Our pet pick of the week is Tip Toe. She is a darling 1-year-old black and white spayed female cat who, sadly, was abandoned on the steps of the shelter in a cardboard box, duct-taped shut. There was no note to tell us her name or her history, just a bag of Kibbles and Bits food. Unfortunately, this type of thing happens too often at the shelter. The staff arrives first thing in the morning to find a box with a scared cat or litter of kittens inside or a bewildered dog tied to the railing.

We understand that sometimes it is necessary to relinquish your pet due to unforeseen circumstances; however, we encourage people to bring the animal in and speak with a staff member. The more information we have about your pet, the faster we can give it the best care and find it the best possible home. Sweet little Tip Toe is missing her left front leg. We don’t know whether this is an old injury or whether she was born without her leg but it doesn’t stop her from getting around and exploring her surroundings. What we do know about her is that she is very affectionate and loves to be cuddled and will make some lucky person a fabulous companion. Stop by the shelter and meet Tip Toe or one of the other 100-plus cats that are awaiting a home. Hopefully, Tip Toe will be as lucky as last week’s pet pick of the week, Butterscotch, our adorable stray guinea pig, who was adopted by a wonderful family after reading about her in the paper. We love happy endings and hope to make many, many more.

We’d like to thank our friends at Pet Quarters in Rockland for their support. Not only are they a satellite adoption location for us to adopt out our cats (Allegra just found a home), but they routinely donate food and supplies to help out the animals. They also offer pet nail trims for $5 and donate the proceeds to area shelters. We appreciate their support and the support of the local business community. As your community animal shelter, serving 22 towns, we depend on the generosity and support of the community to be able to care for and find forever homes for the 1,000-plus animals who come through our doors each year.

Thank you for participating in the Shaw’s Receipt Rewards program, helping us earn thousands of dollars for our cause. Unfortunately this fundraiser is coming to an end. We have been notified that the program will be discontinued as of April 30. We thank you all for participating.

Save the date: On Saturday, May 22 we will be holding our annual Clean Up and Cook Out. All are invited to join the fun as we spruce up the place with a new coat of paint, weed the garden, clear some brush, groom the dog trails and the like. Come to the shelter around 10 a.m. to help us get started. We’ll work up an appetite and then around noon we will feed you a grilled lunch in appreciation of your hard work. Many hands make light work and it’s sure to be fun. Our annual meeting will be held at 1 p.m.

Our wish list this week: postage stamps, clay cat litter (non-clumping), KMR (kitten milk replacement), kitten nursing bottle, HP ink No. 92 and 93, toilet paper, paper towels, 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.