Our pet pick of the week is Rudy, a 7-year-old neutered male, long-haired Dachshund, which are affectionately known as a “hot dog dog” or “wiener dog” because of their elongated bodies on short stubby legs. Rudy was raised with dogs, cats and kids so would fit into most any home. He is housebroken and crate trained. He can be a little timid at first but relaxes with familiarity. Even though he is small, Rudy still needs regular exercise as Dachshunds are prone to back injuries, especially if they are overweight. Rudy came in with Coffee, an 11-year-old spayed female long-haired Dachshund. Coffee was overwhelmed by the busy, noisy shelter so she is currently in foster care to help her with her transition. If you are interested in either of these dogs, visit the shelter and speak with a staff member to learn more.

For the month of May the adoption fee for adult cats, 1 year and older, has been reduced by half. Now, it is only $25 to adopt a spayed/neutered feline companion that has been tested, is current on vaccinations, rabies vaccination, de-wormed and given a flea treatment plus a free first exam at participating veterinarians. Adopt a new best friend who will love you no matter what. Like Annette; she is a loving 2-year-old lap cat who is friendly and outgoing. All she wants is love, food and a lap to sit in.

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to Lonza and its generous employees who donated $1,000 from the recent Cabin Fever Reliever event to help the animals at the shelter. Lonza has long been a supporter of our work to help the homeless animals and we truly appreciate their support. We are very fortunate to have businesses like Lonza, who actively support our community. We are proud to be your community animal shelter, working for and with the community.

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, groom the dog trails and the like. We will start at 10 a.m., 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.

Join us Saturday, May 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for our third annual Another Doggone Yard sale to benefit the animals. Rain or shine. It will be held at the American Legion Hall 37 in Thomaston, behind the Main Street business block. If you would like to contribute items to our yard sale, call 594-4897.

Thursday, June 3 is our third annual Eat for Pete’s Sake fundraising event where you get to eat delicious food for a cause. We already have a growing list of great participating restaurants. Dine at one of these restaurants on this special night and the restaurant will donate a percentage of its proceeds to help the shelter animals: Amalfi on the Water, Athens Mediterranean Pizzeria, Atlantica, Badger Cafe & Pub, Big Fish, Blue Sky Cantina, Ephemere, The Haven Restaurant, In Good Company, The Offshore Restaurant, Peter Ott’s Steakhouse & Tavern, Prism Restaurant & Gallery, and Silver Lane Bistro. Visit hskcME.org for a complete, updated list.

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, 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; P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841. We’re open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Wednesdays.