Local Shelters Learn from Experts

Posted July 02, 2014, at 10:25 a.m.

Tracy Sala and Amie Hutchison, Executive Directors of Pope Memorial Humane Society and P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center respectively, recently returned from a trip to the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Expo is the largest international education conference in the fields of animal care, control, rescue, and emergency services.

Sala and Hutchison spent three days learning from experts from around the country. Highlights included a welcome by HSUS President and CEO Wayne Pacelle and an inspiring keynote address by Jackson Galaxy of My Cat From Hell. Workshop topics included shelter design, volunteer management, humane education and community outreach. “It was a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues from around the country, and around the world,” said Sala. “We are tackling the same issues and have a lot we can learn from each other.” “It was a great way to get caught up on the most recent research and thinking in animal sheltering,” commented Hutchison.

Both Directors were able to attend the Expo thanks to the generous support of the ASPCA. Sala and Hutchison were both recipients of the ASPCA’s Julie Morris scholarship.

The PMHSKC was founded in 1989 to provide care, protection, and loving homes for abandoned and homeless companion animals in the Midcoast Maine area. The Society operates an animal shelter located between the Dexter Street Extension and Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston that is open between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays). The Humane Society of Knox County provides animal support services to the towns of Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville, Tenants Harbor, S. Thomaston (including Spruce Head), Hope, Union, Appleton, Montville, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, Morrill, and Thorndike. More information about PMHSKC can be found online at or by calling 207 594-2200.

P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center was established in 1974 as the Camden-Rockport Rescue League to address the need to find permanent homes for lost, abandoned, neglected or homeless dogs and cats. Since its founding it has grown to serve the towns of Camden, Rockport, Northport, Lincolnville, Isleboro, Searsmont, Belfast, Liberty and Swanville. In addition to providing a safe and caring environment for homeless cats and dogs, P.A.W.S. promotes humane education through community outreach. More information about the adoption center and its services can be found online at or by calling 207-236-8702.

This post was contributed by a community member. Submit your news →