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About Us

The Animal Orphanage is a 501(c) non-profit no-kill rescue shelter located in Old Town, Maine. Incorporated in 1990 by a group of caring and compassionate citizens, the Animal Orphanage is dedicated to the welfare of homeless animals and serves the communities of Old Town and Orono. It is operated with minimal funds received from the town governments, annual fund-raising events and from the generosity of private citizens. The Animal Orphanage does not receive State or Federal funding and operates with a volunteer Shelter Director, four paid employees and many dedicated volunteers.

Each year, hundreds of lost and abandoned animals have found food, shelter, medical treatment and the comfort of a caring staff at the Animal Orphanage. Every effort is made to reunite lost animals with their loving owners or arrange adoption into a new family. The Animal Orphanage strives to counteract the needless euthanasia of unwanted pets by spaying and neutering each animal prior to placement.

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Opening Hours

Mon - Fri: 1pm - 4:30pm
​​Sat - Sun: 9:30am - 1:30pm

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Meet the board of Directors

Lori Smart


She lives in Old Town with her husband Kyle and has two grown children and three grandchildren. They have a dog and a cat. When not at the shelter, Lori works for Bangor Savings Bank.

Stephanie Fournier

Vice President

She lives in Bangor with her husband Rick and her daughter Kristi. They have nine rescue cats and two dogs. Stephanie owns a business called "Hair...Take 2." She is also the volunteer shelter manager

Christopher Ogonowsky


He lives in Bangor with wife Kassie and daughter McKenna. They have two dogs. Christopher works in the accounting department of Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Michael Metivier


He lives in Bangor with his husband Bruce. They have two dogs. He is starting his own business as a photographer and works at Bangor Savings Bank.

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Roberta Fowler

She lives in Old Town with her two dogs. She in retired from teaching and now works at Hadley's Point Campground in Bar Harbor from May to October.

Anne Somers

Anne lives in Old Town with her two cats. She is retired from nursing.

Deborah Leland

She lies in Old Town with her husband Butch, and her cat. She is a nurse at Stillwater Healthcare.

Kassie Ogonowsky

Kassie lives in Bangor with her daughter McKenna and husband Chris. They have two dogs. Kassie works for UCP.

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Meet the Staff

Margaret Baker

She lives in Bradley with her daughter and family, she has grown children and grandchildren. Margaret has one dog. She is semi-retired and works two days a week.

Emily Chambers

Emily lives in Bangor with her husband Erick. She works in Orrington at the River Road Veterinary Hospital. She has a very exotic pet and some other more common pets.

Shannah Pond

She lives in Bangor with her three cats. Shannah works part time at Petco and is working on getting a degree in Business Management at Husson University.

Emily Speid

Emily lives in Bangor. She works for River Road Veterinary Hospital as a Vet Tech.

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