We are happy to report that our pet identification tag engraving machine, which had an unfortunate accident at our Fur N Foliage Dog Walk, is now back in operation and we are ready to create personalized I.D. tags for your cherished pets. Collars with I.D. tags are a reliable way to identify your pets should they become lost.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, only 2 to 5 percent of lost cats nationwide are reclaimed by their owners. Dogs fare a little better at 30 percent. We would like to see the percentages of happy reunions increase, thereby decreasing the animals in our shelter waiting for new homes. You can help by placing a collar with an I.D. tag on your pet. As an added precaution, you could also have your pet microchipped. A small microchip, the size of a grain of rice, encoded with a unique number, is permanently implanted under the skin with a needle. Most animal shelters and veterinary hospitals are equipped with the appropriate scanner to scan for the number that is linked to the owner’s information in a national database. A reunion between lost pet and a frantic owner is only a phone call away. If you are interested in getting an engraved I.D. tag or a microchip for your pet, we offer both services at the shelter. We have a great selection of I.D. tags in a variety of shapes and colors to fit the personality of your pet for only $7. All proceeds from the sale of the tags are used to help the animals in our care. Stop by or call for more information at 594-2200. Tag your pet. If your pet gets lost, you’ll be glad you did.

Our pet pick of the week is Dasher. Dasher is an incredibly sweet, gregarious young neutered male cat. He was found as a stray in Owls Head but alas, no one has come to claim him. If you like cats that will keep you company and like to carry on conversations, then Dasher is the cat for you. He is just a youngster and likes to play. He gets along with other cats and would make a great addition to a family looking for a loving and entertaining new family member.

Thank you to the folks at Hannaford in Rockland and all their generous customers for a very successful holiday pet package food/supply drive. This holiday season an outstanding 200 holiday pet packages full of dog and cat food and other needed supplies were purchased and donated to help the animals. These donations are greatly needed and appreciated and will help us feed the 100-plus animals that are currently at the shelter awaiting a permanent home. Thank you!

Join us Saturday, Feb. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Knox County Courthouse for Knox County Feed our Friends. We will be there along with the Area Interfaith Outreach Food Pantry to accept donations of supplies and financial assistance for our two- and four-legged friends and to answer any questions about what we do. Don Carrigan will also be there along with Togus the Cat. For more information visit www.hskcme.org and follow the link.

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. Open every day except Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.