Pope Memorial Humane Society has received a $20,000 grant from the Belvedere Animal Welfare Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to provide up to 264 cat spay/neuter assistance vouchers in the communities the Shelter serves. This program reduces unwanted stray cats by assisting residents with the cost of spaying or neutering their cats. Vouchers are available in amounts up to $100 and are accepted at many area veterinarians, as well as the Topsham Spay/Neuter Clinic.

“This program helps make spay/neuter services more affordable for community members and helps cats live longer, healthier lives. It also reduces stray and unwanted cats in our communities,” said Chrys deLorimier, the Shelter’s Development Director. “Without donations this program would not be possible -- we are extremely grateful to The Maine Community Foundation for awarding this grant.”

Pope Memorial Humane Society is a nonprofit animal shelter devoted to caring for and placing unwanted and abandoned animals in loving homes; promoting responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of all animals. Eighteen communities contract with the Shelter for assistance with stray, homeless and relinquished pets.

For more information on the spay/neuter program, our participating communities or how you can help, please visit our website at, or call 594-2200. The Shelter is open 11-5 Monday through Saturday, closed Sundays and the third Wednesday of each month.

With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit

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