in need, reduce stress and suffering for every animal passing through our doors and provide individual attention, medical and custodial care to our charges. We also consider it an important part of our mission to educate the community, adults and children about the responsibilities of pet ownership and the benefits of adopting a Harvest Hills animal.

Harvest Hills has taken great care to avoid euthanasia whenever possible. Every animal goes through a socialization program and is evaluated so we may match them with their new family. This process helps with the transition of shelter life to a new home for both the animal and its new owners.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Harvest Hills Animal Shelter to:

  • Provide a safe, comfortable, and healthy refuge for abandoned, stray, or lost cats and dogs.
  • Successfully place dogs and cats into caring, suitable homes.
  • Reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners.
  • Administer medical care and behavioral training when needed.
  • Help to ease per over-population with mandatory spay and neuter policies.
  • Promote the humane treatment of animals and work to strengthen the bond between animals and humans through education and community outreach.