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Matching Grant for Donations to Pope Memorial Humane Society’s Capital Campaign

Posted Nov. 19, 2013, at 9:46 a.m.
Mr. Lyman Morse, PMHSKC benefactor and supporter of animal welfare programs throughout New England
Mr. Lyman Morse, PMHSKC benefactor and supporter of animal welfare programs throughout New England

(THOMASTON, ME): The Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County (PMHSKC) has announced that donations and pledges to its capital campaign made prior to the end of 2013 will be matched by Lyman Pope, up to a maximum amount of $100,000.

Pope, PMHSKC benefactor and supporter of animal care programs throughout New England, has extended this offer to help PMHSKC reach their 2013 goal of raising $1 million in donations to be earmarked for a new, 10, 075 square foot shelter facility. Over $800,000 has been raised to date, and this matching grant will bring PMHSKC much closer to this first-year objective. The overall fundraising goal for the new shelter is $2.2 million.

The need and opportunity for a new, expanded shelter emerged as the organization developed its strategy for addressing the future requirements of the Midcoast communities it serves. Plans for the new facility include 28 roomier kennels for dogs, 3 free roaming cat rooms (one with outdoor porch access), 12 cat condos, a kitten room, plus accommodation for an additional 72 cats. The plans also include a community room for educational programs and special events, isolation and exam areas for incoming animals, get acquainted/adoption rooms, ample storage, and an outdoor covered pavilion area for dogs. There will be a room/adoption area for other small mammals, such as guinea pigs and rabbits. Additionally, the facility will be equipped with a special air exchange/filtration system and acoustical features to enhance the health and comfort of resident animals and staff.

All gifts and pledges must be made by December 31, 2013 and will be matched on a first-come, first-served basis until the $100,000 level is reached. Multi-year pledges are welcome (pledges over time require a signed pledge form). There is no upper limit on the size of a single gift. For more information or to request a pledge form, contact Executive Director Tracy Sala at 594-4897 director@hskcme.org, or visit PMHSKC’s website, www.hskcme.org.

Richard Procopio, PMHSKC President, noted: “We are very appreciative of Mr. Pope’s backing. His expertise and support have been invaluable to us. He is a great philanthropist who is helping us create a brighter future for people and companion animals in the Midcoast.”

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.

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