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By Downeast Dog News | Oct 29, 2021

Experienced Animal Welfare Professional Poised to Transform Organization

and Oversee Move to New Facility

The Board of Directors of Midcoast Humane, a well-established nonprofit providing animal welfare services to 40 municipalities in the state of Maine, today announced the appointment of Jess Townsend as its Interim Executive Director.

Robert Jones, Chair of the Board of Directors of Midcoast Humane commented, “All of us at Midcoast Humane see an opportunity to improve and enhance the lives of pets and people in the communities we serve, and are thrilled to have Jess lead us in this exciting stage of growth.”

Townsend’s appointment comes as the organization undergoes strategic restructuring and prepares to move its Brunswick headquarters to a newly renovated, state-of-the-art 24,000 square foot sheltering facility. Jones commented, “The new facility will allow us to implement a plan of strategic growth in programming and outreach, all while advancing the quality of care for homeless animals and pet owners in need. The organization is primed for tremendous progress, and with Jess at the helm, there is no doubt that Midcoast Humane will achieve remarkable heights.”

Ms. Townsend has worked in animal welfare for 15 years and has significant experience innonprofit management. After discovering her passion for sheltering as a volunteer at a rescue, she dedicated her career to the field of animal welfare. Her previous work includes positions at the Maryland SPCA, the Washington Humane Society, and most recently, the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. Throughout her career Townsend has specialized in elevating operations, increasing organizational efficiency, improving the quality of life for homeless pets, and saving countless lives.

With her substantial background and prominence as a regional leader in animal welfare and sheltering, Ms. Townsend has a core understanding and deep appreciation of the organization’s mission and vision. “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Midcoast Humane during this period of transition,” stated Townsend. She continued, “We have not only the kind of dedicated staff and volunteers you can build a future on, but also the boundless potential to have a positive impact on the lives of homeless pets. I look forward to leading Midcoast Humane into its next chapter, one that focuses on the welfare of animals throughout the midcoast, the state of Maine, and the country. The future of Midcoast Humane is bright and limitless.”

Midcoast Humane plans to move into the new facility, located at 5 Industrial Parkway in Brunswick, once renovations are complete in the second quarter of 2022. The shelter at 30 Range Road will be sold and the animal care facility in Edgecomb will continue to provide services to constituents in that region.

For further information as it becomes available, please continue to visit the organization’s website at or follow on facebook and Instagram. You may also show your support by texting MHPAWS to 207-255-7556.

About Midcoast Humane Brunswick Animal Shelter was founded in 1950 by a group of Brunswick citizens concerned with the welfare of the area’s stray animals. The modest accommodation was operated and maintained by volunteers in an old barn not far from where the shelter currently stands at 30 Range Road. In 1965, the Brunswick Animal Shelter was dissolved and replaced by the Brunswick Area Humane Society which was incorporated as a non-profit. Known for decades as Coastal Humane Society, the nonprofit took over operations for Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Edgecomb, Maine in July 2015, and officially merged operations with that shelter in October 2018. The two organizations were rebranded as Midcoast Humane which now serves 40 municipalities in the state.

To see dogs, cats, puppies and kittens (and the occasional bunny, bird or guinea pig) available for adoption, please visit or call 207-449-1366. Midcoast Humane – We’re on the Move