Thank you to all who remembered the homeless animals during the holiday season and throughout the year. With your generosity and support we were able to offer shelter, food, medical care, compassion and hope for over 1,000 animals that came through our door needing our help and a second chance. We couldn’t do it without you. It was gratifying to see the many happy photos of the animals we have placed and the families we have helped create. There is no better reward than a happy ending for a homeless animal that we cared for and no better motivation to continue to work hard to make it happen for each and every animal that we receive.

Since we don’t receive any federal or state funding, relying on the support and generosity of the community, we couldn’t be more pleased and thankful for the outpouring of community support. Support comes in all forms. We’d like to thank the second- and third-graders of Camden-Rockport Elementary School for raising $185 for us by selling dog biscuits; South End Grocery for donating raffle proceeds of over $100; longtime volunteer Betsy Tutein for a new wheelbarrow; Morgan Ford for shooting basketball hoops and netting $120 for the animals; Mrs. Simendinger’s fourth-grade class at South School for a bounty of pet supplies; and sweet Sally Harper, one of our youngest and most loyal supporters, who donated $33.70 from her piggy bank, most of which we were told was tooth fairy money. With supporters like these and all the others who donate their time, money and items from our wish list our future is surely a bright one. We are honored to be your community animal shelter, working for and with the community.

Our pet pick of the week is Cole, a senior black Labrador retriever. She was literally left behind by her family when they moved. Fortunately, a kind and concerned neighbor brought her to the shelter. We removed a growth from her belly that impeded her ability to walk and she seems to be much more comfortable now. She can’t hear and probably can’t see all that well anymore but she enjoys company, the touch of a kind pat on her head and taking walks as long as there is a warm bed to take a well-deserved nap when it’s done. Cole may have more years behind her than in front of her but she is no less deserving of a loving home and we are hoping that her remaining years will be the best ones yet. If you have room in your home and heart for this old gal stop by the shelter and meet Cole.

Thank you to Nancy Hamilton who single-handedly wrote all our thank-you notes this holiday season and throughout the year. She is a remarkable person and a true guardian angel to the Humane Society of Knox County and all the animals we have the pleasure of helping on their journey to a new home and a better life. Wishing you all a happy New Year.

Our wish list this week: laundry detergent, stamps/postcard stamps, de-icing sidewalk salt, bleach, paper towels, large black garbage bags, large rawhide chews, Lexmark ink No. 32 and 33, HP ink No. 92 and 93, non-clumping kitty litter, and gift certificates to local businesses.

We are located at 65 Dexter St. Extension off Route 1 in Thomaston. Mail: P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841; phone: 594-2200. The Humane Society of Knox County is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Wednesdays.