frequently asked questions


How do I fix my pet?

Thanks to  grant from the Maine Community Foundation, we are offering Feline Spay and Neuter vouchers for $40 per cat to those who live in Franklin county. Here’s how it works: Make your appointment at either Falls Road Veterinary Clinic, Clearwater Veterinary Hospital, or Maine Woods Mobile Vet and be sure to mention you will be using a voucher. Come to the Franklin County Animal Shelter and purchase a voucher with cash or card up to 90 days before the appointment. The voucher will cover the  cost of the operation, not including blood testing or anesthesia. For more information, call us at (207) 778-2638.

Unfortunately, at this time, we do not have the funds to offer a low-cost spay/neuter voucher for dogs. 

Another option for those outside of Franklin county, is Help Fix ME: Maine's Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program. You may be eligible for the State's low cost spay/neuter program.  Call 1-800-367-1317 or (207) 287-7621, or email if you receive or are eligible for one of the following programs:           

  • Food Stamps           
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)          
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)         
  • Social Security Disability (SSD)
  • Maine Care (Medicaid) 

How do I surrender my animal?

We realize that sometimes life circumstances change, and you may be forced to surrender your pet. Cat surrenders are accepted from within our contracted towns, as shelter capacity allows, for a $30 surrender fee per cat. Dog surrenders are accepted from within our contracted towns, as shelter capacity allows, provided they do not have a bite history, and they can pass a temperament test performed by one of our qualified Animal Care staff, for a $50 surrender fee per dog. 

Are you a "No Kill" shelter?

 The Franklin County Animal Shelter is considered a "No Kill" shelter. This means we do our very best to adopt all of our animals into happy forever homes, and we never euthanize animals because of a lack of space.  

I'd like to donate...

Would you like to donate items or make a monetary donation? Check out all the ways you can help your furry friends by clicking the button below!

How can I get my pet's nails trimmed? Get Frontline? Microchipped?

We perform all of those services at our bi-monthly Nail Trim Clinics at Tractor Supply (the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9am to noon) and the Jay Paris Farmers' Union (the 4th Saturday of each month from 10am to noon). We also offer nail trims and microchipping at the shelter by appointment. Get more information by clicking the button below!

How do I adopt from your shelter, and what are your fees?

Regardless of where you live, we would love for you to adopt from our shelter! Click the button below for all the information you need regarding our adoption process and fees!