We had a dream the other night, and the dream was this: The shelter was a place of empty rooms. Every one of our wonderful creatures had found a home of her or his own, and we were left saddened by the loss of their loving company but greatly gladdened by knowing they were all in caring hands. Then it was 11 a.m. and we opened the shelter door and waiting for us was a whole new troupe of lost, abandoned or unwanted animals. Our work is never done, and we could never do it without the help of the many people like you who share our passion for these little lives for which we are responsible and that give us so much pleasure in return.

Our darling Cleo is such a sweet cat that we can’t understand why she hasn’t been adopted yet. And neither does she. Cleo loves just about everyone — no, make that just plain everyone — who comes to visit her, and it breaks our heart a little when we see visitors go home without her. She loves to play with her cat toys and she loves to be brushed, and she really could use a home and more space to run around. Since she also loves to eat, she has put on a little plumpness during the last couple of months. But she would be a great mouser, and that would help her get some exercise. We’ve found that black cats often have a little more of an incandescent spirit than other cats, and Cleo is definitely one of those. Come see for yourself how she lights up your world.

Our Lottie is a quiet cat looking for a quiet home. Lottie loves to roost on a windowsill and gaze out at what is going on around her, but she’s not at all averse to attention, which makes her blossom. All we want for her, and all she wants for herself, is someone to love her and a home to call her own.

Kitten season is well under way, and we still need foster families. Right now we have a litter of three kittens — Olivia, Olive and Oliver — who would benefit tremendously from being in a foster home. These sweetie pies are around four weeks old and eating a mix of kitten formula and canned food, and they would love to be in a home where they can get snuggles from someone and play with their toys. As we’ve said so often before, this is a very important time for kittens, as it is when they learn all the social graces and interactions with humans that will make them wonderful companions when they are a little older. Having seen this transformation take place many, many times, we can tell you that the laughter and joy a brood of kittens can bring to a home is one of life’s most wonderful experiences. Please call us at 236-8702 if you are interested in giving these kits a great start in life. Thank you.

Considering all the litter boxes we deploy — would you like to take a guess as to how many? All will be revealed next week — we are always in great need of non- clumping cat litter. Any donations of same will be greatly appreciated, and you can drop it off in our foyer any time. Thank you in advance for helping us to take good care of the many cats and kittens here at the shelter.

Please stop in and see us and all our fantastic fur people at 146 Camden St. in Rockport. We’re open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, our phone number is 236-8702 and pawsadoption.org is never closed! And thank you, as always, for your caring and support.