Press Release

Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County’s Whisker Walk Family Fun Day & 5K set for September 14th

It’s time to lace up those sneakers, grab a leash and your canine companion and run or walk for a cause. The Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County (PMHSKC) is gearing up for its annual Whisker Walk Family Fun Day & 5K on September 14th, by calling on all animal lovers to run/walk as individuals or to form teams and raise funds in support of providing medical care and finding homes for homeless pets in our community. To join, simply register online at and create your own fundraising page, or pick up a pledge sheet at the shelter and start asking friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to support you in making a difference. Everyone is welcome. Walkers/runners may participate with or without their canine companion (or in honor of a pet). Registrants (while supplies last) will receive a commemorative 2013 Whisker Walk t-shirt and prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising individuals (adult and youth) and top team.

The event kicks off with a 5K run from Harbor Park in Rockland. Options include a walk through down town including a leisurely stroll on the scenic boardwalk ending at the pet festival where there is something for everyone. The event is much more than a dog walk. This year’s festival will include an agility course and demonstration, a variety of vendors, informational booths and crafters, Ask the Trainer sponsored by K-9 Solutions Training, Doggy Day Spa and micro-chipping, a pet communicator, local rescue groups, raffles and fun pet contests. There will also be live music throughout the day from the Rusty Hinges, food and beverages from 4M Productions, and Sweet Treats. Bring the kids because there will be plenty of games and activities, face painting, arts & crafts, Bubble station and much more.

Join PMHSKC on September 14th for an exciting day filled with fun and games while raising money and awareness for the 1,500 plus animals that PMHSKC cares for each year. Registration opens at 9:30 and the 5K run starts at 10:30 and the festivities run until 2:00 p.m. For more information visit or call 594-2200. This year’s Leaders of the Pack Sponsors are Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, Rockland Animal Hospital and Machais Savings Bank. Top Dogs Sponsors are Loyal Biscuit, The First, PenBay Vets, Camden Hospital for Animals, and All Creatures Animal Hospital. Man’s Best Friend Sponsors are Safe Harbor Confections, Shepard Chrysler, Brooks Trap Mill, Jess’s Market, Rockland Savings Bank, Sargent Lock, Dowling Walsh, Lonza, Down East Magazine, G.P.I., Harbor Square, George C. Hall & Sons, Rock City Coffees, KDK, Huston Tuttle and Maritime Energy.

About the Humane Society of Knox County

The Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County was founded in 1989 to provide care, protection and loving homes for abandoned and homeless companion animals in the Midcoast Maine area. The Society supports activities advocating responsible pet ownership and the prevention of abuse and cruelty, and it sponsors events and activities that promote the health and welfare of animals and demonstrate the benefits of the human-animal bond. Since 1991, the Society has operated a shelter located on Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston. The Shelter is open between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays. PMHSKC provides animal support services to the towns of: Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville, Tenants Harbor, S. Thomaston, Spruce Head, Hope, Union, Appleton, Montville, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, and Morrill. For more information contact: 594-2200.