Ways you can help

Ways You Can Help

  • Adopt a pet from the shelter
  • Make a monetary donation (Donations are tax-deductible)
  • Sponsor a cage
  • Volunteer at the shelter – Come walk a dog or play with a kitty!
  • Join us on Facebook by liking our page: Central Aroostook Humane Society
  • Follow us on Twitter: C.A. Humane Society
  • Donate items that are needed every day to care for the animals, such as:
    • Bleach
    • Laundry Detergent
    • Towels (new or used in good condition)
    • Paper Towels
    • Dish Soap
    • Cat Litter
    • Dry Dog Food (Loyall Life, available from Aroostook Milling)
    • Dry Cat Food (Loyall Life, available from Aroostook Milling)
    • Gift cards from major retailers to purchase needed supplies
  • Always remember to have your pets spayed or neutered
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Donation List

Items We Need:

Laundry Detergent
Towels (new or used in good condition)
Paper Towels
Dish Soap
Cat Litter (non-scoopable)
Dry Cat Food (Purina)
Dry Dog Food (Purina)
Gift cards to major retailers to purchase supplies for the shelter

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The Fat Cat

The Fat Cat

By Gail Wieder – Board Member

Winter is here and we have had some really cold days, hope you are all staying warm and cozy, and are bringing your furbabies in out of the cold. If it is too cold for you it is too cold for them.

I am sure that some of you at one time or another has had a “fat cat”, I have one right now. My Zoey weighs 19 pounds, all she wants to do is eat and she is very vocal about it. She usually starts voicing herself about 4:30am and doesn’t stop until you are up and she has been fed. I try to feed her small portions several times a day. Zoey is older now, and she doesn’t exercise like she use too. She is also too chubby to clean herself and I have to brush her and use pet wipes on her. I have tried to cut her down but she is not a happy cat when she is hungry.

The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Cats and Dogs, by the editors of Prevention Magazine Health Books had some great ways to ease your cat into a weight program regiment.

Experts estimate that about one in three cats in America are overweight. Although weight gain occasionally indicates a medical problem most overweight pets simply eat too much. We give our kitty’s treats and extra food and then wonder why they’re fat.

Begin with the rib test; if you can’t feel the cat’s ribs then it is time to trim his tummy. Exercise helps, grab a pen light and have your cat chase it several times a day, especially if your cat is an inside cat. Get some catnip toys and put them around the house for your cat to grab and play with. Some people take their cats out on a leash for exercise.

Cut back on calories, reducing the amount you feed him by about one quarter. Then, after 2 weeks, see if you can feel his ribs. If the cat still seems plump, cut back on his food by another quarter. If this doesn’t give you results then maybe it is time to see the vet.

Try to stave off hunger pangs while dieting, try dividing his daily food allowance into four to six servings, feeding him every several hours. This keeps the cat occupied and helps keep his stomach busy. He may not realize he’s not eating as much.

Spread the pleasure, for cats put small amounts of food in different bowls and put into open paper bags, between bites your cat will have to walk from bag to bag, find an opening and crawl inside, it will be fun and time consuming for them.

Nix the snacks, it is just added calories he is better off avoiding, give him a piece of his usual food. He may not even notice the difference.

Be prepared for the backlash, cats hate to diet, they whine, they meow and bat at your ankles and can be extremely difficult. But worth the effort if your cat is overweight and his health is at stake.

Central Aroostook Humane Society has some wonderful animals that would make a great addition to your home. We are located at 26 Cross Street in Presque Isle. Our hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm closed for lunch 12 to 12:30pm. Remember to be responsible pet owners, spay and neuter.

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Simple Lessons

Simple Lessons

Gloria J. Towle

Board Member

My husband’s cousin Megan works for the Animal Welfare Society in Southern Maine. Megan’s job is to bring awareness and education to the public about caring for pets and to teach children and adults what is best about humanity…. kindness, empathy, honesty, helpfulness, and sharing. She is an amazing example of what a beautiful heart can accomplish. Lately, she is determined to learn to play the piano, so that she can continue to reach the young minds through the power of music.

Among the simplest yet more important lessons that she has learned is what animals can teach us about ourselves. There is a quote that she loves from Yann Martel’s book, The Life of Pi: “When you look into an animal’s eyes, you see your own emotions reflected back at you.” Megan says “this can be interpreted in a number of ways, but I think that animals teach us how to be kind, how to be patient, and how to better listen and serve others.” What a wonderful way to teach our children this amazing lesson.

Here at the Central Aroostook Humane Society our local children do so much good, from asking for gifts for our pets in lieu of birthday presents, running bake sales or lemonade stands, from collecting pet food and supplies, to donating hard-earned allowance money, we are grateful for their love and commitment to our pets. These children are learning some very valuable lessons at a very young age. We are proud of the children and applaud their parents for encouraging them to give at an early age. Young and old enjoy our annual PAWS Benefit Walk in May as a wonderful and fun way to help the shelter pets. By getting pledges for the two mile walk and bringing their own four legged family member or by walking one of the shelters temporary residents…it’s a fun family affair for sure.

Our past year at the shelter has been a fantastic one; many have reached out to support the shelter either financially or by volunteering their time. In 2015 the shelter had a total of 487 cats and 196 dogs come through its doors. Our numbers over the years have slowly been declining and we can only attribute that to the spaying and neutering of many animals that are leaving our shelter. We are very proud that so many dogs and cats have finally found their forever homes. Adopting pets that are already altered truly does eliminate any possibility of unwanted litters in their futures. State law requires a $100.00 deposit on adoptions of pets that are too young to be altered, and will be returned once proof of altering is shown.

We hope to continue such a positive trend for 2016 and look forward to seeing all of you either volunteering to walk our dogs, stopping by to say hello and play with the kitties or just helping to support the annual fundraisers that help us to do what we do best; keeping Aroostook County’s homeless pets happy and healthy until that purrfect home is found! Our hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 to 4:00, closing for lunch 12 – 12:30. Please be responsible, spay and neuter your pets!

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Aging Pets

Aging Pets

By Gail Wieder – Board Member

It seems like only yesterday that your 12 year old dog was just a puppy, or your 14 years old cat was just a small little kitten. Like their owners, many pets live to a healthy old age, while others may experience increasing problems from mild aches and pains to more serious conditions. While you can’t reverse the hands of time, there’s a lot you can do to keep your furbaby comfortable and by your side for a long time to come.

Begin with regular checkups to your pets vet; once he enters middle years, it’s a good idea to let your vet have a look at least once a year. Your vet may recommend that your pet have a comprehensive exam that tells how they should feel when they are healthy. This will provide a baseline to compare her to as she gets older.

In addition ask your vet to check your pet’s blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to blindness in dogs and is a symptom of high thyroid levels in cats. Untreated, it can lead to strokes, so it is worth catching early.

Keep those paws moving, daily exercise will help keep your pet slim and flexible, helping stave off age-related disorders like arthritis or digestive problems. You should walk your pet for 20 minutes twice a day, but any amount is good.

Watch their weight, the number one problem in the pet world is obesity. In dogs, obesity is a big contributor to age-related problems. In cats, it can lead to diabetes. Adding fiber to the pet’s diet can help in weight loss, prevent constipation and improve digestion making an older pet better to absorb needed nutrients. To increase your pet’s fiber intake, vets recommend buying foods specially designed for overweight or senior pets. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Slip her a supplement, instead of a snack. They are low in calories and they have flavoring ingredients pets like. Some pet stores carry a variety of chewable pet vitamins. Ask your vet which is best for your pet.

Keep the water bowl full, many pets drink less as they get older which can lead to dehydration, you may want to keep water bowls in several room in the house, this is important if your pet doesn’t get around like they did when younger.

Keep them close, as they age many dogs and cats begin to lose some of their hearing and eyesight, making them much more vulnerable to accidents. You need to become their ears and eyes and take precautions on their behalf.

This information and more you will find in The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats by the editors of Prevention Magazine.

Check out our available pets on petfinders.com or stop by the shelter Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00, closing for lunch 12 – 12:30. Remember, be a responsible pet owner, spay and neuter your pets.

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Shine on Cass Day

Shine on Cass Day

By Gail Wieder – Board Member

What an inspiring morning I had at Central Aroostook Humane Society Saturday, December 26.

Shine on Cass Day, in memory of Cassidy Charette, a 17-year-old from Oakland, who passed away Oct. 11, 2014 in a terrible hayride accident. Cassidy’s mom and Presque Isle native, Monica Wilcox Charette, contacted me, hoping it might be possible to have a volunteer day at our shelter in her daughter’s memory. Cass loved all animals, most especially her dog Dante, who is a rescue dog from Presque Isle. Cassidy and her brother volunteered together on a regular basis at the local shelter where the family lives. While numerous events have been held in central Maine to honor Cass, their northern Maine family and friends wanted to find a way to support them and honor Cassidy’s memory. Friends and family were invited to bring needed items and monetary donations to support our shelter. Colby, Cassidy’s brother, would bring his guitar and play music, to honor his sister.

I was amazed at the number of people that turned out to this event. The outpouring of love for this family and the beautiful young girl that was lost to them was so overwhelming. Several times I just stood back in awe, watching, smiling and listening. The support from family and friends brought tears to my eyes. Colby’smusic was wonderful. I was told his guitar was a gift to him. A laser printed photograph of Cassidy is on it with the words “Shine On Cass” and “Cass 4 Ever” and 6,250—the number of days she lived on Earth.

The lobby was loaded with lots of wonderful donations from all of our Christmas givers. Our initial goal was to just get all of the donations to their locations. The public was generous this year. We had dog and cat food, paper towels, fleece blankets, toys, treats and much more. People went to work, moving bags of dog and cat food to our storage shed. But to our surprise, they did more than just put the food away. They organized all of the supplies, putting food in order of expiration dates, tidying up the entire space and making the space orderly and more functional. I was amazed. We had volunteers helping with laundry, socializing with the cats, walking dogs, and children and teens playing with the kittens. The end result was the once full lobby of donations, Christmas decorations and supplies was cleaned out and put away in their places. Betsy was so grateful to have this all accomplished in just two hours. It’s true. Many hands make lighter work!

Shine On Cass Day was a huge success—raising $700 for our shelter and bringing together the love of friends in our community to honor an amazing young woman. I want to thank the Charette family and all of their friends and family who volunteered their time and resources. It was greatly appreciated. To everyone who brought much-needed items or a monetary donation in Cassidy’s memory, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. But most of all, thank you for letting me be a part of Cassidy’s Shining Light—through all of you, her spirit lives on. #shineoncass

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Winter Pet Safety Tips

Winter Tips for Pet Safety

Gloria J. Towle

Board Member

At this truly special and magical time of the year, all of us at the Central Aroostook Humane Society would like to take the time to thank so many that have helped to keep our doors open over this past year. We have the best employee’s in the world. They work so hard every day to make sure each animal that come through our doors is loved and cared for until a new home is found. We also have many wonderful volunteers that are dedicated and we can count on every day. Our Board of Directors has grown this past year with new and exciting members to add to our team. The support of the 27 communities that contract with CAHS is huge….we couldn’t exist without them. And last but not least the continued support from all of YOU….people and organizations that donate and give generously throughout the year. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for helping us to help all of the area’s homeless animals. We wish you all a beautiful Holiday Season and Merry Christmas!!!

Tips: With the bitter cold, below zero temperatures right around the corner, here are some steps for ensuring that your dog remains healthy in the winter months.

Cold weather brings its own safety and health concerns for dogs. Give your dog plenty of fresh water, they are as likely to get dehydrated in the winter as in the summer, and snow is not a good substitute for water. If your dog is outside you may need a heated water dish. If the dog is outside for any length of time make sure that they have shelter to keep them warm and dry, dry straw and a blanket to curl up in. Remember that if it is too cold for you, it is probably too cold for the animal. Dogs are as susceptible to frostbite as humans are.

Snow and ice can be dangerous since they can cut into the pads of your dog’s feet. Keep your dog’s paws dry by rinsing his feet in warm water after a walk, you can even add a little Vaseline to his foot pads to soften them up and prevent cracking. There are also “doggie snow boots” available.

Your dog needs to be well groomed in order for his coat to provide the insulation it should. Make sure that the fur around his feet are well trimmed, this will prevent snow from building up between his toes. Towel dry or blow dry your dog if he gets wet from rain or snow.

Don’t leave your dog alone in a car with the engine running, the carbon monoxide emitted from your car’s engine can be dangerous if not lethal.

Last but not least, keep him away from antifreeze. It may taste good but is a deadly poison. The most likely source of this poison is radiator drainage spots in your garage which you should flush with water immediately.

These facts and more you can find from PLANET DOG a Doglopedia by Sandra and Harry Choron. It’s an original and irresistible look at the world of dogs.

If you are considering a friend for life come see us at the Central Aroostook Humane Society or check us out on petfinders.com and Facebook. We have a lot of great animals just looking for a forever home. Our hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closing for lunch 12-12:30p.m. Please be responsible pet owners, spay and neuter your pets and keep them safe and warm inside!!!

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Interesting Facts About Dogs

Interesting Facts about Dogs

Gail Wieder, Board Member

Well, once again the crazy dog lady is back with some very interesting facts about our canine friend’s. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did. I enjoy going on to Google and bringing up different articles to read on dogs and cats, sometimes you come across great tips and items that are very interesting such has these facts below.

– There are more than 150 dog breeds, divided into 8 classes: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, herding, and miscellaneous.

– According to a recent survey, the most popular name for a dog is Max. Other popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie.

– Puppies and kittens can be adopted as early as 8 weeks of age. Until then, they should stay with their moms and littermates.

– About 1/3 of the dogs that are surrendered to animal shelters are purebred dogs.

– Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads of their feet.

– Dogs may not have as many taste buds as we do (they have about 1,700 on their tongues, while we humans have about 9,000), but that doesn’t mean they’re not discriminating eaters. They have over 200 million scent receptors in their noses (we have only 5 million) so it’s important that their food smells good and tastes good.

– The term “dog days” has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July 3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures.

– An adult dog has 42 teeth.

– If a dog isn’t spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate and their offspring can product 67,000 dogs in 6 years. WOW…..ALL the more reason to spay and neuter!!!

– The most successful mountain rescue dog ever was a St Bernard named Barry, who lived during the early 1800’s and saved 40 lives.

– It was recently discovered that dogs do see in color, just not as vivid as we see.

– Nearly all but two breeds of dogs have pink tongues: the Chow Chow and the Shar-pei both have black tongues.

– The Poodle haircut was originally meant to improve the dog’s swimming abilities as a retriever, with the pom-poms left in place to warm their joints.

– The Basenji is the only bark-less dog in the world.

– Greyhounds can reach a speed of up to 45 miles per hour.

– When a puppy is born, he is blind, deaf, and toothless.

– All dogs, regardless of breed, are direct descendants of wolves and technically of the same species.

– The top five favorite breeds of dogs in the US are: Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Beagle, and Dachshund.

Come see us at the Central Aroostook Humane Society, you may find the pet you are looking for. We have some wonderful animals that are looking for forever homes. We are located at 26 Cross Street Presque Isle and our hours are Tue. –Sat. 10am to 4pm closed 12pm to 12:30pm for lunch. Please be responsible, spay and neuter your pets!

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Safe Holiday Travel with Companion Pets

Safe Holiday Travel with Companion Pets

Amanda McQueen

Board Member

As the snow begins to fall here in northern Maine, we are reminded that the holiday season is upon us and with that, many are planning to travel to gather with family. For some pet parents, no trip is worth going on if beloved pets don’t travel alongside. As families begin traveling to be together to enjoy those yearly holiday traditions, here are some tips for keeping pets safe during travel.

If you are traveling by plane, book a direct flight if possible. This could reduce stress on your pet by eliminated extra handling during layovers and decreasing the chance that he could be accidentally left on the tarmac during inclement weather. Be sure that your pet has up-to-date vaccinations and a health certificate from your veterinarian prior to departure. Check that your crate is the proper size, has some type of bedding inside for comfort, and has proper identification. Crates should be marked “Live Animal”, as well as with your name, cell phone number and destination. Placing a photo of your pet on the crate, as well as carrying one with you could also be a lifesaver if your pet accidentally escapes. Be sure that your pet is wearing a clear identification tag.

If you are taking a road trip, here are some precautions for your pet’s safe arrival. If your pet isn’t used to riding in the car, take him on a series of short trips prior to your road trip to prepare him. Remember, that the safest place for your pet when riding in the car is in a well-ventilated pet crate. If you decide not to use a crate, keep your pet in the back seat and it’s recommended to use a harness that fastens to the safety belt. Never allow your pet to climb into your lap while driving, ride with his head outside the window, or to ride uncrated in the back of a pickup truck. These could be dangerous scenarios for your furry friend. Be sure your pet has a clear identification tag, with up-to-date contact information in case he accidentally gets loose. Never, ever leave your pet unattended in a parked car. This is an important precaution year-round, in cold weather your car can act as a refrigerator, holding the cold in and causing pets to freeze to death.

We are also striving to keep our resident pets safer as well, and would like to send out a huge thank you to the Presque Isle Rotary for helping us to be able to install our new combined security/fire alarm system. This amazing new security feature will automatically will notify local authorities in the event of a detected break-in, and has both smoke and thermal detection in case of a fire emergency.

Wishing you and yours, safe travels and a wonderful holiday season!

Stop by the Central Aroostook Humane Society and check out the pets that are up for adoption. Our hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 to 4:00, closing for lunch 12 – 12:30. You can also check us out on Facebook and petfinders.com. Please be responsible, spay and neuter your pets.

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Toast for the Animals – A Smashing Success

Toast for the Animals – A Smashing Success

Gloria J. Towle

Board Member

The Sixth Annual Toast for the Animals was a smashing success and an amazing fundraiser for the Central Aroostook Humane Society.   This event is planned and put on annually by the CAHS Board Members. Close to 200 people attended the event this year with many first time guests arriving to see what all the excitement was about. Close to $9,500.00 was raised, with part of the proceeds going to build a handicap accessible front entrance onto the shelter.

Because of the growing event, this year we teamed up with the University of Maine at Presque isle Campus Center and Aramark and we report that we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. Not only did we enjoy a larger venue, but the food and service was outstanding.

The Wine & Beer that were showcased were all from Maine Breweries and Wineries, giving the Toast goers a sampling of products that had hops and ingredients that came right from Aroostook County. This year’s music was again, provided by Carol Ayoob & Dan Morin. Their band called Enigmatic North played a variety of soft, easy listening music and the two kept Toast-goers in a festive mood all night long. A slideshow of all the Toast Sponsors and photos of adoptable animals available at the shelter ran throughout the evening, as well as shelter pet “Success Stories” that were lucky enough to find forever homes. This served as a reminder to every one of the real reason they had come to the Toast–to help animals in need.

The real heroes were the businesses and individuals who sponsored the Toast or donated the many wonderful auction items. The silent auction featured over 120 lots, and brought in the lion’s share of the funds raised as attendees bid high knowing the money was going to a worthy cause.  The night also featured many door prizes and a 50/50 drawing! Lucky ticket holder Tricia Barnes generously donated most of the winnings back to the animals!

For those of you wondering about Pictures with Santa Paws…we have been under construction with replacing most of the interior and exterior doors, wall repair and finishing up the installation of our Fire & Security Alarm System. We truly apologize that we will not be able to have Santa Paws during this time, but promise to be back next year bigger and better than ever!

If you are looking for a friend for life, please visit the Central Aroostook Humane Society.  We are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closing for lunch 12:00 to 12:00. You can also check us out on petfinders.com and Facebook. Please be responsible, spay and neuter your pets!

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