THOMASTON, Maine — Eye-catching new donation boxes for the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County (PMHSKC) are popping up at businesses all over town, thanks to the creativity and generosity of the Maine State Prison. Each wooden collection box, which depicts a friendly dog or cat ready to be ‘fed’, was handcrafted and painted by inmates of the Maine State Prison Industries Program; and the majority of cost for this new group of collection boxes was donated by the Prison Showroom.
Robert Waldon, Maine Correctional Industries Director, said: “We are pleased to be able to assist the PMHSKC in their important fundraising efforts because they make a positive difference in the community.”
PMHSKC President Richard Procopio added: “We’re excited about the outstanding design and quality of these new collection boxes. They are very visible, sturdy, and best of all, fun! We sincerely thank the Maine State Prison Industries Program and Prison Showroom for this wonderful and creative donation.”
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, and Morrill.