Happy new year. Did you make a New Year’s resolution this year? Believe it or not, the Humane Society of Knox County provides plenty of opportunities to successfully fulfill many of the top resolutions that people make.

Did you promise to get in better shape? Why not walk a shelter dog. It is great exercise and the dogs really appreciate the time outdoors and the individual attention they long for. Better yet, adopt a shelter dog and get daily exercise. Do you want to lose some weight? Help us clean the dog or cat kennels. Did you know that cleaning can burn more than 100 calories an hour? Maybe you pledged to enjoy life more. What’s more enjoyable than being in a room full of cats and dogs that are grateful for your company and surrounding yourself with other animal lovers? Spend some quiet time just reading a book in the cat room with a cat in your lap or brushing a dog with his head resting on your knee. It will reduce your stress and maybe even lower your blood pressure. Perhaps you want to make a difference. Volunteering is a great way to make a positive impact on the lives of others while having a satisfying and potentially life-changing experience for yourself. Shelter volunteers make a difference every day in the lives of the homeless animals. We are very thankful for our volunteers and couldn’t do what we do without them.

Lastly, and probably the easiest resolution to fulfill at the shelter is to find someone special, that is, if you don’t mind the four-legged variety. We have over 100 very special temporary residents who are longing to find someone who will accept and love them as they are and they will return the favor in kind. We can help you find your perfect match. So what are you waiting for? Stop by the shelter and start making 2010 the best year yet.

Our pet pick of the week is Columbus. Columbus is an all around great dog. Why he is still at the shelter is a mystery. He is good with kids and cats and other dogs. He enjoys going on walks and walks well on a leash. He likes to play but isn’t too overzealous. Columbus is housetrained. He is a loving and sweet-tempered, handsome 6-year-old Border Collie mix. Columbus is a fabulous family dog just waiting to be discovered by a family.

We’d like to thank Gwen Prosser for being our co-host for the past year of our television show, “Reigning Cats and Dogs,” which airs on Channel 7 on Thursday evenings. Gwen has decided to move on to different projects and we wish her well. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in working on our TV show both in front of and behind the camera. If you are interested in participating in the production of our show please call Tracy Sala at 594-4897.

Our wish list this week: laundry detergent, stamps/post card stamps, 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 every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Wednesdays.