Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

...Anatole France

Our History

Responsible Pet Care is a no-kill, non-profit shelter and adoption center for cats and dogs. It was established in 1997 by a small group of people who recognized the plight of unwanted animals in the Oxford Hills community.

This founding group pooled their money and purchased a very neglected piece of property on Route 118 in Norway, Maine with two old buildings. The better of the two buildings was cleaned, painted, and fitted with cages and equipment to house cats and kittens; and, the work of caring for abandoned, stray, and surrendered animals began.

In July 2011, RPC contracted with 12 towns to take in stray dogs and hold them until they are claimed by their owners. Two small rooms in the building were fitted with kennels and large holding cages for the dogs.

In January 2013, a major fund raising campaign was begun. The purpose of the campaign was to raise $325,000 to purchase and renovate a new building. With the help of the public and small businesses in our community we raised the money in record time.

We opened the doors to our new shelter in May 2013. We continue to make improvements to the building to create the best living environment for our cats and dogs, and the best working environment for our employees.

More About RPC

Our shelter is equipped to care for 150 or more cats and kittens at any one time, and is always full to capacity. The dog area holds twelve at one time.

We take in and adopt an average of 400 cats and kittens per year. Incoming dogs average 150 per year. Most dogs are reunited with their owners. All adopted animals leave the shelter healthy, spayed/neutered, FeLV/FIV tested-cats, heartworm tested-dogs, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and treated for internal and external parasites. This is all done at the expense of RPC.

As a true no-kill shelter we have a higher percentage of special needs animals than most shelters. Some animals have been with us for years and we will continue to care for them until they are adopted or have reached their natural life-span.

When possible, we work with abuse victims and the homeless to provide temporary housing for their pets during their transitional period.

The funds needed to support RPC and to carry out our mission come from our thrift shop; fundraising events; grant money; and donations from private individuals and organizations.