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The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland nurtures the connection between people and pets to advance animal welfare and improve the quality of life in our community. ARLGP provides temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned, confiscated and relinquished animals, and places as many pets as possible into responsible and caring homes; we create awareness and support for the humane treatment of all animals; we strive to end animal overpopulation through education and the promotion of spaying and neutering. We make end-of-life decisions based on safety and animal welfare considerations.

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217 Landing Road



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Maine Region:

Greater Portland and Casco Bay

How to Donate Your Time!

Volunteers Needed?

Age Requirement:



Volunteer  Requirement:

Info. on Donating Time:

Our weekly Shelter Helpers provide hands-on animal care and support, as well as assist with daily shelter operations. Shelter Helpers represent the core of our volunteer team; each visiting the shelter two hours a week for their assigned job. Shelter volunteers must be at least 13 years old, attend a New Volunteer Orientation, and a training session. We ask Shelter Helpers to maintain a regular volunteer schedule, and are required to have health insurance.

How to Donate Your Stuff!

Material Donations Accepted?


Info. on Donating Goods:

Information on donating material goods:

Some of the stuff we need!

We have donation canisters located throughout Southern Maine. The following link has all their locations for collecting finds to support their life-saving organization. Visit our website for a more comprehensive list of our needs. It also includes some stuff we cannot use.

canned cat food, dog food, litter, beds, toys, brushes.

How to Donate Your Money!

Monetary Donations Accepted?


Info. on Donating Money:

What do the donations help fund?

Your gift allows us to continue providing the highest level of care to animals in need. Thank you for joining us as we create a safety net for abandoned pets from Greater Portland, the state of Maine, and beyond.

All links lead to a secure off-site page for making a donation.  Aside from providing a link, How to Help in Maine does not participate in the transaction in any way.  Most of the charities are 501(c)(3) and therefore tax deductible

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