We’re glad to report that things are returning to normal around here. Soon we’ll be able to open the kitten and adolescent rooms, and then the fur will fly. These guys have been grounded for so long that some of them are beginning to think they’re trees. We’ll let you know when we get the word, and then try to stop by to see the fun. And, as always, thank you for your patience and support during the ringworm event.

A group of Girl Scouts from Troop 521 in Belfast came by the other day with a very welcome gift: “Snuggles,” bedding for the cats. As you know, we are very much in need of this item, as everything cat-tish went out in the deep cleaning occasioned by the ringworm event. We’re slowly building up a new inventory, so anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated. (The dog bedding remained, thank goodness.)

The Scouts, whose gift honored Barbara Simmons and her cat Diva, were Shannon McCoy, Tina Hill and Hannah Lynam. Thank you, Scouts!

In honor of Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, we want to tell you two love stories. The first stars Edna and Simon. Both of them came to the shelter in 2008, Simon as a stray from Islesboro and Edna as an abandoned kitten who has become a beautiful but very shy lady. They took to each other right away and have been inseparable from the start. Simon, like Edna, is very shy, and because they don’t put themselves forward for visitors, they are often overlooked. Neither of them has ever lived in a real forever home, and that is what all of us here at the shelter want for them more than anything. They are both ready to go. They are very, very sweet but, again, extremely shy. You will need patience and kindness to help them adjust to a new home, but once they feel safe and comfortable, we can guarantee that they will share their love, and their love story, with you.

Vladamir and Snowball are the second love story. They came to the shelter at about the same time in 2007. Vladamir is that cool, dark and mysterious type that is not really a hands-on cat. He needs a home where he would be loved for his considerable beauty and left alone to be himself. He is, however, a true lady’s man, which is where Snowball enters the picture. Snowball does like attention on occasion, but only on her terms. She loves Vladamir and would not do well as an only cat. We have kept an eye on these two, and we know they would truly grieve without each other. Wouldn’t it be nicer if they could continue to love each other, and you?

Among the other splendid creatures available for adoption is Peter, a 2-year-old Jack Russell with tons of energy and somewhat of an aversion to cats. He needs a family that will give him lots of long walks, attention and love.

And Precious is just that. She’s alone in her photo because she’s looking for a new best friend. She and a companion, who has been adopted, were left in the foyer at the shelter, so we don’t know much about her except that she is a sweet, gentle girl who loves to give kisses. Look for her under the water fountain in her room, where she hides. She is a discovery well worth making.

Please don’t forget how much we need volunteers to walk our fabulous canine crowd. For those of you who for some reason can’t have a dog at home, this is the perfect way to fill that need. And there is nothing the dogs like better.

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 Muchas gracias!

And don’t forget to vote to help the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League win a $5,000 grant from Bangor Savings Bank in the “Community Matters More” campaign. It’s easy: visit crarl.org, 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. Also bedding and toys for the cats.

And a new item: We know all of you are dedicated recyclers, but from now on, don’t just toss the cardboard cylinders from inside paper towel rolls into the pasteboard bin. Bring them to us! Our watchful staff has noticed that the dogs love trying to get their treats out of them, and by the time they’ve succeeded the rolls have pretty much had it. So keep ’em rolling in (so sorry).

We are located in Rockport at 146 Camden St., just across from Subway. We are open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and closed on Monday. Please visit us in person and at crarl.org. We look forward to seeing you either place!