Farm Animals can make good pets in Maine if they match your IifestyIe. Farm animals such as sheep, goats, and pigs are useful additions to working farms. For example, sheep can provide people with milk for cheese and other dietary staples, as well as wool for clothing. Dairy goats are so hardy and such valuable sources of food that providing one for a family living in extreme poverty (through an organization such as Heifer International) can completely alter the existence of that family. Farm animals provide manure for fertilizer to grow healthy vegetables. The sale of dairy, wool, and offspring of farm animals can be a major source of income. Many people think farm animals are cute and picturesque and would like to own one or more. However, caring for these animals is very labor intensive, and unless these animals are part of a working farm, they can become the victims of abuse or neglect.
Potbellied pigs are an excellent example. Potbellied pigs became popular as house pets in the nineties. However, pigs can weigh over 130 pounds and are not as easy to care for as other household pets. Pigs need to be outside to satisfy their natural instincts to rut. Sadly, many owners of potbellied pigs are not ready for the commitment and challenges of having a pig for a pet, leaving many animals in need of adoption.
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(Sorted by Zip Code.)
York County - W Kennebunk, ME 04094
Animal Welfare Society 207-985-3244
Cumberland County - Portland, ME 04101
Friends of Feral Felines 207-797-3014
Androscoggin County - Auburn 04210
Greater Androscoggin Humane Society 207-783-2311
Oxford County - Rumford Center, ME 04278
Maine Veterinary Association 207-364-8660
Kennebec County - Augusta, Maine 04330
Kennebec Valley Humane Society/Pet Haven 207-626-3491
Penobscot County - Bangor, Maine 04401
Bangor Humane Society 207-942-8902
Hancock County - Prospect Harbor, ME 04669
Aroostook County - Houlton, Maine 04730
Houlton Humane Society Animal Shelter 207-532-2862
Aroostook County - Mapleton 04757
Aroostook Animal Welfare Group 207-227-5056
Kennebec County - Waterville 04901
Humane Society Waterville 207-873-2430
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or if you know another low-cost clinic to recommend, please
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