Halloween is full of spooky fun for the family but it can be dangerous for your pet. Here are some basic tips to keep your four-legged family members safe this Halloween. Find a quiet place for your pet away from the door and the stream of trick-or-treaters dressed in strange costumes knocking on the door. Door darters could escape unnoticed during all the activity. Bring your pet in for the evening. He won’t get stressed by all the strange sights and sounds and head for the hills and he won’t find himself in the path of pranksters with mischief on their minds.

As a precaution, make sure that your pet has a collar with a current I.D. tag. If you are in need of a pet tag, we have a tag engraving machine at the shelter where you can personalize a pet tag for just $7. It only takes a matter of minutes and could be a ticket home in case they get lost.

Keep jack-o-lanterns with candles away from pets so they don’t get knocked down by wagging tails or curious noses which could result in a fire or a burn injury to your pet. It’s also important to keep candy away from pets. Not only could it upset their stomachs but some, like chocolate are toxic to pets. Plus, plastic and tin foil wrappers are potential choking hazards. Many children are nervous around strange dogs, so it’s best to keep Fido at home so everyone has an enjoyable evening. Have a safe and Happy Halloween.

Thank you to the Animal House in Damariscotta for hosting an adoption clinic for HSKC this past weekend. One of our kittens hit the jack pot and got adopted. We are grateful to the Animal House for their support of our efforts. Through their store as one of our satellite adoption locations, and with the help of their great staff, we have been able to adopt out hundreds of kittens to wonderful homes and great exposure for our dogs too.

Our pet pick of the week is Fred a 1 year old neutered male, beagle. This sweet easy going pooch was a big hit at the adoption clinic. He’s an all around good family dog – good with other dogs, cats and kids. He likes to follow his nose, a trademark of the beagle, so he isn’t a good candidate to be an off leash dog. But with some training he’ll be a great walking companion on a leash. He’s still a youngster and is very playful with people and other dogs. If you’re looking for a canine companion Fred could be just the right match for your family.

Don’t forget you can get your holiday pet pictures and help out less fortunate shelter pets at the same time. This year, have the furry and four-legged members of your family professionally photographed with jolly, ‘ole St. Nick on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Loyal Biscuit on Main Street in Rockland by photographer Holly Vanorse of Ados Photography. The sitting fee is only $15 which includes an 8 x 10 photo. Additional photos can be ordered in plenty of time for holiday mailing. Ten percent of sales and the sitting fee will benefit the animals in our care. We love pets and kids so all are welcome.

We will also be sponsoring a low cost rabies clinic on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Warren Fire Department on Western Road from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Craig Underhill from Warren Animal Hospital will be in attendance. The cost is only $10, cash only. Please bring your cats in a proper pet carrier and your dogs on a leash and last record of rabies shot if applicable.

Wish List: Laundry detergent, Ziploc bags (1 quart and 1 gallon), toilet paper, garbage bags, clay cat litter (non-clumping), raw hide bones/chews, cat collars, canned dog/cat 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 5 p.m, closed Sundays.