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About Pope Memorial SPCA

Our Mission: The Pope Memorial SPCA is dedicated to caring for abandoned and homeless pets, protecting and advocating for pets in need, and promoting the humane treatment of all animals.

Vision Statement: The Pope Memorial SPCA envisions our community to be a safe haven for animals, where the animal-human bond is nurtured and all animals are treated with compassion and respect.

The shelter strives to place homeless animals in loving homes that are committed to their lifetime care. This goal is facilitated by medically and behaviorally evaluating all animals, providing necessary veterinary care and working closely with applicants to facilitate a successful match.

We do not euthanize animals for time or space, and many stay with us for weeks or even months waiting patiently to be adopted.

Our People

Heather Faria, Executive Director

David Leach, Shelter Operations Director

Lillian Lavery, Outreach & Development Director

Beth Nemchick, Shelter Administration Manager

Emily Lavacchia, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

Jennifer Kane, Veterinary Technician

Nicole Daniels, Kennel Manager

Jorja Douzanis, Animal Care Technician

Evalin Tirado, Animal Care Technician

Haley Fountain, Animal Care Technician

Emily Roberts, Animal Care Technician

Andria Norris, Animal Care Technician

Sarah Kirsch, Pet Intake Counselor

Olivia Westover, Adoption/Pet Intake Counselor

Melinda Patterson, Field Agent/Humane Investigator

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Cathy Emerson -

she retired on December 30th, 2023

after 34 years with the SPCA!

Our Board of Directors

President: Allyson Moore, Esq (2021)

Vice President: Tom Heck, DVM (2019)

Treasurer: Renee Sullivan CPA (2021)

Secretary: Jennifer Raimer (2020)

Tracy Banks (2019)

Brian Bickford, CFA CFP (2021)

Jim Cotsana (2023)

Steve DeStefano (2023)

Melissa Fisk (2023)

Deborah Greenwood (2022)

Heidi Placy (2023)

Judy Goodnow, Past President

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