It appears that our ringworm episode may be coming to a close. There have been no new cases, and the tests are coming back negative. Fingers crossed — we’ll be up and running in a few days. We want to thank everyone who has been so patient and helpful through these weeks. Staff have been working like — well, like — dogs to keep things under control, and all our supporters have been patient and helpful.

We were delighted to stop by the Children’s House Montessori School the other day to pick up a donation for $231. These were the profits from a class project, a bake sale organized by students in the first through third grades, and the students themselves chose the shelter as the beneficiary. We are very grateful for their hard work on our behalf, and to their teachers, Katy Hall Dermott and Darci Grotton, for helping.

Recently several local families have established memorial funds at the shelter in memory of a loved one. We appreciate such gestures very much, and want to thank the families of Edith Beale, David Giles, Margaret Gilmore, Anne Mueller, Jack Lord and Paul Szabo for their thoughtfulness.

We are also very grateful to Ron and Blue Sky Cantina, which is once again donating 10 percent of all lunch and dinner receipts on Tuesdays to the shelter. This program was very good to us last year, and we urge you to satisfy your cravings for Mexican food at the Cantina (5 Country Way in Rockport, or Route 1 just past the Irving station) and benefit the shelter at the same time. Buen apetito, y gracias!

We have just taken in some wonderful dogs. Oreo, an 11-month-old Shih-Tzu, is very sweet and friendly and likes to cuddle up in laps. He’s just the right size for that, too. Tater is a 5-year-old boxer. He’s just come to us so he won’t be ready for a new home until next week, but if you’d like to see him before then — and isn’t he a handsome fellow — just give us a call at 236-8702. Ruger, a 4-month-old male shepherd/hound mix, needs a home where he can get lots of love, attention and exercise.

Here’s our standard wish list: paper towels, paper plates, Purina Kitten Chow, dry and canned dog food, AA batteries for a digital camera, large kitchen garbage bags, cat litter, laundry detergent, bleach, ODO-Ban cleaner, Windex and especially dry cat food, plastic bags, and towels and sheets. Please leave donations in the foyer — the door will stay open. And, as always, contributions of money to help pay shelter bills are both desirable and necessary.

There’s an important addition to the list this week, and for several weeks to come: The shelter has been cleaned so thoroughly that all cat toys, beds and scratchers have been discarded. When our feline friends resume their normal routine, they’ll be looking for things to play with, so anything you can donate along those lines will be very much appreciated by all. Thank you.