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The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland carries out lifesaving work for the animals of the area, providing shelter, care, rehabilitation, and rehoming to all animals in need, regardless of age, breed, behavioral status, or health. By nurturing the connection between pets and people, they strive to promote animal welfare and improve the quality of life in the local community. 

The nonprofit organization serves more than 4,000 displaced and homeless animals each year through their adoption services, foster program, spay/neuter clinic, and dog training. Additionally, their efforts continuously contribute to strengthening the community through advocating awareness and support for the humane treatment of animals, offering educational programs and resources, and working to end animal overpopulation by promoting spaying and neutering. The shelter even offers pet food assistance and low-cost spay/neuters for those in need. The dedication and compassion of the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland and their 400+ weekly volunteers facilitate the organization's ability to embrace all animals and give them an opportunity for a new beginning!

Another loving, committed rescue in the Portland area is the Maine Sheltie Rescue, focusing all of their efforts on the care and protection of Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties) in need. Established in 2012, the nonprofit was founded to fulfill the need of lost, abandoned, and mistreated Shelties to find caring homes. The individuals comprising the organization have many years of experience with Shelties and their knowledge and love of the breed allow them to provide exemplary care. The Maine Sheltie Rescue operates entirely on the dedication of volunteers opening their hearts and homes to the beloved dog breed to ensure the humane treatment of Shelties, prevent their overpopulation, and place them in loving, responsible homes. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events in Portland

  • Admission FREE!
    Month August
    Duration 11a.m.-4p.m.

    #1 Pet Rock in the Park

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    Come strut your mutt at this annual outdoor music festival supporting Chase Away K9 Cancer and other amazing charities devoted to raising funds to aid the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of canine cancer. The annual family and dog-friendly event attracts more than 5000 visitors, all coming together for a day of music, food, pet adoptions, crafts, games, animal demonstrations, vendors, advocacy, and doggone fun! Come on down with your canine companion, wag your tails to the beat of local music, and take a big ol' bite out of canine cancer!
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  • Admission $30.00
    Month September
    Duration 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    #2 Ales for Tails

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    Ales for Tails is an annual festival celebrating delicious craft brews and our canine friends, with local breweries, music, and phenomenal food vendors. Admission includes 8 tasting tickets to test out the beer and cider samples of the breweries present, but you can also purchase full-size beverages, including delicious, local non-alcoholic options. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome and encouraged! There will be canine activities and delicacies in store! All of the proceeds will directly benefit the Animal Refuge of Greater Portland. Grab your friends, both human and canine, and head out to the Ales for Tails festival to support animals in need!
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  • Admission $10.00
    Month December
    Duration 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

    #3 Sit With Santa

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    December 'tis the season to celebrate both naughty and nice pooches for bringing so much love into our lives! Bring your four-legged friend into Planet Dog Store to get their photo taken on Santa's lap. All proceeds from this annual fundraising event go directly to the Planet Dog Foundation, supporting and funding service dog organizations. Your photo session includes 2 shots delivered electronically, holiday treats, and discounts on holiday accessories for your doggo! Come out with your pup for a day of merriment and support a great cause.
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  • Admission $10.00
    Month July
    Duration Varies

    #4 Bark in the Park

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    This annual event is an opportunity take your dog out to the ball game to cheer and wag on the Portland Sea Dogs at Hadlock Field. Every dog and human needs their own ticket, which includes a furry fundraising parade around the field before the game led by Slugger, the Sea Dogs mascot. Dogs and their humans will have seats in a designated dog-friendly section in left-field. The doggie fans can even splash around with their canine friends in a wading pool. All proceeds benefit the continued efforts of the Planet Dog Foundation to support various dedicated dog charities and organizations!
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  • Admission FREE!
    Duration 7:00 am - 9:00 am

    #5 Willard Beach

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    Does your paw-some pal enjoy running through the waves and digging in the sand? Willard Beach is a public beach just 5 minutes outside of Portland open to powwowing with your carefree canines! May-September, dogs can romp and play from 7 to 9 am. The rest of the year, they are welcome anytime! All off-leash dogs must be under voice control. This beach is a great place for pups to socialize, splash in the sea, chase balls along the shore, roll in the sand, and cool off on a hot day! Be sure to keep a close eye on your dog and clean up after them in order to keep this beach friendly to everyone!
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