Time for walkies! And it’s not too late to pick up a pledge sheet for our fourth annual MuttWalk on Saturday, June 11, starting at 9 a.m. at the shelter building on Camden Street. Some of the great things about this annual event are that it is fun, it’s good exercise, it’s a chance to see old friends and make new ones and it’s in a very good cause—ours! Every year the MuttWalk gets bigger and better—please join us to make this year’s the best yet!

Our first canine and car wash of the year is set for Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Key Bank parking lot (Thank you, Key Bank!) in the Hannaford shopping center. This is one cleanup you can’t afford to miss—our volunteers and staff and board members do a fantastic job when it comes to getting the dirt off, and we are famous in car-and-dog-wash circles for the thoroughness with which we do the job. And what a productive morning for you! Sparkling-clean cars and dogs (well, we think they sparkle when they’ve had a good bath, and we bet you sparkle because it wasn’t you who had to inflict it ) are a great way to start the day. Of course, the thing about being clean is that, like being wet, it doesn’t last, though drying out is a lot better than getting dirty, if you catch our drift.

June is Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, which means that the adoption fee for all cats older than five months is $25. And to help you with all the supplies you’ll need, our wonderful friends at Loyal Biscuit will take 15 percent off your first purchase of cat items, including toys, treats, food, litter, litter boxes, etc. All you need to do is bring your adoption paperwork with you. Yes, of course you can bring your cat—and if you have a cat or cats that like to climb in the car and go shopping, you have our utmost respect! Personally, we can’t think of a more useless way to pass the time than trying to train a cat.

June is also full of Free Fridays. Every Friday we’ll showcase cats who can go home with you for free. Take a look at them on our Facebook page or stop in to see us. You may find the cat of your dreams!

Max and Mikey, our beautiful brothers, are still here, and we honestly don’t know why. As we told you last week (were you listening?), the boys, as we call them, have been here since March, and it’s time they got a home of their own. They’ve been together since they were pups, and we can’t imagine separating them, so their new person needs a big home and a big heart. If you’re not quite sure if you’re ready to become a permanent two-dog (or more) household, we’d be happy to place them with you on a long-term foster plan. That means we will take care of all their medical needs while you give them love, sustenance and a home. The boys are sweet dogs who love walks and hanging out. They’re getting a little bit tired of shelter life, and nothing would make them, or us, happier than going to a place of their own. Please keep them in mind. And come in and meet them—they are very special guys who will steal your heart in a New York minute.

Gordon needs your help. Trapped and brought to the shelter in a Havahart, he is terrified in his cage. He has had his rabies vaccine and been neutered, and what he’d really love is to be a barn cat and hunt mice. He’s not really a lap cat—he’s afraid of people—but with time and patience that could change. (In fact, we have a friend who adopted a feral cat several years ago that now sleeps on his bed, and he says that watching a cat learn to trust and love is an astonishing and unforgettable experience.) The thought of being in a room for the rest of his life when he could be in the lovely and always exciting outdoors doesn’t appeal to Gordon any more than it does to us. Do you have a barn, or a friend with a barn, for him?

On our wish list: paper towels, paper plates, towels, bleach, dry cat food and canned food for dogs and cats. Thank you for thinking of us!

Stop in and see us and all our lovely beasts at 146 Camden St. in Rockport. We’re open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and our website at crarl.org is never closed! And thank you, as always, for your caring and support.