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

Virtual Shelter Tour

Join us for a behind the scenes look at our shelter building!  Visit all of the animal care areas, our medical suite, meet some of the staff, and learn about what is in store for “phase 2” for our shelter building.

Thank you to cinematographer Ben Bagley for his work on this 3-part video

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. Previously 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. PMHSCV relies solely on community support.

A long white building with a tall brick chimney in the middle. Pope Memorial Humane Society - Cocheco Valley's original building.

Board of Directors

Cindy Edwards | President

Jodi Wagner | Vice President

Rachel Copeland | Secretary

Karen Zaramba | Treasurer

Paul Becker

Carrie Conway

Amanda Martineau


Administrative Staff

Deb Anthony | Executive Director
[email protected], ext. 115

Seneca Adam Bernard | Director of Operations
[email protected]

Caryn Fugatt | Shelter Manager
[email protected], ext. 110

Mathew Miller | Training & Behavior Manager
[email protected], ext. 110

Molly Shanahan | Development & Communications Manager
[email protected], ext. 106

Niki D’Alessandro | Community Engagement Coordinator
[email protected], ext. 109

Jess Miller | Volunteer & Foster Coordinator
[email protected], ext. 106

Shelter Staff

Christa Salvesen | Animal Care Supervisor
Tyler Gallant | Animal Care Specialist
Haley Downing | Animal Care Specialist
Daelyn Dwyer | Animal Care Specialist
Lisa Phoenix | Animal Care Specialist
Courtney Rocheleau | Animal Care Specialist
Lydia Solak | Animal Care Specialist
Megan Vinick | Animal Care Specialist
Hailey Nelson | Animal Care Specialist

Jennifer Gibbs | Veterinary Assistant
Sophia Keravich | Veterinary Assistant
Molly Proulx | Veterinary Assistant
Livia Fryer | Veterinary Assistant
Libby Peck | Certified Veterinary Technician



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