About Us


In August of 2016 we were able to move into our new shelter next door to our old one.

This was thanks to Lyman Pope, a benefactor, donating and kicking off the Capital Campaign. Today our cats enjoy their own wing in the new shelter with an all-season porch to enjoy year round. We can give our animals much better care and quality of life at our new shelter. But even though the building has changed, the heart of the shelter remains the same. We are still a community shelter dedicated to saving lives and creating families.


Adopting A Friend


Cats over 1 year old - $50

Cats under 1 year old - $100

Senior cats *8 years or older - $Fee Waived

All dogs 1 year or older are $150

Puppies are $250

Senior dogs, 8 years or older - $75

Animals transferred in may have an additional $25 transport fee.

Adoption fees include testing, sterilization, rabies shots and other vaccines.

For cats, we vaccinate for various upper respiratory infections and distemper. We test for FIV and Feline Leukemia.

For dogs, we vaccinate for distemper, parvo and kennel cough. All dogs are micro-chipped with 24Petwatch chips.

To adopt an animal, come to the Shelter and fall in love. Of course, you may walk a dog or play with our cats as long as you need to decide. Don't feel like you have to choose a pet the first time you visit. Many of our happiest adopters came to the Shelter over and over again to look for their perfect pet.

We ask that pets you already own be up-to-date on their vaccines and sterilized.

If you rent, please have your landlord's permission to have a pet.

Once you have made your choice, you will need have a conversation with a staff member. In this dialogue, we'll discuss with you the personality of the pet you have selected and make sure its a good match with your home and lifestyle. If you are adding a dog to your home and you already have a dog, we'll ask that the two dogs meet at the Shelter to ensure compatibility. See our Meet Your Match program for dogs. In most cases, you can take your new companion home with you right away.

Download an adoption application from our website:



Who We Are


Pope Memorial Humane Society is devoted to caring for and placing unwanted and abandoned animals in loving homes; promoting responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of all animals.



The Pope Memorial Humane Society was founded in 1989 in response to the needs of homeless animals - their protection, care and adoption. Money was raised to purchase the land between Dexter Street Extension and Buttermilk Lane in Thomaston, Maine. With generous support of many animal lovers, and a substantial mortgage, the shelter was built and opened in November 1991. Since that day thousands of animals have been lovingly tended, rehabilitated and adopted. Volunteers and members of PMHS are from every community - students, retirees, artists and businesses.

The following towns contract with the Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County: Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville & Tenants Harbor; South Thomaston, Spruce Head, Union, Appleton, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, and Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, Morrill and Thorndike.

* All animals admitted to our facility are cared for until they are adopted.

No animal is euthanized unless severe physical or behavioral problem exists that cannot be resolved. Animals are not euthanized for time or space.


Tracy Sala, Executive Director

Theresa Gargan, Manager

Anna Adams, Events/Outreach Coordinator

Kelly Gould, Volunteer Coordinator




We work closely with K-9 Corrections https://www.facebook.com/K9Corrections

This program teaches at-risk prisoners and at-risk homeless dogs the skills to become safe members of society.

Our Foster Care Program: Dedicated foster care volunteers provide safe and nurturing home environments.

Satellite Adoption Sites:Working with animal friendly local businesses to provide greater exposure to find shelter animals loving homes.


Come Visit Us

Open Monday through Saturday for your convenience from 11am-5pm.
Closed on Sundays. In addition, closed the third Wednesday of each month for staff training.

Closed New Years Day, Easter, Memorial Day,
Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas



We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help us care for the animals and the facility! Please note: that children under the age of 15 who want to volunteer must be accompanied by an adult.

ASSIGNMENTS: After School Helper, Canine 'Read and Relax', Cat Care Technician, Clynk Crew, Dog Walker, Events Assistant, Feline 'Read and Relax', Front Desk Assistant, Kennel Helper, Public Liaison.