(THOMASTON, ME): On Friday November 8, the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County (PMHSKC) hosted a special dinner to honor volunteers, donors, and business supporters at Thomaston’s Watts Hall.
Over 100 honorees were treated to pasta, salads, and a variety of desserts prepared by Director Tracy Sala and PMHSKC staff and board members. Each guest received a certificate and a gift recognizing their personal contribution to PMHSKC’s animal care and educational programs over the past year.
Volunteers and businesses singled out for outstanding achievement included: Maggie Lawler, creator/sewer of bags and wallets made from recycled kibble bags that are sold to benefit PMHSKC’s Spay/Neuter Fund; Rodney Russell, cat socializer and Shelter cleaner; Jason Johnson, who logs a great many hours working at the Shelter; David Wallace, another very regular and extremely reliable Shelter volunteer; Ingrid Van Steenberg, PMHSKC’s accountant and Shelter founder; and the Loyal Biscuit Co. (Heidi and Joe Neal), for their steadfast support of PMHSKC through fundraising events and as a cat adoption satellite location.
PMHSKC Executive Director Tracy Sala said: “The combined force of our volunteers logged almost 13,000 hours working at the Shelter and assisting with our activities over the past year. We wanted to let each and every person how much we appreciate their enthusiastic support. They are a huge part of our success as an organization serving the animals and people of 20 area communities.”
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.