BANGOR - Instead of waiting for potential pet owners to come to them, the Bangor Humane Society is now taking their adoptive cats on the road in hopes of increasing these feline's chances of finding a forever home. This mobile adoptive service is called Cats on Tour, and it's been successful in its first couple of weeks on the road.
"Our van is pretty big, it's air conditioned and we can fill it with three dozen cats," explained Stacey Coventry, volunteer and Bangor Humane Society public relations manager. "We started at the KahBang Festival with just five cats; four were adopted. We then went to Tractor Supply [in Dover-Foxcroft], where half of them got adopted. We're thinking maybe a dozen is a good number [to have on board]."
This Cats on Tour mobile is just another tool to help the Bangor shelter reach its goal of adopting out 1,200 animals in the next three months. The Bangor Humane Society is one of just 50 shelters currently competing in the ASPCA Rachel Ray 100K Challenge. Shelters that are able to successfully find homes for 300 or more animals from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31, 2012 than they did during the same three-month period last year will be entered to win $10, $20, $25 or even $100,000.
Dogs have always been dubbed "man's best friend," but that old adage should be updated to "right-hand man" when you're talking about service dogs. So many well-trained service dogs are allowing disabled Mainers to live on their own by being able to open and close doors, fetch a telephone or even help their owners get back on their feet should they fall.
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