The Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League shelter reopened Feb. 2, after a protracted closure due to an outbreak of ringworm. There are so many people we want to thank: our staff, for their dedication to their task and the unremitting hard work they put in to make sure all the recommended actions were taken; our managers, who oversaw the work and didn’t hesitate to scrub in themselves; the members of our board who stepped in when they were needed; and everyone else who provided help, supplies, hard work, patience and positive support.

Special thanks to Ginny and Joe Ryan, who put together the wonderful reopening banners in the blink of an eye. Be sure to get an eyeful of their work at the new banner location at the intersection of Route 1 and 90.

Our cats will be back in the banks next week, including Key Bank and the in-town and shopping center Camden National banks.

Our best thanks to The First for a check for $208. Holly Gallant, from the bank’s Rockport branch, presented the check to shelter Manager Laura Stupca last week. The money was raised during two open houses in December featuring our fabulous felines, and donations came from customers and staff alike.

The Blue Sky Cantina is once again donating 10 percent of all Tuesday lunch and dinner receipts to the shelter. Please show your support for us by taking a good appetite there. Thank you.

Don’t forget to vote to help CRARL win a $5,000 grant from Bangor Savings Bank in the “Community Matters More” campaign. It’s easy: Visit, click on News and Events in the left-hand column, go to the BSB home page and vote.

Our 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. As always, contributions of money to help pay shelter bills are both desirable and necessary.

Add to the list cat pooper scoopers, non-clumping litter and disposable puppy pads. As we told you last week, the shelter has been cleaned so thoroughly that all cat toys, beds and scratchers have been discarded. Now that our cat population has resumed its normal routine, the cats are looking for things to play with and soft places to curl up, so anything you can donate along those lines will be very much appreciated by all. Thank you.

Here are some of the wonderful dogs we have at the shelter looking for homes:

Bessie, a 7-month-old blue tick/walker hound, is a total sweetheart. Spayed and up to date on shots, she has oodles of energy and loves to go on long walks. She needs a little training in the housebreaking arena and would make a wonderful addition to a family.

Lola, a 3-year-old Rotti/hound mix, came to us as a stray and was never claimed. She loves attention and playing with toys.

Tater, the 5-year-old boxer who came to us recently, loves everyone, including other dogs. He is a dream to walk on a leash and, like all our gorgeous dogs, a super candidate for a loving forever-home.