Our pet pick of the week is Daisy, a 4-year-old brindle-coated Bull Mastiff. She’s a big, powerful girl but don’t let her size fool you, she’s a real sweet girl. She likes to spend time with people, going for walks and hanging out at home. She gets along with most dogs, preferring those that let her be the leader of the pack. Daisy seems a tad bit too interested in cats so we recommend a feline-free home.

Daisy came in with Duke, another 4-year-old Bull Mastiff. Although available for adoption, currently Duke is on a “slumber party.” What does that mean? In an effort to be sure that all adoptions are for the life of the pet, the Humane Society offers a slumber party for an adoptive home and a desired pet. Through this foster-to-adopt program, we offer adopters the opportunity to spend time at home with a potential pet before making the commitment of adoption. Usually, a slumber party lasts about a week. If at the end of that time, the adoptive home feels comfortable with adding the pet to the family then the adoption is finalized. Not all slumber parties result in an adoption. We don’t see this as a failure though; on the contrary, it is an opportunity to learn more about the animal, how they behave in a home, what they like or dislike. Many of our animals come in as strays with no known history, not even a name. The more we know about an animal, the easier it is to make the best match possible for the pet, creating a permanent, loving family.

Don’t forget, we are holding our Tropical Getaway Fundraiser this Saturday, March 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Lincoln Street Center in Rockland, featuring live music from steel drum band Steelin’ Thunder. We’ll have plenty of food and drink, dancing, a limbo contest, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. Tickets are only $10 at the door. All proceeds will go to helping the thousand-plus animals that seek a second chance at our shelter each year. Sponsoring the event are Kennebec Pharmacy and Home Care, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, Horch Roofing, Warren True Value, Rockland Foodservice and Domino’s Pizza.

We would like to thank Dr. Glenn Yovino and the staff of Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital for hosting a third low-cost spay/neuter clinic. We appreciate HRVH’s generosity in making it possible for those who want to do right by their pets by spaying/neutering them but who couldn’t afford to do so without a low-cost clinic. In addition to helping curb the pet overpopulation, Dr. Glenn Yovino donated the proceeds of the clinic, over $700, to the shelter to help care for the homeless animals waiting for a new home. HSKC is fortunate to have such a generous and loyal supporter.

Thank you also to The First for its kind gift of $208.17 to help the animals, raised at a recent open house for the bank. We appreciate their support.

Our wish list this week: Ziploc bags (quart and gallon size), Dawn dishwashing liquid (for degreasing), toilet paper, paper towels, postage stamps, laundry detergent, Lexmark Ink No. 31 and 32, clay cat litter (non-clumping), canned cat and dog food, and gift certificates to Staples and Wal-Mart.

We are located at 65 Dexter St. Extension off Route 1 in Thomaston and are open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Wednesdays. Mail: P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841; phone: 594-2200; and online at hskcme.org.