Our pet picks of the week are Devon and Buddy Holly. Devon is a 3-year-old Redtick coonhound. This sweet girl is good with other dogs and enjoys playing with them but doesn’t want to share a home with them. She does well around older kids who aren’t fazed by her exuberance and somewhat pushy nature. Devon needs someone who has a firm but loving hand when she’s walked on a leash. Her personality is just as beautiful as her face. To know her is to love her. Devon would love the chance to meet you and see if she can win your heart.

Our feline pick of the week is Buddy Holly. There’s a lot to love about this sweet fellow and more to love than your average cat. Weighing in at just over 20 pounds, he is a big boy. The average adult cat is 8 to 10 pounds. He’s big alright, a big baby. Buddy loves to get belly rubs and to sit in your lap and be groomed. Buddy Holly is a lover, not a fighter, a gentle giant of sorts. He doesn’t fight with the other cats and in fact goes out of his way to avoid any confrontation. He’s very tolerant of kids and will make a great companion and a wonderful family pet. We have several large cats available for adoption including hefty brothers Stewart and Baby Boy. More and more, well meaning pet owners are “killing their pets with kindness” and feeding them towards obesity. Although their roly poly stature can look cute, it isn’t healthy. These big boys need to get homes where they can get plenty of exercise and a healthy diet. Consult your veterinarian as to what is the best way to feed your pet.

Save the date: Our 14th Annual Fur ‘n’ Foliage Dog walk is set for Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Thomaston Academy. We’re making it bigger and better than ever. If you are interested in being a sponsor of this fun-filled family event, contact Tracy at humane@midcoast.com. Stay tuned for more information on our website at hskcME.org. You can start collecting your pledges now to raise much needed funds to help the shelter animals.

Looking for an easy way to help the shelter? If you recycle your bottles and cans then you are halfway there. Clynk is a quick and easy way to earn money for the shelter. It’s easy; just pick up the special Clynk bags at the shelter. Bag your cans and bottles. Tag your bag with the accompanying HSKC Clynk bar code sticker, scan it and drop it off at a Hannaford store. That’s it. You’re done. Hannaford will automatically credit our account with the bottle money. With 20 supporters (though we hope to have many more), each one returning a bag every two weeks, we’ll make more than $1,500 a year. Stop by the shelter to get your bags or call Joan at 975-5084 for more information.

Speaking of bags, we need garbage bags! Large, strong, lawn and leaf-sized garbage bags. With all the cats we have at the shelter we’re “shoveling” a lot of you know what. We go through at least 10 to 12 large garbage bags each day and that adds up. The kitchen bags we have on hand just don’t hold up. We’d appreciate your donations of large, black garbage bags.

Our wish list this week: Canned cat food, FirstUp/EasyUp event tents, cat nail clippers (scissor handled), Ziploc bags (1 quart and 1 gallon), latex surgical gloves, string cheese, hot dogs, large black garbage bags, paper towels, toilet paper, gas cards, gift certificates to Staples and Walmart.