BRUNSWICK, EDGECOMB — The Coastal Humane Society and Lincoln County Animal Shelter announced the change of their name to Midcoast Humane.

The name change is the final integrative step between the two organizations — Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick and Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Edgecomb — that officially merged in 2016.

Combined, the shelters care for 3,500 animals every year, making it one of the largest animal sheltering agencies in the state. The shelters contract with 40 towns from Falmouth to Washington, though visitors come from all over the state and New England.

“This change comes after months of careful listening and collaboration with our supporters, adopters, our volunteers, and many passionate animal advocates of our community – and there are a lot of them,” said Trendy Stanchfield, executive director of Midcoast Humane. “This is a tremendously exciting time for us. We are coming together under one name, with more big plans to come,”

Midcoast Humane made a conscious decision to drop the word ‘society’ from their new name, Stanchfield said.

“We haven’t been a membership organization for some time, and we feel that sheltering isn’t exclusive; animals are for everyone, and anyone can make a difference in the lives of shelter pets” she said.

The organization’s new logo features a dog and cat in the state of Maine. Midcoast Humane also has new social media handles — @midcoasthumane — and a new tagline: “Compassion. Connection. Community.”

“Our tagline encompasses the principles we believe in. It embodies the values we strive to live by, in everything that we do,” Stanchfield said.

The shelter also has plans to build on its adoption program in order to reach people throughout its service area, partnering with various businesses and organizations to hold adoption events throughout the Midcoast with the goal of providing all communities with the opportunity to adopt a pet in need.

Midcoast Humane will deploy its Mobile Surgery Unit to bring wellness clinics to both central and remote areas to further assist pet owners in Maine, offering low-cost vaccinations and spaying and neutering.

“We want people to know that we are more than a shelter. We’re a place where you can connect with animals. Bond with them. Volunteer with them at our campuses in Brunswick or Edgecomb. Adopt them. Be around people that love them as much as you do,” Stanchfield said.

Stanchfield said the organization sees a future that is community-oriented. She said the future of the organization is focused on community and education.

“We want to do all we can to equip Mainers with everything they need to be the best pet parents, and to work with the people and organizations that help our community thrive,” Stanchfield said.

The shelter is closely examining the limitations of their current outdated facilities at Range Road and Pleasant Street in Brunswick and Atlantic Highway in Edgecomb and is considering ways to better serve the public and the animals of Midcoast Maine.

Midcoast Humane will host its first annual Shelter-bration on Nov. 8.

For more information, visit midcoasthumane.org or call 449-1366.