Founded in 2019, Mainely Mutts Animal Rescue is a non-profit, all-breed, all-volunteer rescue organization based in southern Maine. We are dedicated to rescuing dogs from southern states, as they struggle with overpopulation, abuse, neglect, and difficult legislative practices.


The goal of MMAR is to place our dogs in loving, responsible, forever homes, after a comprehensive adoption process. We strive to find the perfect home match for our rescues, while providing education, resources, and support to every family. Our volunteers are committed to every dog beyond the adoption process.


As a team, MMAR values transparency, honesty, and communication, all while keeping each dog’s best interests at the center of what we do.


Mainely Mutts primarily works with southern rescue partners, pulling high-risk puppies and dogs from Mississippi and Alabama. We work to place healthy pups in homes in which they will thrive. As a shelter-less rescue, we rely on an incredibly hardworking and compassionate foster network. Though we focus on saving dogs, we're a team of animal lovers at heart and would never say no to helping any animal if able.


Mainely Mutts Animal Rescue started as an idea between three animal lovers, owners, and volunteers – all with full-time jobs, families, and pets – after hearing too many horrific stories and seeing too many heartbreaking social media pleas from rescuers down south. In practicality, we are just a handful of dedicated volunteers who rescue animals as time and resources allow.


Lia Bensley

A Pennsylvania native, Lia has always been the proud owner of numerous rescue animals. She resides in southern Maine with her husband, their Pit/American Bulldog mix named Zu, little black kitten from Mississippi, Bitsy, and sweet old black cat named Kittery. By day, Lia works in marketing & communications.

Meagan Thibodeau

Born and raised in Maine, Meagan has had a lifelong passion for animals. Wanting to do more for the abandoned and unwanted southern dogs, she foster failed her three herding-breed pups, Mara, Tank, and China. 

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