About Us

Who We Are…

A community-funded, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, Pope Memorial Humane Society (PMHS) is dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of animals in Strafford County, NH and Southern Maine. We are a safe, temporary home for more than 1,000 surrendered, lost, abused, neglected, or unwanted animals each year.

We Fulfill Our Mission By…

  • Placing animals into caring, forever homes
  • Promoting the practice of spaying and neutering
  • Assisting with cruelty investigations and rescue
  • Raising awareness within the community about animal welfare
  • Encouraging volunteer involvement and support
  • Being an active voice and advocate for the safety, health, and wellbeing of animals
  • Serving as a comprehensive resource center for the community

Our History

The Pope Memorial Humane Society (PMHS), located in the Strafford County Complex in Dover, New Hampshire, was established in 1984 as Cocheco Valley Humane Society to serve the domestic animal welfare needs of the more than 125,000 residents of Strafford County, NH. We also provide service to New Hampshire and southern Maine residents who, while living outside our general service area, need and seek our assistance. We provide shelter to more than 1,000 animals per year with additional services to thousands more.

Housed in a 100-year-old piggery that was once part of the county work farm, PMHS does not receive funding from the State of New Hampshire or the federal government.  PMHS relies solely on community support.

Board of Directors

Cindy Edwards | President
Carrie Conway | Vice President

Virginia Frost | Secretary
Eric Kilchenstein | Treasurer

Michael Cate
Rachel Copeland
Jane Kennedy
Katie Keirnan Marble
Sarah Northrop
Sarah Proctor, DVM
Jodi Wagner
Karen Zaramba

Administrative Staff

Obie Barker | Executive Director
[email protected], ext. 115

Niki D’Alessandro | Adoption and Foster Supervisor
[email protected]

Amy Drapeau | Shelter Manager
[email protected], ext. 102

Danielle Howard | Volunteer Coordinator
[email protected]

Mary Goyette | Humane Education Coordinator
[email protected], ext. 111

Janet Quintero | Database and Administrative Associate
[email protected], ext. 112

Deborah Shelton | Development Director
[email protected], ext. 106

Tracie Winslow | Medical Manager
[email protected], ext. 104

Shelter Staff

Hailey Drapeau | Animal Care Supervisor
Sabrina Burnham | Animal Care Technician
Cassy Carper | Animal Care Technician
Christine Verrill | Animal Care Technician
Suzanne Castaneda | Animal Care Technician
Katherine Wentworth | Animal Care Technician
Sophia Keravich | Animal Care Technician

Alice Grass | Veterinary Technician Supervisor
Jillian Broadhurst | Veterinary Assistant
Jessica Phillips | Veterinary Technician
Lissa Castaneda | Veterinary Technician

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