The ringworm is still with us. We are awaiting the result of cultures taken from several of the cat rooms at the shelter and are hopeful that we will soon be open again, especially as the weather is becoming so beautiful and our furry friends are missing their screened porch.

Don’t forget the supplies drive in the lobby of the Rockport Post Office, which started Monday and will run through Friday, May 7. Our deepest thanks to Rockport Acting Postmaster Cynthia Miller for her enthusiastic support of this effort, and we can’t wait to see people’s reaction to the U.S. Postal Service’s fabulous new adopt-a-shelter commemorative stamps, which go on sale Friday, April 30.

With Maine’s great new animal welfare license plates, which we are seeing everywhere, the well-being of our state’s population of homeless and abandoned companion animals is getting a very important boost. We urge you to show your support by checking out both the plates and the stamps.

This weekend is our May Day Tailgate Party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, at Farmers’ Fare on Route 90 to honor all of our wonderful volunteers. Please RSVP to Jean Freedman-White at 236-4885 or jflee@myfairpoint.net. And if you don’t know how much joy walking dogs and hanging around with cats can bring you, stop in as soon as we are open again and see for yourself. If for any reason you don’t believe the reports that spending time with pets can make your spirits soar, you will become a believer.

We’re gearing up for the Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 31, and we’d like everyone who has adopted a pet from the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League to join us. Please call Executive Director Sarah Shepherd at 236-8702 for details. We look forward to seeing you there.

By the way, we are already starting to collect items for our annual yard sale at Quarry Hill, scheduled for July 17 this year. Sarah Shepherd is storing donations in her garage, so give her a call to ask what items are appropriate and when you can drop them off. Many thanks!

Our cats are in quarantine but our dogs are rarin’ to go — and do we have some beauties!

Pepper is a 6-month-old black Lab and a total love. It can take him a little time to warm up to people, but once he knows you, he’s yours for life. He loves cuddling, and he gets along with other dogs and likes long walks and chasing tennis balls.

Tabitha, a 1-year-old pit bull, came to us as a stray, and now we’re working with her to find her a forever home. She is a very special girl, a darling who loves people, other dogs, long walks and toys.

Bessie, a 10-month-old blue tick coonhound, loves everything and everybody. Still a little girl, she needs some instruction in good manners and is on a special diet. She gets along well with other dogs and likes nothing better than toys and/or long walks.

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 are needed — and the cardboard cylinders from inside rolls of paper towels.

Keep alert for the news that we are open again. We look forward to seeing you then! In the meantime, visit us at www.crarl.org.