Pope Memorial Humane Society kicked off its 30th anniversary year with a New Year’s Day open house. Founders, board members, donors and volunteers came together to reminisce about the shelter and how far it has come while enjoying light refreshments and 30 years’ worth of mementos.

From its beginnings in 1989 to its brand-new 10,000-square-foot facility built in 2015, this anniversary offers shelter staff and friends a chance to reflect on the significant impact the facility has had on the local homeless animal population.

Throughout the year, the shelter will host a variety of anniversary events, including the Pen Bay Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours May 8 and a Barks N Brews in the Barn party at Harmony Hill Farm in Warren Aug. 14. All are welcome to these events.

The shelter 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. With the support of many animal lovers, and a substantial mortgage, the shelter was built and opened in November 1991. Since that time, 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; So. Thomaston, Spruce Head, Union, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs and Morrill.