• SPCA of Hancock County Maintained No-Kill in 2022

    SPCA of Hancock County Maintained No-Kill in 2022
    More than 90% of the Dogs and Cats That Entered the Shelter Last Year Were Saved

    November 2, 2023 (Trenton, Maine) – The SPCA of Hancock County maintained no-kill in 2022, according to Best Friends Animal Society’s annual data report.https://bestfriends.org/no-kill-2025/animal-shelter-statistics This means the shelter saved more than 90% of the dogs and cats that entered the shelter last year.

    “It is wonderful to see growth in being recognized by fellow rescue organizations and shining a light on the work shelters do. It is a direct reflection of the compassionate and above-and-beyond life-saving efforts our dedicated staff, volunteers, board members,  and community members put into the animals we serve.” - Nicole Rediker, Animal Care Manager
    Highlights of programming and steps taken for the shelter to achieve its no-kill status:
    The SPCA-HC is solely funded by community donations, making events absolutely crucial in raising funds that help us treat and heal animals of varying conditions. There are various events throughout the year where our community has shown up to support the animals. Our most notable event of the year is Wine & Whiskers, which raised about $90,000 for our animals! An upcoming event the community can support is Bark the Halls on November 10th at Holbrook House B&B in Bar Harbor. You can shop for a cause while enjoying wine, hors d'oeuvres, chair massages, and more!
    Best Friends Animal Society, a leading national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025, recognizes this achievement as a positive step forward and one that can be replicated by other shelters in Maine.
    To learn more about the SPCA of Hancock County visit spcahancockcounty.org.
    *A 90 percent save rate is the nationally recognized benchmark to be considered “no-kill,” factoring that approximately 10 percent of pets who enter shelters have medical or behavioral circumstances that warrant humane euthanasia rather than killing for lack of space.
    The SPCA of Hancock County 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 local animal populations and pet owners.
    About Best Friends Animal Society
    Best Friends Animal Society is a leading animal welfare organization working to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by 2025. Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a pioneer in the no-kill movement and has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from an estimated 17 million per year to around 378,000. Best Friends runs lifesaving programs across the country, as well as the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary. Working collaboratively with a network of more than 4,200 animal welfare and shelter partners, and community members nationwide, Best Friends is working to Save Them All®. For more information, visit bestfriends.org.