Downeast Dog News

Rescue of the Month: The Coastal Humane Society & Lincoln County Animal Shelter

“Protecting and Saving Animals’ Lives”
By Susan Spisak | Aug 01, 2017

The Coastal Humane Society is a 501(c) 3 non-profit animal shelter and companion animal adoption agency that was founded in the 50’s by a group of Brunswick’s animal loving citizens. Fast forward to 2017; they’re still going strong and are one of Maine’s largest animal shelters, complete with its own vet and a dedicated staff. Last summer, they merged with Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Edgecomb, and they can house approximately 75 dogs between both facilities.

Jane Siviski, who serves as the joint non-profit’s Marketing Manager, explained that Lincoln County Animal Shelter folks approached Coastal’s Executive Director, Joe Montisano, and requested that they join forces. “They sort of needed a paw up,” Jane explained. “It’s been sort of a whirlwind,” she said of the merge, adding that they’re all on the same team and happy to be helping more animals.

The mission of this joint non-profit is simple: to protect and save animals’ lives, to educate and advocate for their welfare, to provide exemplary shelter and veterinary care, to place adoptable companion animals in loving homes, and to enhance the bond between humans and animals.

The dogs they bring in are more often owner relinquishments (cats are usually strays). Jane indicated that they also transport fully vetted and healthy dogs from their “hard-working, wonderful” partners in Florida, Mississippi, and Georgia as space allows. She explained that often in the south, animal shelters are desperate for help due to apathetic spay/neuter and leash-law attitudes that result in overpopulation.

To meet all the needs of the facilities, they rely heavily on their approximately 200 volunteers who aid in areas such as administration, dog walking, special events, fostering (usually sick or stressed animals), laundry helpers, and short distance transportation.

Donations and supplies are always welcome. For their dogs, leashes and bedding are high demand items. They appreciate adult dog food, especially specialty diet blends. It’s worth noting that it’s “kitten season,” said Jane. Supplies for the influx of these felines, such as cat litter, canned food, heating pads, and cotton balls are needed.

They do appreciate monetary donations, but why not get out and have some fun while supporting this joint non-profit? On Saturday, August 26, 2017, you’re invited to the Save a Stray 5K & Festival at L.L.Bean in Freeport that benefits the 3,500 animals cared for by Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter every year.

It's a day of fun for runners, walkers, and animal lovers alike. Take part in the 5K run or 1 mile walk with your friends, family, and even your dog. Stay on and enjoy L.L.Bean's Dog Days of Summer Festival. The registration is $25, and Jane said there is no cap on the number of runners. Visit for all details and registration.

For more info on both facilities including all volunteering areas and all adoptable animals, visit and