Our pet pick of the week is Shania. It’s hard to believe but this beautiful, vibrant Collie/Shepherd mix is 14 years old. Fourteen years young, is more like it. She is quite active and is in good health. She does have a couple of issues with her teeth but thanks to the Molly Fund, created to assist in the care of senior dogs while they wait for permanent loving homes, she has an appointment with Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital to work on her pearly whites.

Shania is a great family dog, getting along with other dogs, cats and people — young and old. Age has its benefits. With age comes wisdom. Shania is housebroken, and well behaved. She knows a thing or two about routines and will quickly learn a new one to give and receive love and devotion. Luckily, love knows no age and she is just as deserving as a younger dog to have a lifetime of love and attention.

It can be scary adopting an older animal, not knowing how long you may have them in your lives. For Shania, it is about the quality of the time you’ll share with her and what she’ll share with you. The quantity with any animal is never a certainty. She’s a great dog that won’t mind how old you are if you don’t mind how old she is. Unfortunately, in countless shelters in Maine and around the United States, senior dogs like Shania would be euthanized because of her age. We are proud that we are able to provide Shania, and senior pets like her, the care she needs and a second chance while we help her find a new home. We are fortunate that there are people in our community who are willing to adopt these wonderful, deserving senior animals and people who believe in and value what we do and show their support with financial contributions to the shelter so we may help the homeless animals, including the senior ones, find forever homes. If you are interested in giving a senior dog a home, come in and visit with Shania or Nanook, our senior Siberian Husky. We also have wonderful senior cats that are waiting for a home to spend their golden years. If you are looking for a younger animal, we have plenty of those too. We are happy to make the best matches we can, finding homes for each and every one of our deserving animals.

We have wonderful news to share. Thanks to all of our devoted supporters who voted for us in the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation Community Matters grant-making initiative, we have been awarded $1,000 to help the homeless animals in our community. We appreciate all those who voted for us via the mail, at the shelter, on our Web site and through our Facebook page. Thank you to those volunteers who went the extra mile, who went out and pounded the pavement collecting votes for us door to door. All the extra effort paid off. Thank you!

We look forward to seeing you at the shelter on Saturday for our annual Blessing of the Animals Ceremony and bake sale. There will be a service led by the Rev. Michael Murphy and an opportunity for each pet and owner to receive an individual blessing. Anyone of any denomination or faith is welcome to attend. The blessing will be held at the shelter facility, rain or shine, at 11 a.m. Owners are asked to have their animals on leashes or in appropriate carriers. Following the ceremony will be refreshments in our lobby and a bake sale of scrumptious baked goods.

Our wish list this week: clay cat litter (non-clumping), KMR (kitten milk replacement), kitten nursing bottle, new multi-purpose resin cabinets (non-metal for easy cleaning and disinfecting), 13- and 30-gallon garbage bags, toilet paper, postage stamps, laundry detergent, 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. Contact us at 594-2200 or P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841. We’re open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesdays. For more information visit hskcme.org.