From the desk of Pope Memorial Humane Society’s Development Director Chrys deLorimier,

Coming together as a community is so important now. Your animal shelter is here for people and pets in need and we continue to work toward a day no pet will be homeless or hungry.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the shelter has given out over 2500 pounds in pet food to families who are unable to afford it, with the purpose of keeping pets in loving homes. Litter, treats and toys have been given out as well.

If you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, have them call the shelter (594-2200) during business hours (Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and provide the types and number of animals in the household, as well as the town of residence. Staff will prepare a special bag with the person’s name on it, to be picked up.

We still have amazing animals for adoption, but our processes are a little different during these times. The shelter is closed to causal visits, however if you are interested in an animal from the website, or a kitten or puppy, fill out an application on our website and send it to applications@hskcme.org. There are a limited number of daily appointments for approved applicants to meet and possibly adopt your next best friend.

Diesel is waiting patiently for his own loving home. His beginnings were very sad, and once rescued, this 85-pound guy needed a lot of training and to be shown that humans can be a source of kindness. He has been at the shelter far too long-donors paid for special training to finish off the work shelter volunteers had done, but then the pandemic hit.

He is a loving goofball, but needs lots of consistency from his new family to keep him on the right path. We are thinking he would do best as an only-pet in a home experienced with big, headstrong dogs and without small children. Is there a home for Diesel out there?

Tune in to a special “Ask the Shelter Manager” session Friday, June 12, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. via Facebook Live. This is a chance to ask any question you might be curious about.

Thank you for being there for homeless pets and each other. If you would like to help animals or pet owners out of work, donate via the website, mail to P.O. Box 1294 Rockland ME 04841, or drop off food or supplies at our front door. Together we can do the most good possible in our community.

PopeHumane.org, find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Wish list: Temptation cat treats, laundry detergent, disinfectant wipes, Purina kitten chow, scrub sponges and gift certificates to local businesses.

Thank you for your support.