Pope Memorial Humane Society Kicks Off 30th Anniversary

Ingrid Van Steenberg and Sybil Davis reminisce over the shelter and how far it has come since they founded it back in 1989.

Pope Memorial Humane Society kicked off its 30th anniversary year with a New Year’s Day Open House. Founders, board members, donors and volunteers came together to reminisce over the shelter and how far it has come while enjoying light refreshments and 30 years’ worth of mementos.

From our humble beginnings in 1989 to our brand new 10,000 square foot facility built in 2015 this anniversary offers our community the chance to reflect on the significant impact we have had on the local homeless animal population.

“We achieved this milestone through the hard work of our volunteers, staff and community as a whole. We have served thousands of animals over the years and we plan to continue to serve the community for the next 30 years. I’m proud to work with such amazing people towards our mission to save lives and create families” said Tracy Sala, Executive Director of Pope Memorial Humane Society.

Throughout the year, Pope Memorial Humane Society will host a variety of anniversary events, including but not limited to hosting the Pen Bay Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours on May 8th and a Barks N Brews in the Barn party at Harmony Hill Farm in Warren on August 14th. We hope you will join us as we celebrate 30 years of saving lives and creating families.

Founded in 1989 in response to the needs of homeless animals – their protection, care and adoption, Pope Memorial Humane Society has become a community institution making a difference in the lives of thousands of local homeless animals.

Money was raised to purchase the land between Dexter Street Extension and Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston, Maine. With generous support of many animal lovers, and a substantial mortgage, the shelter was built and opened in November 1991. Since that day thousands of animals have been lovingly tended, rehabilitated and adopted.  Volunteers and members of PMHS are from every community – students, retirees, artists and businesses.

The following towns contract with the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County:  Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville & Tenants Harbor; So. Thomaston, Spruce Head, Union, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, and Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, and Morrill.

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