Our pet picks of the week are Nathan and Tracer. Nathan is a mature Boxer mix around 8 years old. He’s a sweet, well-behaved dog. He’s housebroken and good on a leash. Nathan likes to chase cars so is not a good candidate for being off leash, unless of course, he’s happily romping around in his own fenced yard chasing tennis balls. He enjoys car rides and playing a fun game of tug of war. Nathan prefers the company of smaller dogs to larger dogs but would much rather be the only dog in the family. He’s neutered, up-to-date on all his shots and is ready to complete someone’s family. Our kennels are full of great dogs waiting for a walk and a ride home.

Looking for a cat? Have we got the cat for you! Tracer is such a handsome boy. Why he hasn’t been snatched up already is a mystery. He’s got a personality to match his good looks. Tracer is a real love bug and will likely make an excellent lap cat. He loves to get attention and actively seeks it out. He’s a laid back feline who gets along with kids and with other cats. Tracer is just a year and a half old and is ready to give you years of love and devotion like only a cat can. Looking for a little more activity in your household? We have dozens and dozens of kittens who are in need of a home. We have a great group of foster homes who are lovingly caring for all these sweet bundles of fur until they join someone’s family. We have kittens of all colors and personalities so come on in and see which one or two are meant for you.

We would like to welcome Heidi Vanorse, owner of the Loyal Biscuit Company in Rockland and Belfast as our newest member on the HSKC Board of Directors. Heidi has a wonderful history of community service including supporting local animal welfare organizations. We’re thrilled that she will be sharing her skills, talents and enthusiasm to help us help more lost and abandoned animals in our community get the care and homes they deserve.

If you’re out treasure hunting be sure to stop by our table at the Route 90 Flea Market each weekend during the summer. We have an ongoing table to raise money to care for the shelter animals. We have new, slightly used and treasures of yesterday ready to be re-homed. The flea market runs Fridays through Sundays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hope to see you there.

Time and spaces are running out to be part of our 2012 Pet Calendar fundraiser where your pet can be the star. The deadline is Aug. 1 to purchase a photo space in the calendar. With each photo submission of a beloved pet you get a complimentary calendar to show off to your friends and family. For more information on how to get Fido on the calendar cover, as a glamour shot or a tail wagger visit hskcME.org or email HSKCcalendar@gmail.com.

Our wish list this week: canned cat food, latex surgical gloves, manila file folders, string cheese, hot dogs, large black garbage bags, paper towels, HP Ink 901xl, HP Ink 92, and FirstUp/EasyUp Event tents.