For anyone who has helped us to walk dogs here at Pope Memorial Humane Society, you may have experienced our dog walking trail. The trail extends around our property, and offers a quieter, more enclosed space for volunteers and staff to take dogs than just walking alongside the roadway. Over the years, the trail has developed some fairly wet spots, and dogs/people have been having a muddy go of it. 

In January, members of the professional trail building organization Pathmakers LLC came to donate their time and materials to making two footbridges along the trail. The work done was just the beginning of plans to help improve this important shelter resource. 

Pathmakers founder Avi Gabel-Richards was drawn to the idea when his longtime friend Anna Adams became the Events Coordinator here at the shelter. He came in late fall to survey the project and come up with a plan to make some basic improvements as soon as possible. He and Brad Ryan came out a few Sundays ago to construct the bridges, as well as to make a plan for future improvements. The two trail builders were happy to see the Sunday dog walkers and their canine companions enjoying the trail throughout the day. They had recently experienced the loss of a black Lab named Hank, beloved friend and trail dog. They were glad to be celebrating his life by doing something that would be of so much use to dogs in need. 

Pathmakers was incorporated in 2014 and is based out of the Frenchman Bay and Mount Desert Island area. They specialize in trail design, repair, stone masonry, and bridgework. We can’t wait to have them join us again in the spring. Thank you Avi, Brad, and Hank for helping make our daily dog walks so much better!

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 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays. The Humane Society of Knox County provides animal support services to the communities of Rockland, Thomaston, Warren, Owls Head, St. George, Port Clyde, Martinsville, Tenants Harbor, South Thomaston, Spruce Head, Union, Appleton, Montville, Cushing, Matinicus, North Haven, Vinalhaven, Stockton Springs, Thorndike and Morrill.