It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a community to run an animal shelter and care for more than 1,000 homeless animals each year. Luckily for us, we have a wonderful, compassionate community supporting ours which was evident at our 13th annual Fur ‘n Foliage Dog Walk on Saturday. We had a fantastic turnout. There were dogs of all shapes and sizes in attendance with their owners in tow. We were happy to see so many former residents of the shelter joining in on the fun to raise money for the dogs and cats who are still waiting for a loving home. Thank you to all our walkers and volunteers who helped make the event possible. A special thank you goes out to dog walk committee members Joan Vargas and Susan Schiro of Sea Street Graphics, for helping to put on this fun and successful event, raising more than $12,000 this year. Congratulations to our top pledge collectors. Missy Parkerton of North Haven took top honors at the walk, for the second year in a row, raising an outstanding $747. Joette Adams came in a very close second and Kristy Wotton took third place honors. Sally Harper, one of our youngest participants, raised the most in the youth division, collecting an impressive $400 for the animals, followed by Sarah Berez. The top dog pack was the Yankee Doodles. We are grateful for everyone who took the time to raise money on behalf of the homeless animals at the shelter and all those who pledged their support of the walkers. A big tail waggin’ thank you to our event sponsors: Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, Rockland Animal Hospital, Loyal Biscuit Co., Sargent Lock & Safe, Sea Street Graphics, Safe Harbor Confections, PDQ, Myrtle Street Tavern, All Creatures Veterinary Hospital, Dominos Pizza, Pet Quarters, Brooks Trap Mill, Coastal Pet Sitting, Harbor Square Gallery, Camden National Bank, Lonza, and Lucky Dog Gallery, George C. Hall & Sons, Old Granite Inn, Limerock Inn, Sheepscot Bay Physical Therapy and In Good Company.

Thank you to the crew from FMC in Rockland led by Rod Mason for volunteering an entire day of their time at the shelter as part of their community outreach program. They cleaned out all the brush along our fence, repaired the fencing in our dog runs at their own expense and cleaned the siding on our cat intake building. We are very fortunate and grateful to be the recipient of such kindness and generosity. We are proud to be your community shelter serving 22 towns in Knox and Waldo counties and beyond.

We need your vote. We are taking part in a friendly scarecrow competition with other local non-profit organizations at Plants Unlimited in Rockport all week long. You can vote for your favorite scarecrow (HSKC’s) with a ticket or with your wallet. Thank you to Joan Vargas, Brooke Vincent, Ward Grafton and Melissa Knight for their wonderfully, creative twist on the classic American Gothic painting. It’s a must see display. The winner of the scarecrow competition will receive 20 percent of the proceeds from the sale of all pumpkins, guards and ornamental corn and will be announced at the Family Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Our pet pick of the week is Devon a two-to-three-year-old Redtick coonhound. Devon came to us as a stray so we don’t know too much about her. She looks like a hunting dog, and has some characteristics of a hunting dog, but it is clear by her behavior and by some of the commands that she knows that Devon was a family pet. This sweet girl is good with other dogs. We’re still testing her with cats. She does well around kids. Devon needs someone who has a firm but loving hand when she’s walked on a leash. She was a real hit at the dog walk. Devon would love the chance to meet you and see if she can win your heart.

Wish list: laundry detergent, Ziploc bags (one quart and 1 gallon), toilet paper, garbage bags, clay cat litter (non-clumping), raw hide bones/chews, cat collars, leashes, canned dog food.

We are located at 17 Buttermilk Lane 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 5p.m, closed Sundays.