PAWS Brave Hearts Participates in 2018 Community Matters More

Each February, Maine and New Hampshire residents have an opportunity to help Bangor Savings Bank award $100,000 in grants to 45 nonprofit organizations who make a difference in their lives.  This year, PAWS Brave Hearts, your local animal rescue, adoption and education center, has been honored by being placed on the Community Matters More ballot in the Hancock/Washington Region.  The top two vote-getting organizations in each region will receive $5,000.  At PAWS, those funds will be used to cover the costs of urgent medical care for homeless companion animals in need; therefore, every life-saving vote matters and PAWS Brave Hearts needs your votes between now and February 28th, on line at or in person at any branch office of Bangor Savings Bank.

Since its founding in 1998, this volunteer run organization has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed thousands of strayed, abused and neglected cats and dogs.  Hundreds of lost dogs and cats, including many who came to PAWS seriously injured or ill, have been happily reunited with their families.  In 2010, the skyrocketing demand for PAWS’ services led to the creation of City Kitties Trap-Neuter-Adopt-Return program that sterilized and vaccinated more than 400 community cats and kittens in targeted Calais and Eastport neighborhoods.  More than half had been abandoned and were adopted to families in search of new companions, while loving caregivers continued to provide food and shelter to feral cats.  In 2016, through a partnership with Community Spay Neuter Clinic and the Animal Welfare Society, PAWS hosted spay/neuter/wellness clinics that provided services to more than 500 companion animals in Washington County.  

According to PAWS Treasurer, Anthony Giard, “Community matters most to PAWS Brave Hearts, our tiny organization on the forefront of animal welfare.  These funds will support our critical mission of compassion in the year ahead.  Medical care, and increasingly urgent medical care, totals 25% of our overall expenses.  We hope community residents of all ages will support our cause by casting a vote before February 28th.”  For more information about PAWS Brave Hearts, community members can call 207-454-7662, email, visit PAWS Brave Hearts Facebook or go to