Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County won top awards in two categories for its distinctive entry in Thomaston’s recent 4th of July Parade — Best Overall and Closest to Theme.

The float featured PMHSKC’s famous cat car, complete with ears and Uncle Sam hat, towing an 8-foot tall Ferris wheel with stuffed animal riders. This festive display was escorted by the Rock Coast Rollers and accompanied by such musical favorites as “You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog”, “B-I-N-G-O”, and “How Much is that Doggie in the Window."

The float was designed and constructed by members of PMHSKC’s Board of Directors, and the $50 prize for each award will be donated to operation of the animal shelter.

“I am very proud of Joan Vargas, our community events coordinator, for her enthusiasm and persistence in getting us involved in local events. And, I’m thrilled with the creativity and support of our Board," said Tracy Sala, PMHSKC’s executive director, in a news release.

PMHSKC President Richard Procopio added: “We entered the Parade to extend our visibility in the community, and we’re very honored and grateful for this wonderful recognition.”