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Sunday, 19 August 2018

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Our Mission

Maine Friends of Animals" [MFOA] is a statewide organization that promotes the humane treatment of all animals, through education, advocacy and legislation. Since 1997, MFOA has been Maine's leading voice for animal protection -- working tirelessly to end animal cruelty in the state.

The corporation's objective is to lead and coalesce animal associations and advocates in Maine in order to more effectively take action on issues that affect animals. To embrace our motto: Silence is the voice of complicity. Speak up for animals.

MFOA engages those wishing to help animals, whether they are from an animal welfare, animal protection or animal rights perspective, whether they are pure animal protection activists or not, recognizing that one issue can bring a person into the movement. We welcome that interest and support knowing the experience in helping in one concern leads to greater knowledge and understanding of the many other issues affecting animals.

The corporation's goal is to increase the organization's ability, working within the legislative system and with members and supporters, to make the kind of differences that bring animal protection into mainstream thinking. We want to insure that the State of Maine continues to take animal cruelty seriously and advocates for a more humane society.

Who Are We

Members and Supporters of Maine Friends of Animals Include:

  • Animal Advocates
  • Maine State Legislators
  • Humane Societies
  • Political Activists
  • Animal Shelters
  • Wildlife Conservationists
  • Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Organizations
  • Pet Owner
  • Environmentalists
  • Educators


See YouTube video ‘MFOA’s First 15 years’

Dear MFOA Members and Supporters,

It’s hard to believe that it has been 15 years since Maine Friends of Animals was first established in 1997. As we have progressed to become Maine’s leading animal protection organization, we’ve experienced many positive changes in animal welfare as well as disappointing set backs. Most rewarding, however, is seeing a major shift in the discussion, activism and understanding of many animal protection issues that were not even on the radar screen 15 years ago. We thank all of you for the many ways in which you have helped make this possible.

If we do not have your current e-mail address, please send it to us so that you can receive our occasional Action Alerts & Updates, which are often associated with MFOA and other legislation affecting animals.

It is our goal to continue to promote and move the animal protection discussion into mainstream thinking. The pendulum is swinging our way, albeit too slowly. Won’t you help us advance animal welfare in Maine?

When time permits, we hope you will view the new MFOA presentation: ‘MFOA First 15 Years ’. This informative half-hour video documents our 15-year history. It is a collection of TV news clips, photos, newspaper articles and general information about MFOA, the major issues we have been involved with and our progress through the years. 

Video Table of Contents:

  • Early issues: increasing the penalties for animal cruelty; trapping; coyote snaring
  • Revamping Maine’s Animal Welfare Program
  • Ban on circus elephants
  • Speaking up for animals
  • The Bear Referendum
  • MFOA Outreach & Volunteers / Pet Club
  • Ban on ‘Canned Hunting’
  • MFOA Office and board members
  • Horse slaughter / harness racing
  • Dogs Chained for Life
  • Combating cruelty; creating change        


MFOA has been acknowledged as a model for a state animal protection organization.  Mostly comprised of volunteers, it has accomplished a great deal with modest funding. Fifteen years have given us credibility with the legislature, media and the general public; we feel we are positioned to increase the scope and effectiveness of what we do and are currently increasing our fundraising efforts to parallel that greater involvement.

For the animals,

Robert Fisk, Jr.
President & Director

A Look Back on 15 Years


Over the past 15 years, we have seen a lot happen in animal welfare in Maine. With a marked increase in education and advocacy, animal protection also moved into Maine’s legislative arena. We have seen and advanced many positive changes, as attested to by our second place national rating for animal cruelty laws. We have also experienced disappointing set backs, but through it all has come a major shift and understanding of many animal protection issues that were not even on the radar screen 15 years ago. Equally encouraging is the corresponding level of activism. MFOA alone has 1,500 members and supporters across the state.



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