Thank you to all who came out to our Tropical Get Away fundraiser. It was a great success. Steel drum band Steelin’ Thunder led by Mike Miller was fantastic. They generously donated their time and talent for our cause. They got the whole place tapping their feet to a tropical beat. There was plenty of dancing, a how-low-can-you-go limbo contest, hula hooping, and good old-fashioned fun! To all our supporters, we would like to say “thank you!” Your support allows us to help the homeless and abandoned animals in our community get a second chance.

We gratefully acknowledge the support and generosity of our tropical event sponsors: Kennebec Pharmacy and Home Care, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, Horch Roofing, Warren True Value, Rockland Foodservice and Domino’s Pizza. Thank you also to contributors Curtis Meats, State of Maine Cheese, Kestrel Works, Bricks, Linda Bean, Rheal Day Spa, Coppola Salon & Day Spa, Rock Coast Sports, Navigator Restaurant, McLoon’s Wharf, Art of the Sea, Rock City Coffee and Warner Graphics. Please support these businesses that so generously support our mission. Of course, we couldn’t do anything without the loyal support of our volunteers who rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to help get our tropical party up and running: Richard Procopio, Cheryl Michels, Rochelle Runge, Tony Vargas, Lara Smith, Wendy McCloon, Sam Hall, Karyl Breen, Terri Kapusta and Ward Grafton. A special thank you goes out to event committee members Joan Vargas, Susan Schiro, Fletcher Smith and Mike Miller for their hard work, generosity and creativity. We don’t receive any government funding, nor do we receive aid from national animal welfare organizations. We rely on the kindness and generosity of our community to help us help those who cannot speak for themselves, who cannot help themselves.

Help us help animals like Nanook, our pet pick of the week. Nanook is a sweet, 12-year-old Siberian Husky who was recently relinquished to the shelter. He was in sad shape, suffering from an untreated flea allergy and growths on his legs. We’ve treated his allergy, put some weight back on him and got medical attention for his growths. Unfortunately, Nanook’s growth is a tumor that is cancerous and sadly, because of his age, he is not a good candidate to have surgery to remove the growth. Nanook is still quite mobile and enjoys going for walks. He is a sweet, old soul who would be content to live the rest of his days in a quiet home, full of love and attention. He is sure to have more years behind him than ahead of him but that doesn’t mean he can’t have his best years starting now. We are looking for a special home willing to foster Nanook for whatever time he has left, be it years or months, so he doesn’t spend it in the shelter; rather, his time should be spent curled up near your feet, finding comfort in your loving presence. If you are interested in helping this endearing senior have a loving and comfortable second act, please contact the shelter at 594-2200. We have plenty of animals waiting for a forever home. Stop by the shelter and say hi and visit with wonderful animals awaiting homes. We’re open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesdays.

Save the date: our annual Blessing of the Animals Ceremony and bake sale will be held Saturday, April 10 at the shelter facility. For more information visit hskcme.org.

Our wish list this week: kitten milk replacement, 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: P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841.