Fall is filling up nicely for the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League. Several fun events are planned and a couple of new tools for people to use to help CRARL while doing that holiday shopping.

First up is the annual Pet Photos with Santa on Saturday, Oct. 15. Santa is very busy at this time of year, but the shelter folks managed to book him for a day. He will be coming to Adventure Advertising on Route 1 in Rockport  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. because he knows how good all of the cats and dogs at the shelter have been this year and he’s sure there are other good pets out there who would like to come and whisper their Christmas wishes in his ear and have their picture taken with him. Photographer Joseph Corrado will be there to take pet photos. The sitting fee with Santa is $20 for the first animal in the photo and $10 for each additional pet in the same photo. Participants will get an 8 by 10 unframed portrait and be able to order more packages to send to all of the animal lovers in one’s life, use on Christmas cards or just keep and enjoy. Plan to bring a kindle of kittens, puddle of puppies, hirsel of sheep, knab of toads, ballet of swans, pandemonium of parrots, horde of hamsters, crash of elephants, business of ferrets, trip of goats.

On Monday, Oct. 24 CRARL will be holding its 3rd annual Pound Lock-Up at Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. many of the Midcoast’s most notorious “criminals” will be rounded up and locked in the dog pound for “Crimes of Caring”. Some of them will be friends or co-workers and they will be begging for money to raise bail and get out of jail. This event is open to the public and will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Peter Ott’s Steakhouse and Tavern in Camden and wine from the Cellardoor Winery. There will be more surprises as the evening unfolds, so bring a camera and some friends to capture the moment!

The Animal Rescue League’s second calendar will be released in mid-October. Nationally-renowned photographer, Patrisha McLean, lent her creative eye for beauty again this year. The 2012 calendar will feature some of the young people in the community who come into the shelter to volunteer and donate. McLean perfectly captures the love that the kids have for the animals and that the animals have in return for them. After the success of the 2011 calendar, organizers expect these to be even more popular. Watch for them to appear in local businesses just in time for the holidays.

CRARL wants to make it easier than ever to support them in whatever manner able, and as the holidays approach that means helping with shopping helping the animals in care. On Thursday, Dec. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. CRARL will be kicking off its annual Ornaments for Animals sale with a silent auction, bake sale and book signing at Prism Restaurant and Gallery on Route 1 in Rockport. Everyone loves an auction and this annual event has grown larger every year. This year will be no exception. With gift certificates and items donated by businesses and individuals from all over the state shoppers will be sure to find something for everyone. While bidding on  favorite auction items, one will also be able to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar provided by Prism, pick up a plate of home-baked cookies for dessert, visit with and purchase a signed copy of the newly released children’s book “Sammy in the Sky,” written by Maine author Barbara Walsh and illustrated by Jamie Wyeth and, of course, purchase a hand-blown glass ornament which has become the symbol of Prism’s commitment to helping the shelter in its mission of caring for homeless animals until they can be placed in loving, permanent homes. The ornaments will continue to be on sale at local banks until after the holidays.

Finally, the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League announces another way to help support the shelter while doing holiday shopping without even leaving the comfort of home. CRARL has recently been accepted to participate in AdoptAShelter.com – a website that designates the shelter as the recipient of a percentage of purchase dollars directly from hundreds of nationally known stores and online retailers. It’s totally free and does not require shoppers to sign up for anything or provide login information or a password. Just go to AdoptAShelter.com and enter the name of the shelter or find it in the drop down list of shelters listed by state, click on the name and then on the big orange Shop Now button. It’s as easy as that!

For more information on any of these upcoming events, or to find a direct link to the page on AdoptAShelter.com or any of the businesses who are generously sponsoring one or more of the upcoming events, please visit crarl.org.