Greater Androscoggin Humane Society closes; operations continue

Greater Androscoggin Humane Society officials announced modified operations to limit exposure to COVID-19. The shelter is closing, but staff and volunteers will continue operations and the care and feeding of the animals.

Adoptions are still encouraged, but they will be done by appointment only. Staff will be ramping up social media profiles of available animals and focusing on remote match-making to help limit shelter foot traffic. The public can view adoptable animals at: Individuals interested in adopting a pet can e-mail [email protected] or call 207-783-2311 to schedule an appointment.

Regarding incoming animals, animals in need of surrender and stray intakes will continue to be accepted. If the need to surrender a pet is not urgent, officials are asking people to wait to bring in their animal for at least a few weeks, to allow staff to ensure room for emergency cases. E-mail [email protected] or call 207-783-2311 to schedule an intake appointment.

Clients of the shelter’s Fetchin’ Food Pet Pantry can still receive food on Tuesdays from 9 to 11 a.m. An outdoor setup will allow visitors to maintain a safe distance, while still accessing services.

Donations are still being accepted. Items can be purchased on the shelter’s Amazon Wish List and be delivered to the facility. Those who have purchased items to drop off, a donation bin is located at the front door. Financial gifts can be made on the website at


All special events and activities, including training and classes, Yappy Hour, Puppy Yoga, tours and visits have been cancelled through March 30.

Auburn water district restricts access

The Auburn Water and Sewerage District announced Wednesday that it is restricting the public from its facilities. District staff will be working and responding to phone calls and emails.

Service appointments will be limited to those deemed essential and urgent.

The public can interact with the district via:

Website: Users can manage accounts and their billing at


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 207-784-6469

No fluorescent bulbs at Jay station

Town officials have requested that residents hold on to their fluorescent light bulbs at this time rather than bring them to the Transfer Station. While the station remains open, the staff has reduced the amount of material it handles, which includes fragile fluorescent bulbs.

Residents are strongly encouraged to use curbside pickup rather than coming into the Transfer Station. If residents do come to the station, staff will not be assisting them to remove any material from cars, so residents must be prepared to do that themselves.

The station is currently not accepting single sort recycling at the facility; no recyclable material should be put out for curbside pickup.


Oxford Casino extends closure

Oxford Casino Hotel has announced it has suspended operations until further notice amid increasing incidents of coronavirus cases spreading across Maine.

A notice posted on their website said that employees will continued to be paid for the next two weeks while the business is closed.

Advertising/Public Relations Coordinator Jane Hoyt said the company would have no further comment.

Even before its decision to close, the casino had announced that it would waive all fees associated with the cancellation or rescheduling hotel reservations for all stays through April 30.

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