We know just how overwhelming taking care of a pet can be. There are so many things to consider and so many unknowns. That’s why we’ve assembled this alphabetized list of resources and links. Our hope is to make your job as a pet parent a little easier, as well as to provide you with helpful resources that will empower you to become your best friend’s best advocate.
We will update this page frequently and would love to hear your ideas on links you would like to see us add to this page to share with your fellow pet owners. Feel free to send us your favorites. If we like them, we’ll add them to our list! As always, if you don’t find what you need here, don’t hesitate to call us at (207) 725-6398! Our team will be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Area Animal Shelters
Coastal Humane Society – Brunswick, Maine
Lincoln County Animal Shelter – Edgecomb, Maine
Greater Androscoggin Humane Society – Auburn, Maine
Kennebec Valley Humane Society – Augusta, Maine
Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland – Westbrook, Maine
A Paw in the Door – Bath, Maine (cats only)
H.A.R.T. Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Maine – Cumberland, Maine (cats only)
AnimalShelter.org A comprehensive list of all animal rescue organizations in Maine
Canine Diabetes Advice for owners of diabetic dogs
Feline Diabetes Advice for owners of diabetic cats
Saving the Whole Family Disaster preparedness advice from the American Veterinary Medical Association
American Red Cross Advice from the Red Cross on how to develop a disaster plan for your pets
The USDA maintains this website with information on a variety of animal health-related topics, including the latest news on such things as Mad Cow Diseases, foot and mouth disease, and many other things.
This site is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and has the latest information on the spread of West Nile Virus in the U.S., as well as information on disease transmission, symptoms, etc.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Maine’s tick population has been steadily increasing since the late 1980s, and the rapid emergence of tick-borne diseases makes an effective identification program critical. An informative website has been created to provide information on the biology and management of the state’s 14 different tick species. The site also includes tick submission instructions, tick removal guidelines, a vivid gallery of tick photos, and links to information on the numerous tick-borne diseases that are found in Maine.
Foods We Like
One of the most frequently asked questions we hear is, “What food do you recommend I feed my pet?” These are the brands that we recommend most frequently. All are available through pet supply stores.
(Note: These are listed in alphabetical order, not necessarily order of preference.)
The best of the rest (second tier)
Pet Loss Support
Rainbow Bridge Anyone who has ever lost a pet should visit this wonderful site. It is a terrific tribute to our lost family members.
Pet Loss Support Page Suggestions for coping with the loss of a pet
Pet Loss Support Hotline – Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University A hotline for anyone who wants to talk about pet loss, grief, and coping strategies
Pet Loss Support Hotline – Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine The Cornell hotline is staffed by veterinary student volunteers who have undergone extensive training with professional grief counselors.
Seniors and Pets
Caring.com – A comprehensive look at the pros and cons of having your pets with you in assisted living facilities. A must-read for anyone with pets considering a move to assisted living senior housing.
Mr. Dog Training – In West Bath, ME, Sara Sokol offers positive training techniques to help your dog reach their full potential. Voted best dog trainer in Maine by Downeast Dog News!
Traveling with Your Pet
PetTravel.com: Worldwide Travel Guide for Pet Owners Everything you need to know about traveling with your pet, including a comprehensive list of pet-friendly hotels
USDA Travel Website This page provides basic information on domestic and international travel of common pets and other animals.
Other Miscellaneous Resources
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) The U.S.’s leading authority on veterinary medicine.
Behavior problems Founded by Brian Kilcommons and Sharon Wilson, best-selling authors and recognized experts on animal training and behavior, this site is a terrific resource for advice on a variety of behavioral problems. If you want to learn more about feline house-soiling, barking dogs, aggression, or any other behavioral problem, check this one out!
Celebrate Your Pet’s Birthday How old do you think your pet truly is? This website helps answer that question and has great tips for managing senior pets.
Choosing a new puppy This is a nice starter guide of things that you should consider when you are thinking about getting a puppy.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Cats A comprehensive guide, organized by chapters
From Food to Grooming – A Guide to Keeping Your Cat Healthy Tips from Blue Buffalo
Get Ready For Your New Puppy Another good website from All About Pets with a helpful checklist for when you bring home your new family member.
Heartworm Society Everything you ever wanted to know about heartworm disease can be found here!
The Maine Veterinary Medical Association Maine’s local chapter of the AVMA.
Multidrug Sensitivity in Herding Breeds: MDR1 Gene Mutation For the owners of herding breeds like collies, shelties, Australian sheepdogs, English sheepdogs, border collies, etc., the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine offers a home test kit to see whether your pet has the MDR1 gene mutation, which can make your dog sensitive to medications such as Ivermectin.
Permitted Dog/Cat Rescue Organizations The State of Maine’s list of approved animal rescue organizations.The Ultimate Guide to Homeowners Insurance for Dog Owners Basic, need-to-know facts about dog ownership for every homeowner, from U.S. insurance agents.