Rockport Automotive presented a check for $325 to a local animal shelter, the beneficiary of the company's Giving Back program for the month of May.

P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center was established in 1974 as the Camden-Rockport Animal Rescue League, a small nonprofit, no-kill animal adoption center located on Camden Street in Rockport, according to its website.

Last year PAWS placed more than 300 cats and dogs, including one cat who had been a resident of the shelter for eight years. All animals taken in by PAWS are spayed or neutered; treated for fleas and ticks; tested for heartworm, Lyme, Feline AIDS and/or Feline Leukemia; and vaccinated against rabies and distemper before being placed with adoptive families, the website states.

In November 2012 the Jean H. Kislak Community Dog Park opened to the public. The park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset and has lots of space for dogs to run and play off-leash with their owners. The animal shelter is open to visitors and prospective adopters Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Each month Rockport Automotive sets aside $5 from each oil change and awards it to a local organization.

Organizations interested in being a recipient of this program should contact Jan Campbell at for more information.