The good folks on Vinalhaven held their annual Bingo night fundraiser in support of the shelter and donated all the proceeds, $1,010 to help the homeless animals in our care. We thank them for their wonderful show of support. Donations from events like Bingo night or the Vinalhaven pet show held each summer, are greatly appreciated and needed. We don’t receive any state or federal funding nor do we receive funding from any national animal welfare organization. We rely on local support to provide shelter, food, medical care and a second chance to more than 1,300 homeless animals a year. Vinalhaven is one of 21 towns in Knox and Waldo counties that the Humane Society of Knox County serves. What an inspiring example of a community rallying behind their animal shelter in support of our mission to help the homeless and abandoned animals. If all the towns we serve followed Vinalhaven’s generous example, we could maintain the high quality of care we provide to all the animals that come through our doors from the 21 towns we serve and beyond. Thank you Vinalhaven! HSKC serves the following towns: Appleton, Cushing, Hope, Martinsville, Matinicus, Montville, Morrill, North Haven, Owls Head, Port Clyde, Rockland, Searsmont, South Thomaston, Spruce Head, St. George, Stockton Springs, Tenants Harbor, Thomaston, Union, Vinalhaven and Warren. If you have an idea to raise funds for the shelter like Vinalhaven did, be it a bean supper, a yard sale, your own Bingo night or some other fun and creative event, we’d love to hear it and help you promote it. Call Tracy at 594-4897.

Our 2012 Pet Calendar is now on sale. We are proud of this stunning calendar celebrating the animals that fill our hearts and our lives and that is filled with photos of cherished pets from HSKC supporters and of HSKC shelter animals that have recently been adopted and found their forever home. The calendar sells for only $10 with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to care for the animals at the shelter. They’ll make excellent presents this holiday season. Be the first to reserve a spot for your pet’s photograph in our 2013 calendar. The calendar will be for sale at the shelter, Harbor Road Veterinary Hospital, The Loyal Biscuit, The Reading Corner, Sea Street on Main Stteet, Hollydachs and Pet Quarters.

Thank you to all who voted for our scarecrow at the Plants Unlimited scarecrow competition and fall festival. We appreciate your support and vote of confidence in the work we do in and for the community. Our scarecrow, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, represented our message loud and clear – There’s no place like Home. That’s what we wish for and work towards for each and every animal that comes through our doors, a home. Thank you to the scarecrow committee Joan Vargas, Ward Grafton, Richard Vargas and Rochelle Runge. Thank you also to Hammon Buck and the staff at Plants Unlimited for this very fun, community-oriented event that supports the good work of nonprofits in the community.

Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Nine Lively Ladies opening reception of their Animal Kingdom art exhibit with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the HSKC. The exhibit will feature works from Nancy Fitzgerald, Deborah Winship, Stell Shevis, Elizabeth O’Haverty, Bird Burns, Lois Anne, Lolly Clayton, Edith La Roche and Pat Farmer and is at the Garage Gallery in Eastern Tire Service on Route 1. All are welcomed and encouraged to come.

Our pet pick of the week is Lily a beautiful, 2-year-old Doberman mix. An unexpected move resulted in her stay at the shelter. Lily is a sweet and somewhat shy girl. Her former family let us know what a great family dog she is. Lily has lived with small children and is also good with cats and other dogs. She’s a well behaved girl who is looking for a family to join.

Our wish list this week: canned dog and cat food, large black garbage bags, Ziploc bags (quart and gallon size), toilet paper, paper towels, postage stamps, laundry detergent and gift certificate to Staples and Walmart.