Downeast Dog News

Rescue of the Month: Maine Coast Animal Rescue

Dedicated to Helping Homeless & Unwanted Animals
By Susan Spisak | Mar 04, 2019
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“I just thought I could make a huge difference,” said Danielle Blake, Board President for the all-volunteer Maine Coast Animal Rescue (MCAR) on her reasons for increasing the rescue’s geographical area. For over a decade, she helped nurture and rehome hundreds of local stray and relinquished animals who came through MCAR and Blake Veterinary Hospital in Northport--her husband Dr. Justin Blake owns and runs the practice. But Danielle noted countless social media posts about dogs facing euthanization in southern high-kill shelters, so she branched out, applied for a 501(c)(3) in 2017 and expanded the rescue’s range.

This life-long animal lover teamed up with southern gal and now close-friend, Heather Hobby. Heather is soon to become a MCAR board member and plays a vital role--she pulls dogs mostly from Mississippi shelters and pounds, has them vetted in the south, and arranges transports. Well-trained and big-hearted volunteers are part of Heather’s True North Animal Transport, LLC. and are very important--they care for the dogs on their journey to safety by feeding, walking, and caretaking at overnight stops.

Even though MCAR rents office space at Blake Veterinary Hospital, a network of foster volunteers care for the dogs in their homes (after any additional, necessary vetting by their vet partner, Dr. Blake). The foster family monitors the health of their charge and they enhance socialization.

While they continue to take in area strays and owner relinquishments, Danielle estimates that they rescue and transport 30 to 40 dogs per month from the south. Stray and purebred puppies and puppy litters are in that mix. She said southern shelters don’t want potential parvo outbreaks and often euthanize the young dogs if they’re not adopted within 24 hrs.

MCAR emphasizes the importance of educating the community and potential adopters on the importance of spay/neuter, the proper care and socialization of animals, and the changes needed in state laws to protect all animals.

They welcome fosters--a critical arm of their rescue. They also need volunteers for an assortment of duties. Check out their Facebook page at and message her for further info.

This mother of four girls--including a set of twins--has a soft spot for special needs dogs. Donations are appreciated for their weightier medical bills. MCAR also needs paper towels, puppy pads, cleaning supplies, blankets, and crates. Items can be dropped at the rescue’s office inside Blake Veterinary Hospital at 66 Atlantic Highway in Northport.

If you’re interested in adopting one of their available dogs, request an application at They carefully screen applicants to ensure their dogs are going into loving homes. Their adoption fee for puppies is $450 which includes spay/neuter, rabies, distemper and kennel cough shots, first flea treatment and wormer. Dogs six-months-old and up are similarly vetted and they’re $400.