The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP) is first and foremost a life-saving organization. Their mission? To nurture the connection between people and pets to advance animal welfare and improve the quality of life in their community.
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland is located in Westbrook, Maine and serves 15 surrounding towns including Maine’s most populated city, Portland. This non-profit organization provides temporary care and shelter for roughly 4,000 stray, abandoned, confiscated, and relinquished animals every year.
They place as many pets as possible into caring homes, create awareness and support for the humane treatment of all animals, and strive to end animal overpopulation through education and the promotion of spaying and neutering.
The ARLGP also functions as an animal welfare community resource with a behavior and training department that serves the surrounding public through pet training, group classes, and behavior management. They also have a humane education team who teaches kindness and compassion to local youth ranging in age from 5 – 18 about pet care, animal body language, and conscientious pet guardianship.
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland clinic is staffed by a robust veterinary team, providing dedicated care, spay/neuter, microchipping, and vaccinations to shelter pets. They also work with community members and their pets through wellness and spay/neuter clinics to provide access to care. The ARLGP’s Executive Director Patsy Murphy likes to refer to the shelter as a “pet bed and breakfast” or a hotel that hosts a hospital and a school – and they really offer a little piece of each!
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland prides itself on its community of animal lovers whose support fuels their mission. While the ARLGP is often recognized on a national level for their work, their main priority is always to support Maine pets, people, and partner shelters. The generosity of their community helped fundraise to build their current shelter which opened in 2017 and bolstered their lifesaving safety net to pets throughout Maine and across the country.
Best of all? The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland worked to find loving homes for almost 4,000 pets in 2022. There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities available and foster families are always needed.
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