The stockings are hung, and our creatures are waiting for Santa’s helpers to come by and deliver some cheer. Annabelle would like it if her stocking were to be filled with toys and treats! Put a smile on her face: There’s plenty of time between now and Saturday to stop by with some stuffers for the stockings. And never mind if your gift is too big to fit. We’ll find a place for it!

Thank you Caleb Edwards for stopping by the shelter to donate $31. That will buy some terrific treats for our animals’ holidays!

When you come in, make sure to say hello to Lisa Dresser, our new administrative director. Born and raised right here in Midcoast Maine (definitely a biscuit. What! You don’t know that old Maine saying: Just ’cause the cat had kittens in the oven don’t make ’em biscuits), Lisa always had animals while she was growing up: cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, pigs, ducks, etc . Her husband Tim is the director of the Five-Town CSD Adult and Community Education Program, and sharing their house in Hope is a golden retriever named Barley and a black cat named Leonard. Lisa knocked us out when we met her, and when she told us that she wanted to work in an environment where she could interact with the community and help find loving homes for stray and abandoned animals—of which we at CRARL have plenty—we knew we’d found the right person.

Plans are underway for a big gala not too far into the new year, and we’ll let you know all about that as soon as we do!

Our gorgeous Hawthorne is new to the shelter, and a complete sweetie who would like nothing better than a home of his own. Look at that face! Does he deserve it or what? We think so, and he’s a black-and-white boy, which means the Price Is Right through the end of the year. Nineteen left and only a little more than a week to go. Get on your horse!

Leroy is not black and white, but we wish you could see his fabulous green eyes. You can, you know—just stop in. Like Hawthorne, he is new to the shelter and very much wanting a home of his own.

Remember not to leave your animals outside unless they have proper shelter. They get cold too, and unlike you, they can’t complain about it.

We cannot tell you how phenomenally successful our Hannaford Holiday Bags event has been this season. We wish we could personally thank every one of you who has bought one (or two or three), but since that’s probably not going to happen, please know that you are all up there in our pantheon of heroes along with Hannaford store manager Bob Josselyn, who is one of our most faithful supporters. We wish all of you the wonderful holidays you deserve, and we hope you know what a difference your kindness has made to all the sweet bananas in our bunch.

Don’t forget to use www.goodsearch.com for your holiday shopping, although if you’ve left it until this late you’ll need a lot more than a good search. Every time you use this search engine the shelter gets a dividend, and you’d be surprised—We are!—at how fast they mount up. Thank you for your help.

Please visit us at the shelter at 146 Camden St. in Rockport from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. And our website at crarl.org is never closed! Thank you!

From all of us at CRARL, two legs and four, to all of you, the happiest of holidays and the very best of new years. You have all made this a very special year for us, and we hope it has been the same for you.