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SPCA of Hancock County

141 Bar Harbor Rd , Trenton, ME, 04605

Rescue/Shelter Description

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hancock County (SPCA) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of animal welfare, to the protection, sheltering, and placement of companion animals into responsible, loving homes, to humane education in the community, and to local, state and national animal advocacy. We are a life-saving shelter serving, first and foremost, local animal populations and pet owners.

Areas Served

We serve the entirety of Hancock County of Maine and are near the county seat, Ellsworth. We serve the following towns and more: Amherst Aurora Bar Harbor Bass Harbor Bernard Blue Hill Brooklin Brooksville Bucksport Castine Corea Cranberry Isles Dedham Deer Isle East Blue Hill Eastbrook East Orland Ellsworth Franklin Frenchboro Gouldsboro Great Pond Hancock Harborside Hulls Cove Isleford Lamoine Manset Mariaville Mintum Mount Desert Northeast Harbor Orland Osborn Otis Penobscot Prospect Harbor Salisbury Cove Sargentville Seal Cove Seal Harbor Sedgwick Somesville Sorrento Southwest Harbor Stonington Sullivan Sunset Surry Swan's Island Town Hill Tremont Trenton Verona Island Waltham Winter Harbor

Adoption Instructions

Thank you for your interest in adopting! Right now, our adoptions are by appointment only due to COVID, and we prioritize making appointments with approved adopters. So please send in your application to get approved to ensure you can snag an appointment to meet our animals soon! The adoption process is straightforward and follows these steps: 1) You fill out an app online or request a paper app to be given to you or mailed to you 2) Our adoption specialists review your application. Priority is given to calling your landlord, if you rent, and calling your vet to check previous pet history, if you have owned pets within the past 5 years. This process helps us make sure that you are in the best position possible to be adopting an animal from us at this time. If we have any questions or concerns, we will reach out to you. 3) Typically within 5 business days, you will have heard from our adoption specialists regarding your application. This is usually a phone call to set up a "meet-and-greet appointment", learn more about what kind of animals you are searching for, or to discuss any concerns. 4) Meet and greets are scheduled from Tuesdays to Saturdays between 12pm and 4pm, and each appointment is slotted to be one-hour long so you have enough time to meet several animals. 5) Many adopters go home with their new pet at their first meet-and-greet, so come prepared with a carrier for your future cat or leash for your future dog! All adopters are supposed to receive medical records, either electronic or paper copies, at the time of adoption. Adopters also receive an adoption gift bag packed with gift certificates to local pet stores, sample foods, and presents from our volunteers like blankets and toys.

Rescue/Shelter Contact

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Pets in this Shelter

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Domestic Short Hair

Hello there, my name is Deet. My sister, Hup, and (a bonded pair) I have been in the shelter since July. We are the daughters of a stray... show more

Hello there, my name is Deet. My sister, Hup, and (a bonded pair) I have been in the shelter since July. We are the daughters of a stray black cat and a loose neighborhood siamese. Although you may not be able to tell right away, my spunky, no-nonsense personality and my long and lean body type may give away some of my genetics. Because we were born outside, we didn't get as much socialization as most other kittens, meaning that trusting humans comes hard for us. I love to play! My kitten spirit will never be quenched by hectic shelter life! My favorite toys are little fuzzy mice and jingle balls. Hup and I are SUPER food motivated! we love anything from basic meals to treat tube snacks even crunchy teeth-cleaning treats! We love it all! I'll let you in on a little secret, if you really want to be our buddy, to hear us purr, and to earn our trust definitely bring some snacks! We may not be down for much petting at first, but with a little time and a whole lotta snacks, we may accept you as our friend. Hup and I would love a home with other cats, you see, they show us that you humans aren't all that bad! they teach us that pets and attention from the big bald monsters aren't something to be afraid of. Just Hup and I in a home would be ok too though, as long as you commit to the both of us because we are a bonded pair and have to be adopted together​​​​​​. We definitely will need a lot of patience, but if you want to rescue two big kittens in need, me and my sister, Hup, may be perfect for you! show less

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Domestic Short Hair

Hey there, My name is Hup. If you have seen the Dark Crystal series, you may be able to guess my personality. I was named after a Podlin... show more

Hey there, My name is Hup. If you have seen the Dark Crystal series, you may be able to guess my personality. I was named after a Podling, the most scared species around, but with the help of my friend Deet, I had the courage to go on! That is a lot like life at the shelter, this is such a scary place, plagued with loud noises and strange smells, it's nice to have my sister Deet at my side! We are part domestic short-hair and part Siamese. Our mom was a stray, being fed by a good samaritan, and our father was an outdoor siamese owned by a neighbor. Although I don't show much of my siamese genes in color or attitude, Deet does in her personality and body type. We have been at the shelter since July, and have just been able to find our way into a community room full of other cats! These cats help show us that humans aren't so scary... or maybe just not the adults. I love to rest in my cat tree, I tend to find my spot on the bottom or in the house portion. Deet and I also really love snacks! If you ever want to win us over, snacks are definitely the way to go! Treats make me so happy, I can't help but start purring! The humans that take care of us think that's super cute, do you? It may take us a bit longer to learn to trust someone new, but that doesn't mean we don't deserve a home right? Deet and I need to be adopted together, we are a bonded pair, but we would absolutely love to go into a multi-cat home!  show less