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Designed to serve dogs by providing a safe home-away-from-home setting, giving their people peace of mind, whether for just one day or several, Hope Unleashed provides day care and overnight boarding for dogs in a home environment. No kennels or runs; just lots of loving care and canine fun.


Owned and operated by Nancy Dowling and her dog Mac, Hope Unleashed offers your dogs the comfort of the post-and-beam home she and husband Jeff Lord built off Route 105 in Hope, a secure 2,800 sq. ft. fenced area for outside play, and many acres of family woodland for walks and exploration.

praiseNancy’s lifelong interest in animals began at her grandparent’s dairy farm in West Rockport, Maine, where she worked with cows, sheep, dogs, and kept her horse.           

She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Animal Science, which she put to use working as a veterinary technician with both large and small animals.

After many years in customer service-related fields, Nancy decided to combine her passion for animals and intimate understanding of pet owner’s concerns. Hope Unleashed reflects Nancy’s commitment to outstanding canine care-whether for a day, a night or longer-term.




At Hope Unleashed, your dog will be supervised at all times, given plenty of socialization, exercise time, and one-on-one attention. And you will have the peace of mind that comes from having your pet in a home environment when work or vacation time calls.

Convenient to the midcoast area, Hope Unleashed is located on Rt. 105, 1.5 miles west of the Hope General Store in Hope Center.

Please visit our General Information, Policies and Fees page for more information.