Thank you to all who came out to help us celebrate our new and improved shelter at our grand re-opening event on Saturday. We were thrilled to see well over 100 people join in the festivities and visit throughout the day to see the fruits of our labor and to meet the animals in our care. Our new road sign was revealed by Board President Warner Vaughan as he recounted the history of the shelter and the progress we have made over the course of 20-plus years as we continue to grow and serve the community. A name plate was also added to the shelter’s memorial rock in Helen’s Memorial Garden to honor the memory of Martha Cobb who generously bequeathed a substantial gift to the shelter, making many of the recent improvements possible. Cobb’s legacy gift will continue to have a meaningful impact and lay a foundation from which to grow the future of the Humane Society of Knox County. Participants also generously donated more than $1,000 towards our Raise the Roof fund goal of $5,000, a fund established to raise money to replace the deteriorating roof on the shelter. Thank you to Dr. Glenn Yovino of Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital for sponsoring the barbecue lunch and manning the grill with fellow supporter Lauri Martin. Thank you also to Tammy King who wowed the kids with artistic face painting and Ward Grafton who entertained the kids with his creative balloon animal creations. To top off an already great day, we adopted out four adult cats, two kittens and one of our K-9 Corrections dogs went on a slumber party. That’s success. We continue to celebrate by offering amazing adoption specials. Through Saturday, June 11 adult cats can be adopted for only $5. That’s right, just $5! All adult dogs are $50 off the regular adoption fee and all senior animals, eight or over can be adopted for free. It’s a great time to adopt! Stop by the shelter, meet the animals and find a friend.

Our pet picks of the week are Meadow and Ice. Meadow is a sweet, long-haired gal who came in as a stray from Thomaston. Meadow was a real hit on her recent trip to Mrs. Cumler’s first grade class at Lura Libby where she accompanied executive director Tracy Sala on a classroom visit. Although a little on the shy side, Meadow let all the kids have a chance at petting her. She’s a curious cat and doesn’t mind the company of other felines. Meadow is currently at Camden National Bank in Thomaston, one of our satellite adoption locations. Stop by the bank to meet Meadow. Our second pet pick is Ice, a very handsome feline fellow between four and six years old with striking blue eyes. He was also found as a stray in Thomaston. Ice was a bit underweight when he came in so he has been in foster care getting strong and healthy. He is back at the shelter, has been neutered and vaccinated and is ready to join a family and have a home of his very own. Both Meadow and Ice can be adopted for just $5 each during our Grand Opening adoption specials running now through Saturday, June 11.

Don’t forget to Eat for Pete’s Sake this Thursday, June 9. Dine at one of the following participating restaurants on this special day and the restaurant will donate a percentage of their proceeds to help the shelter animals: Serving lunch, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Amalfi on the Water, Athen’s Pizzeria, Badger Cafe and Pub, Big Fish, Blue Sky Cantina, Brass Compass, Come Spring Café, Home Kitchen Café, Old World Potato, Prism Restaurant and Gallery, Thomaston Café, and 3 Dogs Café. And serving dinner, from 5 to 9 p.m.: Amalfi on the Water, Atlantica, Badger Cafe and Pub, Big Fish, Blue Sky Cantina, Cafe Miranda, Come Spring Café, Craignair Inn and Restaurant, Harbor Gawker, Hatchet Mountain Publick House, The Haven (Vinalhaven), In Good Company, Offshore Restaurant, Old World Potato, Park Street Grille, Peter Otts, Primo, Prism Restaurant and Gallery, and Silver Lane Bistro. So, go out and Eat for Pete’s Sake and for all the other animals at the shelter on June 9 so they know where their next meal is coming from. Bone Appetite. For more information visit hskcME.org.

Our wish list this week: Large black garbage bags, canned cat and dog food, wood pellets, KMR (kitten milk replacement), cat toys, paper towels, postage stamps, laundry detergent, and gift certificates to Staples and Walmart.